Human Rights
07 August 2006
When Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, took his seat for the new session of parliament on 25 July, it was on a...
Books
30 August 2004
The white man in Africa does not enjoy a good press. Take Zimbabwe's white farmers. They may have been turfed off the...
Asia
22 March 2004
Afghans are about to get their first weather forecast after an eight-year interruption. The Taliban ban on weathermen...
Books
08 September 2003
Combine that darkest of painters, Francisco Goya, whose words provide the frontispiece of Pat Barker's latest novel,...
Books
04 August 2003
In the seamy world of foreign correspondents, there is nothing quite like the "old Africa hand". Often war junkies of...
Culture
19 May 2003
I have a shameful confession to make. Crossing the border back into Kuwait after several weeks in southern Iraq, where...
International Politics
31 March 2003
Dressed in military overalls and a camouflage hat from an army surplus store in downtown Kuwait City, I had sneaked on...
Asia
24 March 2003
The New Muslim Speeches Music Shop in Quetta does a fine line in posters and stickers depicting grenades, hand-held...
International Politics
24 February 2003
On my first day in Zimbabwe, a cryptic message was whispered to me: "Tell Mike, Kathy's got a lot of butter." At first...
Culture
27 January 2003
It was the moment all war correspondents secretly dread. I was driving down a muddy track with four colleagues, one...
Culture
16 December 2002
At the height of the American bombing of Afghanistan last year, I went to see Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, one of the...
Politics
26 July 1999
When I called a cab to take me to Wentworth Golf Estate, the driver expressed surprise that I was carrying no golf...
Politics
05 March 1999
Of all the hazards of a visit to Lagos, having people try to flog me Kenny Rogers CDs was not one I'd imagined. But in...
Politics
08 January 1999
Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, was one of a number of world leaders who stopped off in London recently to do some...
Politics
18 December 1998
I tried to talk to a fellow passenger on the Tube recently. I did this, I hasten to add, not out of some strange...