With brains, principles and guts the fictional US President Jed Bartlet from the TV series The West Wing has all the qualities to deal with a major international crisis. While in the real world the UN is split, Nato falters and worldwide peace marches put political pressure on Bush and Blair (whose staff, apparently, are West Wing addicts) how would Bartlett deal with Saddam? Paul Hirst speculates.
Frances reluctance to support the USs military approach towards Iraq has drawn bitter criticism from the US and some of its EU partners. But in defending diplomacy rather than advocating a military solution, France is the truer defender both of the European project and, in the long run, of the transatlantic relationship.
Of the two visions that dominate the World Social Forum, our collective survival depends on the minority view.
Our columnist Dave Belden travelled from the Catskill Mountains to New York City on 15 February, companions and children alongside, for the huge peace rally. They never made the rally; the march was that big. The atmosphere was friendly, the homemade signs witty (and one-sided), the feet frozen, the hearts warm. And the numbers? Just dont ask CNN.
Several hundred thousand people gathered in a freezing New York City on 15 February 2003 to demonstrate against war on Iraq. Julian Bond of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People gave this speech.
Europes relationship with Turkey a country whose historical legacy is at once imperial, martial, Islamic, Asiatic, and European - has always been problematic, and frequently refracted through culture as well as politics. A Turkish scholar traces the fascinating evolution of an alien but also intimate and surprising figure in the English literary imagination.
The huge campaign against war in Iraq offers no comfort to this young Iraqi woman. She has no illusions about US power. But in the face of a people longing for liberation from Saddam's terrible rule, how can the peace movement turn its back?
US war with Iraq remains likely in weeks rather than months. But apart from simmering crises over North Korea and Lebanon, US forces are forced to pay especial attention to the way that renewed militancy in Pakistan is fuelling escalating violence in Afghanistan.
The UK proposal to confine refugees to designated areas near the regions they have fled is ill-conceived and unworkable. There is a better way, one that requires a holistic approach to the asylum issue.
Who will be the vultures, and who the carrion, in a post-Saddam Iraq? The Iraqi opposition plans for transition. The countrys neighbours especially Turkey, Iran and Syria covet influence and power after regime change. America is torn between impulses of order and freedom. The decisive role belongs to Iraqs people. Will they unite, or fragment?
Can you be against war on Iraq without giving succour to Saddam? This is a new version of an old dilemma, says one of the leading voices of the 1980s Helsinki Citizens Assembly and European Nuclear Disarmament. Activists who opposed the nuclear arms race while supporting democratisation of the Soviet bloc helped carve a space where freedom could grow. Could the same happen in Iraq?
A hard look at accountability, ideas for democratising global governance, and how the challenge of HIV/Aids needs solutions sensitive to local needs.
When Giovanni Agnelli died this year he was still Honorary Chairman of the Fiat group. His extraordinary influence marked the growth of post-war Italy, and is essential to understanding the country now. But is his life achievement a model for future businessmen or a glorious memory of an unviable past?
Behemoth cats, Thai chests, and stalemate apocalypse
Can the peace movement oppose war on Iraq without appearing to support Saddam? It can and it must, says openDemocracys editor. If the United States supremacist agenda promises war without limit, the worlds citizens need to combat it with a political strategy that joins cool judgement to impassioned humanity.
The Bush regime has failed to grasp that it is the European people, not their leaders, who reject this war.
A US activist in the campaign against war on Iraq explains the reasoning behind a direct address to Europes people from the American heartland.
A Kurdish film-maker brings a cinematic perspective to the Iraqi affair a political contest that appears as formulaic and controlled as it is real. Is another plot line possible?
In the interests of democracy and wealth creation, we need both Davos and Porto Alegre, and we need them to work together.
In the first of a regular column, the chief editor and publisher of Germanys Die Zeit newspaper mordantly reflects on the ripples in Germany created by Donald Rumsfelds verbal hand grenade. Amidst US amnesia, British perfidy, and Polish betrayal, what will Chancellor Gerhard Schröder do next?
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Heather McRobie is a regular contributor to 50.50
Heather McRobie is a regular contributor to 50.50