Chaired by Farian Sabahi, speakers Francis Piccand and Amira Hafner al-Jabaji responded to questions from the audience.
An ancient association between hexes and hair resurfaces in the immaculate prose of this chapter from a new novel by a young London writer.
Landscape is both imagination and livelihood, the setting for human stories that are made as well as inherited. From farming to floods, from photography to hunting, the debate on Landscape & Identity has revealed the vital importance of human attachment in giving meaning to place.
As 2003 opened, President Bush appeared before US troops in Fort Hood, Texas to speak about war, peace, freedom and Iraq. These are extracts from his speech.
Last December, despite all the division and desperation, Iraqi exiles of many different backgrounds and opinions, came together in a major London conference to chart a political way forward for Iraq. Encouraged by the US, punctuated by a trip to Tehran, there were some successes and some useful conclusions to be drawn, but was the event sufficiently ambitious?
The prospect of US war with Iraq alongside escalating crisis over North Korea make the opening months of 2003 as dangerous as the standoff over Cuba forty years ago. As the weapons inspection process proves more wide-ranging than expected, is there still a chance to avert war?
A former official at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons describes how an effective international system to reduce the threat from weapons of mass destruction was sabotaged by the US government.
World leaders, are you depressed by endless global crisis? The Spiritual Retreat for the Conflict Fatigued will purify your weary body and mind. Just dont mention the International Criminal Court
1. America: Enemy of globalisation
In the first part of a major new series Tom Nairn lays out his surprising and important thesis. Globalisation is not Americanisation. Rather, the onrushing process of globalisation will render America just another country. In this context, the looming conflict in Iraq should be seen not as a war of oil, still less as a response to Osama bin Laden.
After forty years of independence and rule by a single party, the Kenyan people have made history by electing their third president from the opposition ranks. A moment of hope, celebration and farewell.
As traditional societies cross the bridge to modernity, is their encounter with the globalised world bound to erupt in religious conflict? Or is there another way across?
Behind the clash of arms and ideas over Iraq, the power politics of the 21st century will also be shaped by climate change, technological advance, and challenges to corporate interest. Oil, gas, and the form of industrial society will be key areas of contest.
Every year for at least the past two decades, a hole in the ozone layer in the stratosphere has formed over the Antarctic during the spring months. The destruction of the ozone layer allows more of the suns ultraviolet light to reach the earths surface, damaging people, animals and plants. It is caused by a reaction between ozone, a form of molecular oxygen, and man-made chemicals known as CFCs.
The new president in South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, comes to power at a critical moment. The real advances of President Kim Dae-jungs sunshine policy towards North Korea are under severe pressure from the Norths nuclear weapons programme and its inclusion in President Bushs axis of evil. Will the logic of the sunshine policy a peace system on the Korean peninsula be sustained amidst the global security crisis?
As America prepares to invade Iraq, our security columnist puts aside all talk of weapons of mass destruction, Israel, democracy, nation building and the United Nations, to focus on a three-letter word: oil.
The chief US trade negotiator gets a rap on the knuckles. Nestle and BP face the music. Iraq gets a head start in globalisation.
For millions, the prospect of war in Iraq overshadows the New Year. What stand should people take, between the reality of Saddams criminal regime and the prospect of American unilateralism?
The chief ideologist of US trade policy defends its free trade impulse in The Economist as a route to global prosperity. In reality, responds Oxfams head of research, the US increasingly pursues trade policies that undermine the life-chances of poor people in poor countries.
The complications of the United Nations (UN) arms inspection process have not deflected the US drive to war on Iraq. But recent indicators suggest a shift towards a more intensive air campaign. If this unfolds without UN authorisation, which way will Britain go?
The sleigh is positioned. Reindeer are in place. The tinsel show gleams. The air hums with carols. An old man with a beard is smiling beneficently. Time to take cover
and read this unique seasonal insight into the mash of civilisations.