Iraqs presentation of documents to United Nations weapons inspectors, and the USs muted response, is the current focus of world attention. Yet amid the flurry of diplomacy and propaganda, has the risk of war really diminished? The current military deployments and strategic aims of the US suggest an answer.
New and ancient poetry and images will be added to this space over the coming weeks and months. In the latest issue, we go to China.
Many Iraqis are sceptical about US plans for their country. The recent history of actual or attempted regime change in Iraq explains why.
Can societys need for healing override the search for justice? The apartheid system that murdered Gillian Slovos mother faced its crimes not in a courtroom, but in a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearing. In making her experience part of South Africas search for the truth of its past, she explains how the countrys innovative TRC helped reconcile it to its devastating wounds.
Leaving aside the huge policy issues involved for any nation emerging from dictatorship, emotional barriers also have to be overcome.
Following the shock revelation that a manmouse hybrid is on the way, Dr Richard Rodent speaks exclusively to anyone who will listen.
Hunters in Britain are challenged by legal bans and animal rights campaigns. They need an imaginative leap over mental boundaries, by reaching out to native peoples such as the Bushmen/San, now facing harsh modernity without any right to choose. Is it possible to create a new, global narrative that joins both types of hunter in a shared defence of human rights and fragile wildness?
Iraqi exiles in London, of all backgrounds and opinions, are coming together in a major conference to chart a political way forward for their homeland. It is the latest in a long series of such efforts. Can this one work?
Bush eats greens, Putin washes in vodka, and caviar slips off the menu
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We are still lulled by complacent enthusiasm for e-democracy. Unless we are vigilant, we could have a monster on our hands.
On the margins of civilisation and in the mists of evolution lurk hairy barbarians, furry primates and wild men. But why the fascination? Is it about getting back to our roots, or a fear of the beast within?
The deadly attacks on Israeli targets in Kenya are part of a rising trend of operations by al-Qaida and its affiliates. Their clear lesson is that the group is thinking for the long term. Does the United States understand its enemy?
Ten: the latest film of Abbas Kiarostami tells stories of love, pain, divorce, womanhood and everyday humanity through conversations between a Tehrani woman and the passengers she picks up in her car. In London, openDemocracys Farsi-speaking intern talked to Irans leading film director and Tens actress Mania Akbari.
Our columnist leaves Tehran for Iraqi Kurdistan just below the no-fly zone. The Kurds she meets have carved out a precarious life free of Saddams rule. But they are yet to break his hold on their minds and memories.
A huge new oil and gas project in a highly sensitive region will bring wealth and development, says BP.
The best way to judge the threat of Saddam Hussein to the world is to examine his record. Saul Landaus polemic, long on irrelevant facts, avoids this task precisely because the record points in one direction: the Iraqi dictator must be stopped.
A young, privileged woman of the Republic of Congo had found a place in an unsettled society. But a change of regime threw her into a spiral of distrust, arrest, torture and exile.
In the dead-pan humour of this story by a young Israeli cult author, published here in English for the first time, the violence of the ArabIsraeli war is there, but not there.
From French diplomacy to Canadian insults.
What does the global publishing industry have in common with trash science fiction? And can microbiology succeed where international negotiations on climate change fail? But first, a word on Baku-Ceyhan