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Crisis in Ukraine
In this fourth Ulysses prize extract, Austrian writer Karl-Markus Gauss travels to Slovakia and explores the slums of the "untouchables of Europe" the gypsy Roma community.
The political furore in Hungary over the prime minister's admission of lying to citizens is payback for problems unresolved after the communist era, says George Schöpflin.
openDemocracy's publication of Hossein Derakhshan's article about the release from detention of the Iranian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo was a serious lapse in editorial judgment, says Danny Postel.
Brazil's government, led by President Lula, has presided over a wave of corruption scandals and proved unable to bridge immense social divisions. But voters still seem prepared to give Lula another chance, reports Fred Halliday in Rio de Janeiro.
The FBI killing of an independence campaigner on a day of national resistance highlights Puerto Rico's tense relationship with Washington, reports Ari Paul.
The United States plan to "lock down" Baghdad highlights the imbalance between the "long war's" expensive, ineffective military strategy and a cheap, devastating insurgency.
There are no miracles in Japanese politics. Shinzo Abe, frontrunner in the three-way contest to succeed Junichiro Koizumi as president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was indeed elected to the post on 20 September 2006. Abe's 464 votes made it a decisive victory over his two rivals, Taro Aso (136) and Sadakazu Tanigaki (102). That paves the way to a vote in the Diet (parliament) on 26 September which will make him the country's twenty-sixth prime minister under its 1947 constitution.
The double elevation of Shinzo Abe draws the Koizumi era to a natural close. It also raises the question of the departing leader's legacy. The key element in any assessment must be the quality of Japanese governance after five years of frenetic activity and high-octane rhetoric, whose central theme has been that most seductive of all political words: "reform".
The future of the United States demands a new foreign-policy model: ethical realism. To get there requires a civil war on the American right and a defeat of the neo-conservatives who have so damaged the country, says John C Hulsman.
Bangkok's new military leaders must move fast to fill the political space created by their overthrow of Thaksin Shinawatra, reports Nick Cumming-Bruce.
The leading themes of Pope Benedict's Regensburg speech faith and reason, Christianity and Europe, the emergence of Islam as Christianity's significant "other" will outlast the furore it provoked, says Michael Walsh.
The story of Baghdad's "green zone" cocoon reveals the neo-conservative dreamworld inhabited by the leading agents of President Bush's "war on terror", writes Sidney Blumenthal.
The first graduation of rabbis in Germany since 1945 is an opportunity to revivify the great German-Jewish cultural symbiosis and to place Jewish community life anew at Europe's heart, says Julia Neuberger, in her address to mark the occasion at Dresdens Abraham Geiger College.
Sweden's election turnaround is less of a shift to the right than it appears, says Mats Engström in Stockholm.
Linda Grant went to Tel Aviv in 2003 intending to write a novel, instead her visit produced a work of another kind observations from a troubled land of the "people on the street", and the discovery of an Israel of many aliases.
The post-9/11 "anthrax letters" form a crucial link in a story that began with United States fears of bio-terrorism and ended at the gates of Baghdad, argues Philipp Sarasin.
A deeper reading of Pope Benedict's Regensburg speech suggests a message that Catholics and Muslims can share, says Ehsan Masood: that modern science must make room for theology.
The procedural disputes in the body elected to draft a new Bolivian constitution reflect the country's deep social and regional polarisations, says John Crabtree.
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George W. Bush: a compassionate conservative or wilfully radical? Sidney Blumenthal debunks the Bush agenda.
There is no future in the United Statess punitive mood towards Iran, says Behrad Nakhai: the crisis over Tehrans nuclear researches can only be solved by dialogue.