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The Spanish people responded to the Madrid massacre by voting in a government opposed to the war on terror. An act of surrender and dishonour, says Douglas Murray.
The proximity of the Madrid blasts and the electoral defeat of Spains ruling party has been interpreted as a victory for terrorism. For Ivan Briscoe in Madrid, this is a profound misunderstanding of what happened in Spain.
The electoral victory of Spains Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE), three days after the devastating train bombings in central Madrid that killed over 200 citizens, was astounding.
An extensive American military operation in the Afghan-Pakistan borderlands is attempting to complete the unfinished business of 2001. But the Madrid massacre has shown that the wests elusive enemy has learned, adapted and multiplied.
India and Pakistan are two South Asian giants joined by history and language, divided by politics and war. But now they are also engaged in exuberant, passionate, friendly rivalry where it really matters: on the cricket pitch. Maruf Khwaja - memorialist, exile, survivor, cricket nut with a foot in every camp is in earthly paradise.
Even if it is exonerated of responsibility for the pre-election Madrid massacre, the militant Basque group that has waged a thirty-six year struggle against the Spanish state faces a difficult future.
Whoever was responsible for the atrocities on the Madrid railway system on Thursday 11 March, the implications will go far beyond the traumatic effects on the bereaved and injured.
If the Basque separatist organisation, Euskadi ta Askatasuna ("Basque homeland and liberty", ETA), had any involvement, the domestic security implications for the incoming Spanish government will be profound. The Madrid attacks were so substantial, and so precisely organised to kill and injure large numbers of people, that they would represent an action of a far greater order of magnitude than anything previously attempted by ETA.
The real challenge of terrorism is to the quality of Europe's democracy. A response fueled by unchecked power can become fuel for a global civil war. There is, there must be, a better way.
The Madrid bombings have taught us a powerful lesson: the war on terror plays into the hands of its enemies. Politicians must learn to be modest in the face of those who perpetrate jihad.
The defeat of the ruling party in the Spanish elections three days after the attacks in Madrid on 11 March marks an extraordinary and unexpected turnaround. A founder of El Pais, Spains premier national newspaper, assesses the reasons for the governments defeat and looks to the future of democracy in Europe.
The death of 200 people in Spains worst-ever terrorist attack is a landmark in the countrys politics as well as its modern history.
The attack in Madrid should not be looked at as only European, or even only political, but in the context of a human chain of being and responsibility.
The condition of Iraqs women is a litmus test of the countrys movement towards civil rights and democratic governance. Anita Sharma, who spent ten months in Iraq and Jordan in 2003-04, charts the paths and pitfalls of their difficult journey.
What kind of justice does the world owe the former Iraqi dictator?
The United States has secured an Iraqi agreement to a draft constitution, and its diplomats are being recruited for the worlds largest embassy in Baghdad. But events in Afghanistan and Pakistan show that the war on terror never sleeps.
Amidst poverty and insecurity, Iraqs performers, artists and writers are building spaces of learning and laughter for their countrys street children. Jo Wilding is both participant and privileged witness to the birth of an Iraqi civil society.
The man I will call Jose Miguel used to be director of a health clinic in a small town in Colombia. One day a group of paramilitary fighters arrived and set up camp in the clinic for several days. After they had left, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) arrived. They threatened Jose Miguel with death because he had, they said, “collaborated” with the paramilitary.
In another village, a health worker was threatened by the paramilitary for allegedly offering medical assistance to the FARC. Both have fled their homes and are now among the displaced in Bogota. In Colombia’s forty years of armed conflict, and especially in the last fifteen, such stories have become so commonplace that individually they attract little attention: only the collective suffering weighs enough to be acknowledged – the experience repeated in its hundreds of thousands. But the details of lives disrupted and destroyed, and the steady erosion of any peaceful, civic ground in a country increasingly defined and conditioned by its armed extremes – this is a story now almost untold and untellable in Colombia.
Iraqs Shia population is reeling from devastating assaults during a religious ceremony. Do the attacks reveal the military desperation of the insurgents, or their political sophistication?
Abdul Qadeer Khan, regarded as the father of Pakistans nuclear bomb, was accused then pardoned by President Musharraf for his role in trafficking nuclear technology. What sort of man is Qadeer, and what does his story reveal about the United Statess role in Pakistans nuclear proliferation? A nuclear physicist from Pakistan reports.
Japan is learning a new geopolitics. Its sense of identity, capacity, and relation to the world is shifting amidst great economic, military and regional pressures. But what kind of foreign policy model will Japan choose? One of the countrys foremost analysts explores the possible answers to a reopened question.
The United States, fearful of a Taliban resurgence and hopeful of capturing Osama bin Laden, is escalating its operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But is its own understanding of the war on terror a gift to its enemies?
The warring factions that have devastated Somalia have signed their latest, fourteenth peace agreement in neighbouring Kenya. A clear-eyed observer of his countrys affairs asks if it can open a space for normal life and politics.
Somalia is justly regarded as one of the poorest and most backward places in the world the quintessential failed state.
After long exile from Iraq, Raeid Jewads second return visit to Baghdad is an extraordinary mixture of hope and tragedy.
The United States faces an acute political challenge in creating a viable client regime in Iraq. Routine insurgency continues. A "coup" in Fallujah and the near-miss of General Abizaid add a third dimension to a dangerous mix.
The German philosopher Immanuel Kant developed his thought in the era of global conflict sparked by the American and French Revolutions. His response was an appeal to enlightenment, law and reason. Two hundred years on, the distinguished English philosopher Roger Scruton asks: where would Kants principles lead him today?
Three Indo-Pakistan wars since 1948, and a bitter insurgency costing 60,000 lives since 1989, have failed to resolve the conflict over Kashmir. Will a three-day summit of the two states in Islamabad open the way to a just peace in the contested territory?
Will Iraqs new state define its people as secular citizens, religious believers or members of a tribe? Sami Zubaida sees the Iraqi Governing Councils arguments over personal status issues including marriage, family, and womens rights as the latest, vital chapter of a struggle for democracy and the rule of law across the Middle East.
Cem Özdemir is a child of Istanbul who became Germanys first member of parliament of Turkish origin. The terrorist bombs of November 2003, he writes, attack the citys most precious inheritance: its multicultural, tolerant heart.
The human and financial costs of the Iraq war, and doubts about its true motives, are fuelling domestic criticism of the Bush administration. Its riposte is a mixture of low politics and high rhetoric.
What political choices should the United States now make in Iraq? Christopher Hitchens, Mark Danner, Samantha Power and David Frum debated recently in front of a packed New York audience. James Westcott was there.
The war on terror faces problems in its Iraqi and Afghan theatres. Pakistan is a gnawing worry, Syria an irritation, for United States planners. Their possible response? Widen the battlefield.
How do Iranians see the world its foreign policy establishment, its dissident intellectuals, and its ordinary people? Charles Grant, recently in Tehran for a week's discussions, presents a vivid portrait of a political system under pressure.
The failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq will lead the United States and Britain to invoke humanitarian concerns as the wars primary justification. The evidence of their long entanglement with Saddams regime tells a different story.
A new report highlights a neglected aspect of the massacre of Muslims in Indias western state of Gujarat in 2002: brutal sexual violence against women.
The patriotic duty of Palestinians? To stay in bed. The interest of Israelis? To let them be. Iraqi writer Khalid Kishtainys unique perspective on endless violence.
Iraqi Kurds have struggled for self-determination for eighty years. Iraq can have no peace and the United States may lose an ally in the Middle East if their rights are again denied, argues a Kurd who originally supported the US-led of Iraq invasion in 2003.