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The British prime minister's vision of a country engaged in long-term global struggle against radical Islamism is fortified by gargantuan and costly military commitments.
A bomb attack on Madrid airport has detonated the Basque peace process and increased pressure on José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's government, says Diego Muro.
The Madrid summit of 1991 opened the way to the Israeli-Palestinian accords at Oslo in 1993. A gathering of its veterans looked forward as well as back, reports Kanishk Tharoor of Madrid11.
The post-9/11 era has raised serious questions over western governments' complicity in secret detention and torture. Manfred Nowak, United Nations special rapporteur on torture, is one of the people best placed to answer them. Kanishk Tharoor of Madrid11.net talks to him.
Kanishk Tharoor: In what ways has the Bush administration directly or indirectly allowed for torture?
Iraqis themselves must be at the centre of any attempt to make President Bush's new strategy for their country a political success, says Reidar Visser.
The decision to increase the number of United States troops in Iraq is a gift to al-Qaida.
While Saddam deserves no sympathy, says Anthony Barnett, the ugly gallows scenes confront us with our role in Iraq's horror: we let Blair and Bush lead.
The first months of 2007 bring an opportunity to open discussion on a subject that Britain's government would prefer to keep closed.
The British media loves stories about Muslims. But do they illuminate or mystify the reality of Muslims lives and predicaments? Mukul Devichand reports.
Without a change of Nato strategy, the prospect for Afghanistan in 2007 is escalating violence.
The war between Hizbollah and Israel in Lebanon was a contest over the nation-state as the foundational unit of political action, says Hazem Saghieh.
The implementation of the Baker report would be a betrayal of Iraq's Kurds and a defeat for the United States itself, says Dlawer Ala'Aldeen.
A year without a major al-Qaida attack might suggest an organisation in retreat. Not so, says Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou.
The Baker report is already history. A fundamental rethink of United States policy in Iraq and Afghanistan is still beyond the horizon.
The heated talk of revolution and civil war in Lebanon must be balanced by awareness of the way its people and institutions cope with political crisis, says Alex Klaushofer.
The Baker report's recommendations for future United States policy in Iraq cannot work while United States violence and coercion dominates so much of Iraqis' lives, says Tareq Y Ismael.
Lebanon's internal political fractures combine with regional pressures to create a perilous moment for the country, reports Zaid Al-Ali in Beirut.
The Iraq Study Group has still not understood what people in Iraq well know, says Sami Ramadani: that it is the United States military occupation of Iraq itself that is fuelling the violence there.
A fifth report from the South Waziristan Institute of Strategic Hermeneutics to the al-Qaida Strategic Planning Cell on the progress of the campaign.
Thank you for inviting us to deliver a fifth report to you on the progress of your movement. You will recall that our work for you commenced with an initial assessment in July 2004; a follow-up in January 2005; a further in February 2006; and our most recent report in September 2006.
It was the worst kept secret in the world. The "extraordinary rendition" system, established by the United States, is a web of agreements with countries in Europe, north Africa, the middle east, and Asia to host secret prisons or to hold "outsourced" detainees for indefinite lock-up and torture. It is a system that allows the US to conduct its "war on terror" outside regular channels, without democratic or judicial oversight.
The "hudood" law regulating Pakistanis' private and public morality is a focal-point of the country's great cultural and political divide, reports Irfan Husain.
The meltdown of United States policy in Iraq is fuelling neo-conservative disarray in Washington. But will the Bush administration change course?
A rights-based foreign policy is the best guarantee of national security, says Tom Porteous of Human Rights Watch.
The historic visit of Egypt's president to Jerusalem in November 1977 holds a vital lesson for those seeking a middle-east peace settlement today, says David Govrin.
The debate in the United States about its military strategy in Iraq and the deployment of forces there is intensifying. Morton Kondracke and William R Polk present sharply contrasting recommendations.
The west's military strategy in Afghanistan is proving counterproductive as well as costly.
The Arab world's passage from progressive secularism to conservative religiosity in the last fifty years is illuminated by the work of Egypts greatest writer, says Tarek Osman.
An ethno-sectarian solution is the only way to preserve Iraq as a coherent entity, argue Gareth Stansfield and Liam Anderson.
The voices of Iraqi patriotism in Basra are a rebuke to western advocates of the countrys fragmentation, says Reidar Visser.
Amid Israel's wider security crises, the aggravation surrounding a gay-pride march provoked fleeting religious unity and a sense of liberty besieged, reports Jan McGirk in Jerusalem.
The head of Britain's security service shows more understanding of the political realities of the war on terror than the country's prime minister.
A US call to spare Saddam from the gallows could restore America's reputation for justice, and be a powerful gesture of reconciliation for the middle east, says John Sloboda.
United States politicians are rethinking their options in Iraq. But would a new policy resolve or intensify the war? Zaid Al-Ali assesses Washington's evolving agenda.
Amid the pain and blood of Gaza, Eyad Sarraj of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme calls on "all those who still truly believe in peace - Palestinians, Israelis and friends and allies all over the world - to unite their efforts in order to give reconciliation and peace a chance."
The political pressures in Iraq are pushing the Kurds towards independence, says Dlawer Ala'Aldeen.