Democracy

Dylan urged to stop blowing with the wind

8 April 2011 10:42

As one famous artist vanished in Beijing, another appeared. Bob Dylan has begun a tour of China in the same…

Trouble with the big society

3 April 2011 10:59

A gaggle of academics have written to the Observer to condemn the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for accepting…

The pressing need to oust Gaddafi

1 April 2011 16:30

The op-ed by David Cameron and his Qatari counterpart Hamed Bin Jassem in the run-up to the London conference received…

A shameful episode

1 April 2011 12:41

Libby Brooks’ piece in The Guardian today is shameful. Writing about the violence that followed last weekend’s march, she  argues…

Cairo Diary: The Brotherhood

31 March 2011 12:17

Back in Cairo, I try to find answers to what everyone wants to know. Who are the Muslim Brotherhood? What…

Libya diary: Tobruk

30 March 2011 10:39

Twelve different checks later and I’m in Free Libya, hurling down the road to Tobruk at 100 mph, with Arabic…

What to do with Gaddafi?

29 March 2011 11:37

The charge sheet against Colonel Gaddafi in any trial would be a long one. There are his crimes against his…

Cairo Diary: it’s the economy, stupid

28 March 2011 15:36

Whether revolutions devour their own children often depends on the ability of a post-revolutionary government to deliver political freedom, jobs…

Cairo Diary: will Egypt help in Libya?

28 March 2011 12:45

Nothing would help the international campaign against Colonel Gaddafi as much as the Egyptian military — and therefore Egypt —…

Libya: next steps

24 March 2011 17:55

The Libya intervention goes on, with as many question marks hanging over the operation as airplanes in the sky. What…

War aims

22 March 2011 9:06

A few days into the no-fly zone and the initial aim of the intervention has been achieved: Colonel Ghaddafi no…

Cameron promises that Libya is ‘not another Iraq’

21 March 2011 17:00

Discussion of military action brings a different atmosphere to the chamber of the House of Commons: quieter, less disputatious, more…

The threat to a British liberty

18 March 2011 21:54

It’s a funny old world. I have now been contacted by two journalists informing me that Bedfordshire Police are investigating…

The way to cease fire

18 March 2011 18:29

Colonel Ghadaffi wants a cease fire. Fine, but Western governments should insist that the no-fly zone still comes into force;…

Learning from recent history

18 March 2011 11:40

With a UN resolution now passed, Prime Minister David Cameron has displayed diplomatic skills his critics believed he did not…

If we don’t help the Libyan rebels, then the extremists might

17 March 2011 12:42

The West’s indifference towards Libya may create the very conditions for extremism that we normally seek to avoid. In today’s…

What the Libya crisis means long-term

11 March 2011 17:01

The multiple crises in North Africa, from the revolution in Tunisia, through the protests in Egypt and to the conflict…

Is Sudan next?

11 March 2011 13:22

The momentum behind the Arab Spring revolutions appears to have been checked – for now. The Libyan domino hasn’t fallen.…

How to build democracies

6 March 2011 18:40

Following the events in the Middle East, I have proposed a democracy review of UK bilateral relations and former Europe…

From the archives: Mugabe’s rise to power

4 March 2011 18:03

A strange sort of anniversary, but an anniversary nonetheless: it is 31 years, to the day, since Robert Mugabe took…