Regular comment and analysis from some of our staff and associates.

  • October 12, 2006

    Jack StrawMany people will argue that House of Commons leader Jack Straw has been brave in his recent pronouncements about the full public veiling of...

  • October 3, 2006

    For many years my Lenten season reading has included Emmanuel Charles McCarthy's booklet, The Stations of the Cross of Nonviolent Love [PDF file here]. When George W. Bush responded to the court decision declaring his recent war-on-terrorism...

  • October 3, 2006

    The coup in Thailand (19 September, 2006) remains a great puzzle for many. The issue is not so much why it has happened, but its popularity. There were reports of people giving flowers and cold drinks to soldiers on the streets. In Chiangmai,...

  • October 3, 2006

    Toward the beginning of the Saddam Hussein's second trial for genocide against the Kurdish people, three different coloured posters appeared on the streets of Suleimaniya. On one, the face of a frightened Saddam Hussein peered out behind...

  • October 3, 2006

    As the party conference season is confirming, there are few places in British political life more crowded than the centre ground right now.

    For the Liberal Democrats the middle has been traditional territory. New Labour came to power by...

  • October 3, 2006

    John Paul II's papal rule was largely defined by his relationship with a global conflict between West and East.

  • October 3, 2006

    Campaigners for the rights of migrants have discovered an unusual ally. The leaders of Britain's biggest businesses have called for unlimited migration from Bulgaria and Romania when the two former Eastern Bloc states join the European Union next...

  • September 27, 2006

    Britain's leading Catholic the Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, followed the Pope's lead and expressed doubts over t

  • June 15, 2006

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  • June 9, 2006

    Love it or loathe it, the media will be full of the World Cup over the next month, as football-lovers and football-haters make their respective preparations for Germany 2006

  • March 27, 2003