‘In his decade as president, Chávez has parlayed socioeconomic resentment into near-invincibility. But Venezuela’s decay, and the chinks in his armour, are there for all to see’


US Election Week diary: New Yorkers and their attitudes towards the new president

The Armistice commemorations in Ypres: Remembrance cannot cure us of the instinct for war, but it can help to restrain us

‘New York feels much calmer than London about the financial crisis. It’s not clear if this attitude is a product of resignation or sheer denial, schadenfreude against wealthy financiers, or perhaps a kind of emotional hardiness born of the 9/11 attacks.’

‘It was days after the ceasefire had been signed and the facts on the ground went square against what President Nicolas Sarkozy of France had intended’

The Taliban’s vandalism of Afghanistan’s greatest cultural treasure may be their most permanent legacy

The public and government mood towards immigrants, whether legal or illegal, is increasingly ugly

Lebanon’s celebration of a brutal killer’s release illustrates the extent – and the limitations – of Hizbullah’s power