Dispatches

Ypres: Never Say Never Again

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

New York: Diary

‘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.’

ONLINE ONLY: South-East Asia: The Demons of Ignorance

Why Thailand and Cambodia are on the verge of an all-out shooting war

Caucasus: Diary, August-September, 2008

‘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’

ONLINE ONLY: Letter from Bamian

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

Darfur: Panic at the Palace

Rarely have expectations and realistic possibilities been so ill-matched as in Sudan

Rome: Arrivederci Roma

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

ONLINE ONLY: Beirut: Blood Holiday

Lebanon's celebration of a brutal killer's release illustrates the extent - and the limitations - of Hizbullah's power

Jerusalem: No Via Media for Anglicans

Gafcon's message: that churches must return to the plain meaning of scripture, even at the risk of institutions

La Hague: Recycling the French Model

France's slogan “We may not have any oil, but we have ideas" has proved to be the winning hand when compared with Britain

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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