Many Britons – and even some Americans – have a false idea of what the US is really like. Are Hollywood and TV to blame?
A new generation of soldiers is as questioning of its role in Afghanistan as the society from which it is recruited
Sarah Palin’s selection as John McCain’s running mate aroused unprecedented rage and delight, especially among women – but why?
When I drew attention to the two-faced tactics of the Democratic candidate over Iraq, his ‘militants’ turned nasty
Piracy on the high seas, especially near failed and unstable Muslim states, is becoming an international security headache
The West must start to show the Kremlin it means business
Political parties are being held to ransom by older voters. And it’s the young who are paying the price
The story of al-Qaeda’s lost leader, Abdullah Azzam, illuminates the murderous nature of global jihad
An exhibition of WG Sebald’s archives offers an intriguing view of the late UK-based emigré German writer’s life and loves
The deadliest but least understood Middle Eastern faultline is between Sunni and Shia