The leading Western historian of Stalinism’s horrors first met Alexander Solzhenitsyn when the novelist was expelled from the USSR in 1974. Here he recalls his genius and his courage
Art is not culture or entertainment, it is complexity, the ‘I’ in life, ambition, the ambiguity of humanity, serious about itself
The delicate balance of power between China and American is unstable and the geopolitical consequences will affect us all
When I tried to confront anti-social behaviour, nobody dared to back me up. So what’s wrong with us?
The humiliation of 1940 has cast a baleful shadow over France’s postwar history. Can Nicolas Sarkozy, the first president too young to be tainted by it, usher in a new era?
The mainstream media has done a disservice — especially to the Democratic Party — by inadequately reporting the positive changes in Iraq during the last two years
The author of a powerful new novel set in a comprehensive school explains why A-level results convey little about a pupil’s education
The monk who has lead Tibetans for 68 years sees the Beijing Olympics as a chance to convert the Chinese to his cause
Pathological Computer Use is being recognised as a real disorder, but little is known about how to treat compulsive gamers who spend much of their lives in virtual worlds
Away from the tourist trail, India is threatened by the Maoism that toppled Nepal’s monarchy