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Gordon Brown: A man of intensity

Tom Brown, the journalist who knows the Prime Minister best and a fellow Kirkcaldian, reflects on the agonising of a man who remains convinced he is best placed to secure the country's future

Tories 'could put climate change agreement at risk'

A historic climate change deal would be put at risk by a Conservative government because of the "injustice" of the way they would fund the battle against global warming in developing nations, David Cameron is warned today.

Kofi Annan: As long as Palestinians are occupied, passions will be inflamed

Globalisation will not bring peace or prosperity unless we all share fairly in its benefits. To regain legitimacy, the global economy must be guided by an ethical framework that addresses the gross inequalities in our world, and meets the basic needs and aspirations of people everywhere.

Row threatens Kenyan unity

Kenya's Prime Minister said yesterday that he wants the former UN chief Kofi Annan to intervene in a dispute with the President that is threatening a power-sharing agreement that helped end post-election bloodshed two years ago.

The Liberal Defence of Murder, By Richard Seymour

This book provides a powerful critique of "humanitarian intervention" and of those liberal intellectuals who support it. The term has become a buzzword, a subject of mainstream media debate. There are few contemporary crises where it is not proposed that the answer is to dispatch Western troops. Richard Seymour argues that Western military intervention in what we today call the developing world has a long history. While the public justification for these interventions has often been "humanitarian", he suggests that the reality has been anything but.

Kofi Annan: America will re-engage with the world

Watching the momentous events in Washington unfold from a distance, it is difficult to hold back a tear.

The man who heals deadly Kurdish feuds

Ibrahim Tekin's problems began when a friend lent him his wife's three gold bracelets to shore up his failing restaurant business. Two days later, the wife's family told him to hand them back: the bracelets were part of a dowry. Mr Tekin could not. He had pawned them. In the ensuing brawl, he stabbed one of his assailants in the heart.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/tehranologist-k.html">Tehranologist: Kofi Annan in Iran</a>

Kofi Annan, Romano Prodi, Kjell Magne Bondevik (President of the Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights and former Norwegian Prime Minster), and Federico Mayor (former UNECO Director-General) are currently among the guests of Mohammad Khatami, the former reformist Iranian president who introduced the idea of "Dialogue among Civilisations". Other guests include former presidents of Ireland, Switzerland, Bosnia, and form

Geoffrey Robertson: Peace in Darfur isn't possible without justice

The charge of genocide levelled this week against Sudan's President Bashir marks an anxious but important step for international justice. It will test not so much the fledgling International Criminal Court (ICC) as the integrity of the UN Security Council. It was the Council which set the justice process in motion, to cover its failure to stop mass murder in Darfur. Now it must stand by that process and require Sudan to respect the rule of international law that has resulted from it.

Lottery plan to raise cash for Africa

Fancy a flutter on the lottery and the chance to help make poverty history in Africa at the same time?

Ban Ki-who? UN issues memo on name

The post of UN secretary general is not exactly a low-profile job.

Tsvangirai fears capture if he returns to Zimbabwe before poll

Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, the presumed front-runner in the presidential election held three weeks ago, has said he intends to remain out of the country for the time being for fear of being attacked or imprisoned.

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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