War

Alex Salmond urges legal action against Tony Blair over Chilcot report

'After such carnage, people will ask inevitable questions of was conflict inevitable and worthwhile? The answer from Chilcot is undoubtedly no. And who is responsible? The answer is undoubtedly Tony Blair. There must now be a consideration of what political or legal consequences are appropriate for those responsible'

The first draft of history: Dispatches from the frontline of war

Since 2001, Patrick Cockburn has provided peerless reporting of the wars that have torn apart the Middle East and created the conditions in which Al-Qaeda and Islamic State have grown and flourished. In the first of a series of excerpts from his new book, he combines eyewitness accounts of the battles for Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and beyond with an explanation of what these conflicts have in common – and how they were reported or misreported at the time

The high cost of war is damaging the global economy

From the financial and humanitarian cost of supporting millions of Syrian refugees to the interruption of trade links with China and Russia, political conflict is bad for the world's economy. Here's why

Tentative truce brings some hope to South Sudan

Talks among its leaders have raised expectations that a two-year civil war will soon be over – but famine and fear still rule in the world’s youngest country. James Cusick reports from Nyal

Terror: A new solution to an old problem

The problem of terrorism won't go away. Western leaders should stop making unhelpful declarations of war and start coming up with practical and effective responses to the threat 

100 years on from my great uncle's death in WW1, here's his story

“I am afraid you are worrying Mother dear, but you really mustn't. You say you wish you could do something for me, but don't you see that you and Father have made me what I am. Memories are as powerful as words or acts, and we are not 'separate one from the other' because we can't see one another. What you have done, beyond measure or statement, you are still doing.”

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Shulamit Aloni: Politician who championed human rights and was

Shulamit Aloni was a legislator who championed civil rights and was fiercely critical of her country's treatment of Palestinian. Born in Tel Aviv between the wars, she was descended from Polish Jewish rabbinical families. Her life, as a fighter for equality and human rights, and her failure to change Israel's materialistic and paternalistc attitudes, closely reflect the troubled history of the Jewish state.