The paucity of available information has only served to confuse the issue further.
The country is peeved at being blocked in the UN Security Council but is guilty of doing the same.
Because the U2 frontman and others like him are seen as representatives of the poor, the poor are not invited to speak, writes George Monbiot.
From the Conference of Berlin to today's G8, "helping" Africans looks suspiciously like monopolising their resources, writes George Monbiot.
In other ages, states sought to seize as much power as they could. Today, the self-hating state renounces its powers.
Letting taxpayers fund parties directly could revive the rotten system - and it would be cheaper too, writes George Monbiot.
Desmond Tutu has helped us see the true nature of what Tony Blair did to Iraq and increased pressure for a prosecution, writes George Monbiot.
A boom in oil production has made a mockery of our predictions. Good news for capitalists - but a disaster for humanity, writes George Monbiot.
Throughout history and most societies marriage has always been the union of a man and woman. It's a familiar claim and it's wrong, says George Monbiot
Never mind the economic crisis. Focus for a moment on a more urgent threat: the great food recession that is sweeping the world faster than the credit crunch. You have probably seen the figures by now: the price of rice has risen by three-quarters over the past year, that of wheat by 130%. There are food crises in 37 countries.