He is an unlikely public figure, a quiet man whose hobbies include preparing Swedish fish dishes â€” but for a few months, the world hung on his every word. So could Hans Blix have done anything to stop the war?
The lure of rich natural resources proves too good to resist on the subcontinent. A dramatic improvement has taken place in the investment climate in Southern Africa in the past two years, according to a recent report by the BusinessMap Foundation on investment in the South African Development Community
There was a reverent hush in the UN Security Council chamber as members gathered to hear the weapons inspectors' reports on Iraq. Outside, protesters waved placards insisting ''No blood for oil''. Inside there was a more tempered atmosphere.
The United States has evidence of an orchestrated Iraqi attempt to spy on United Nations weapons inspectors using hidden microphones and agents, allowing Baghdad to stay one step ahead of the search for banned weapons, US sources said this week.
When Yemen voted against attacking Iraq in 1990, the United States government described its vote as ''the most expensive 'no' in history''. Yemen may have been a member of the UN Security Council, but its diplomatic rights were no match for the dollar's might.
One of America's foremost writers and intellectuals, Susan Sontag's outspoken stance on the US response to the September 11 attacks has led to fierce criticism. Despite recurring cancer, her energy is formidable