Peter Preston

Europe’s real family values

IT’S a weird dislocation. We Brits know — or at least we’re relentlessly told — that bankrupt, stubborn, austerity-crazed continental Europe is in a terrible mess.

Lessons of war too easily forgotten

SO, at the going down of the sun, we remember them. But then night falls. The last warrior who fought in 1914-18 is dead. No longer there to wear a poppy, to stand at the Cenotaph in central London

Media: freedom temples totter

LONDON We`re so used to Silvio Berlusconi that we barely raise an eyebrow. What, a new Italian law to stop...

EU`s hope for the future is Turkey

LONDON John Humphrys chose to launch his grand tour of the union from Frankfurt for BBC Radio 4`s Today programme ...

Climate scepticism

IT`S an exceptionally inconvenient truth. Only one American in three believes that human beings are responsible for...

Elusive Afghan army

IT is the old chicken and egg question, posed in its most recent incarnation by that Cesare Borgia of Pakistani...

Senseless folly

WHEN something you`re doing is going badly wrong, the options are always limited. You can carry on, spade sinking...

How to bring hope to Africa

DRAW a line at $2,700 per capita income per year, around $7 a day. The bottom billion of Professor Collier`s last...

Bismarckian board games in Cyprus

The question - from Gaza to Pristina - is whether peace arrives top down or bottom up, whether its ordinary folk or...

Bismarckian board games in Cyprus

The question – from Gaza to Pristina – is whether peace arrives top down or bottom up, whether it's ordinary folk or...

Future of web news

IT must be the future — the most feted, most dynamically charged news website of the lot. Eight million unique ...

Media: boom & bust

THE easy equation says `news sells`, and it often does, in a way. For a pre-budget paper, or one that leads on...

Death of freedom

LONDON: New year after year starts with new records of pain and loss among journalists. So 167 reporters, editors,...