Crude oil: A campaigner's battle for survival

Coming between a government oil quota of two million barrels per day, five multinationals and countless militiamen in a near-lawless Nigerian region was worth it, says exiled Donny Ohia.

Shock or show stop? Lesbianism at the MTV awards

As pop icon Madonna sensationally kissed fellow artists Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera live on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards, controversy has ensued about the nature of lesbianism and whether it should be used as a promotional stunt.

F1 excitement mounts in 2003 season

Things really are looking up for formula one. The new rule changes introduced this season are resulting in one of the most exciting championship run-ins for years with three main rivals all bidding for the sport's highest accolade.

Mumbai bombings wound peace process

Monday's lunchtime bomb blasts marked the 10th anniversary of a bombing campaign that demolished Mumbai's image as the New York of India in 1993. The implications are many…

Non-stop news vs. 'real' journalism

Television news channels that operate around the clock are cutting considered analysis and investigative journalism out of the picture, argues Alex Walker.

Thailand offers tourists 'the Aids attraction'

A hospice in Thailand offers morbid sightseers access to its Aids patients - dead and alive - for a fee…

The art of avoiding disappointment

The fast-buck business of licensing popular comic book-movie crossovers to video game developers has left a sour taste in this reporter's mouth…

Rise of the machines

Should the digitally-enhanced sword be mightier than the pen in the creation of good cinema? Claire Munro considers…

Star by night, convict by day

The hottest ticket in the Romanian capital is for a play whose star actor is escorted to and from a maximum security prison by armed guards brandishing automatic weapons…

The Premiership strikes back

It has only been away for a couple of months but it feels like a lifetime to a football fan: the Premiership is back and Saturday afternoons will once again become a time of contrasting emotions, swinging from euphoria to despair within the space of 90 minutes.

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