News Thomas Perkins, who is thought to be worth around $8bn, made the startling comparison in a letter to The Wall Street Journal

Billionaire venture capitalist admits Kristallnacht was a "terrible word" to use but defends war on the rich remarks

A-Z of Skiing: I is for injury

RECENT INNOVATIONS in skiing have come, it seems, at a cost: high- speed lifts, carving skis and plastic boots have all been blamed for causing injuries.

We'll need a brand new set of villains when this boom ends

At the end of the 1980s, a number of big names on Wall Street went to jail, and everyone immediately found sinister those very financiers they had spent the past few years worshipping. The public mood turned on a dime, and no one, apart from the writer Tom Wolfe, ever really bothered to try to explain why.

HOLIDAY? WHAT HOLIDAY?

A survey of management holidays in the Wall Street Journal last week claimed that there is a Catch-22 for senior workers: "The enhanced mobility of wireless communications is making it harder for people to disconnect." According to the report, numerous European high-flyers are spending the beach bar's Happy Hour talking to colleagues back home on their mobiles.

Monitor: Nato's new boss

Comment on the appointment of George Robertson as the new Secretary General of Nato

The Ashcroft Affair: MPs demand privilege review

THERE WERE calls for a review of parliamentary privilege last night from Conservative MPs still angry that their party treasurer was linked in the Commons with United States drugs inquiries.

FT joins rival to launch Russian newspaper

THE Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal, the bitter rivals of the business newspaper world, have agreed to join forces in order to launch a Russian-language business paper.

War In The Balkans: Backing for ground troops grows

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Diplomacy that failed with cheese and biscuits

THE LIST of products selected by the United States includes everything but the kitchen sink: sweaters, biscuits, bed linen, candles and pecorino cheese.

`Clinton raped me in hotel,' claims Arkansas woman

HIGHLY DAMAGING allegations concerning President Bill Clinton's past finally appeared in America's mainstream media yesterday, after months in the shadowy realms of the Internet.

Words: Sexy, adj.

IS YOUR love-life dull? How about an open fire, candles, a big, big bottle of wine, tandoori chicken, dried-up samosas and lukewarm rice? The Grocer records that cluttered Alldays is ousting fast food. Colin Glass, a director, says, "I'm sure it will work in c-stores, but we have spent so much time, money and effort in it because it's sexy that it has led us to neglect the basics."

Monitor: All the News of the World American comment on the Pope's visit to the United States

SO THERE they were, the saint and the sinner, meeting in the hangar. When the new millennium and new century officially arrive, Pope John Paul II may have been the last pope to serve his full reign in the 20th century, and Clinton will be the first president to serve in the 21st century. In contemporary history, the Pope will represent what once was and Clinton will represent what will be. The Pope will be remembered for his tireless battle to stem the changing beliefs of his flock. The President will be remembered for his impeachment, and his tireless effort to adjust his own beliefs.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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