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Thursday, 2 February 1995

  • Scaremongering in Mexico
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    Second, to characterise the situation of political tension in the state of Tabasco as "violent civil unrest" gives a false impression of the reality in that state, which together with Chiapas has seen political and social troubles over the past month...

  • Artistic question
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    Who is right, or did Man Ray say both, just for fun? Yours sincerely, BRIAN GASCOIGNE London, NW3 31 January

  • When there are too many foetuses
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    Unfortunately, we are not able to know precisely whether pregnancy will occur with fertility treatment, or, indeed, whether a single or multiple conception will result. It is certainly true that careful monitoring using ultrasound and other methods, ...

  • What Abigail really did
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    The book provokes a good deal of discussion on the various social issues involved and the children are well able to rationalise the imagery. Indeed, the children are able to produce their own images, inspired by bullying, frustration and lack of pare...

  • How should the West respond to Rwanda's cry for help?
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    No one could possibly deny the abomination of the Rwanda massacres, but isn't it a bit too easy to make a parallel with the Nazi persecutions? Unlike Germany, Rwanda (and the Balkans) have been in the process of civil war. Civil war is notoriously bi...

  • Training for the Probation Service
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    Mrs Hinds also refers to Home Office statistics which claim that 88 per cent of all probation orders are completed in full, and not terminated early because of a subsequent criminal conviction; but she is wrong to call this a "success". The commissio...

  • Trips to visit the Lindley Library
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    I write as someone whose own needs of the library are considerable, but more importantly I write as the editor of an international journal, many of whose authors live in remote parts of the British Isles and abroad. While each of us can manage reason...

  • Non-violent end
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    Yours etc, LUDOVIC KENNEDY London, W11

  • Meeting for a global agenda
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    As we all recognise, we are moving towards a new world that is multi-polar and increasingly interdependent. To meet these challenges, a global agenda for change is taking shape. Elements include Agenda 21 stemming from the 1992 UN Conference on the E...

  • How should the West respond to Rwanda's cry for help?
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    I share his concern about the situation in the camps where the Interahamwe militia are terrorising the people and peddling the propaganda about the dangers of returning home. It is clear, however, that until security and land rights are assured, ther...

  • Training for the Probation Service
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    There are already plenty of staff in the Probation Service with previous careers in the forces, but what they and all our other probation officers need is high-quality training to provide them with the skills to deal with the increasing numbers of se...

  • What Abigail really did
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    Do you support censorship by a powerful retailer on the basis of quotations taken out of context? What might Ms Macdonald have said about Grimm's Fairy Tales or the Old Testament? Yours faithfully, FELIX PIRANI London, WC2 2 February

  • Opera without opera houses? Sing it loud
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    At first hearing the news sounds grave. Jonathan Miller would have to trek mournfully back to La Scala or the Met to feel appreciated. Pavarotti would have to brave the park again. And there could be a serious social vacuum. A night at the opera has ...

  • The problem is, I'm an agony aunt
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    To Auntie Auntie, that's who - the only agony aunt who deals only with agony aunts' problems! And she's back again today with more curious posers from her mailbag. Take it away, Auntie! Dear Auntie, I run a small provincial agony column for a weekly ...

  • So near and yet so trapped
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    Yet behind the facade of bonhomie, eastern Europe is undergoing a profound crisis. Far from progressing steadily towards harmonisation with the rest of Europe, the east of the Continent appears to be stuck with governments that have all the trappings...

  • EVIDENCE : Hurricanes from the petrol pumps
    Friday, 3 February 1995

    The flooding in Europe, the worst in some areas for a century, has raised a question by now depressingly familiar to climatologists. Is global warming - specifically the increased turbulence which, according to most models, will result from pumping g...

  • Staggered students are happy students : LEADING ARTICLE
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    Today's news that the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals' working group on admissions may be shifting policy is welcome. It makes good sense to set up a system where applications are only made when exam results are known. This would entail ...

  • Revolution that will banish the city slog
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    And if you fancy yourself as a budding Richard Rogers (or even an embryonic Ken Livingstone) and want to do a bit of DIY design on cities, the new hot ticket in the computer games market is called SimCity. Plug it into your PC and you not only create...

  • Can peace survive such sabotage?
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    And yet yesterday, the Unionists were behaving as if the Times had uncovered a dark and sinister plot. Do they and their Tory diehard allies really think that, in the end, a Conservative government dependent on Unionist and Tory diehard support, woul...

  • This is coercion, not consent
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    None the less, practical co-operation proceeded. An oft-quoted example is the Foyle Fisheries Commission, a Unionist initiative. The commission was created by legislation in the Northern Ireland parliament and today the commissioners are responsible ...

  • Tories seek safe haven in the City : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    In a subsequent international meeting, Stalin, faced with a new set of representatives from the UK, slyly inquired: "What has happened to the Conservatives - have they taken to the hills?" "No," came the prompt reply, "they've taken to the City." Per...

  • Put a rocket under the Government : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    No doubt we should work for further improvements in the ESA and, in fact, we should endeavour to reduce the UK's subscription; but the problem is an immediate one - to fund the projects already on the stocks. This is where the Government should act n...

  • Bandits, not ethnicity, to blame in Sierra Leone : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    There is no previous bloody history of ethnic conflict in Sierra Leone. Until 1991 it was a mostly peaceful, if ill-governed, country in desperate economic straits. The origins of the civil war are to be seen in the unscrupulous banditry and asset-st...

  • Power and the press : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    In my piece ("How Confucius reads the Trib", 18 January) I made no "dogmatic assertions" that Western democracy will triumph over "Asian values". I did remark that where East Asian dictators have lost their grip on power, the emergence of opposition ...

  • Bandits, not ethnicity, to blame in Sierra Leone : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    Despite this, it is wrong to claim that Sierra Leone is on the brink of following Liberia into ruin. The government has been making progress in restoring peace and stability to the streets of Freetown, but faced with rebels who continue to intimidate...

  • Lib Dems woo the youth vote : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    Andrew Reid (Letters, 27 January) is wrong in asserting that we are experiencing a mid-term "dip" in interest in party politics among the young, which will suddenly bloom come the next election; after all, over 20 per cent of people between 18 and 25...

  • Dinner with the Europhiles : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    Although all-party, the other active members have kindly put up in recent years with a Tory chairman (myself) a Tory director, as full-time executive officer, and more recently a Tory president, Sir Edward Heath. The nationwide Europhile "constituenc...

  • Maxwell case: the price is right : Another View
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    It is not the Maxwell brothers' fault that trials cost money, nor that they are entitled to legal aid to defend themselves - as they are. They, like everyone else the state chooses to prosecute, are innocent until proven guilty. It is in no one's int...

  • Irish question, Euro answer : LEADING ARTICLE
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    This is the model now being offered to the Unionists and Nationalists on the island of Ireland. Twenty five years of killing - and a history of conflict going back centuries - provides ample evidence that there can be no lasting peace as long as ther...

  • Poetic licence : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    Yours faithfully, BEN HOPKINSON Whitby, North Yorkshire 30 January

  • Tunnel fears are justified : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    The reality is that the treatment of security is similar to that received when travelling from Heathrow Terminal One: hand luggage is X-rayed and selective searches are made of individuals' clothing. Large items of luggage are stowed at the doorways ...

  • Tunnel fears are justified : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    The message at the time had a worrying echo. With current suspicions of lax security, it sounds truly ominous. Yours sincerely, DOUGLAS MERRITT Bristol 29 January

  • Interactive novel for the brave exec
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    Right! Let's go with today's complete novel, which is entitled Going Out Live. Your name is Roger Softleigh. You are a highly paid executive. You are also late for work. As the story starts, you are running out of your house down the garden path. You...

  • Tunnel fears are justified : LETTERS
    Thursday, 2 February 1995

    Mr Wolmar is also wrong in his statement that, "Nobody is suggesting that a bomb could destroy the tunnel itself." I blow things up for a living, and I suggest it. When I attempted to discuss this disagreeable possibility privately with Eurotunnel so...

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