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  • Pakistan has failed to offer even the tiniest olive branch
    Tuesday, 28 May 2002

    With the world's two newest nuclear powers on the brink of all-out war over Kashmir, yesterday's broadcast by the President of Pakistan had been keenly awaited. But the four-star general, who has risen so convincingly to a succession of crises sinc...

  • Absent friends
    Tuesday, 28 May 2002

    Internal linksFriendsReunited website goes global We all know that the British, being the most dysfunctional nation in Europe, live in a perpetual world of their schooldays. Hence the success of Friends Reunited, the website that brings schoolfriend...

  • Paddy Ashdown: Bosnia has a choice: prosperity or conflict
    Tuesday, 28 May 2002

    It's great to be back. And a great honour to be taking over from my distinguished predecessor, Wolfgang Petritsch. He has left us with a foundation to build on and, with your help, I intend to build on it.My wife Jane and I are really looking forwar...

  • Here we go again: it's time to play the sordid game of who's up, who's down
    Tuesday, 28 May 2002

    It was brave – if a little unwise – of Patricia Hewitt, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, to complain that she is working too hard, putting in over 70 hours a week for her £117,979 salary. She suggests that ministerial jobs should b...

  • Show no mercy to feckless parents
    Tuesday, 28 May 2002

    I am against capital punishment, the birch, smacking infants, the live transportation of animals and "getting tough" with asylum-seekers. I also cry when children or dogs die in movies. There are few people more soft-hearted than I. But the week...

  • Tim Luckhurst: The Queen loves Scotland, but do the Scots love her?
    Tuesday, 28 May 2002

    Her Majesty is a very nice girl, but she doesn't have a lot to say. We have that on the authority of Paul McCartney, who, unusually among those who write about her, had actually met the lady. Scotland then has a peculiar effect on the regal tong...

  • Steve Connor: We're desperate to believe that there is life on Mars
    Tuesday, 28 May 2002

    What we want to see and what we actually see tend to be different concepts when it comes to looking at Mars. The Red Planet has had such a hold on the popular imagination that we seize upon almost any new fact as further evidence of Martian life...

  • We may disagree with the US, but we share the same goals
    Monday, 27 May 2002

    Yes, it is a heavy-booted parading of America's virtues. Many Europeans will feel patronised by the stage-managing of President Bush's trip to France, with all the subtlety of a Hollywood script, to take in a Normandy cemetery where 10,000 US soldi...

  • Don't blame Mr Byers for our national confusion over transport policies
    Monday, 27 May 2002

    It is time to come to the defence of Stephen Byers, who is being unfairly pilloried for the collapse of the bag of wind which was Labour's transport policy. It was a bag inflated not by him, but by John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister.It is not...

  • Tourist trap
    Monday, 27 May 2002

    The trouble with tourism is that there are just so few really unspoilt places to go these days. Try to follow, Bilbo Baggins-like, the path that leads from your front door to the remotest places and you are likely to find that somebody from Nebraska ...

  • Our Man in Paris: Sexual education in the French style
    Monday, 27 May 2002

    Our eldest child, Charles, has been in a French school for five years. On his first day, when he was nearly seven, he was mortified to receive a welcoming kiss from his teacher. As if that were not embarrassment enough, he had to wear a smock, wh...

  • Ben Pollard: Cameroon gets computers and we get to play football
    Monday, 27 May 2002

    In Britain, Cameroon is best known for its football or perhaps I should say footballers, particularly as the national side, the Indomitable Lions, are current champions of Africa. Now, although football does play a small part in our project, obviousl...

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