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  • Time for an ombudsman
    Thursday, 13 June 2002

    The new schools minister, David Miliband, has given headteachers cause to hope that their protests about exam overload might be listened to. Addressing the subject of secondary-school reform at the National Association of Head Teachers conference ...

  • A clever compromise over convicted paedophiles
    Thursday, 13 June 2002

    Few crimes are more despicable than the sexual abuse of children, and public concern about the early release and resettlement of convicted paedophiles is fully justified. Crude vigilantism and lynch-mob justice, however, do no more than meet crime wi...

  • Maureen Freely: If women can stand competition, why not men?
    Thursday, 13 June 2002

    Does the name Ann Patchett mean anything to you? Don't be embarrassed if it doesn't. She's made two appearances on the Orange prize shortlist in the space of four years, but before Tuesday her only claim to fame was that the bookies had deemed he...

  • Cherie Booth QC: The need for female appointees to the International Criminal Court
    Thursday, 13 June 2002

    The prospects for an effective, legitimate and credible International Criminal Court depend, to a great extent, on the composition of its bench. That means, among other points, that there be representation of the principal legal systems, appropri...

  • America should be fighting for justice and liberty
    Wednesday, 12 June 2002

    The indications are that , as often in the past, the Bush Administration is overselling its latest intelligence coup in the war against terror. There still seems only the sketchiest of circumstantial evidence to link Abdullah al-Muhajir, the allege...

  • The first steps on the hazardous road to democracy in Afghanistan
    Wednesday, 12 June 2002

    The first grand tribal assembly to be convened in Afghanistan for almost 30 years finally got under way yesterday in Kabul. The opening had been postponed for 24 hours; the delegate list had been supplemented several times; the first working session ...

  • Give parents a choice on MMR
    Wednesday, 12 June 2002

    According to new research in the scientific journal Clinical Evidence, there is no evidence that MMR is linked with autism. It is an important finding, drawing on the wealth of published studies on the issue. But no matter how impeccable this work m...

  • The defining issue in British politics today: trust
    Wednesday, 12 June 2002

    For some time now the political talk has been of Britain standing shoulder to shoulder with the United States. But for Iain Duncan Smith, this has been a week of rubbing shoulders with the US President and other right-wing leaders at the Interna...

  • The really disturbing issue of Deayton's sex life
    Wednesday, 12 June 2002

    Mr Justice Ouseley leads an interesting life. For some reason all the legal issues about the sex lives of celebrities and their rights to privacy end up being debated in front of him. Take last Saturday afternoon. For three hours, rather than pl...

  • Mr Bush's titanic war on terror will eventually sink beneath the waves
    Wednesday, 12 June 2002

    First it was to be a crusade. Then it became the "War for Civilisation". Then the "War without End". Then the "War against Terror". And now – believe it or not – President Bush is promising us a "Titanic War on Terror". This gets weirder and we...

  • Gillian Beer: Women are writing about more than love
    Wednesday, 12 June 2002

    What happens when women aren't at the mercy of love? When men's erotic drive isn't central to a novel? And when women turn to other subjects? Where's passion then? – not vanished, certainly, but triggered with new freedom. Reading at large among the ...

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