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  • Now that he has seen Africa, Paul O'Neill should act on aid
    Tuesday, 4 June 2002

    Paul O'Neill was back at work at the US Treasury yesterday after visiting some of the poorest countries in Africa in his bizarre 10-day double-act with Bono. He is said to be planning a period of reflection before presenting any recommendations to...

  • Amid the celebrations, it is never wise to forget Northern Ireland
    Tuesday, 4 June 2002

    Much of the country has spent the past three days cheerfully wrapped in one flag or other, enjoying the first flush of warm weather, the spectacle of the Queen's jubilee celebrations, or a breakfast-time pint while viewing the World Cup. One corner o...

  • Own goal
    Tuesday, 4 June 2002

    It is a strange perversion of the free market when fans pay black-market prices for World Cup tickets, while the team they have travelled half way round the world to support plays to a half-empty stadium. Supporters may not buy the spare tickets lega...

  • Kathy Marks: Australia marches backwards on its Aborigine rights
    Tuesday, 4 June 2002

    Ten years ago yesterday, the High Court in Australia handed down a long-awaited judgement with momentous implications. Ruling in a case brought by a fisherman called Eddie Mabo, it rejected the doctrine of terra nullius – the idea that the contine...

  • Roald Hoffman: Dry science needs to recover a sense of the emotional
    Tuesday, 4 June 2002

    There was chemistry before the chemical journal. The new was described in books, in pamphlets or broadsides, in letters to secretaries of scientific societies. These societies, for instance the Royal Society in London, chartered in 1662, or the A...

  • Without e-mail how would I have an inner life?
    Tuesday, 4 June 2002

    An e-mail arrives, addressed to me personally. It comes, it tells me proudly, "from the desk of Dr James Gorii" and begins: "It is with my profound dignity that I write you this very important and highly confidential letter." Dr Gorii, it seems, is l...

  • One-all: a fitting result to mark 50 years of moderate achievement
    Monday, 3 June 2002

    We wonder if there was a secret planning meeting in the Chinese Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace a year or two ago, at which a cold-eyed royal adviser offered the view that the survival of the monarchy in this country depended on two things: the wea...

  • Jemima Lewis: The royalism that dare not speak its name
    Monday, 3 June 2002

    One of the very few things I remember from my early childhood is the Silver Jubilee. I was just about to turn six. It was a hot, bright day and our long suburban street looked thrillingly festive, with Union Jack bunting streaming from the lamp p...

  • Our Man in Paris: The death of the family farm
    Monday, 3 June 2002

    A sad, and predictable, change has come over our small village in the Norman hills in the past 12 months. Where blotchy, brown and white Norman dairy cows once peacefully grazed on the green and weed-infested Norman grass, there now stand acres of wh...

  • Christopher Frayling: Artists are needed to teach
    Monday, 3 June 2002

    I want to alert the Academy to a few things that are currently going on in arts education post-school, my own neck of the woods. The first is its huge expansion. We need to talk about professional standards in this climate. There's the constant regul...

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