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Thursday, 18 July 2002

  • Shamed by two lost boys on the other side of the world
    Friday, 19 July 2002

    It is possible that many Afghans claiming refugee status in Australia no longer fear persecution back home. The two boys who sought refuge in the British consulate in Melbourne say they left Afghanistan about two years ago, when it was ruled by th...

  • It is not for Mr Prescott to tell the rest of us where we can live
    Friday, 19 July 2002

    For all the virtues of social democracy, this Government also displays too many of its vices. In this week's public spending review, we got higher public spending on the kind of services best obtained by collective provision – but we also got cent...

  • Two dozen wise words
    Friday, 19 July 2002

    It took 203 years, but a decade ago the United States did the right thing. The last of the required states (Michigan) finally ratified the 24 words that became the 27th amendment to the US constitution. "No Law, varying the compensation for the servi...

  • Drivers. Unions. Residents. I'm going to sue the lot of them
    Friday, 19 July 2002

    She reminded me of Charles Laughton as the hunchback of Notre Dame, did the young woman driving the yellow Beetle that came round the badly parked lorry at speed yesterday, turned the corner and nearly killed me. Her shoulder was raised grotesqu...

  • Ghazi Algosaibi: Osama bin Laden should not be dignified by justification
    Friday, 19 July 2002

    I must start by frankly admitting that Saudi Arabia has always been an efficient factory for the production of myths. The reasons are not difficult to comprehend. The name "Arabia" is itself a myth-maker. The mere mention evokes all kinds of magi...

  • Mary Dejevsky: Don't always believe the worst about Russia
    Friday, 19 July 2002

    When a Russian plane collided with a DHL cargo plane over Lake Constance two weeks ago, the gut reaction outside Russia was that the Russians were somehow to blame. Either the plane was not airworthy or the Russian pilot was incompetent. Within 24 ho...

  • The abolition of double jeopardy will undermine confidence in British justice
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    The abolition of the double jeopardy rule proposed by the Home Secretary David Blunkett would undermine the public confidence upon which our criminal justice system depends. For many centuries British citizens have surrendered to trial by jury bec...

  • Leading article: Two cheers for Estelle Morris
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    Estelle Morris deserves two cheers for the increased spending announced for schools and further education in the comprehensive spending review. The third cheer for higher education will not be forthcoming yet, however, because Gordon Brown was almo...

  • The rhetoric over Iraq is reaching a dangerous pitch
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    President Saddam Hussein lashed out defiantly yesterday, returning the Bush Administration's axis of evil rhetoric in kind and vowing that "evil tyrants and oppressors" would never defeat him. There are many reasons not to feel sympathy with him, s...

  • Pet concerns
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    Hardly a day passes without some fresh health concern being raised. Always something to worry about. And now, today, we learn that more than half the cats and dogs in Britain are overweight. There are clearly important, possibly ironic, comparisons t...

  • David McKittrick: The IRA's leaders have mastered a new language
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    When Irish republicans talk in private about "the army", they mean not the British Army but the IRA, a usage that reflects their ancient and deep-seated assumption that the IRA is the legitimate army of Ireland. The pride that republicans have ab...

  • Scott Ritter: Bush could not do more for al-Qa'ida
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    You don't allow a friend to drive drunk. We have now got a drunk at the wheel of America; Britain needs to take the keys away from him.What George W Bush is proposing, taking military action against Iraq to eliminate Saddam Hussein, will effectiv...

  • Rape by soldiers is much more than 'simple lust'
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    As a lot of people have pointed out, one of the striking things about the new historical bestseller, Berlin: The Downfall, is the way that the historian Anthony Beevor gives great attention to the mass rapes carried out by the Soviet army during...

  • Andrew Oswald: Why students should pay fees of £7,000 a year
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    The sun was shining. Then I heard the news: the review of student finance was being put back to October. I decided I had better go and have an ice cream to recover. What a hash the last few governments have made of higher education, I thought, as I o...

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