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  • Frank Furedi: Panic over child abduction is the wrong response
    Sunday, 11 August 2002

    Throughout this summer, domestic news in the US has been dominated by lurid stories of child snatching. The media frenzy began with the abduction of five-year-old Samantha Runnion, lured from her Californian home on 15 July by a man claiming to b...

  • Geoffrey Lean: A government too concerned with headlines will scupper the planet
    Sunday, 11 August 2002

    "Tell me," I asked a senior Downing Street figure over dinner earlier this year, "why are you all so paranoid in No 10?"I was, I admit, trying to stir it. I expected a heated denial and an impassioned exposition of the Prime Minister's coolness, w...

  • The beginning of the end for Zimbabwe's white citizens
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    It has been difficult to feel optimistic about Zimbabwe for some time. A nation that, for the first few years after independence, seemed to provide an example to the African continent of racial tolerance and economic progress has deteriorated over ...

  • The arbitrary nature of science yields astonishing and surprising results
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    There is a so-called "Eureka moment" in the film about the discovery of DNA, when the British scientists Francis Crick and James Watson realise that the structure of DNA must be a double helix: the sudden glint of realisation, the run up the stairs,...

  • Desperadoes
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    For those who already have the Eagles' Hotel California on vinyl, cassette tape and CD, the question now arises: would you like to hear all those old favourites in ever better quality sound than you have ever heard them before? And would the same ap...

  • America will brush aside our concerns and attack Saddam in the spring
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    All week the argument has raged, so I offer not opinion but instead some predictions. Always a risk, I know, but here's the first prediction. By this time next year a war will have been fought in Iraq, and, barring an extraordinary upset, we wil...

  • The joys of taking a holiday within a holiday
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    This is decadence, a holiday within a holiday, like leaving a play at the interval to go to the opera. If only... Officially we're in Scotland for six weeks in the house we've been building, and indeed are still building, on an island off the Argyll ...

  • Paul Vallely: Why we care so much about these two young girls
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    There has been a sad fascination in watching how the nation has responded to the case of the two missing Cambridgeshire schoolgirls this week. What has been striking is the variety of the responses. Local people have searched the fields. Parents acro...

  • Stan Hey: Stressed, bullied, always at breaking point: that's the writers not the actors
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    If the soap opera industry is in trouble, don't waste sympathy on those actors who will get "written out" in violent circumstances to boost ratings. And don't fret about the producers who will get the "Friday night summons" from the head of drama, fo...

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From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

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