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  • A message delivered in Tripoli but aimed at Baghdad and Washington
    Thursday, 8 August 2002

    For all the excitement being drummed up by the Foreign Office, this week's visit to Libya by a Foreign Office minister is hardly to be equated with Richard Nixon's epoch-making trip to China. Britain resumed full diplomatic relations with Libya th...

  • The dismal legacy of the race chief bowled out of his job
    Thursday, 8 August 2002

    It seems fitting that Gurbux Singh's tenure as chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) should end in such ignominy. His departure from this vital and high-profile post was inevitable following his admission that he had drunkenly abuse...

  • Body shapes
    Thursday, 8 August 2002

    Scientists, it is reported, are developing an elixir that will help people to control their appetites. Suddenly, we will all have the chance to be thin. The aesthetic and health benefits will be untold. Can't you just see it: there go the multi-mi...

  • Women want the doors of power opened for them
    Thursday, 8 August 2002

    Nine out of 10 women now expect to have doors held open for them by men, according to something called the Future Foundation. This bit of news has been taken in some quarters as suggesting that a return to a more traditional society might be on t...

  • Jean Seaton: A service the market could not deliver
    Thursday, 8 August 2002

    We've had this strange beast called public service broadcasting, which I would suggest has allowed us to have discussions about ourselves and programmes about ourselves and things that delight us and amuse us and are trivial and funny and all of tho...

  • Michael Meacher: Cold comfort for those attending the Earth Summit
    Thursday, 8 August 2002

    The Earth Summit in Johannesburg, in just three weeks' time, will confront an overarching agenda: fresh water, energy, poverty, food. A decade on from the inaugural conference at Rio, these fundamental issues remain as unresolved as ever, and not ...

  • Wars have to be justified by the conviction that the alternative is worse
    Thursday, 8 August 2002

    Three thousand religious leaders constitutes a whole lot of morality. Being picketed by Anglican nuns is a new experience for the spiritually inclined inhabitants of Number 10 – or, indeed, for practically anybody. You would have to be a very spe...

  • How not to bring science and commerce closer together
    Wednesday, 7 August 2002

    Internal linksDons' inventions belong to us, says Cambridge It is difficult to sympathise with the reasoning behind Cambridge University's proposal to claim ownership retroactively over the inventions and research of its academics. The plan, which ...

  • Misadventure playground
    Wednesday, 7 August 2002

    Internal linksChildren 'bored' by Britain's parks Once upon a time, monkey bars, the see-saw and hide-and-seek were as familiar to children as the Teletubbies. But we are worried that healthy, outdoor frolics in the local park could be going the sa...

  • Let the UN test Saddam's intentions before sending in the bombers
    Wednesday, 7 August 2002

    There can be little doubt about the cynical intentions of the Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, in offering to renew talks about readmitting UN arms inspectors. The timing of the move, the vague nature of the proposals and the conditions first attache...

  • An alternative strategy for handling Saddam
    Wednesday, 7 August 2002

    I am writing this staring at the photograph on my desk of me with a beaming Saddam Hussein. He is dressed in his trademark military fatigues – complete with gun in holster – and is grasping me by the hand as he is introduced to me by the Iraqi Fo...

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