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Wednesday, 4 September 2002

  • Speak up for Europe and ask for some restraint
    Thursday, 5 September 2002

    The announcement yesterday that Tony Blair is to visit President Bush at Camp David this Saturday ends days of frenzied speculation on both sides of the Atlantic. Here, what was anticipated was a US-British "council of war" to finalise arrangement...

  • Achievements, surprises, and some telling unscripted moments
    Thursday, 5 September 2002

    The results of the Earth Summit, which has closed in Johannesburg, are less impressive than we might have hoped, but more substantial than we had feared. And while the future of the world may not have been secured, the cause of banishing poverty w...

  • Mixed herbs
    Thursday, 5 September 2002

    Growing unease, we note, in the field of herbal remedies, stimulants of a market now worth nearly £130m a year in Britain alone. Concern that some of them might not actually work; tough European regulations in the offing. Oh, dear. That's not the poi...

  • Geoffrey Lean: Barracking reveals delegates' fury and frustration
    Thursday, 5 September 2002

    Yesterday's barracking of Colin Powell by delegates and activists at the Earth Summit was unprecedented.In almost 30 years of covering international conferences I cannot remember any reception that came close – no matter how notorious the speaker....

  • Women's rights – the final issue of the summit
    Thursday, 5 September 2002

    The Earth summit is already famous for its fudges and failures. No targets were set for increasing the use of renewable energy or for further cancellation of Third World debt or for ending rich countries' agricultural subsidies. This was a summit tha...

  • A wasted opportunity to commit to renewable energy
    Wednesday, 4 September 2002

    America, at least under George Bush, takes an unabashedly self-interested view of climate change, or of any change that might require taking action and bearing some discomfort – even though in the long term it would improve even its own living stand...

  • Spelt out
    Wednesday, 4 September 2002

    Should we really care that our children cannot spell Shakespeare's name correctly? After all, neither could the great playwright himself. He used three different variants – Shakspere, Shakspeare, and Shakespeare. And as for not being able to spell ...

  • Mr Blair has proved his loyalty to President Bush - but not the case for war
    Wednesday, 4 September 2002

    Among the signal strengths of our Prime Minister are presentation and the ability to persuade, and the marathon press conferences he has introduced show off these qualities to the full. But they do not make his every word convincing, nor do they me...

  • Kaizer Nyatsumba: A heartfelt round of applause for President Mugabe
    Wednesday, 4 September 2002

    President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has systematically reduced his own country, especially in the past two years, into a basket case and severely handicapped some African leaders' attempts to overturn the continent's negative image. Wherever the...

  • Was my father stupid to 'serve Stalin' for 50 years?
    Wednesday, 4 September 2002

    Martin Amis's new book, Koba The Dread, ends with a letter to his dead father, the novelist Kingsley Amis. The book is about Stalinist Russia, and Amis senior was, it turns out, himself a Communist Party member in the 1940s and 50s. His son chid...

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