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  • Patrick Cockburn: 'Surge' reinforces fears that Americans will never leave
    Friday, 12 January 2007

    Many Iraqis previously suspected that US claims that it would only stay in Iraq for a short period were false and they will now believe their suspicions were justified. The Shia majority also fear that Washington will impose a government better prepa...

  • Moazzam Begg: There is no justification for this hellhole
    Friday, 12 January 2007

    I remember Donald Rumsfeld saying that the men - alleged members of al-Qa'ida and the Taliban - were "killers and terrorists. He said the detainees were well cared for, sheltered and "warm". Not surprising, I remember thinking, since Cuba lies betwee...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The man who now holds Iraq's future in his hands
    Thursday, 11 January 2007

    Now he holds the future of Iraq in his hands. He has far more popularity and legitimacy than many of the pro-American Iraqi leaders cowering in the Green Zone. He is seen by millions of Shia in Baghdad and across southern Iraq as their spiritual and ...

  • Letters: Escalation of Iraq war
    Friday, 12 January 2007

    Sir: Iraq has become a delusion spawned by a lie. The delusion is that you can bomb a belief, shoot an idea. The lie, that Saddam Hussein was part of a global conspiracy to threaten us. Mr Bush intends to escalate the war against the wishes of the ma...

  • Leading article: Mr Bush's masterplan: to spread the blame around
    Friday, 12 January 2007

    In its grave tone and subdued staging, this was a broadcast whose sombreness rivalled the low points of the Nixon and Carter presidencies. From a commander-in-chief whose cheery outlook has twice contributed to his electoral appeal, the dark mood was...

  • Jeremy Laurance: A prescription for financial disaster
    Friday, 12 January 2007

    Today, GPs work near normal office hours from state-of-the-art surgeries that they rarely leave. Their average list size has declined - from 2,500 patients in the 1960s to 1,900 today - but the care they provide is more complex, and was previously on...

  • Karen Chouhan: She should be sacked for these political beliefs
    Friday, 12 January 2007

    Historically the far-right has sought the endorsement of artistic figures to attempt to disguise the reality of their politics, which include everything that is opposite to the conditions necessary for artistic endeavour. The constitution of the BNP ...

  • Leading article: A failure that has been concealed for too long
    Thursday, 11 January 2007

    Yet an even bigger embarrassment for the Government arises today. Two years ago, The Independent revealed that the official league tables were giving a false impression of the success of individual schools. Some institutions that have risen up the le...

  • Tim Lott: 'We live in an age of static, and it follows us around everywhere. Space and silence disappear'
    Thursday, 11 January 2007

    The arrival in the shops of this gadget later this year is liable to provoke hysteria redolent of a movie premiere. And it is as beautiful as a starlet but much more useful, featuring a portable computer with touch-screen technology and a 3.5-i...

  • Rupert Cornwell: This is a gamble of massive effrontery to the voters, the politicians and even the generals
    Thursday, 11 January 2007

    Vietnam, of course, was Lyndon Johnson's war. But its shade has been almost tangible in Washington as this President has honed his plans to send more American troops to salvage something from the wreckage of Iraq. I write before Mr Bush delivers his ...

  • The Third Leader: Going west
    Friday, 12 January 2007

    Will he stay; will he go: the slightly tired format, particularly involving a 31-year-old postgalactico, has been revived by the scale of Becks' ambition. Not for him the comfortably rewarded but increasingly undignified waning in the down-table comp...

  • Leading article: An unhealthy way to operate
    Friday, 12 January 2007

    Some £8bn a year is being spent on primary care, one third more than three years ago. Has the service offered by GPs improved by an equivalent amount in that time? The answer is no. They have hit most targets for which they are financially rewarded, ...

  • The Third Leader: Historic struggle
    Thursday, 11 January 2007

    And it wasn't just any old historian, either, Leonpacher, that you threw in the slammer. That was Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, the distinguished Anglo-Spanish professor whose legendary learning and heroic output is matched only by a courtesy and delicac...

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