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Tuesday, 23 January 2007

  • Sami Abdel-Shafi: A referendum could heal the Palestinian rift
    Wednesday, 24 January 2007

    The publicised results of the meeting in Damascus last Sunday, between the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas's politburo chief Khaled Mashal were too bland to ease the critical state of Palestinian affairs. And the blast that damaged th...

  • Helena Kennedy: Hand over some power to the people
    Tuesday, 23 January 2007

    I've battled with government about civil liberties and know that liberty is sustained or diminished through the way political and institutions manage power. Worryingly, 76 per cent of us believe our vote makes little or no difference to Westminster's...

  • Letters: Upward mobility
    Wednesday, 24 January 2007

    Sir: It isn't the rich, or the Thatcher legacy, that's stopping the upward mobility of the intelligent working class (Johann Hari, 22 January) but the intense social pressure that now condemns any ambition to acquire knowledge or gain academic succes...

  • Dr Anna Watson: Waste we don't see is other half of story
    Tuesday, 23 January 2007

    Fortunately this is one problem that is easily solved. Friends of the Earth have been talking to some of the major supermarkets about the measures they can take to cut down on waste. Reducing the amount of packaging is a good place to start. Their ne...

  • Leading article: A failing approach to a complex problem
    Tuesday, 23 January 2007

    We heard a surprisingly thoughtful analysis of the problem from Tony Blair at a seminar with community and local police representatives in Brighton yesterday. The Prime Minister eschewed some of the "tough" rhetoric he usually deploys on such occasio...

  • Lucy Caldwell: The story so far
    Tuesday, 23 January 2007

    But my definitive choice is Lewis Hyde's The Gift. Published in the US in 1979, and only recently reprinted here, it's about how a work of art - and the ability to create and, indeed, the act of creation itself - is a gift rather than a commodity. Hy...

  • The Third Leader: Not so glittering prizes
    Wednesday, 24 January 2007

    Which brings us to the Oscar nominations, brimming with more Brit dames and directors than you could clap a clapper board at, with a movie, screenwriter, actor and actress or two thrown in for an encore. I'm particularly excited about the great Peter...

  • Leading article: When the interests of child and church collide
    Wednesday, 24 January 2007

    In the letter, the Cardinal has made it clear that unless the agencies are exempted from the new laws, which take effect in April and would require them to place children with homosexual couples, they will have to end a service which currently places...

  • The Third Leader: Washed up
    Tuesday, 23 January 2007

    The enterprising gentlemen, and ladies, going by with BMW motorcycles, beauty cream, barrels of wine and nappies from the wondrously mixed cargo of the stricken MSC Napoli are following one of the most enduring traditions of this seagoing nation: the...

  • Leading article: An election that solves little
    Tuesday, 23 January 2007

    The consolation is that, even with its enhanced parliamentary presence, the Radical Party has still fallen well short of an overall majority. Its leaders accept that they will remain in opposition. Among the other parties, the Democratic Party of Pre...

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