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Thursday, 4 January 2007

  • Patrick Cockburn: Perceptive analysis contrasts with White House rhetoric
    Friday, 5 January 2007

    At the centre of Mr Allawi's ideas on how "to pull the Middle East from its death spiral" is finding a means to meet the fears generated inside and outside Iraq by the tectonic changes within the country. This means recognition of the gains of the Sh...

  • Dennis Macshane: Here's to the union with Europe and Scotland
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    So 2007 might be a good year to celebrate both Acts of the Union. Instead, the defenders of both the United Kingdom and the European Union are "wee timorous beasties", to quote Robert Burns, nervously unwilling to assert it's good to be British and i...

  • Colin Blakemore: From a scientist's point of view, life is getting better
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    For climate change, the obstacles are short-sighted commercial and political interests - let's call them myopeconomics and myopolitics. Many businessmen still judge that their own fortunes and those of their shareholders are best served by ignoring t...

  • John Wyatt: 'The right to go through puberty cannot be absolute'
    Friday, 5 January 2007

    Was it right to subject Ashley to such invasive and irreversible surgery? There is no doubt that the surgery, involving the removal of the womb and breasts, together with prolonged hormonal therapy, was distressing and carried significant risks. The ...

  • Letters: Company chiefs' pay
    Friday, 5 January 2007

    Sir: Jeremy Warner writes (29 December) that he disagrees with one of the central premises in my report The Risk Myth, that escalating CEO pay is a perversion of market principles. If market principles worked then the over-supply of willing and able ...

  • Leading article: A historic bargain is still in prospect
    Friday, 5 January 2007

    The goal is to reach an understanding between the republicans and the unionists so that an election can be held on 7 March. That will elect a fresh Belfast Assembly in which the two opposing traditions can share power. To get to that point, Gerry Ada...

  • Agnes Fletcher: 'This is a medical solution to a social problem'
    Friday, 5 January 2007

    It seems to me that what has happened to her is an attempt to find a medical solution for a social problem; that is, the lack of care and support for her and her family as she grows and her needs increase. People choose to have all sorts of treatment...

  • Letters: Trusting the state
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    Sir: John Rentoul ("If Gordon Brown is wise, he will not be promising to restore trust in government", 2 January) argues that a future Prime Minister Brown ought not to try and "restore trust in politics" because such an aim is "almost by definition ...

  • Leading article: A war that has made a martyr out of a tyrant
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    True, members of Iraqi's Sunni minority were always going to protest about what they saw as "victor's justice". And it was regrettable that Saddam was not handed over to an international court for trial. But it was not just Iraq's Sunnis who regarded...

  • Tim Hancock: A glimpse inside the sordid world of the execution chamber
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    Welcome to the sordid world of the execution chamber, brought to you by the YouTube Generation. There was nothing unique about the pictures from Iraq: executing people is a dirty, sordid business. ItÕs why some governments frequently do it in secret,...

  • The Third Leader: Big is beautiful
    Friday, 5 January 2007

    Indeed: the Big Ballet, a distinguished company from Perm, home of Diaghilev, is making its first visit here, determined both to entertain and keep every little bit of imposing avoirdupois. A timely reminder, then, as dieting Britons prepare to shed ...

  • Leading article: Mr Cameron and Mr Brown share a problem
    Friday, 5 January 2007

    At times, Mr Cameron seems to defend government policy on Iraq almost as loyally as the Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett. Yesterday he was asserting, "I still believe it was right to get rid of Saddam", and stressing the need to "build up the Iraq...

  • The Third Leader: Sailor boy
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    Read and be proud, the rest of you, if I can drag you away just for a moment from your screen, headphones, bed or that silent mode punctuated by the odd unimpressed grunt, dismissive remark or occasional text flurry. Mike Perham is the name: 14 years...

  • Leading article: Reaping what we sow
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    No one can reasonably argue that farmers in this country have prospered in recent years. And the incompetence of the Government has not made their lives any easier. In 2001 came the disastrous foot and mouth outbreak and its gross mismanagement by th...

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