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  • Geoffrey Lean: Oil. The fast-vanishing drug the world can't yet live without
    Sunday, 7 January 2007

    In a speech to the Institute of Petroleum in November 1999 he shed light on our front-page revelation - that in the wake of the occupation of Iraq, Western companies are to be let loose on its vast, and previously state-owned, oil reserves. Perhaps e...

  • Leading article: The oil rush
    Sunday, 7 January 2007

    Of course, the Iraqi oil industry, starved through years of sanctions and now under constant insurgent attack, badly needs Western investment. Only a small proportion of Iraq's known oil fields have been developed, and production still languishes bel...

  • Wesley Clark: Bush's 'surge' will backfire
    Sunday, 7 January 2007

    The recent congressional elections - which turned over control of both houses to the Democrats - were largely a referendum on President Bush, and much of the vote reflected public dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq. Most Americans see the US effort...

  • A C Grayling: Squeamishness will not help Ashley X. Her parents are right to put their trust in science
    Sunday, 7 January 2007

    In a blog written after details of Ashley X's case became public, her father explained the reasoning that had led to her being sterilised and given growth-inhibiting treatment. It was done, he said, to ensure that Ashley could be looked after better....

  • Leading article: Bush's reshuffle prepares the way for a sharp change of course in Iraq
    Saturday, 6 January 2007

    Nonetheless, the sweeping list of removals and appointments made known by the White House in the past 24 hours must have few precedents in any presidency. Mr Bush has effectively replaced the whole chain of military command for Iraq and extended the ...

  • Rowan Pelling: Girls who marry young get to repent at their leisure - so leave Kate alone
    Sunday, 7 January 2007

    An unnaturally luscious barnet can do funny things to a person. Many men of my acquaintance still get a "funny feeling" if you mention the scene in Live and Let Die where Jane Seymour releases a waterfall of brunette locks. I mention all this because...

  • Marcus Berkmann: They won. But must they look so bloody pleased?
    Sunday, 7 January 2007

    No, I know this isn't a particularly mature response, but I am struggling to imagine what might be. Blithe indifference? Alcoholism? Mass suicide? The problems started, as so often in the past, with Glenn McGrath. Much as you can't help admiring the ...

  • Letters: Bailiffs' powers
    Saturday, 6 January 2007

    When male bailiffs are in private property removing the goods of a single mother receiving unemployment benefit they will know very well that the chances of a complaint against them succeeding are zero; even if the children are traumatised by the vio...

  • Leading article: A minister's hot air about cheap flights
    Saturday, 6 January 2007

    Mr Pearson is frustrated at the response of the airlines in the Government's attempt to reach a voluntary agreement on controlling emissions. The O'Leary position is that aviation generates just 1.6 per cent of greenhouse gases and the real cause of ...

  • Myleene: Klass Act
    Saturday, 6 January 2007

    It was my suggestion, of course, but only because I could sense Myleene wanted to ask, but didn't wish to put me on the spot. I say I can already see my outfit. I say I'm thinking peach, frills, giant bow at the back. I say I'm thinking mid-Eighties ...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Out of America
    Sunday, 7 January 2007

    Gerald Ford's announcement of a pardon for Nixon comes close, I suppose, as do Bill Clinton's efforts to explain away his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky. But not since Vietnam has a President with an approval rating of barely 30 per cent been forced ...

  • Leading article: Lessons from the whitewash
    Saturday, 6 January 2007

    But in our haste to condemn the flannelled fools for traducing their MBEs, squandering our all-night vigils, and tarnishing the memory of that golden summer (was it really so recent?), we should remember that they had to face one of the best cricket ...

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