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Monday, 8 January 2007

  • Leading article: A situation fraught with confusion and tension
    Tuesday, 9 January 2007

    This is the one subject that he might have been expected to comment on, given that he has repeatedly cited the downfall of Saddam as the achievement that made the invasion of Iraq -in his view - worthwhile. Yet he and his office batted away criticism...

  • Leading article: Israel should give diplomacy more time to work
    Monday, 8 January 2007

    As sure as night follows day, the West is being led into a military confrontation with Iran with imponderable, but certainly terrifying, consequences. The cycle of leak followed by denial should fool no one. The Israelis are the source of both. We ne...

  • Louis Michel: Somalia should have an international peace force
    Tuesday, 9 January 2007

    The fighting that has since occurred between the TFG, with the support of Ethiopia, and the Islamic Courts has changed the political landscape in Somalia. No one will lament the demise of the Courts in which radical Islamists had gained the upper han...

  • Letters: Schooling and principles
    Tuesday, 9 January 2007

    Two of my own children are lucky enough to be happy in good local state schools. For my eldest, however, his experience of state education was difficult; by the time we had gone through assessments, arguments and circles of blame he was downright mis...

  • Kate Allen: Britain must act to stop this outrage
    Tuesday, 9 January 2007

    No matter, apparently, that they have British wives or children. That they are in some cases officially recognised refugees from countries such as Libya, Iraq or Jordan, where no help is likely. And no matter that the US apparently wishes to send the...

  • Leading article: A welcome rethink on testing
    Tuesday, 9 January 2007

    Under the new plan, teachers would enter their pupils for tests when they believed they were ready to pass them instead of having them all tested at the end of each "key stage" (at 11 and 14). This will mean more tests for the brightest pupils, as th...

  • Dylan Jones: I can keep a secret
    Tuesday, 9 January 2007

    The rule was devised at Chatham House back in 1927, with the aim of providing anonymity to political speakers. The Royal Institute of International Affairs, as Chatham House is officially known, was founded in 1920 to "stimulate debate and research i...

  • Steve Connor: The mystery that has endured since Big Bang
    Monday, 8 January 2007

    It is called "dark" matter because, unlike the "bright" matter of the visible stars, galaxies and planets, it is invisible, even though its gravitational presence can be felt. What dark matter is made of, however remains a mystery. Fritz Zwicky, a Sw...

  • Letters: Party funding
    Monday, 8 January 2007

    Throughout the bulk of the 20th century, Labour was the focus for working-class political ambitions. In government, the party did introduce some important measures to achieve these aims - nationalisation of coal, and the founding of the NHS, for exam...

  • Leading article: A matter of choice
    Monday, 8 January 2007

    As minister for food, among other things, Mr Miliband is playing to the gallery of farmers, the vast majority of whom use non-organic methods and are irritated by the great surge in demand for organic food products. As sales rose by 30 per cent last ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Some advice for George Bush: a 'surge' in US troops in Iraq will not bring about peace
    Monday, 8 January 2007

    The confidence of the officials in Beijing was based on their mistaken belief that that they had a world monopoly on the supply of rhubarb. They were convinced furthermore that, without the consumption of rhubarb, no natural bowel movements could tak...

  • Leading article: Cartoon character
    Monday, 8 January 2007

    Michael Fedelem, who allegedly thumped teenage Jerry Monaco "junior" at the theme park, overstepping his "bouncy" image, may have overheated inside his artificial suit. He may just have got terribly bored with the whole saccharine-coated environment ...

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