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  • 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...

  • Letters: Climate action
    Wednesday, 10 January 2007

    Sir: Recent polls do not back Tony Blair's assertion that it would be political suicide to end cheap air travel ("Blair says no politician would ban cheap flights", 9 January). Indeed they show that a majority of people say they would be prepared to ...

  • Leading article: One last, desperate, throw of the dice
    Wednesday, 10 January 2007

    It is already known that Mr Bush will be announcing a major change of policy on what is now the defining act of his presidency: the Iraq war. It is known, too, thanks to extensive leaks, that it will not be the change of policy many in the United Sta...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: An incentive to diversify
    Wednesday, 10 January 2007

    The immediate consequences are likely to be minimal. Oil supplies to central and eastern Europe have been interrupted since Moscow closed the Druzhba pipeline that runs through Belarus, but a relatively mild winter and significant stockpiles in Europ...

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