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  • Leading article: Yet more bloodshed on a country's chequered passage to democracy
    Saturday, 20 October 2007

    What happens next depends in part on who ordered the blasts, and why. Was the intention to kill the returning former prime minister, or to intimidate? Was it to destabilise President Pervez Musharraf by provoking civil strife or perhaps to strengthen...

  • Leading article: Bad news: the axe has fallen in the wrong places
    Friday, 19 October 2007

    Now we, the licence-payers, and the unhappy staff at the BBC, know the worst. And the worst is pretty bad, though not for the self-serving reasons the likes of John Humphrys, Jeremy Paxman and their more lowly colleagues brandished in advance. There ...

  • Katherine Butler: Defiance makes her a prime target for the extremists
    Friday, 19 October 2007

    While it was too early to identify who was responsible, the list of people who would like to kill her is extremely long. Her gender alone would make her a target for some militant Islamists. Several groups, including pro-Taliban militants, had issued...

  • James Watson: To question genetic intelligence is not racism
    Friday, 19 October 2007

    Rarely more so than right now, where I find myself at the centre of a storm of criticism. I can understand much of this reaction. For if I said what I was quoted as saying, then I can only admit that I am bewildered by it. To those who have drawn the...

  • Letters: Separation and the courts
    Saturday, 20 October 2007

    The situation is even bleaker than merely a failure to promote mediation. Because of recent changes in public funding, about 40 per cent of mediation providers, mainly in the not-for-profit sector, are under threat. Meanwhile, at the same time, as yo...

  • Leading article: An inspiring tale of sporting redemption
    Saturday, 20 October 2007

    And then there is England. It is worth bearing in mind that if Brian Ashton's men lose this evening, they will still have accomplished something remarkable. Their tournament has already been a scarcely credible tale of sporting redemption. They began...

  • James Lawton: A temporary statue to Jonny in London. A more permanent monument in Paris?
    Saturday, 20 October 2007

    Indeed, the nearly century-old pointed finger of the Great War recruiter Lord Kitchener might, in less martial days, have been drawn with the 28-year-old injury-ravaged hero especially in mind as he goes into his second World Cup final of rugby, agai...

  • Letters: EU referendum
    Friday, 19 October 2007

    The irony is that it was the British who, wishing the EU to remain a mere "free trade area", led the wideners to victory over Old Europe's deepeners. Furthermore, our three mainstream political parties favour Turkey's entry. A referendum on the new t...

  • Leading article: An unworthy intervention
    Friday, 19 October 2007

    Dr Watson stated at the weekend that he is "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa... because all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really". He went on to ...

  • Drinking and social class: who's counting?
    Friday, 19 October 2007

    The news is frightening, say the scientists, because at levels like this drinkers may increase their risk of developing "certain types of cancers" and unspecified liver problems. Which is where the well-meaning medics lose our interest. Talking about...

  • The Third Leader: Grey matter
    Friday, 19 October 2007

    Human supremacists will ask The Dolphin Question – if they're so smart, how come they're doing tricks for us? I will merely point them in the direction of the world of Light Entertainment before noting the increasing signs – attacks and killings – th...

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