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Thursday, 25 October 2007

  • Leading article: Some good ideas, but a work stillin progress
    Friday, 26 October 2007

    The Prime Minister was impressive in his attempts to place his interpretation of liberty in an historic context. Not even his severest critics can accuse him of tackling the issue in a superficial manner. Everyone from Milton and Locke to Orwell and ...

  • Leading article: The ethical dilemma posed by organic food
    Thursday, 25 October 2007

    Another difficult ethical issue attaches to this. Much of the fruit and vegetables airfreighted into Britain is produced by poor farmers in developing countries. According to Action Aid, developing nations earn £3bn per year from goods sold in UK sup...

  • Claire Fox: Debate is being stifled by a new form of inquisition
    Thursday, 25 October 2007

    Whether or not unpalatable views have been expressed, these views fade into insignificance beside the relentless clampdown on those who go against the grain. The real danger is that we are entering a new era of the heresy and heretic hunting – whethe...

  • Letters: Nuclear proliferation
    Friday, 26 October 2007

    In 1969, when it became apparent that the Israelis had obtained a nuclear capability and had no intention of signing the NPT, President Richard Nixon's Defence Secretary, Melvin Laird, warned that such "developments were not in the US interests and s...

  • Leading article: Wasted opportunities
    Friday, 26 October 2007

    An incentive scheme for recycling household waste is an entirely sensible idea. Our landfill sites are under severe pressure. If we do not cut down on the amount of rubbish we put into the ground, we will eventually run out of space. And the public c...

  • Deborah Scroggins: Beyond Darfur there is the plight of southern Sudan
    Friday, 26 October 2007

    I met my first refugees from Sudan's wars almost 20 years ago. Listening recently to women from Darfur and Chad tell of being raped, of watching their husbands and children being murdered before their eyes, all I could think was how sickeningly famil...

  • Michael McCarthy: We were warned 20 years ago. Now time is running out
    Friday, 26 October 2007

    The report was called Our Common Future and the main conclusion of the Brundtland Commission – chaired by Gro Harlem Brundtland, a former prime minister of Norway – was that there was a link between the environment and global poverty. Until then, th...

  • Letters: Cattle TB
    Thursday, 25 October 2007

    The source of the TB infection stems from the poor and crowded conditions many farmers keep their cattle in, just as bovine BSE was caused by feeding them offal and ground-up spinal cords. When people are left to live in poorly heated, unsanitary and...

  • Leading article: The Terminator fights wildfires, too
    Thursday, 25 October 2007

    Almost 900,000 people have now been ordered to evacuate. More than 1,500 houses and businesses have been destroyed; an area the size of New York City has been scorched. For all the destruction, however, the human casualties can be counted on one hand...

  • The Third Leader: Plinth idol
    Friday, 26 October 2007

    For while in favour of honouring men and women who have displayed exemplary virtues, I believe there is also a plinth for those who have not. Why this concentration on one graven image, that of greatness and goodness? Some progress has been made. The...

  • The Third Leader: Transcendental, man
    Thursday, 25 October 2007

    To more spiritual times, to 40 years ago, to the Sixties. And who still alive and, crucially, still able to remember, will not have been moved by the current prominence of Donovan? People, as I have just done, do tend to emphasise the dreamier, self-...

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