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  • Leading article: A counter-productive display of international machismo
    Saturday, 27 October 2007

    Although they may prove painful to the regime in Tehran, targeting as they do banks and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, they are unlikely to prove either effective or useful. The US has imposed various forms of commercial sanctions on Iran over the ...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Contraception and abortion
    Saturday, 27 October 2007

    If anything, the evidence in the 1960s was that, as a result of rising use of contraception, fewer abortions were done after the reform of the abortion law than before it. The good-news statistic is that 90 per cent of legal abortions are now done th...

  • Leading article: Brick Lane's fighting spirit
    Saturday, 27 October 2007

    But, in fact, the outcry on the street itself has been muted. British Bangladeshis are clearly less panicked by this tale of female empowerment than many assumed. Indeed, far from regarding the film's subject matter as a slur, the street's residents ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Rat-like cunning
    Saturday, 27 October 2007

    Yet it could be worse. Contrary to the stereotype, rats are clean creatures, spending a third of their waking lives grooming. They're not fussy eaters either. Children could learn a lot from these creatures. Parents have actually got off lightly. Per...

  • John Lichfield: Who rules the world? France, of course
    Saturday, 27 October 2007

    This discovery explains many things. It explains why Nicolas Sarkozy thinks he rules the world, even if he no longer reigns supreme in the heart of his ex-wife. It explains why President Sarkozy decided this week to save the planet by building fewer ...

  • Allan Massie: I was wrong, Salmond was right - this is a more contented country
    Saturday, 27 October 2007

    Scotland may not have been been transformed into a land flowing with milk and honey, but it's a more contented place than it was and we seem a people more at ease with ourselves. We have a SNP minority government and the roof hasn't fallen in. Instea...

  • 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...

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