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  • Leading article: A more constructive approach to Afghanistan
    Wednesday, 12 December 2007

    The Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, spelt out the post-Blair thinking in the wake of the failed bomb attacks in London and Glasgow. "Let us be clear," she said, "terrorists are criminals whose victims come from all walks of life, communities and religi...

  • Julie Flint: This UN force won't end the tragedy of Darfur
    Wednesday, 12 December 2007

    Forty-six African peacekeepers died in an operation that lost the confidence of the Darfurian people. A mission that began with the hope that Africans would solve Africa's problems ended with its troops sitting ducks, unable to protect themselves. Ho...

  • Leading article: The harsh truth: this is a long, hard struggle
    Tuesday, 11 December 2007

    To say that things have gone badly would be a scandalous understatement. The writ of Hamid Karzai's government does not extend far beyond the capital, Kabul. A recent study found 54 per cent of the country to be under Taliban control. And the suicide...

  • Leading article: A proportionate response
    Wednesday, 12 December 2007

    This is not without risks. Some argue that cutting rates is a gamble because it is likely to weaken further the international value of the already stricken dollar. At a time when global commodity and oil prices are soaring, thanks to rising demand in...

  • Paul Vallely: The need for an organisation as sure-footed as the red cross is now greater than ever
    Wednesday, 12 December 2007

    Yet even that "Home Front" was a world away from the state of modern conflict. This is characterised by the guerrilla warfare so typical of today's unequal conflicts, generally between a powerful conventional army and a rag-tag collection of opponent...

  • Michael Williams: For this shift to work, international support is vital
    Wednesday, 12 December 2007

    The perception in many Nato countries is that the alliance is waging a full-on military campaign at the expense of all else. This is not true. Nato has several times committed itself to a "comprehensive approach" that brings security through the appl...

  • Letters: Milk profits
    Tuesday, 11 December 2007

    The proportion shown as farmer's "profit" is actually the gross price, which was clearly not enough to cover production costs because it caused the mass exodus of thousands of farmers from milk production. At best, some were making one or two pence p...

  • Leading article: A winning performance
    Tuesday, 11 December 2007

    Those with long memories may recall that "being on budget" back in 2003, when the consultants Arup first costed the games, involved laying out a mere 1.8bn. Within a few months Ms Jowell had revised that to 2.4bn, including an apparently generous 50 ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Only one thing unites Iraq: hatred of the US
    Tuesday, 11 December 2007

    American commentators are generally making the same mistake that they have made since the invasion of Iraq was first contemplated five years ago. They look at Iraq in over-simple terms and exaggerate the extent to which the US is making the political...

  • Leading article: Sporting chance
    Wednesday, 12 December 2007

    The boy found employment, paid his taxes and started a family. But now he has lost an appeal against a ruling by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. The Home Office is trying to send the young man (now aged 19) back to Sierra Leone, where he has no ...

  • Leading article: Chutzpah and crookery
    Tuesday, 11 December 2007

    Conrad Black has behaved like, and indeed modelled himself on, the newspaper barons of yesterday, spending big, talking loud, acting hugely and dressing up madly. His lawyers, wisely, kept him from pleading in his own defence, fearing that his grandi...

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