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Wednesday, 19 December 2007

  • Leading article: We will pay a steep price for our plunder of the oceans
    Thursday, 20 December 2007

    The deal has been welcomed as "fair" by the British fisheries minister, Jonathan Shaw, and hailed as "sustainable" by Richard Lochhead of the Scottish executive. One wonders where these two politicians are getting their information from. It is simply...

  • Maureen Isaacson: I fear for South Africa's women in the Zuma era
    Thursday, 20 December 2007

    The electorate who had voted Zuma in on a pro-poor ticket got to hear some curious reports. On his whirlwind charm offensive of western capitals, Zuma had announced there would be no shift to the left in his policies. Just because he enjoyed the supp...

  • Leading article: A youthful new leader, but the same old challenges
    Wednesday, 19 December 2007

    Chris Huhne, always the underdog, fought a good campaign how good is now apparent. He was dignified and generous in defeat, as indeed was Nick Clegg in victory. Mercifully, they both seemed determined to put the rancour of the "Calamity Clegg" jibe b...

  • Yury Fedotov: We risk danger by granting Kosovo independence
    Wednesday, 19 December 2007

    After the bloodletting in the region less than a decade ago, it is an anxious time for the world community. Few would disagree with the British Foreign Secretary's desire to secure "a comprehensive solution for the whole of the western Balkans". Both...

  • Letters: Teaching
    Thursday, 20 December 2007

    It doesn't seem teachers have much flexibility in what or how they teach, as the Government roll out endless new targets and faddish plans. Independent schools, on the other hand, do not look dissimilar to the ones of 30 or so years ago and they are ...

  • Leading article: Prolonging an uneasy marriage
    Thursday, 20 December 2007

    Talk of a Belgian "split" may have been premature. Talk of a solution to the crisis is equally unwise. After three months, Mr Verhofstadt, leader of the Flemish Liberal party, is to give way to Yves Leterme, the head of the Flemish Christian Democrat...

  • Letters: European Demons
    Wednesday, 19 December 2007

    The French Foreign Minister in 1950, Robert Schuman, in his declaration which launched the European Iron and Steel Community said "any war between France and Germany would become not merely unthinkable but materially impossible", coal and steel being...

  • Leading article: Castro prepares to lower the curtain
    Wednesday, 19 December 2007

    Mr Castro did not indicate when he might step down. But this letter is clearly part of an attempt to prepare Cubans for a transition of power. Elections are due to be held next month to choose the Cuban national assembly, which will then select the p...

  • Leading article: Culture club
    Thursday, 20 December 2007

    In fact, we're something of a jumble. Some of us are "univores", who are only interested in popular culture. Others are "omnivores" who snaffle up any form of entertainment, high or low. There are "paucivores", who only consume a small amount of cult...

  • Leading article: Fairytale ending
    Wednesday, 19 December 2007

    Radio 1 no doubt thought it was making a responsible gesture by deciding to make the words "slut" and "faggot" in the lyric inaudible. But all the station accomplished was to toss a juicy bone to the "political-correctness-gone-mad" brigade. These re...

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