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  • A killing that reverberates far beyond Pakistan
    Friday, 28 December 2007

    Ms Bhutto had powerful enemies, and there were damaging accusations against her: of corruption, nepotism and entitlement. But there could be no doubting either her sense of personal destiny or the seriousness with which she plied her politics. While ...

  • Leading article: The cost of the West's mixed signals to Kabul
    Thursday, 27 December 2007

    As we went to press last night, this was the state of play with two senior international employees based in Kabul a Briton working for the UN, and the acting head of the European Union mission, who is Irish. The two are threatened with expulsion from...

  • Ben Chu: 2007: the year I took the pledge not to fly
    Thursday, 27 December 2007

    Don't misunderstand me. I enjoy the freedom and opportunities plane travel brings as much as anyone. And over the years, I have probably been responsible for enough carbon emissions to drown an ice shelf full of polar bears. But there comes a time wh...

  • Letters: Powerhouse London?
    Friday, 28 December 2007

    While we continue to have regressive taxation and governments lacking in one-nation policies, multicultural and cosmopolitan London will continue to punch much higher than its actual British cultural significance or weight, and there will be less and...

  • Road safety: Youth is not the only issue
    Friday, 28 December 2007

    The howls of frustration among today's 15 and 16-year-olds can well be imagined, especially those living in areas poorly served by public transport. Just as they are anticipating the freedom of the roads, there they are threatened with more rigorous ...

  • Jill Kirby: The sinister Newspeak that makes cynics of us all
    Friday, 28 December 2007

    Rarely alluding to a discussion in Parliament, the call for a debate (or its close relative, "a public conversation") is nowadays a purely rhetorical device. Especially useful for ministers being pressed on difficult or controversial subjects, it is ...

  • Michael Fathers: Bhutto's flaws in office cannot diminish her greatness, or the extent of Pakistan's loss
    Friday, 28 December 2007

    The violence began three decades ago when her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the first Prime Minister to have won power in what was perhaps Pakistan's only free and fair election since the creation of the country, was toppled in a military-led coup in ...

  • Letters: Exploitation of Africa
    Thursday, 27 December 2007

    I recently completed a six-week tour of Namibia, on which I planned to use public transport. I knew it was sparse and slow but understood it to be fairly reliable. Not so: trains were regularly retimed without notice three to four hours later than in...

  • Leading article: A Downing Street 'fixer' for No 10
    Thursday, 27 December 2007

    As we report today, he faces a backbench insurrection of such proportions that defeat will be guaranteed if he insists on proceeding with this legislation. Of those who responded to a Home Office consultation, a mere 8 per cent supported an extension...

  • National Archives: 1977 and all that
    Friday, 28 December 2007

    Picture this (and no laughing, please): Margaret Thatcher, on her first US visit as leader of Her Majesty's Opposition, stuck in the loo of her Houston hotel room because the handle would not work. She had, according to the British consul general, to...

  • The Third Leader: Lotus-eaters
    Thursday, 27 December 2007

    He is, of course, right to express concern that raising cattle on the great plains of the world affects the rainforest, and increases emissions of dubious gases. But the former Beatle (and president of the Vegetarian Society of Great Britain) oversta...

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