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  • Leading article: The stakes are too high for Pakistan to veer off the road to democracy
    Saturday, 29 December 2007

    The violence has already begun, and figures such as Imran Khan are openly asking why President Musharraf hadn't ensured Ms Bhutto's safety. He might have done more it is always possible to do so but the frequency and determination of the attacks on h...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Far from democracy
    Saturday, 29 December 2007

    There was little political infrastructure in the lands that became Pakistan especially compared with lands that became India prior to independence. The British emphasised security over political development in the strategically important north-west o...

  • The Weasel: That's the spirit
    Saturday, 29 December 2007

    A puff of steam from the roof of a large, otherwise anonymous building indicated that I had reached my goal. Unusually for a Kennington back street, a pair of blazing gasoliers flanked the entrance. Greeted by a commissionaire clad all in black inclu...

  • Leading article: Property booms and busts
    Saturday, 29 December 2007

    First, it cannot be a comforting feeling to watch the value of what is for the vast majority of people their main financial asset decline, however modestly. Those who have bought property on the back of speculative buy-to-let bubbles, and those who a...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Is this the beginning of the end in Iraq?
    Saturday, 29 December 2007

    The fall in US casualties is one of the most surprising events of 2007. At the beginning of the year, the American army in Iraq seemed to be clinging on by its fingertips as more and more of the country came under the control of Sunni and Shia warlor...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article; Honourable exceptions
    Saturday, 29 December 2007

    While the absence of England's footballing "talent" is predictable, perhaps Lewis Hamilton's achievements were worth some recognition. And why was the prince of caddishness, Leslie Phillips, offered only a CBE? Much the same goes for Hanif Kureshi, w...

  • 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...

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