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Monday, 12 February 2007

  • Leading article: Accusations, denials and a weird form of diplomacy
    Tuesday, 13 February 2007

    These are perilous days in US-Iranian relations, as they are for Iraq and the region as a whole, with many different aspects simultaneously coming to a head. The new US commander in Iraq, Lt-Gen David Patraeus, has just taken over; his unenviable tas...

  • Leading article: Finally, a rational debate seems possible
    Monday, 12 February 2007

    More damaging when it comes to drugs these days are accusations of lying, or hypocrisy. So what are we to make of the revelation that the Tory leader, David Cameron, was disciplined for smoking cannabis when he was at school? In the 2005 Conservative...

  • Gabrielle Rifkind: Want to ease tensions with Iran? Just try talking
    Tuesday, 13 February 2007

    "Creative diplomacy and leadership" was called for last week by the Atomic Energy Agency chief, Mohamed ElBaradei. He emphasised the dangers of an uncontrolled chain reaction if confrontation with Iran made the Middle East more militant and angry. He...

  • Leading article: Stuck in the wrong gear
    Tuesday, 13 February 2007

    It is vital for environmental reasons that people get out of their cars and off the roads. Road transport is responsible for 20 per cent of the UK's greenhouse emissions. And UK traffic levels have risen some 11 per cent since 1997. The present expan...

  • Lucy Caldwell: The Story So Far...
    Tuesday, 13 February 2007

    There are times when even Dostoevsky can begin to feel indigestible, and what you feel like reading is the equivalent of a Tunnock's teacake. You don't read beauty pages for their brains - or at least that was my preconception. But after spending a w...

  • Letters: GPs' role
    Monday, 12 February 2007

    Those with slightly longer memories will recall that many operations were enthusiastically carried out by GPs in the early days of the NHS. With the demise of cottage hospitals, this has become a rarity. Few GP premises have the space for a properly ...

  • David Usborne: Our Man In New York
    Monday, 12 February 2007

    We were going to see the latest creations of Japan's Yohji Yamamoto in his fifth year designing the Y-3 brand for, yes, adidas. The clothes, presented in the gymnasium of the Hunter College campus on the Upper East Side were, the blurb informed me, a...

  • Leading article: Best for last
    Monday, 12 February 2007

    Well, since then, the worst team in the world has beaten the best team on two more occasions. If this goes on much longer that particular newspaper may want to reconsider its rating system. But more significantly, England yesterday emerged triumphant...

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