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  • Leading article: A chance for peace that must not be spurned
    Friday, 2 February 2007

    A settlement between Syria and Israel would alter radically the prospects for the Middle East. It would at one and the same time end the most persistent state-to-state conflict between Israel and its neighbours and remove a source of trouble for the ...

  • Alan Johnson: Children must think differently
    Friday, 2 February 2007

    The change in climate was dramatic: the following year, "the year without summer", failing crops meant 80,000 people died of starvation. Today's threat of climate change is not quite so dramatic but it could be more devastating. A report published by...

  • Leading article: A sign of rising confidence
    Saturday, 3 February 2007

    There is, though, far more to progress in Northern Ireland than the halting advances taking place at the political level, and this is what is happening in the economy and at the grass roots. Northern Ireland as a whole recorded a faster rise in house...

  • Gilbert and George: Double vision
    Saturday, 3 February 2007

    They live in the East End of London, in Spitalfields, on Fournier Street. I am invited there as all journalists are. They have never had any problem being committed, almost evangelical promoters of their own work. "People who are frightened of modern...

  • Leading article: The politics of fear
    Friday, 2 February 2007

    Mr Reid told ministers at yesterday's Cabinet meeting that he believes it is worth trying to convince Parliament and the nation that "going further" is necessary. This is because, "the scale of the terrorist threat is becoming larger and more complex...

  • Leadinga article: In a league of his own
    Saturday, 3 February 2007

    This is because the former rugby league hero, Andy "Faz" Farrell, is to make his union debut for England. Through Farrell, the spectators will get a taste of the lung-busting work ethic, the finely honed skill and the admirable honesty that character...

  • Mark Lynas: The hellish vision of life on a hotter planet
    Saturday, 3 February 2007

    An eco-alarmist fantasy? Unfortunately not - having spent the past three years combing the scientific literature for clues to how life will change as the planet heats up, I know that life on a 6C-warmer globe would be almost unimaginably hellish. A c...

  • Leading article: Today's lesson
    Friday, 2 February 2007

    This is not before time. Last week Richard Pike, the chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry, described that what teaching of the subject there is at present as dogged by "omission, simplification and misrepresentation". But teachers should...

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