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  • Patrick Cockburn: It is no use blaming Iran for the insurgency in Iraq
    Wednesday, 7 February 2007

    The US had already shown its contempt for any diplomatic immunity protecting Iranians in Iraq by arresting five officials in a long-established Iranian office in the Kurdish city of Arbil last month. The White House had earlier authorised US forces t...

  • Oliver Walston: I should never have offered farm aid to Africa
    Tuesday, 6 February 2007

    It all began back in 1984, when I asked Oxfam if they would be able to distribute 1,000 tons of wheat which British farmers had raised in response to the Ethiopian famine. Their answer surprised me. It was, in effect, "Thank you, but no thank you." T...

  • Sean O'Grady: The industry gets the blame. But consumers keep buying bigger cars
    Wednesday, 7 February 2007

    It is true that every time the European Commission has proposed new measures to tighten up on emissions, on safety, and on recycling, the powerful motor industry lobby has screeched with anguish, as if the Commission had done something as rash as a h...

  • Letters: Prisons at crisis point
    Wednesday, 7 February 2007

    Sir: Dominic Lawson ("Addiction is a moral, not a medical, problem", 6 February) is right to identify the 12-step model of addiction treatment as highly successful. It provides both abstinence and recovery. The latter is impossible without the former...

  • Lucy Caldwell: Falling in love with Iceland
    Tuesday, 6 February 2007

    You don't get many tourists in Iceland in January - they come in the summer, for the endless light. But Iceland is eerily, hauntingly beautiful at this time of year. The twilight lasts for hours, and for much of the time, because the sun is beneath t...

  • Zoe Anderson: She'd dance through air raids
    Tuesday, 6 February 2007

    Fonteyn was a dancer of lyrical simplicity. Her proportions were ideally graceful: the choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton once said it was hard for her to make an unpleasing shape. She was intensely musical. And she had a heart-catching quality. Font...

  • The Third Leader: Comeback kids
    Wednesday, 7 February 2007

    Twickenham on Saturday was followed by the astonishing feat of our cricket team not only winning again, but making the one-day finals. Miraculous. The Soccer Señors of Spain, as sportswriters used to put it, must now surely be shaking in their boots ...

  • Leading article: A new era of openness? Hardly
    Wednesday, 7 February 2007

    Last year, the Commons tried to resist a request, brought under the Act, that MPs should make all the details of their travel expenses public. The Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, ruled that there was no legitimate reason why such informatio...

  • Leading article: A surgical solution
    Tuesday, 6 February 2007

    It sounds radical, but Dr Colin-Thome is quite right. We need to get away from the idea, dating from the time when the NHS was founded, that an operation inevitably means a lengthy stay in hospital. The proposal makes financial sense. It has the pote...

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