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Thursday, 30 August 2007

  • Leading article: Guilty as charged - and a victory for people power
    Friday, 31 August 2007

    The climb-down by HSBC was not, of course, born of any charitable sentiment. It reflects self-interest pure and simple. Customer-power – or at least the power of a very particular group of customers – won the day. And that power derived from savvy us...

  • Matthew D'Ancona: Why I despair at this grotesque public downfall
    Friday, 31 August 2007

    There is something more than usually grotesque about this slow-motion downfall being played out daily in the media. When Winehouse's straight-to-karaoke single "Rehab" was released last October, it seemed that the MP3 generation had found its own Nan...

  • Marcus Berkmann: Ah, bliss... it's that Great British Film time again
    Thursday, 30 August 2007

    By the time we do get to see it – for see it we shall, whether we truly want to or not – we shall all feel slightly bored with it and tell our friends that it wasn't quite as good as the reviews said it was. By which time the publicity machine will h...

  • Leading article: Is it democracy that is stirring?
    Friday, 31 August 2007

    Ms Bhutto is letting it be known that she has set conditions for returning to her home country. They include Mr Musharraf's agreement to resign as head of the army and Pakistan's speedy return, through elections, to democratic rule. Mr Musharraf's pr...

  • Letters: Amnesty
    Thursday, 30 August 2007

    Sir: High-profile resignations from Amnesty International capture the headlines ("Scottish Cardinal quits Amnesty over abortion", report, 29 August), but the decision taken by the movement to support abortion in certain circumstances is already being...

  • Leading article: This is no time for sabre-rattling
    Thursday, 30 August 2007

    It is true that Mr Bush regularly blames Iran when US efforts in Iraq are stalling, and the degree of Iran's villainy tends to be magnified in proportion to US setbacks. Yet the terms in which Mr Bush couched his speech to veterans in Reno were espec...

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