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  • Leading article: A disgraceful and cynical surge of self-interest
    Tuesday, 11 September 2007

    But leaving aside for a moment the blatant conflict of interest at the heart of this exercise, what are we to make of the substance of his testimony? General Petraeus pointed to a decrease in violence in Anbar province since February when the surge b...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Democrats are powerless as testimony buys more time for Bush
    Tuesday, 11 September 2007

    The appearance of the top US commander in Iraq before a joint session of the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees was billed as the most important by an American general in time of war since William Westmoreland went before Congress in...

  • Leading article: A tightrope for Mr Brown – and for the trade unions
    Monday, 10 September 2007

    As for Mr Brown, he will not be too worried about the difference with his government that will surface this week. In his current role as the leader of a big tent, Mr Brown deploys much political energy to show that he is not the tribal politician who...

  • Letters: Terrible television
    Tuesday, 11 September 2007

    Silent Witness kicked off with a boy's corpse that had been in a river for two weeks, the camera lingering on his rotting face and butchered body. I turned to ITV, where Marco Pierre White was being pointlessly offensive to novices – some respected p...

  • Leading article: Mind your language, Mr Brown
    Tuesday, 11 September 2007

    For instance, he promised a "guarantee" of an interview for an available job for every lone parent and a "guarantee" for young people leaving school of a place on a pre-apprenticeship course. This suggests that there is pent-up demand for jobs from t...

  • Tim Lott: One law for prostitutes, another for their clients
    Tuesday, 11 September 2007

    Now we have established that not only are Fiona MacTaggart MP and Dennis MacShane MP – inescapably christened in my mind as the dirty mac brigade – good people, but in signing up for their project that we are good people too, we need not give ourselv...

  • M Ziauddin: Failed state in the making as military rule faces collapse
    Tuesday, 11 September 2007

    The blatant way he deported the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to cost Musharraf his remaining supporters. And his confrontation with the bar and bench appears to have deepened further. Musharraf's own ruling party is in total disarray....

  • Patrick Cockburn: The 'surge' has failed to improve the bloody stalemate
    Tuesday, 11 September 2007

    Unfortunately, the propaganda effort by the White House may have a more malign impact than most propaganda exercises. It claims that victory is possible where failure has already occurred. It manipulates figures and facts to produce a picture of Iraq...

  • Leading article: Free food for thought
    Monday, 10 September 2007

    Nearly one in 12 babies in England and Wales is born underweight, mostly because their growth in the womb has been retarded by a lack of nutrients. A mother's diet can have a profound effect on the health of a child yet to be born. There is a greater...

  • Boyd Tonkin: Athens and Ankara could redraw our mental maps
    Monday, 10 September 2007

    In the event, neither of us need have worried. The house was packed with young representatives of Pamuk's Turkey, as broad-minded and open-hearted as the writer himself. They applauded him lustily when he picked up a questioner who implied that the n...

  • Leading article: Life's a beach
    Monday, 10 September 2007

    Anyone who has holidayed in that country knows it is nowadays almost impossible to find a little square of sand without being charged ¿20 for two lounge chairs and a parasol. It rankles to have to pay when all you need is a dip in the briny and to kn...

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