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Monday, 24 September 2007

  • Leading article: Mr Brown's manifesto for an undeclared election
    Tuesday, 25 September 2007

    This was a multi-purpose speech, workmanlike in tone, more than competently delivered and with just enough specifics to double as an election manifesto, should the need arise. And if not, well, the other message – no less appropriate to yesterday's t...

  • Aung Zaw: 'Sons of Buddha' have little choice but to march
    Tuesday, 25 September 2007

    However, this is not the first time monks and Burma's generals have embarked on such a collision course. The monks, considered to be "sons of Buddha", are the strongest institution in Burma after the armed forces. Over the past two decades, Burma's y...

  • Leading article: Mr Brown must spell out his vision for the future
    Monday, 24 September 2007

    And it is even more remarkable given that many observers were predicting deep divisions to result from the departure of Tony Blair. But the cracks never opened. Labour is, in fact, more unified than it has been in a long time. This is largely thanks ...

  • Letters: Mass extinctions
    Tuesday, 25 September 2007

    Wild species aren't evenly distributed, and about 70 per cent of the land-dwelling ones are concentrated in 34 "biodiversity hotspots". These once occupied about 15.7 per cent of the planet's land area. But 86 per cent of this habitat has already bee...

  • Leading article: More shabby delaying tactics
    Tuesday, 25 September 2007

    This was, of course, merely a preliminary event. The summit was designed to build political momentum for the official UN Climate Change Convention Conference negotiations to be held in Bali in December. But the UN climate chief, Yvo de Boer, was stil...

  • Letters: Dawkins and theology
    Monday, 24 September 2007

    Science deals with physical reality by proposing hypotheses and testing them by observations designed to prove them wrong. Those hypotheses that survive become part of the provisional body of knowledge we call natural law. Applying that knowledge, by...

  • Leading article: More trouble on the farm
    Monday, 24 September 2007

    Farmers' hopes that the Channel and the North Sea would prove enough of a natural barrier always seemed rather optimistic, especially given that the disease is spread by midges. In certain weather conditions these tiny insects can travel formidable d...

  • Michael Vatikiotis: Monks' crucial role in fight for freedom
    Monday, 24 September 2007

    It may be too early to tell whether the fledgling alliance of monks will prove strong enough to topple Burma's military regime, but many observers recall that the popular revolt that forced Burmese strongman Ne Win to step down in 1988 was also spear...

  • Jon Cruddas: Labour should do as the US Democrats are doing
    Monday, 24 September 2007

    But increasingly that is not how the Democrats themselves see it, and as Labour begins its conference in Bournemouth, we could usefully draw lessons instead from the debates in the Democratic presidential primary. Speaking to members of the SEIU serv...

  • Leading article: Winter wonderland
    Monday, 24 September 2007

    One wonders how long the Scottish Tourist Board expected to get away with using archive footage from the 1990s of glacial conditions on Scottish mountains to attract winter sports tourists from around the world. Of course, some unwitting skiers, snow...

  • John Lichfield: Our Man In Normandy
    Monday, 24 September 2007

    There is nothing surprising about that. Two thirds of French farmers voted for him in the second round of the elections in May. Pierre is still, broadly, a Sarkozy fan. All the same, he, like many French farmers, is struggling to digest the plain – o...

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