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Tuesday, 25 September 2007

  • Leading article: People power and a junta whose days are numbered
    Wednesday, 26 September 2007

    The doubling of fuel prices by the regime last month was the spark for these demonstrations. But discontent within the country has been growing for decades. Horrific misgovernment and oppression by the military regime have turned this once prosperous...

  • John Bercow: This vile regime in Burma has to be confronted
    Wednesday, 26 September 2007

    At long last Burma, one of the world's most under-reported human rights tragedies, dominates our media – and has begun to claim the attention of our politicians. I returned last week from a visit to the India-Burma border, with the human rights chari...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Zimbabwe
    Wednesday, 26 September 2007

    In the early years after independence I was the British government's representative on the committee in Harare that approved the resettlement projects that both governments jointly financed, including the cost of land purchase and infrastructure. Eac...

  • Leading article: The NHS must serve its patients
    Wednesday, 26 September 2007

    And this is welcome news. At least, it seems, ministers have been listening to the sometimes humdrum complaints of those who use the NHS. From those in full-time employment who find it difficult to make an appointment, let alone a convenient appointm...

  • Mark Farmaner: Fine words - but not nearly enough action
    Wednesday, 26 September 2007

    For more than 17 years Burmese people have called on the international community for help. The Burma Campaign UK was set up in 1991 in response to that call. At first, our task was to raise awareness of human rights abuses, collecting evidence to pre...

  • Martin Hickman: It would be neither fair nor helpful to ban all air freight
    Wednesday, 26 September 2007

    Wasting less food would be far more effective still. About a third of food is wasted between farm and fork. According to the Government's Waste Resources Action Programme (Wrap), half of what we put in the bin could have been eaten – and if you think...

  • Michael McCarthy: Inventive compromise may be the answer to dilemma
    Wednesday, 26 September 2007

    Slimbridge shows instantly why the gaping mouth of the Severn is special in wildlife terms. On the warm western edge of Europe, the estuary is a winter haven not only for wild swans and geese but for many thousands of wading birds from all over the c...

  • 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...

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