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  • Leading article: Peace and reconciliation could happen even in Iraq
    Wednesday, 5 September 2007

    The first was the announcement by the Shia leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, that he was ordering his Mehdi army to suspend military operations for six months. This move may have facilitated the peaceful withdrawal of British troops from central Basra, but it...

  • Patrick Cockburn: This deployment was always doomed
    Wednesday, 5 September 2007

    This was never likely to happen. The British occupation began with the killing of six British military policemen at Majar al-Kabir, south of Amara, in June 2003 after an ill-conducted search for arms. Local people said they had never bowed their head...

  • Leading article: A disarming display of diplomatic engagement
    Tuesday, 4 September 2007

    It all makes quite a contrast with the situation a year ago when conflict with the secretive regime seemed a far more likely prospect than an economic deal. Last July Pyongyang launched a series of long-range missiles into the Sea of Japan. Three mon...

  • Letters: 'Consensus' politics
    Wednesday, 5 September 2007

    Gordon Brown is not stupid. He knows his majority is small and could dwindle dangerously after another general election. With the Conservatives anxious to present themselves as a genuine centrist force in British politics, Brown's consensual style is...

  • Leading article: Small schools and big ideas
    Wednesday, 5 September 2007

    Baroness Perry and Stephen Dorrell unveiled yesterday their report on the public services, which included a substantial section on what ought to be done to improve primary and secondary education in Britain. Some of the ideas are impractical. The pro...

  • Ailsa Cameron: Farewell Facebook, goodbye Bebo...
    Wednesday, 5 September 2007

    I've had countless accounts on all manner of different websites. Just like any other self-respecting teenager. I say "all manner"; what I mean is that they've got different names, but in fact they're pretty much the same: great ways of frittering you...

  • Simon Calder: Why Britain still lags behind France
    Wednesday, 5 September 2007

    Today, dozens of trains capable of speeds of 125mph will slow to a crawl to cross the single-track Royal Albert Bridge across the Tamar outside Plymouth. In 2009 there will, no doubt, be great celebrations of Brunel's genius on the 150th anniversary ...

  • Austen Ivereigh: True British citizens in all but name
    Wednesday, 5 September 2007

    Many have put down roots and are not going back, nor will they be forcibly removed: at the current rate it would take 25 years to remove them and be economic madness to try. It is common sense to most people that long-term migrants should be able – a...

  • Letters: Early schooling
    Tuesday, 4 September 2007

    Just as there is only one conclusion to be drawn from observing the average man and the average woman assembling flat-packed furniture – that in general men are better at it and even appear to like doing it – so there is only one conclusion to be dra...

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