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  • Leading article: China and a premonition of combat by other means
    Thursday, 6 September 2007

    Such news, for which anyone outside the rarefied intelligence world has had scant preparation, prompts conflicting reactions. The first is panicked alarm that the world's next superpower is already dictating the terms of a future contest for global s...

  • Mark Avery: If only our countryside were scruffier...
    Thursday, 6 September 2007

    Remarkably, the biggest source of wildlife-rich scruffiness in the European countryside in the past 15 years was not a carefully targeted, cleverly designed environmental scheme, but instead the introduction of an EU measure aimed at controlling agri...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Iraq
    Thursday, 6 September 2007

    The stream of limp "I told you so" stories which are now being trumpeted from the safety of retirement do little to enhance the reputations of those who were, at the time, in a position to express their "deep misgivings" etc but chose not to say anyt...

  • Leading article: The argument for hybrids
    Thursday, 6 September 2007

    The insertion of human chromosomes into an empty animal's egg cell can result in a new class of embryonic stem cell. These "progenitor" cells promise to help scientists to develop a range of new techniques for the understanding and eventual treatment...

  • David Elstein: he BBC was right to scrap its day of special programming on climate change?
    Thursday, 6 September 2007

    A report this summer on BBC impartiality, commissioned by the BBC Trust and BBC management, told in sorry detail how campaigners led by Richard Curtis captured the BBC's editorial processes, injecting an explicit campaigning video into an episode of ...

  • 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...

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