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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...

  • Letters: Education
    Friday, 7 September 2007

    Some primary schools begin teaching joined handwriting at once, possibly because they have heard that this is the practice in some European countries. But they fail to realise that pupils there are six years old, or even seven, and have been provided...

  • Leading article: The voice of his generation
    Friday, 7 September 2007

    From his earliest days at the Royal Opera – which has never really made enough of nurturing such a talent – Pavarotti was marked out as the voice of a generation. Of course, there were other great singers among his peers, other great tenors indeed, m...

  • Sean O'Grady: Ming's complacency is the party's problem
    Friday, 7 September 2007

    It is people like Chris Gaster, and his team, still pounding the streets delivering Focus leaflets, that kept the party going in difficult times. I sometimes wonder, having observed a few at close quarters, if extreme adversity makes them redouble th...

  • Boyd Tonkin: Revolution postponed as big publishers dominate
    Friday, 7 September 2007

    With the 2007 shortlist in, has that Booker revolution happened? Only up to a point. Every title in the final six comes from a leading corporate publisher. Myrmidon and Tindal Street Press, the much-fancied indie patrons of the longlisted candidates ...

  • Simon Calder: Delights of freedom of choice await the intrepid solo traveller
    Friday, 7 September 2007

    Travelling alone, which is how I spend much of my life, can prove much more rewarding than going with a companion. Every trip is a journey of discovery, of encounters, and of getting to know people (possibly including oneself). Your experience will b...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: Great and small
    Friday, 7 September 2007

    It is interesting how much coverage this environmental story has generated. It would be nice to believe that this is because of an explosion of concern over the plight of these charismatic insects. But a more realistic explanation is that it is becau...

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