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Sunday, 27 January 2008

  • Leading article: A rebuff from Mr Karzai that could cost Afghans dear
    Monday, 28 January 2008

    At the weekend, after rumours that all was not going smoothly, Lord Ashdown wrote to the UN Secretary-General to withdraw. He pointed out, reasonably enough, that he had not sought the job, that anyone who wanted to succeed had to have the support of...

  • Leading article: This contest is far from over
    Monday, 28 January 2008

    But there are other heartening trends to be found in the small print of the result in South Carolina. First, it disproved the theory that Mr Obama, who is of mixed race, might be regarded with suspicion by black American voters. In the event, black v...

  • Leading article: Invest in the planet and clean up
    Sunday, 27 January 2008

    The rest of the world almost boycotted the get-together in the face of United States's intransigence at the crucial international negotiations in Bali last month, suspecting, quite rightly, that it is a diversionary tactic intended to impede progress...

  • Oliver James: Despite ourselves, we are all Gordon Gekkos now
    Sunday, 27 January 2008

    The broking world is pressurised: the hours are fearsome, the harshness of the penalties for failing implacable. It's the apotheosis of dog-eat-dog individualism. A 2000 study of New York brokers showed two-thirds were depressed, with high levels of ...

  • Joanna Adams: Just upstairs, and horribly at risk
    Sunday, 27 January 2008

    Tasha is the 13th young suicide in the Bridgend area in the past year and the police confirmed yesterday that they are looking at websites such as Bebo, MySpace and Facebook to see if they could be to blame. [See 'Bridgend inquests told of young me...

  • Tim Lott: It's a breakthrough. I can feel it in my... chromosomes, is it?
    Sunday, 27 January 2008

    "We've described the largest man-made molecule of a defined structure. It's a chromosome, a genome from a bacteria that's roughly of 575,000 base pairs." "You've lost me already," said Humphrys. Venter sighed. "We sequenced," he said patiently, "dete...

  • Letters: Kids' 'feral' lifestyle
    Monday, 28 January 2008

    As an English teacher in a state secondary school, I see children from a variety of backgrounds. They are not all products of poverty-stricken homes, nor are they all "ill-educated". The problem with this phenomenon is how a "feral" state of being is...

  • Leading article: How much is enough?
    Monday, 28 January 2008

    This is bad news for the Government, because it means the feel-good factor it might reasonably expect to radiate from so many wealthy households is practically non-existent. It is even worse news for the families themselves, where the perpetual striv...

  • Katy Guest: Jacqui Smith told the truth. Women feel threatened
    Sunday, 27 January 2008

    Asked in an interview whether she'd be happy to walk alone at night in Hackney, she replied: "No, why would I do that?" OK, she shouldn't have continued: "I just don't think it's a thing that people do", because obviously it is, particularly people w...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 27 January 2008

    The latest "martyr" – Janet Devers, a market stallholder from Hackney – got wide coverage last week in a fight against prosecution by her local council for selling apples and pears in pounds and ounces. At the same time, a 16,000-name petition callin...

  • The IoS diary
    Sunday, 27 January 2008

    The Lib Dem MP for Montgomeryshire has an unmatched record for backing the wrong horse, so when an article by Opik appeared in the 'Western Mail' in defence of the Welsh Secretary a week ago, the Orange'un's fate was surely sealed. It all began in 19...

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