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Tuesday, 29 January 2008

  • Leading article: The young victims of a system in need of reform
    Wednesday, 30 January 2008

    But perhaps the greatest damage their incarceration inflicts is on their children. Sixty per cent of women in prisons are mothers. Half of these are lone parents. This means some 18,000 children are separated from their mothers by imprisonment each y...

  • Leading article: Public money for private purposes
    Wednesday, 30 January 2008

    After the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee had found that Mr Conway had overpaid his younger son for research assistance, David Cameron had little choice but to act. Withdrawing the party whip was the most immediate sanction open to him. He...

  • Richard Dowden: The seeds of mistrust were sown decades ago, but this will not explode into genocide
    Tuesday, 29 January 2008

    Rwanda has a social system unique to that region. Hutu and Tutsi are technically the same ethnic group. They speak the same language (indistinguishable even by accent), they are part of the same culture and worship the same gods. They are separated b...

  • Letters: MPs' real job
    Wednesday, 30 January 2008

    After Peter Hain was forced to resign, and the education minister Alan Johnson is under investigation over donations, Labour is trying to level the score. Conservative MP Derek Conway is in their sights for using funds to employ his sons. This sudden...

  • Leading article: Memory remade
    Wednesday, 30 January 2008

    Now, though, there may be light on the horizon. The surgical technique of brain stimulation, already used successfully to treat some types of Parkinson's disease, has been found to bring about a dramatic improvement in memory. The discovery, as so of...

  • David Anderson: How violence infected Kenya's democracy
    Wednesday, 30 January 2008

    Kenya's struggles are not rooted in any deep-seated ethnic hatred, although no one would deny that, as this crisis has mounted, growing fear and, latterly, a lust for vengeance has driven a wedge between communities. But there is no doubt at all that...

  • Colin Blakemore: An organ so complex we may never fully understand it
    Wednesday, 30 January 2008

    Yet the brain remains one of the greatest areas of ignorance in contemporary science. The scale of the problem is immense. There are 100,000 million nerve cells or more in the human brain, with 10,000 times as many connections between them. That mean...

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