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  • 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...

  • Leading article: Ministers, mixed wards, and mixed messages
    Thursday, 31 January 2008

    This is the gist of what the Health minister, Lord Darzi, told the Lords this week. An eminent surgeon, who is conducting a comprehensive review of the NHS and is one of Gordon Brown's "big tent" appointments, the minister cannot be accused of not kn...

  • Lilian Pizzichini: I saw for myself the shocking reality of prison life
    Thursday, 31 January 2008

    I was writer-in-residence at Chelmsford for two years until the day before the report was published. Its findings were no surprise to me either: the inspectors concluded that bullying was endemic, and that vulnerable prisoners were inadequately suppo...

  • Letters: British Muslims
    Thursday, 31 January 2008

    How can the ordinary British citizen be expected to distinguish between the law-abiding Muslim and the extremist? In these circumstances it is easiest, and safest, to assume the worst and to take refuge in whatever form of defence comes readily to ha...

  • Leading article: A disastrous war and a weakened leader
    Thursday, 31 January 2008

    The commission's final report, released yesterday, condemns the handling of the contentious ground invasion launched in the final days of the conflict, but says the decision was based on an "honest assessment" of Israeli interests. Mr Olmert's aides ...

  • Malalai Joya: My country is using Islamic law to erode the rights of women
    Thursday, 31 January 2008

    Our country is being run by a mafia, and while it is in power there is no hope for freedom for the people of Afghanistan. How can anyone, man or woman, enjoy basic freedoms when living under the shadow of warlords? The government was not democratical...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: The price of free speech
    Thursday, 31 January 2008

    The United Nations criticised the conduct of the trial, in which Mr Kambaksh had no legal representation. There were hopes that the upper house of the Afghan legislature would at least commute the death sentence. In the event, however, the Senate lea...

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