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  • Leading article: Leaner and meaner, the presidential battles go on
    Friday, 1 February 2008

    Mr Giuliani, in staking everything on a late debut in Florida, made a fatal miscalculation. In any other year, his gamble might have paid off. He was unlucky that the races on both sides engaged the voters from the start. This year Iowa and New Hamps...

  • 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: Brazilian rainforests
    Friday, 1 February 2008

    The major drive for destroying the forest is the hunger of foreign markets for the cheap Brazilian beef and grains, especially soybeans. The EU is among the major importers of those products from Brazil, if not the major one. So, my plea to the Europ...

  • Leading article: Cruelty, mistreatment and abuse
    Friday, 1 February 2008

    About 3,000 unaccompanied children arrive in the UK to seek asylum each year. They are among the most vulnerable of all immigrants. Some are smuggled in by sex traffickers. Others have been forced into low-paid jobs in the black economy. Many are vic...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: The heart of the matter
    Friday, 1 February 2008

    But it is an excellent idea. It is certainly practical. Cardiac surgeons already make their records public. There is no obvious reason why other surgical practitioners should not do the same. The publication of this data should also help put power in...

  • 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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