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  • Leading article: A belated awakening to Middle East obligations
    Monday, 7 January 2008

    That he begins his last full year in the White House with a tour that will take him not just to Israel, but to the West Bank and most of the other key countries in the region as well, however, is telling. It testifies to concern in the Bush camp both...

  • Leading article: Nuclear power is a distraction
    Sunday, 6 January 2008

    Mrs Thatcher promised a massive expansion of nuclear power. Originally she wanted to build 10 plants, one a year. By the time she published her nuclear White Paper in 1981, this had come down to five, at an indefinite rate. In the end only one saw th...

  • Asif Ali Zardari: My Benazir's hopes for democracy can live on... if Musharraf stands down
    Sunday, 6 January 2008

    I married Benazir in 1987, and spent less than five years living with her in the Prime Minister's house over her two terms in office, interrupted by military interventions. I also spent more than 11 years as a prisoner in Pakistani jails without a co...

  • Martin Meredith: Another day, another crooked African election
    Sunday, 6 January 2008

    Kenya, so often spoken of as a model of stability, has been no exception. Its first President, Jomo Kenyatta, started the trend, favouring Kikuyu businessmen and allowing his inner circle of Kikuyu advisers to make fortunes; his young fourth wife, Ng...

  • Leading article: Welfare reform comes at a cost
    Monday, 7 January 2008

    We note, merely in passing, the succession of announcements about one and the same policy that was once the presentational hallmark of New Labour. Here it is rather the substance that concerns us. Thanks in part to Iain Duncan Smith's analysis of "Br...

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