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Sunday, 23 November 2008

  • Leading article: Putting money in the pockets of the consumer makes sense
    Monday, 24 November 2008

    Bold would appear to be the operative word. Leading off with a sharp cut in VAT by up to 2.5 per cent, the total size of the package of tax cuts will probably account for as much as 2 per cent of GDP. As tax revenues are falling, the chasm that this ...

  • Leading article: The folly of spurning the Dalai Lama
    Monday, 24 November 2008

    It is five decades since Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled the country after an aborted revolt against Chinese rule. Since then, he has consistently foresworn violence and urged a negotiated settlement, accepting the reality of Chinese s...

  • Chris Parry: Promising new waters for al-Qa'ida?
    Sunday, 23 November 2008

    Today there are pirates operating in the Malacca Straits (off west Malaysia), the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. The most ruthless and successful have for some time been coming out of the failed state of Somalia, which occupies a strategic position ...

  • D J Taylor: Lost and found
    Sunday, 23 November 2008

    Like most Beatles scoops this one was faintly disingenuous. There is nothing especially "mythical" about "Carnival of Light", a 14-minute improvisatory wig-out from 1967 which has been sitting in the vault these past 41 years. (A plausible account of...

  • Letters: Fighting in Afghanistan
    Monday, 24 November 2008

    The British Army knocked down the walls with artillery, expelled the inhabitants, stole the precious doors of the Ghazni tomb, blew up the famous bazaar of Kabul, introduced prostitution, hanged Afghans before the city walls, tied tribal leaders to f...

  • Leading article: A quick absolution
    Monday, 24 November 2008

    One wonders what prompted this sudden change of heart – the sound of Hey Jude or Eleanor Rigby floating through the open window of Benedict XVI's apartment, perhaps? Galileo's ghost must be fuming. Accused of heresy in 1633 for suggesting the earth d...

  • David Miliband: 'We must restore belief in the efficacy of liberal interventionism'
    Monday, 24 November 2008

    Afghanistan and Iraq show how difficult it is to re-build the authority of states following a military campaign. The danger is that, as a result, the international community grows increasingly reluctant to intervene in countries scarred by conflict a...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 23 November 2008

    Adorning David Cameron's arm, Samantha Cameron was the accidental star of the political party conference season, dazzling with a series of effortlessly stylish outfits. Now she is celebrating a small triumph of her own in her day job as the creati...

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