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  • Leading article: A nation in danger of drowning in a sea of debt
    Saturday, 29 November 2008

    The week began with an emergency bailout of Citigroup, the world's biggest bank, by the United States Treasury. A few days later the Federal Reserve released news of an $800bn credit market intervention. This was followed by a €200bn European Union-w...

  • Maleeha Lodhi: Fallout will hit Obama’s Afghan plan
    Saturday, 29 November 2008

    The attacks have plunged relations between Pakistan and India into unpredictable territory just when a series of policy reviews in Washington are focussed on overhauling strategy in Afghanistan. With Afghanistan in a "downward spiral" Washington is g...

  • Letters: Debt-happy Banks
    Saturday, 29 November 2008

    I went online to get this ridiculous limit reduced. And it turns out that I can increase my limit online, but if I want to decrease my limit I must ring a helpline. So I phone and the friendly lady says unfortunately she cannot reduce it for me as sh...

  • Leading article: Our freedoms under threat
    Saturday, 29 November 2008

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown knows very well the importance of whistleblowers - his preparations for the 1996 budget debate were greatly assisted by Labour's obtaining of a copy of the document the night before. It is hoped, therefore, that if the Met...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Pakistan is the root of the problem
    Saturday, 29 November 2008

    The general consensus among the correspondents and security men in the Hamra, which boasted 65 armed guards, was that the weak point in our defences was the single blast wall about 30 yards from the back of the hotel. On the other side of it was a pu...

  • Anil Dharker: In Mumbai's teeming history lies the hope for our recovery
    Friday, 28 November 2008

    The star of the meal is the patra ni machi, fish coated with green chutney and steamed in a banana leaf, but it's only one course of a many-splendoured meal. As the second sitting finished their last bit of dessert, and the third lot of diners were a...

  • Rowan Pelling: An old-style mistress would not recognise her successor
    Friday, 28 November 2008

    Nowadays, it seems, you just can't tell. The nation has been shocked to its core by the allegations that rumple-faced family man and chef Gordon Ramsay has a mistress. If the story is true, I bet he's regretting some of those book titles: Gordon Rams...

  • Michael McCarthy: These rainforests on the coast are a nursery for fish
    Friday, 28 November 2008

    As a result, large areas of mangroves have been cleared without much public protest, until the losses mounted up astonishingly. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the UN stock take of the health of the planet, revealed when it was published in 2005...

  • Dipankar De Sarkar: Love of freedom will see Mumbai through
    Friday, 28 November 2008

    India has lived with terrorism for decades. It has known for many years what others are now learning: that what happens in one country – sometimes a far-flung one – can impact on events elsewhere; and that defeating terrorism needs both political and...

  • Heston Blumenthal: A kitchen without pots and pans? No way
    Friday, 28 November 2008

    Before this began, I thought of Little Chef as an iconic brand with great nostalgia associated with it, but most people of my age said: "I wouldn't go in one today." So the challenge was taking one and seeing whether you could change it and roll the ...

  • Leading article: Bat bombshell
    Friday, 28 November 2008

    So what on earth was DC Comics thinking when it allowed the Scottish writer Grant Morrison to pen a storyline that ends with the demise of Bruce Wayne? As every comic fan will know, Wayne is the alter ego of the caped crusader: Batman. It's certainly...

  • Steve Connor: City missing out on stem-cell jackpot
    Friday, 28 November 2008

    It was in the UK that Francis Crick and Jim Watson discovered the DNA double helix structure, a 1953 study that won them the Nobel Prize. The home of their discovery, in Cambridge, eventually became the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, which under th...

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