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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...

  • Tim Lott: If this is the end of the road, there must be a rainbow...
    Sunday, 30 November 2008

    But the other day it occurred to me that I was being told that the yellow brick road was heading for ruin about 12 months ago, after Northern Rock collapsed. Even then we were being told that we were embarking on a new era of austerity, uncharted wat...

  • Kanishk Tharoor: This is an Indian atrocity – not the West's
    Sunday, 30 November 2008

    Just as they were calculated to do, the terrorists' unforgivable deeds drew unprecedented media attention to Mumbai. No attack in recent memory has so transfixed the entire nation or so catapulted India into the glare of the international spotlight. ...

  • DJ Taylor: A Word to the wise
    Sunday, 30 November 2008

    Last week he popped up to offer his thoughts on reality TV, a phenomenon of which he apparently disapproves ("like watching a car crash") but is nonetheless absorbed by. Whether commenting on Arab-Israeli relations or appraising I'm A Celebrity Get M...

  • 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...

  • IoS letters, emails & messages (30 November 2008)
    Sunday, 30 November 2008

    Prostitutes and men who use prostitutes are individuals. If Jacqui Smith's brutal Act of Parliament goes through unamended, men who use prostitutes will suffer injustices similar to those suffered by homosexuals in the past. And they will be very sus...

  • Leading article: We can give Zimbabwe hope
    Sunday, 30 November 2008

    The truth is that Mr Tsvangirai has been spending a lot of time in South Africa, engaged in tortuous negotiations over the allocation of ministerial posts. Progress was made last week, for example, in agreeing amendments to the constitution to put th...

  • Katy Guest: Grow up with the triffids and you'll fear GM
    Sunday, 30 November 2008

    Back in the mid-1990s, when the debate about genetic modification of plants started in earnest in Commons corridors and at editorial conferences all over the world, those with instinctive views split into two distinct camps: those who had seen The Da...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 30 November 2008

    Duncan Davidson, the multimillionaire founder of Persimmon homes and a cousin of the Duchess of Cornwall, hit by the credit crunch, has decided to fell an entire forest he owns in Northumberland as a way of raising cash from the timber. If granted...

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