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  • Leading article: After election euphoria, the hard work of transition
    Monday, 10 November 2008

    Among the most hallowed – and necessary – precepts of the US transition is that the country has only one president at a time. It was invoked by Barack Obama at his first press conference as President-elect, to explain his reticence on policies, such ...

  • Leading article: Censorship is not the answer
    Monday, 10 November 2008

    The idea, which comes from the high-powered Commons intelligence and security committee, is that news outlets should be prevented by law from reporting stories the Government judges to be against national security interests. The same committee is als...

  • Leading article: Obama offers new hope in Afghanistan
    Sunday, 9 November 2008

    The most pressing of the foreign policy burdens on his shoulders is, paradoxically, not Iraq but Afghanistan. His opposition to the invasion of Iraq was important in defining his position against those of George Bush, Hillary Clinton and John McCain,...

  • A C Grayling: Euphoria will fade, but hope springs eternal
    Sunday, 9 November 2008

    Because the resonant ideas of hope and its necessary correlative, change, inspired so many Americans to vote who had never voted before, especially among the young and hitherto disaffected, an immediate reaction among observers is to ask: given the i...

  • Philip Bobbitt: The flag-waving is over. This is how the president can change the world
    Sunday, 9 November 2008

    He was guiding the pilot with the usual gestures, except that in each hand he held a small American flag. I remembered on Tuesday night how moved I had been by this simple expression of solidarity. That evening the crowds in Harlem were exuberant, an...

  • Nick Clegg: Tackling the terrorists requires more troops – and a plan
    Sunday, 9 November 2008

    This goes deeper than rows about inadequate equipment. It's about where we send the men and women of our armed forces in the first place, and what we ask them to do when they get there. At the moment, we have put them in the worst of all situations. ...

  • Letters: Funding healthcare
    Monday, 10 November 2008

    It is no coincidence that in the US, where top-up payments are a standard feature, healthcare costs are one of the major causes of personal bankruptcy – and this is despite the fact that Americans already spend more than twice as much on healthcare. ...

  • Leading article: Art of departure
    Monday, 10 November 2008

    "Just one more" has been the theme song of all too many outstanding individuals in all too many walks of life. Think Zinedine Zidane, just minutes away from honourable retirement at the top of his game; with one head-butt his reputation was ruined. T...

  • Tom Porteous: Britain's cowardice in Congo
    Monday, 10 November 2008

    In 2000, Tony Blair dispatched a small force to Sierra Leone to save an imperilled United Nations peacekeeping operation which was incapable of protecting itself let alone civilians threatened with killings by a rebel army. The decision is now seen a...

  • IoS letters, emails & messages (9 November 2008)
    Sunday, 9 November 2008

    Simon Icke Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire Last week's editorial states that Obama benefited from the perception that "the party of the rich is less qualified to manage a recession". That's not only true in the US. Alex Black Chester While Dr Tim Ston...

  • D J Taylor: Out of the swing
    Sunday, 9 November 2008

    I watched the BBC's US election special with an American friend, a quarter of a century resident on this side of the Atlantic, but umbilically attached to all the good, brave, Democrat causes. It was an odd experience. As David Dimbleby's features lo...

  • Harry Cayton: To lead healthy lives, we must look beyond the health service
    Monday, 10 November 2008

    Modern life is making us sick because we have created a healthcare industry which is rewarded by how it deals with ill-health. Without illness, doctors, nurses, clinical scientists, pharmaceutical companies, hospital managers, research charities and ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 9 November 2008

    Boris Johnson wasted no time telling Sir Ian Blair what he thought of him the minute he became chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority. Sir Ian then spent 24 hours thinking things over before handing in his resignation. But in "thinking thin...

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