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Wednesday, 17 December 2008

  • Leading article: Radical action is needed in this economic emergency
    Thursday, 18 December 2008

    A screeching global economic slowdown has coincided with a global banking crisis. Traumatised investors all around the world are pulling their money out of assets, shares and banks and ploughing it into government securities. The result is that money...

  • Leading article: A life claimed by nihilistic violence and malign neglect
    Wednesday, 17 December 2008

    The shooting of 11-year-old Rhys, as he cycled home from football practice near his home in Liverpool, in 2007, seemed to come out of a clear blue sky. Like the killing of the toddler, James Bulger, in the same part of the country in 1993, the death ...

  • Letters: EU climate deal
    Thursday, 18 December 2008

    By some estimates the deal as a whole may only lead to a 4 per cent domestic cut in emissions over the coming 12 years. But the vehicle "renewable energy" target, expected to be fulfilled largely by biofuels, may cost considerably more in indirect la...

  • Leading article: Mr Clegg makes his mark
    Thursday, 18 December 2008

    The greatest difficulty he has faced, and one he acknowledges with some frustration, is in projecting the policies, even the presence, of the third party at a time when there are two strong main parties in the Commons and a global economic crisis dom...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Our troops had few friends in Basra
    Thursday, 18 December 2008

    The decisive moment in Britain's intervention came on 24 June that year, when six soldiers were killed in the grim, dangerous Iraqi marsh town of Majar al-Kabir, a centre of resistance to Saddam. Local people were asking what British troops were doin...

  • Sean O'Grady and Jonathan Brown: 'Imaginative companies' try to keep skilled staff
    Thursday, 18 December 2008

    The Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) said yesterday that a quarter of industrial companies deferred wage settlements or froze pay in the three months to November. However, the more radical option of cutting wages, accompanied by a reduction in ...

  • Sophie Morris: The decline of men, or just a spot of man flu?
    Thursday, 18 December 2008

    Next time this happens, before you open your mouth to nag, why not give him a back rub instead? It's a jungle out there for the modern man, you see. Tarzan has realised that beating his chest is no longer an appropriate mating ritual, and that he is ...

  • Raul Castro: This first-world economic crisis will hurt the developing world
    Thursday, 18 December 2008

    We are well aware of the efforts demanded by such objectives when they face such major obstacles as the effects of a selfish and unfair international economic order favouring the developed countries and the interests of the large multinational corpor...

  • Victoria Clark: The scientific face behind terror
    Thursday, 18 December 2008

    We were kidding ourselves if we ever allowed ourselves to believe that Islamist fundamentalist activism was confined to the marginalised, unemployed members of our Muslim community. One look at the backgrounds of the al-Qa'ida leadership and the mast...

  • Letters: A Keynesian bonus
    Wednesday, 17 December 2008

    There is a way to create jobs that can reduce energy costs and make the 20 per cent carbon reduction by 2020 agreed in Poland last week possible. We need to provide plastic tubing and heat exchangers to British households in an affordable way. In the...

  • Alexa Chung: 'When did Christmas stop being exciting and start being a chore?'
    Wednesday, 17 December 2008

    To make matters worse, I was wearing a camel-coloured coat. If I'd have thought it through, I'd have donned the Barbour for this festive task. As it was, having been abandoned by a friend who had promised to help me fetch The Tree, defiance had force...

  • Leading article: Malfunctioning government
    Wednesday, 17 December 2008

    At what might be called the micro end of the scale we have almost 100,000 retired public sector workers whose pensions were overpaid to the collective tune of £126m. The same day we learnt – thanks to the Commons Public Accounts Committee – that a go...

  • Daniel Howden: The tyrant's comrade who masterminded massacres
    Wednesday, 17 December 2008

    While much of the world was still feting Robert Mugabe and the new independence government in 1982, Colonel Shiri, as he then was, was leading a battalion of North Korean-trained soldiers in a massacre of political opponents in Matabeleland. As comma...

  • David Usborne: Caroline has more than the J-Lo effect in this race
    Wednesday, 17 December 2008

    That seems a little harsh, on Jennifer Lopez. If half the art of politics is holding the public's attention, it is possible the actress would do well on Capitol Hill. It is also a bit of a cheap shot as regards Ms Kennedy, who may never have held ele...

  • Mosiuoa Lekota: Despite the hurdles, our new party is optimistic for South Africa
    Wednesday, 17 December 2008

    I am, however, sad to report that at times the negative looms as large, if not larger than the positive. That intimidation and paralysing fear is now gripping sections of our society – and I mean fear identical to that of the PW Botha era. Public ser...

  • Steve Connor: The black hole we can almost see
    Wednesday, 17 December 2008

    For many decades the very concept of a black hole was as fantastical as the idea that we could ever see one, which was thought to be nigh-on impossible given that they represent the ultimate in photographic underexposure. Because they trap light, it ...

  • Leading article: A material divorce
    Thursday, 18 December 2008

    All of this is admirable. Privacy in such matters has much to recommend it, especially where children are concerned. Even more admirable, though, would have been an agreement to leave money out of the equation. Roll on the days when pre-nuptial agree...

  • Guy Adams: Did the Earth move for you, darling?
    Thursday, 18 December 2008

    This hasn't done Keanu much harm, either. Yesterday, I picked up Variety to find him beaming from the front page, next to the words "Alien Invasion!" His new flick, The Day the Earth Stood Still, had topped the week's box-office charts. The film's ...

  • Leading article: Sweet Caroline
    Wednesday, 17 December 2008

    Will she be chosen? Again it is a tough call. There will be plenty of competition for this plum seat. And the still influential Clintons are unlikely to be tripping over themselves to support her. We shall have to wait and see. But in the meantime, i...

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