Saturday, 27 December 2008
Leading article: Gaza: the cycle can be brokenSunday, 28 December 2008
It is a dynamic that operates in contravention of the simple, comforting and wrong principle that two democracies have never gone to war against each other. The conflict between Israel and the people of Gaza is driven by democratic impulses. Hamas, t...
Leading article: Benazir Bhutto's divisive legacy to PakistanSaturday, 27 December 2008
For all the despair of one year ago and the doom-laden forecasts for Pakistan that followed, the balance sheet has not been all negative. Ms Bhutto's death, in the midst of a keenly fought election campaign that her party had looked set to win, did n...
Raymond Whitaker: We can reach Zimbabwe's peopleSunday, 28 December 2008
This was the year in which Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF regime abandoned any pretence of governing legitimately. After a violent election campaign descended into all-out thuggery, forcing Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)...
Cole Moreton: Whatever lies in store, never give up hope. Just ask Del BoySunday, 28 December 2008
Not like the rest of us. We're sane, rational people, who can see what's going on. We listen to Robert Peston's prophecies of a global financial apocalypse and verily, we are afraid. We are not helped by the sight of David Cameron grinning out of the...
DJ Taylor: Voting from the heartSunday, 28 December 2008
There was, of course, his cabinet and the legislation it was dramatically poised to enact the moment Inauguration Day was passed. There was the continuing fallout from the scandal of weaselly Governor Blagojevich. Joining them came accounts of Mrs Ob...
Leading article: Nice – with a touch of humanitySaturday, 27 December 2008
When Nice was established almost 10 years ago, a central part of its brief was to end the so-called postcode lottery, according to which patients in some parts of the country received treatment or drugs free that had to be paid for or were simply una...
Jonathan Heawood: For Pinter, the outsider came firstSaturday, 27 December 2008
Yet this anger was underscored by a fervent belief in justice. From his early psychological dramas to the late political plays, the imaginary world he created is unspeakably unjust. His characters say and do horrendous things to each other and get aw...
IoS letters, emails & messages (28 December 2008)Sunday, 28 December 2008
Phasing out a handful is not going to solve either the acute or chronic adverse health effects of pesticides, as a) all chemical pesticides are designed to be toxic; b) agricultural pesticides are commonly used in mixtures, often four or five in any ...
Janie Dee: Pinter, a man of passion, peace... and pausesSunday, 28 December 2008
I nervously asked him over for lunch with his wife, Antonia Fraser, (well, we did live round the corner). I made Irish stew as a nod to the play. They were easy, charming and fascinating together. We talked about how our five-year-old daughter Matild...
David Randall: Arise, Lord Ali... Is it the end of the world as we know it?Sunday, 28 December 2008
19 – National Credit Card Burning Day In the New Year's honours list, Tony Blair's old PR man, Alastair Campbell, is ennobled. He says this is an unexpected honour for such a down-to-earth, pretty straight kinda guy as himself. He takes the title...
Raymond Whitaker: From crisis to conflict?Sunday, 28 December 2008
Quite apart from the job losses and bankruptcies which are already beginning to affect most economies, there must be the fear that the crisis could create new conflicts, and worsen existing ones. Russia and China are two countries where breakneck eco...
Leading article: On the carpetSaturday, 27 December 2008
The first half was not a happy experience for the visitors. "Rubbish" was at the mild end of the invective hurled in their direction. So did Brown then give them a pep talk about how wonderful they were, just unappreciated and misunderstood? Not a bi...
Matthew Bell: The IoS DiarySunday, 28 December 2008
A mystery of social networking sites is why the threshold for friendship is so much lower than in the real world. So Conservative strategists should be seriously worried that their £500,000 campaign to build an army of 'friends' has drawn only one...
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