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  • Leading Article: The bombardment of Gaza will destroy lives, not Hamas
    Monday, 29 December 2008

    Arguments about how many Hamas rockets have recently penetrated southern Israel, and how deep, are, in that sense, almost a sideshow. As important is that Ehud Olmert's embattled government goes to the polls in February. Both his successor as leader ...

  • Leading article: Gaza: the cycle can be broken
    Sunday, 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...

  • Cole Moreton: Whatever lies in store, never give up hope. Just ask Del Boy
    Sunday, 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 heart
    Sunday, 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...

  • Raymond Whitaker: We can reach Zimbabwe's people
    Sunday, 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)...

  • Letters: Green vandals attack an icon of British design
    Monday, 29 December 2008

    The Mark 2 of the mid 1950s similarly created the sport saloon genre, subsequently usurped by BMW. Jaguar has constantly reinvented itself over the years. The XJ6 of 1968 remains one of the classic shapes. And just in time, the new XJ-F came along la...

  • Leading Article: Turn off and tune out
    Monday, 29 December 2008

    Why don't they ever put anything decent on, except for Wallace and Gromit? So goes the refrain, as repetitive as a football fan's chant. Perhaps an impish spirit of sadism does indeed enter the hearts of television programmers, inspiring them to save...

  • Ashraf Ghani: Afghanistan is a failing state. It needs a Marshall Plan
    Monday, 29 December 2008

    The current impetus for a new perspective in US interventions comes from the military, in the form of the new counter-insurgency doctrine. Building on lessons learned by the British in Malaysia and the French in Algeria in the 1950s and 1960s, a grou...

  • Podium: In defence of Palestine's right to self-determination and peace
    Monday, 29 December 2008

    You once had to convert dreams into reality by your struggle. Therefore you must now share my dream. I think this is exactly why I can ask you now to help, as together we bring out our dream into a bright reality, our common dream for a peaceful futu...

  • Peter Popham: Silvio wants the power and the glory
    Monday, 29 December 2008

    Harmless enough, one might think. Today the Italian president is largely ceremonial. Nobody would claim that the Italian government is the gold standard for effectiveness. A commander-in-chief might turn the country round. Trouble is, no one is in do...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Janie Dee: Pinter, a man of passion, peace... and pauses
    Sunday, 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...

  • 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...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 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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