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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: We must not let despair dash hopes of peace in Gaza
    Tuesday, 30 December 2008

    So far, there has not been much to be seen. The reaction yesterday of our Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, was the familiar message – surely rendered redundant by the events of the last few days – about how all sides need to show more restraint. Th...

  • Leading article: An intrusive and unnecessary law
    Tuesday, 30 December 2008

    All well and good. Well, no, actually, or at least not entirely. Past experience has tended to vindicate the saying that hard cases make bad law, and it is worth remembering in connection with this legislation that a prime reason for its adoption was...

  • Sami Abdel-Shafi: Israel puts security before peace
    Tuesday, 30 December 2008

    Even the Middle East Quartet – of the UN, EU, US and Russia – will not have fully functioned until its representatives have come here. It is a moral requirement that they witness how Gaza has for so long been engineered into a hell on earth. On 4 Nov...

  • Letters: Gaza attacks
    Tuesday, 30 December 2008

    Why is the blame game the most enduring of all? Is it because people and especially governments find it easier to pass responsibility for disputes than to address and resolve them, even when this means that the disputes escalate and become more entre...

  • Leading article: Making life worth living
    Tuesday, 30 December 2008

    More than 70 years and many thousand miles away from that doomed exploit, a 51-year-old Australian, Brian Guest, disappeared off the coast of Western Australia last weekend, apparently the victim of a shark attack. A few years ago Mr Guest, a campaig...

  • Rob Sharp: When your parents are your flatmates
    Tuesday, 30 December 2008

    I refer to the growing phenomenon of people in their twenties still living with their parents. And I should know. Until recently, I was part of it. Confirmation of this trend comes from researchers at the University of Essex, who say that Britain is ...

  • 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...

  • Susie Rushton: What is it with men and cricket?
    Tuesday, 30 December 2008

    I like quite a few of the clichéd male pastimes: darts, pub crawls, avoiding domestic chores. Ten years ago on a summer's day my then boyfriend took me to Lord's. A one-day international, he assured me, would be "so much more exciting" than a Test ma...

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