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  • Leading article: Debate must be about more than the Speaker
    Monday, 8 December 2008

    Today, MPs – who have been gagging for their say since the affair erupted – will finally be given the debate they want. On the face of it, the motion is simple. It calls for the setting up of a committee to investigate the police raid on Mr Green's C...

  • Leading article: Not just charity, but justice too
    Monday, 8 December 2008

    That is why, for The Independent's Christmas Appeal this year, we have focused on three charities which do not simply ask us to give money to dig a well or send drugs to a needy clinic in the Third World. Rather they ask – extending the fishing metap...

  • Cormac Murphy-O'Connor: Why is religious belief seen as a private eccentricity?
    Monday, 8 December 2008

    This unfriendly climate for people of all religious faiths has led to the recognition that what we have in common as Christian believers is infinitely more important than what divides us, a consideration that now applies not only to the Christian chu...

  • Leading article: Faith and reason
    Monday, 8 December 2008

    Among the arguments he makes in the article we print today, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, notes that one effect of the privatisation of religious belief in recent years has been to diminish what he calls the social "...

  • Donald Macintyre: Is Tzipi Livni ready to take the risks needed to secure peace?
    Monday, 8 December 2008

    In Washington last week, Tony Blair optimistically repeated that the Israeli Palestinian conflict can be solved. It wouldn't be a Blair speech if several of its assumptions weren't open to question. But few would quarrel with his implicit appeal to B...

  • Mikheil Saakashvili: Ask the Russians why Georgia hasn't been stable
    Sunday, 7 December 2008

    My government is especially grateful for the UK's support and for David Miliband's encouraging words on our economic and political reforms. As President of Georgia, I will do everything necessary to meet the requirements of the alliance. As we prepar...

  • Samantha Bond: Acting lessons from a six-year-old
    Monday, 8 December 2008

    Then again what I am referring to is working with the children in the BBC1 comedy series Outnumbered. And I don't think that the way these children are required to act in the show has ever been tried before. Suddenly everyone is talking about Outnumb...

  • Independent Appeal: Change, not charity, is this year's message
    Monday, 8 December 2008

    The world's poorest people need more than charity at Christmas. That is why The Independent Appeal this year is doing more than asking readers for money to help dig a well or send drugs to a needy clinic in the developing world. The three charities w...

  • Dr Mark Salter: A distraction from the fight against addiction
    Monday, 8 December 2008

    Alcohol problems are endemic in society, 20 per cent of us are drinking too much and one in 20 of us are dependent on alcohol, but society doesn't want to face up to the scale of the problem. The reasons that people drink are wide-ranging and complex...

  • Katy Guest: If that Obama phones again, get rid of him
    Sunday, 7 December 2008

    The Florida congresswoman has not ended up where she is today by falling for just any charmer who claims to be the president-elect of the United States. So when she received a call on her mobile phone last week, and a voice announced that Mr Obama wo...

  • Elizabeth Nash: Here is a land where democracy is valued
    Monday, 8 December 2008

    The sound is that of Madrilenos queuing to enter the Congreso, or parliament building, which holds annual open days in early December in honour of Spain's post-Franco democratic constitution of 1978. In a nation filled with state-sponsored festivitie...

  • Maria Neira: If we improve our health care, we can beat climate change
    Monday, 8 December 2008

    This is not sufficiently forward thinking. We know that current climate-related threats to human health can be avoided or controlled by relatively routine and inexpensive public health measures. Furthermore, awareness of the significant health benefi...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 7 December 2008

    Just over a month ago, life was looking bleak for Raj Persaud, the TV shrink who became a star after years of appearing on 'This Morning'. After being found guilty of plagiarism he was forced to quit his post as consultant at a leading London hosp...

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