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Friday, 1 February 2008

  • Leading Article: Politicians must stop and think before joining this reactionary bidding war
    Saturday, 2 February 2008

    But much of the media and our politicians have ignored this statistical evidence and reacted instead as if crime rates have reached an all-time high. In an illiberal stampede, all three parties have come out in favour of increasing the police powers ...

  • Leading Article: Victims at the heart of the struggle
    Saturday, 2 February 2008

    The reports, from Oxfam and the Presidency Group and Atlantic Council in the US, all paint a picture which has become depressingly familiar to reporters and workers on the ground. Opium production is on the increase; the Taliban is resurgent; the hol...

  • Leading Article: Fond farewell
    Saturday, 2 February 2008

    Miles wrote from his home in the West Country and rarely came in to the office. It was this that enabled him to keep colleagues in London in ignorance of his final illness, and there was no way of knowing from his copy. His extraordinarily high stand...

  • Leading article: Leaner and meaner, the presidential battles go on
    Friday, 1 February 2008

    Mr Giuliani, in staking everything on a late debut in Florida, made a fatal miscalculation. In any other year, his gamble might have paid off. He was unlucky that the races on both sides engaged the voters from the start. This year Iowa and New Hamps...

  • Letters: Britain in Afghanistan
    Saturday, 2 February 2008

    The democratically elected President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai – and we know that he is democratically elected because our leaders have told us so – condemns our soldiers and marines for "making matters worse" in Helmand Province. Why, then, are w...

  • Letters: Brazilian rainforests
    Friday, 1 February 2008

    The major drive for destroying the forest is the hunger of foreign markets for the cheap Brazilian beef and grains, especially soybeans. The EU is among the major importers of those products from Brazil, if not the major one. So, my plea to the Europ...

  • Leading article: Cruelty, mistreatment and abuse
    Friday, 1 February 2008

    About 3,000 unaccompanied children arrive in the UK to seek asylum each year. They are among the most vulnerable of all immigrants. Some are smuggled in by sex traffickers. Others have been forced into low-paid jobs in the black economy. Many are vic...

  • Chris Schuler: btw
    Saturday, 2 February 2008

    * Those of us who maintain that Facebook is a serious journalistic tool (no, honest, even the fresh-faced editor of a rival daily is on there) have suffered a bit of a setback. Some wag called Freya Valentine has started a Facebook group called "On M...

  • Leading article: The heart of the matter
    Friday, 1 February 2008

    But it is an excellent idea. It is certainly practical. Cardiac surgeons already make their records public. There is no obvious reason why other surgical practitioners should not do the same. The publication of this data should also help put power in...

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