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  • Leading article: Departure of a dictator who had outlived his times
    Wednesday, 20 February 2008

    Mr Castro has staged his departure in several acts. He submitted his provisional resignation at the end of July 2006, when he was about to undergo surgery, and he handed temporary power to his younger brother, Raul. In an open letter last December, h...

  • Clifford Coonan: China can no longer paint itself as a victim
    Wednesday, 20 February 2008

    Spielberg's decision to walk away from the Games was not significant in terms of the spectacle itself; he had a purely advisory role to the great Chinese director Zhang Yimou, and his input would have been minimal. But the move is important in markin...

  • Leading article: Some home truths for shareholders and taxpayers
    Tuesday, 19 February 2008

    It is difficult to envisage, for example, Ron Sandler and his new team of managers trying to push Northern Rock aggressively into the marketplace again. It would be unfair competition, and legally challenged as such. Northern Rock has the unique adva...

  • Letters: Beijing Olympics
    Wednesday, 20 February 2008

    This is not to ask companies to criticise governments, but to support internationally agreed principles to which almost all governments, including China, pay at least lip service. More than 100 major transnational companies cite the UDHR as a basis f...

  • Leading article: A suitable case for treatment
    Wednesday, 20 February 2008

    Trafford Healthcare Trust has been struggling with cash problems for several years now. It is facing a £7m deficit by the end of March 2009 unless it gets spending under control. And now it has been forced to borrow £3m from the Department of Health ...

  • David Hepworth: These silly awards are pop's most absurd anachronism
    Wednesday, 20 February 2008

    One look at the members of Chumbawamba throwing water over John Prescott, KLF apparently machine-gunning the retreating figure of Sir George Solti, Jarvis Cocker invading Michael Jackson's stage to wave his nether regions at the King of Pop, or any o...

  • Letters: The Bush Presidency is far from amusing; it is terrifying
    Tuesday, 19 February 2008

    But we live in 2007 and, since 1945, the American President has not only been the most politically powerful man in the world, but also potentially one of the most dangerous. He (or she) has their finger on the nuclear button that could wipe out not j...

  • Leading article: Good news and bad news
    Tuesday, 19 February 2008

    Yet that is no excuse for complacency from ministers. Such is the capacity of violent crime to ruin lives that no government can afford to ignore it. Violent crime is also concentrated in certain geographical areas. While offending rates might be fal...

  • Leading article: Dodgy timing
    Tuesday, 19 February 2008

    It goes without saying that publication was hardly prompt and the Government resisted disclosure to the last. In the end, it was thanks to the persistence of a private individual and the Information Commissioner's ruling that this draft has seen the ...

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