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  • Leading article: Europe's pivotal role in averting a new round of Balkan bloodshed
    Saturday, 23 February 2008

    The strict limitations on Kosovan independence and guarantees for the rights of the Serb population within the country appear to have done little to appease the anger of the Belgrade government. Serbia has ruled out military action in response to the...

  • Leading article: Cheap drink, violence, and an outbreak of moral panic
    Friday, 22 February 2008

    We cannot argue that Britain does not have a drink problem. We may not be the biggest consumers of alcohol in the world but the manner in which we drink is particularly unhealthy. Few nations binge-drink quite as enthusiastically as the British, and ...

  • Shami Chakrabarti: The excuse that America didn't tell us doesn't wash
    Friday, 22 February 2008

    While I welcome Mr Miliband's admission and apology to the House of Commons – tardy and not entirely unsurprising though it may be – it certainly raises the question as to why it took us so long to get to this point. Liberty first wrote to the Foreig...

  • Philip Cullum: An exciting example of what consumers can achieve
    Friday, 22 February 2008

    The question of whether consumers are able to exercise informed choice is also a concern. The evidence suggests that a significant number of people switching companies end up with a worse deal, suggesting that the market may not be working as well as...

  • Letters: High-speed trains
    Saturday, 23 February 2008

    This brand-new railway line – it is not an upgrade to an existing line – has been designed to take modern high-speed electric trains on a route which is currently the busiest air link in the world. With the train now taking just over two and a half h...

  • The Weasel: Ghosts in the machine
    Saturday, 23 February 2008

    With face frozen in a catatonic rictus, a man stares in disbelief at a heap of paperclips on the floor while holding a small box he has opened upside-down. Caption: "Breaking Point." Another cartoon that uncannily mirrors my world appears in the curr...

  • Leading article: A new golden age for Hollywood
    Saturday, 23 February 2008

    From caterers to chauffeurs, they have reason to be in good spirits as they unite to ensure that Hollywood's biggest party takes place with all the glamour available. Actors, directors, cinematographers, editors and composers have reason to be happy,...

  • Letters: Secondary-modern education
    Friday, 22 February 2008

    Like most of my council-estate contemporaries I did not attend a grammar school. Nor, for that matter, did I go to an Oxbridge college. However, I do remember our saintly English teacher introducing Keats, Jane Austen and Henry IV Part I to us for ou...

  • Leading article: The alarming spectre of a new arms race
    Friday, 22 February 2008

    A supplementary argument, not broached by the Pentagon, was that the military technology loaded on to the satellite was not anything that America wanted another country to find on its territory. Be that as it may, it made complete sense for the US to...

  • Leading article: Switch (or switch off)
    Friday, 22 February 2008

    Now it should be no secret to anyone that energy prices overall have soared. Higher consumption in the emerging economies, a global shortage, and the tardy development of new gas fields and oil pipelines can all be blamed. But British Gas customers h...

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