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  • Leading article: The Archbishop has stepped into a political and intellectual minefield
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    The glaring problem with such an "accommodation" is that only Muslims would be bound by sharia. In a liberal and open society all citizens must be equal before the laws of the nation. There can be no laws which apply only to certain religious or cult...

  • Leading article: Another worrying sign of the times
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    The number of people whose homes were repossessed last year has risen by 21 per cent. Some 27,100 homes were taken over by lenders after their owners failed to keep up repayments. And the number of mortgages in arrears rose by 8.6 per cent compared w...

  • Leading article: No decent law allows coercion
    Sunday, 10 February 2008

    It was no use Dr Williams protesting that he was not talking about the "brutal and inhuman and unjust" forms of sharia as practised in Saudi Arabia or countries where women are stoned for adultery if they are raped. The problem is that, even if we ta...

  • Leo Docherty: Make Afghan poverty history. Then the troops can go home
    Sunday, 10 February 2008

    The escalating violence in the south threatens stability in the rest of the country, while the current bickering between Nato partners about troop levels and commitment ignores the crucial issue: that a shift in strategy, not just greater troop numbe...

  • Leading article: Wearing thin
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    Of course, it would be deplorable if this were to encourage eating disorders among boys, as the fashion industry's promotion of size-zero female models has in young girls. But, despite the fears of campaigners, it is hard to see the problem reaching ...

  • The Weasel: Matisse in Piccadilly
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    Far from being inappropriately dilatory about this astonishing whirligig of energy, colour and passion, I was one of the first to describe the work when it emerged from long isolation in St Petersburg. Back in 2000, Mrs W and I were fortunate enough ...

  • Sophie Heawood: A pillowcase is not posterity, Ms Minogue
    Sunday, 10 February 2008

    This story is much more tragic, because it finally proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that one of our biggest stars is the human equivalent of Hello Kitty – that vile cartoon cat with a huge pretty head but no mouth, no language, no thoughts. Becaus...

  • Nick Foulkes: The ultimate status symbol – a cigar you can't smoke
    Sunday, 10 February 2008

    The word "trophy" has attached itself adjectivally to all manner of things. The current issue of Vogue, for example, informs us of the return of the "trophy jacket", prized because of its identifiable characteristics. Trophies are the thing among the...

  • Aisha Gill: Police are the key to ending the deaths
    Sunday, 10 February 2008

    Despite these continuing problems, however, it seems "honour" killings are now being seen by the police as serious crimes, requiring a general policy of deterrence and harsh punishment. But we must also change the "habits of belief" which persist acr...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 10 February 2008

    Headlines such as these have enraged the local MP, Madeleine Moon, who says that media coverage of the deaths is exploiting young people and creating a "copycat effect". She's furious at descriptions of Bridgend as a "death town" or "suicide town". "...

  • Letters: Religion and US politics
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    There are, believe it or not, a lot of citizens of the US who would like to think she is right. But, unfortunately, the obituary she wrote may have been premature. Most of the religious right in the US are more concerned with power than religion, and...

  • Anne Penketh: A statement of long-term aggression
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    The Russian President laid down a marker, in case the West might think that his successor, the smiling Dmitry Medvedev, looks like a pushover when he takes over after next month's elections. In the presence of all the gilded trappings of state, Mr Pu...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 10 February 2008

    A furious caller on BBC Radio Five Live responded to the Archbishop of Canterbury's sharia speech with the immortal words: "Jesus Christ would be turning in his grave!" Um, wasn't there once something about a resurrection? If Rowan Williams does ...

  • Boyd Tonkin: btw
    Saturday, 9 February 2008

    * Primary elections work like sporting tournaments, which explains their headline-grabbing power. Yet a real – and enthralling – continent-wide contest has been building to its climax through this week. On Sunday, Egypt will play Cameroon in the fina...

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