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  • Leading article: It is plain and simple... this aviation boom threatens the world's future
    Saturday, 1 March 2008

    We are living in an age of accelerating demand for air travel and these new terminals and international agreements are its fruits. But there are other, less palatable, fruits too. We got a taste of a growing backlash against the aviation industry thi...

  • Leading article: A just war – but only just
    Sunday, 2 March 2008

    All the same, as Leo Docherty writes in our report today, the images of Prince Harry in Helmand "seem dangerously close to propaganda". If you had read the newspapers on Friday, you would have learnt little of the problems of poppy eradication or of ...

  • Anne Karpf: There's no such thing as a perfect mother – and that's half the fun
    Sunday, 2 March 2008

    But I'll be feeling something else too: undeserving. This is a) because I have to work today and so will have to ignore my children's every need, but also b) because almost every single thing I do for my kids, my husband does too (though he does draw...

  • Geoffrey Lean: Today, the plastic bag. Tomorrow... even more words?
    Sunday, 2 March 2008

    No, leap day has a knack of providing beneficial benchmarks. In 1860, it saw the invention of the first computer. Eight years later, Benjamin Disraeli became Britain's first Jewish prime minister. In 1940, Hattie McDaniel, who played the outspoken Ma...

  • Leading article: A model for international mediation
    Saturday, 1 March 2008

    Mr Annan's is a huge achievement, coming after 38 days in which he dedicated himself to the cause. Of course, it is not his alone: Jakaya Kikwete, the president of Tanzania who is chairman of the African Union, shares some of the credit – as do the b...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 2 March 2008

    The debate in this office and among our readers has been huge. Is Prozac a waste of money? Are the drug companies, as our own health editor Jeremy Laurance asked on Wednesday's front page, pulling the wool over the eyes of the public? What a contrast...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: The Clinton bubble has burst, and not before time
    Sunday, 2 March 2008

    Now London bookmakers make Senator Obama the favourite for the White House. If things run his way in the Texas and Ohio primaries, it could be all over for Hillary by Wednesday. At last the Clinton bubble has burst. Her sheer fraudulence has finally ...

  • Jean Edelstein: Equal gender rights shouldn't be defined as a feminist issue
    Sunday, 2 March 2008

    To British women today, our gender is not supposed to be an issue; although we may worry about things like work-life balances, gender pay gaps, and sexual harassment in the workplace, in general we are secure in the knowledge that we are legally enti...

  • The Weasel: History ain’t what it used to be
    Saturday, 1 March 2008

    Every day in the late Sixties, you heard something astonishing – or so it seems. The reality is somewhat different from the partial, highly dubious memories preserved in the aspic of nostalgia. In the psychedelic era, the airwaves were actually packe...

  • Michael McCarthy: Proof that we are not taking climate change seriously
    Saturday, 1 March 2008

    Somewhat excessive as that prediction may sound, it is clearly well on the way to being fulfilled, as emissions from aircraft show no sign whatsoever of being reduced, now or in the future, and the imminent, startling increase in flights which has be...

  • Boyd Tonkin: Shunning this play is a pitiable act of prejudice understanding
    Saturday, 1 March 2008

    From the play's text, it seems likely that the quarrel over anti-Semitism began in Shakespeare's imagination in the mid-1590s. Traits of the stereotypical Jewish villain found (but also subverted) in Christopher Marlowe's play " The Jew of Malta"fuse...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 2 March 2008

    The retiring novelist has escaped to a remote corner of Tasmania, saying he would feel parasitic if he attended. McEwan is staying at the holiday home of local author Richard Flanagan on Bruny island, to do some thinking and walking, and tackle the m...

  • DJ Tayor: btw
    Saturday, 1 March 2008

    The real eye-opener of The Jam Generation, though, was the identikit nature of most of the participants: Cameron; Nick Clegg; David Miliband – bright, articulate Oxbridge intellectuals all of them, each speaking in a near-identical accent (Cameron po...

  • Leading article: The soldier's life
    Saturday, 1 March 2008

    But it is hard to find fault with the reasoning behind the media blackout in this country. The armed services took the decision last year that Harry could not serve in Iraq because he would present a trophy target. Yet he wanted to fight, so he could...

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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