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  • Leading article: As the credit crunch bites with new vigour, a 'barbaric relic' is revived
    Saturday, 15 March 2008

    The price of gold has breached the $1,000 per troy ounce mark. It is at record levels, though it would need to double again before it exceeded, in real terms, the previous peak of $850, reached in 1980. It is possible, however. Then, as now, the worl...

  • Leading article: Iraq: doomed from the start
    Sunday, 16 March 2008

    Of course, Iraq and Vietnam are very different. Some of those who warned against military action in Iraq because it would be "another Vietnam" weakened their case by simplistic analogy. It was never likely that casualties among US and allied forces w...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Iraq is a country no more. Like much else, that was not the plan
    Sunday, 16 March 2008

    Five years after the invasion of Iraq, the US and the Iraqi governments claim that the country is becoming a less dangerous place, but the measures taken to protect Mr Maliki told a different story. Gun-waving soldiers first cleared all traffic from ...

  • Geoffrey Lean: How long can Darling run on empty promises?
    Sunday, 16 March 2008

    In his first Budget, back in July 1997, Gordon Brown committed himself to putting "the environment at the core of the Government's objectives for the tax system". He then presided over a 22 per cent fall in the proportion of revenues taken by green t...

  • Leading article: Playing for the highest stakes
    Saturday, 15 March 2008

    In recent days, news has reached the outside world of serious disturbances in Tibet, the remote mountain region that has long resented subjugation to the Han Chinese. A failed revolt in 1959 led the Dalai Lama to flee. Reports speak of cars and shops...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 16 March 2008

    "Now that the Government is to outlaw plastic bags, isn't it time for newspapers like you to stop wrapping your sections in polythene? As a paper that claims to be eco-friendly, 'The Independent' isn't setting a very good example, is it?" emails Anne...

  • Claudia Pritchard: We are all Dancing Queens – given half a chance
    Sunday, 16 March 2008

    It is four weeks to go until the London Marathon, and the training is getting serious. Today, families all over the country will run the Sport Relief Mile, less earnestly. Next stop, the Great Daffodil Run (27 April) – and there are dozens more jogs ...

  • Nicholas Hytner: Noises off
    Sunday, 16 March 2008

    Most inspiring has been the almost universal acceptance that there is intrinsic value to the performing arts and to the overwhelmingly popular network of galleries and museums across the country. The Department for Culture has explicitly abandoned it...

  • Joshua Dugdale: If we can't put pressure on China now, when will we?
    Sunday, 16 March 2008

    I am a film-maker and have spent the past four years following the Dalai Lama in his painstaking and frustrating efforts to engage the Chinese in negotiations towards what he calls "meaningful autonomy". In 1987, he met them halfway, abandoning his c...

  • Letters: Tory voting rules
    Saturday, 15 March 2008

    Your readers may think it is fair that sitting candidates should get a preference over other candidates, even if the other candidates are better. But the Conservative party, intent on compounding matters and devaluing my vote, has told me that even i...

  • The Weasel: A Futurist in my kitchen
    Saturday, 15 March 2008

    First to appear was my version of the Cubist Vegetable Patch (a demanding arrangement of fried carrots, fried celery, pickled silverskin onions and cold boiled peas). Then followed Mrs W's interpretation of the Bombardment of Adrianopolis (deep-fried...

  • Leading article: At the races
    Saturday, 15 March 2008

    In the end, what had been sold as potentially the most exciting Cheltenham Gold Cup for more than 40 years failed to live up to its billing. There was no dead heat, nor the hoped for noseband-to-noseband last furlong. Denman won fair and square, by s...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 16 March 2008

    Kyle Paisley was there too and accepted a prize on behalf of his father Ian. He recalled how the formidable Ulster politician once reacted when one of his daughters joined Greenpeace and placed a rainbow sticker in the Paisley family's car window....

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