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Sunday, 16 March 2008

  • Leading article: A flawed election, but some flickers of hope
    Monday, 17 March 2008

    If the moderates have taken more than 40 of the 290 seats in the Iranian assembly, they will have done well, when it is remembered that they made up most of the almost 2,000 candidates disqualified from the election. But if we put aside a view of the...

  • Partick Cockburn: A gross failure that ignored history and ended with a humiliating retreat
    Monday, 17 March 2008

    The British failure in the Iraq war has been even more gross because it has not ended with a costly military victory but a humiliating scuttle. The victors in Basra and southern Iraq have been the local Shia militias masquerading as government securi...

  • Leading article: An injection of common sense
    Monday, 17 March 2008

    But cutting prison numbers – now 82,000 and rising – is like cutting public spending. No one seems to know precisely where to start. Which is why the Government would do well to look closely at the findings of the latest report by the UK Drug Policy ...

  • Tsering Topgyal: Our struggle will go on, despite the crackdown
    Monday, 17 March 2008

    In one sense, it is not sudden. Even in the heavily censored blogs and other popular media from Tibet, there has been a sense that something angry was brewing. The Dalai Lama's exile, the future of the Tibetan nation and identity in the face of perce...

  • 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...

  • Letters: The dangers of dredging
    Monday, 17 March 2008

    Considering the serious level of damage to fish-spawning beds and erosion along the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline resulting from this exploitative practice, it is astounding that dredging shingle and sand off our shoreline is still permitted. Tens of...

  • Leading article: Saving face
    Monday, 17 March 2008

    As spring is the peak season for men who are into peaks, the loss of these ten days constitutes a real blow. Aside from the climbers' chagrin, the enforced holiday could also ruin the livelihoods of locals who live off supplying them. Why the fuss? B...

  • John Curtice: Labour slides in polls as Darling works his magic
    Monday, 17 March 2008

    Now, two polls conducted in the immediate wake of the Chancellor's first Budget statement suggest Labour's support has fallen by five points, from an average of 34 per cent in five polls conducted just before the Budget to just 29 per cent now. One o...

  • 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...

  • 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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