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Monday, 17 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...

  • Leading article: A gloomy outlook, especially in this country
    Tuesday, 18 March 2008

    What started out as the just rewards for imprudent lending by US financial institutions in poorly-backed mortgages has now blown up into a crisis which has caused the financial markets virtually to seize up. Banks, uncertain of their own exposure and...

  • 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: The right to online privacy
    Tuesday, 18 March 2008

    Perhaps more disturbingly, the internet is posing a major new threat to privacy. In part this is, as the father of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, pointed out yesterday, due to our own carelessness. We should remember that everything we upload through ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Iraq inquiry
    Tuesday, 18 March 2008

    On 24 January the Foreign Office minister Lord Malloch-Brown said in a debate I led in the House of Lords that the Government accepted the case in principle for such an inquiry. Your welcome report (17 March) confirms that this is the Prime Minister'...

  • Leading article: Strictly dancing
    Tuesday, 18 March 2008

    The programme is to be welcomed, but for wider reasons. Teaching children to dance outside school should not primarily be about selecting the best to train as professional dancers at The Royal Ballet School, good though that may be for the few. That ...

  • 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...

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