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Tuesday, 18 March 2008

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Five years after the invasion, the totality of our failure is clear
    Wednesday, 19 March 2008

    Even now, the removal of that dictator remains the single attainment of an enterprise that was always as flawed in its genesis as in execution. Iraq is a war-torn and wasted land. Estimates of its civilian dead range from almost 100,000 to more than ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: This is the war that started with lies, and continues with lie after lie after lie
    Wednesday, 19 March 2008

    The outcome has been an official picture of Iraq akin to fantasy and an inability to learn from mistakes because of a refusal to admit that any occurred. Yet the war began with just such a mistake. Five years ago, on the evening of 19 March 2003, Pre...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Boycotting China
    Wednesday, 19 March 2008

    However, for a large majority of Chinese nationals, memories of the dire poverty and near starvation (which, rightly or wrongly, has directly resulted in the Chinese diet including everything from pig intestines to dogs) following the Cultural Revolu...

  • 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 ...

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