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  • Leading article: The Dalai Lama and a circle of oppression that needs to be broken
    Saturday, 22 March 2008

    Yesterday, with happy timing, a US congressional delegation paid a visit, headed by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. Long an impassioned advocate of the Tibet cause, Ms Pelosi used the meeting with the Dalai Lama to admir...

  • Leading article: A watershed for clean energy
    Sunday, 23 March 2008

    There are no prizes for guessing which will get the most attention, but in 20 years' time the story may be very different, for the low-key event in Northern Ireland may then well be seen either as the beginning of something radically new, or as a tra...

  • Alexander Studholme: The spirituality of Tibet is a lesson to China – and to us
    Sunday, 23 March 2008

    In his autobiography, Freedom in Exile, the Dalai Lama recorded his reaction. "I felt a violent burning sensation all over my face and I was suddenly very afraid," he wrote. On further reflection, though, this fear turned into confusion and even amaz...

  • Peter Hennessy: Blink and you'd miss it. Brown said sorry
    Sunday, 23 March 2008

    "Overseas, our belief in the rule of law means we will support a rules-based approach to international affairs, under which issues are resolved wherever possible through discussion and due process, with the use of force as a last resort." Whitehall h...

  • Leading article: Many allowances, little accountability
    Saturday, 22 March 2008

    Now some will doubtless think Mr Conway a lucky man to have got off this particular hook so easily. He might not agree. Having lost the party whip, committed himself to standing down at the next election, and become a figure of national resentment, h...

  • E Jane Dickson: What are 'life skills' without knowledge?
    Saturday, 22 March 2008

    These days the professor would be up on a double charge of sexism and racism, but I was – and remain – profoundly grateful, because once the logic thing finally "clicked", it became the promised golden key and many other aspects of acquired knowledge...

  • Jonathan Romney: Noises Off
    Sunday, 23 March 2008

    As a director, he was universally respected, even if critics were sometimes wary of his work. It was possible to admire his ambition and integrity, while sometimes wishing the films were a little less monumental. His cameo appearance last year in Joe...

  • Simon O'Hagan: Cameron's gleeful cycle spies can just push off
    Sunday, 23 March 2008

    Even though it's Tory hopeful Boris who rides a bike and Ken who goes by Tube, most cyclists will surely want to back the man who recently unveiled plans to spend £500m on equipping London with the infrastructure to turn it into "Europe's No 1 cyclin...

  • Basil Brush: Down with battery hens – so dashed hard to get at
    Sunday, 23 March 2008

    Hello fox fans, Basil here. You might have heard that your favourite vulpine friend got in a bit of bother last week for an alleged racist remark about Gypsies. Tosh and piffle, of course, but for a while B Brush Esquire was in danger of having his c...

  • Letters: Water for the world
    Saturday, 22 March 2008

    Now, more than ever, it is imperative that countries sharing trans-boundary waters do so under an agreed international framework. Yet the UK government appears reluctant to support international water law that would provide exactly that. The 1997 UN ...

  • Leading article: Spring break
    Saturday, 22 March 2008

    As a movable feast, Easter has long complicated school holidays. That the problem is posed so acutely this year should finally precipitate action. One option would be for ministers to face down the ire of teachers and give new impetus to the still pa...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 23 March 2008

    News last week that 'The Spectator' ran a bowdlerised version of Peregrine Worsthorne's review of the recent biography of Bill Deedes – because the article said Deedes had a low opinion of the title's owners – will have shocked defenders of free s...

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Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

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Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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