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Tuesday, 25 March 2008

  • Leading article: A fresh start, and cautious hopes for a nation's future
    Tuesday, 25 March 2008

    Yesterday saw three developments that many would have thought inconceivable. The country's newly elected parliament approved Yousaf Raza Gilani as the next Prime Minister. The former parliamentary speaker was the candidate of the late Ms Bhutto's Pak...

  • Leading article: A partnership that could reshape the Continent
    Wednesday, 26 March 2008

    Sometimes the glamorous rituals that punctuate a presidential visit mask tensions, or much worse, between the two countries. At least on this occasion there is hope that the public harmony will be reflected in constructive private talks between the F...

  • William Gumede: Africa's version of democracy is in deadly crisis
    Wednesday, 26 March 2008

    Western donors, with their requirements that elections are enough to warrant aid, have helped along this limited view of democracy. Zimbabwe is staging its long-awaited presidential election this weekend, with Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF so blatan...

  • Leading article: Out of sight will not be out of mind
    Tuesday, 25 March 2008

    Last summer England joined Scotland and much of Europe when the long-heralded law banning smoking in public places finally came into effect. We would have preferred a ban that was driven by the market, rather than by legislative diktat: one that pubs...

  • Letters: Victory of the Somme
    Wednesday, 26 March 2008

    But the article was inaccurate in some respects. The German offensive of 21 March 1918 was not launched at Easter, which fell at the end of March in 1918 (a minor point, but once in print such "facts" are difficult to dislodge). More seriously, while...

  • Leading article: Another illusion is shattered
    Wednesday, 26 March 2008

    Yesterday in Basra there was an outbreak of fierce fighting between Shia militias and the Iraqi army. Moqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Mehdi Army, has called for a campaign of civil disobedience in protest at the arrest of his followers by US and I...

  • Letters: MoD and coroners
    Tuesday, 25 March 2008

    It is staggering that the main concern of the MoD is the criticisms at inquests rather than the substance of the criticisms, and sums up the mindset that places budgets first and personnel last, regardless of human cost. It is difficult not to conclu...

  • Leading article: Drawing the line
    Tuesday, 25 March 2008

    The extent of the challenge was demonstrated on Sunday. In an incident that was typical of many, Liverpool's Javier Mascherano was sent off for dissent during the match against Manchester United. As it happened, the Football Association had just laun...

  • Boyd Tonkin: The past that we believe in is to others a myth
    Tuesday, 25 March 2008

    Fair enough, but many libertarians who look for no gods in the sky remain prone to a modern form of ancestor worship. They tend to revere the historical events and characters that helped secure the liberties and dignities they praise: from Napoleon t...

  • Sarah Churchwell: The big issue in America is not race, it's class
    Tuesday, 25 March 2008

    "Will it win over the blue-collar white males who have been trending toward his opponent, or drive them away?" wondered Newsweek. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd quoted "a top pol" who felt that the controversy over Reverend Wright's sermon had...

  • Leading article: Fashion disaster
    Wednesday, 26 March 2008

    He cites the Jewish community a century ago in the East End, where sweatshops enabled them to use their skills "to carve out a living" and "haul themselves out of poverty". Britain's industrialising economy was indeed a great liberator of human poten...

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