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  • Leading article: The dying kick of a tyrant
    Sunday, 13 April 2008

    But it was too good to be true. Early euphoric hopes that Zimbabwe's long nightmare might suddenly be over have faded. This was not going to be a "people's power" moment of the kind we had seen in central and eastern Europe. The Zimbabwean people are...

  • Leading article: The challenge ahead... how to feed the world over the coming century
    Saturday, 12 April 2008

    Staples such as rice, wheat and maize have risen 40 per cent globally since the middle of last year. Grain stocks have fallen to alarmingly low levels. We are feeling the effects here in the UK in the form of rising inflation, but the pressure is muc...

  • Robert Baer: The Saudis do not give up their secrets, Mr Blair
    Sunday, 13 April 2008

    Even if Britain permanently closed down the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into BAE and every future investigation into alleged Saudi corruption, this would change nothing. Saudi Arabia is a closed country, and will remain one as long as th...

  • Sean O'Grady: Rich countries have ability to solve problem
    Saturday, 12 April 2008

    One reason why so many governments in emerging nations such as the Ukraine, Syria and Egypt are turning away from world markets and embracing barter deals is because those world markets are so hideously distorted by a web of subsidies and tariffs con...

  • Thelma Holt: Noises Off
    Sunday, 13 April 2008

    Far from being exclusive, charging people more money for certain tickets is one way of ensuring that theatres can remain accessible to all, and that some seats can be subsidised. Without a proportion of theatregoers paying more money, it simply would...

  • Katy Guest: A cocktail of food additives? I'll pass, thank you
    Sunday, 13 April 2008

    Following research at Southampton University, the FSA is recommending that six food colourings be removed from foods on the grounds that they make children really, really crazy. These are tartrazine, quinoline yellow, sunset yellow, ponceau 4R, allur...

  • Steve Bloomfield: We can do much more for Darfur
    Sunday, 13 April 2008

    Political leaders in Britain, France and the US like to see themselves as the good guys. For several years, Tony Blair and now Gordon Brown have released statements condemning the killing. President George Bush has called the conflict "genocide". Pre...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 13 April 2008

    But here's a dilemma posed by journalism student Jeffrey Barrow from Salford, who asks if I can confirm that the policy of the 'Independent' titles is the same as that of 'The New York Times', which has a strict rule that every word between quotation...

  • Letters: Pop festivals
    Saturday, 12 April 2008

    Glastonbury, V, Reading and the rest are suffering because for years fans have been ripped off by high ticket and food prices, paying hundreds of pounds to watch bands on a stage a mile away from where they sit, often in the filthiest conditions imag...

  • The Weasel: Mr Deedes goes to Waugh
    Saturday, 12 April 2008

    Later I discovered that the £65 Mrs W coughed up for Evelyn Waugh's Scoop was pretty much the going rate. On the Internet, you can pay £71 for the same volume in the same condition ("Very good. No jacket. Cloth binding has marbled design in black and...

  • Leading article: The return of a political comedian
    Saturday, 12 April 2008

    In the run-up to tomorrow's general election, Mr Berlusconi has again dipped into his old bag of populist tricks, suggesting fantastic policies such as the introduction of a tax-free month, and calling for mental health tests for prosecutors. He has ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 13 April 2008

    Had Vince Cable run for Mayor of London, it would have been a chance to settle an old score. In the days before he transferred his allegiance to the Lib Dems, he was defeated by Ken Livingstone when seeking the Labour nomination for Hampstead. Ken...

  • Leading article: Big Lucian
    Saturday, 12 April 2008

    No doubt there are a few investors of both varieties milling around the world's top auction rooms. But which one will pick up Lucian Freud's Big Sue, which goes under the hammer at Christie's in New York next month? It is believed by Christie's that ...

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Al Pacino wows Venice

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The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

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The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

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Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

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A fresh take on an old foe

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Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

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Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor