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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...

  • 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...

  • Steve Connor: One day, cloning may be accepted by society
    Monday, 14 April 2008

    I predict that the same sort of reaction will greet our report today about the possible use of a new cloning technique to treat infertile couples. Many scientists will dismiss the suggestion from Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell Technology that the tech...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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