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  • Leading article: Toxic debts and the need for more liquidity
    Tuesday, 15 April 2008

    We are told the focus of this meeting will not be the cost of mortgages. But that was certainly the topic uppermost in the mind of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, at the weekend. And it would be remarkable if mortgage rates a...

  • Leading article: Africa must condemn Mr Mugabe's brutal coup
    Wednesday, 16 April 2008

    The strike was called by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change to press for publication of last month's general election results. The poll gave new meaning to the term "secret ballot" when President Robert Mugabe refused to announce the voter...

  • Ivor Roberts: Is Berlusconi the saviour that Italy so badly needs?
    Wednesday, 16 April 2008

    It may seem odd in Britain, where Sir Menzies Campbell was deposed as Liberal Democrat leader largely because he was perceived to be too old, but Mr Berlusconi, who has consistently rejuvenated himself with cosmetic surgery, has taken full advantage ...

  • Leading article: An unwelcome return
    Tuesday, 15 April 2008

    Not only has Berlusconi seemed, on the first indications, to have won a clear victory in the House of Deputies but also, on the early results, a decisive lead in the Senate, where his own electoral reforms have made it more difficult for any party to...

  • Gugulethu Moyo: Mugabe has packed the courts with tame judges
    Tuesday, 15 April 2008

    Judges appointed or retained on the bench after 2001 were chosen for one quality above all others: their apparent willingness to lend the court's process to the service of Mugabe's Executive. In numerous cases challenging the legitimacy of the execut...

  • Letters: Biofuels
    Wednesday, 16 April 2008

    In burning woodland to clear an area for biofuels, as your front-page photograph showed, typically about 100-200 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hectare are released into the atmosphere. The biofuel yield, conversely, is around four tonnes per hectare p...

  • Leading article: Myths and outdated attitudes
    Wednesday, 16 April 2008

    The Fawcett Society, in its meeting yesterday with the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, demanded government action to educate juries and to improve police evidence-gathering procedures. Anti-rape campaigners have been calling for such reforms for years....

  • Letters: Fatherhood and health
    Tuesday, 15 April 2008

    Mr Fisher, although keen to tackle the Government, the work environment and the maternity suite, has gone for the easy targets, blaming institutions and social convention rather than looking at who holds the real power for change: men. Although we ho...

  • Leading article: Spellbound
    Tuesday, 15 April 2008

    Ms Rowling argued in a Manhattan courtroom yesterday that the publication of Steven Vander Ark's The Harry Potter Lexicon by RDR Books is an infringement of her copyright. There is something a little distasteful about this legal action. There is the ...

  • Emily Eavis: The real reason we invited Jay-Z to Glastonbury
    Tuesday, 15 April 2008

    So I was surprised when articles started to appear questioning the selection of Jay-Z as one of our headliners, and linking it with supposedly poor ticket sales. Since then, all sorts of things have been said in print and online, most of which only g...

  • Leading article: Same old song
    Wednesday, 16 April 2008

    Of course, it is not hard to see why London's two opera houses – ENO and the Royal Opera – often err towards the conservative. Opera is increasingly reliant on commercial sponsors. Corporate bigwigs do not tend to want untested, modern commissions. T...

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