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  • Leading article: The real purpose of this visit was not to praise, but to persuade
    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    But this time around, Mr Brown has appeared much keener to ingratiate himself, even going as far to argue that the world owes President Bush "a huge debt of gratitude" for his stance on global terrorism and claiming that Britain stands "shoulder to s...

  • Mario Vargas Llosa: How Arabs have been driven out of Hebron
    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    To protect these settlers, the zone bristles with barriers, camps and military posts, and is overrun by Israeli patrols. But such mobilisation will soon be unnecessary because this part of Hebron, subject to ethnic and religious cleansing, will soon ...

  • Leading article: The new colonial masters
    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    Beijing's willingness to give aid and extend credit without attaching any conditions about good governance or human rights is winning friends across Africa, but nowhere more so than in Zimbabwe. In 2005 Mr Mugabe signed a big aid deal with China. A y...

  • Anne Penketh: It might just as well have been his old master's voice
    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    Mr Blair, the first serving British prime minister to visit the Windy City, used his speech on 22 April 1999 to justify the principle of humanitarian intervention, against a backdrop of the Nato bombing campaign in Kosovo which was in full swing. "We...

  • Leading article: The longer the contest, the better – for Obama
    Friday, 18 April 2008

    So far as the debate went, Mrs Clinton was judged to have won viewers' minds without conquering their all-important hearts. That pretty much sums up her biggest difficulty throughout this protracted campaign. Even before Wednesday night's duel, howev...

  • Letters: Train travel
    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    One problem not mentioned in your report is the escalation of unit costs in the rail industry after privatisation. Between 1996 and 2001, the cost of nearly everything in the rail industry increased more than threefold. This made it far more difficul...

  • The Weasel: The fat of the land
    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    My doughty outburst is prompted by a doughy volume from the US. With the exceptions of Gormenghast and Lady Chatterley's Lover, I cannot recall any title that promised so much but delivered so little as A World of Dumplings by Brian Yarvin (Countryma...

  • Leading article: Sticky wicket
    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    There is little point fulminating against the march of history, particularly when cricket's new powerhouse, India, is determined to have its way. But one does not have to be John Major in wistful mood to lament the increasing dissociation of the game...

  • Letters: Colonel Gaddafi
    Friday, 18 April 2008

    In his otherwise excellent article (Comment, 5 April) he includes Libya as being among the "repulsive dictatorships" in the Arab world. Why he describes it as such I find difficult to understand, having spent several years living and working in Libya...

  • Leading article: Fads, and a sense of failure
    Friday, 18 April 2008

    In line with previous instalments, the conclusions are somewhat less than heartening. One report argues that the National Curriculum and the twin National Literacy and National Numeracy strategies have "decreased teacher autonomy". It reports the com...

  • Leading article: High spirits
    Friday, 18 April 2008

    Next month will see the repeal of the Fraudulent Mediums Act and its replacement with new Consumer Protection Regulations. Anyone who promises to summon up the dead, like Glendower, or to discern the future with the help of enchanted Tarot cards, wil...

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