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  • Leading article: The demons of the far right raise their heads again
    Tuesday, 29 April 2008

    Gianni Alemanno's surprise victory over Francesco Rutelli in the Italian capital's mayoral elections yesterday is not a welcome shift in power, despite the extended domination of Mr Rutelli's centre-left administration over Roman politics in recent y...

  • Leading article: High prices, huge profits and a logical response
    Wednesday, 30 April 2008

    Prices are so high partly because of the low value of the dollar, which has inflated assets denominated in the US currency. But a bigger factor is that reserves are under pressure. Demand is spiralling because of the rapid economic growth of China an...

  • David Steel: There is no case for changing the Abortion Act
    Wednesday, 30 April 2008

    We did not create abortion on request, we created a state of law where there is a balance between the right of the foetus to develop to full life and the right of the women to have what I would call in the biblical phrase "abundant life". And that is...

  • Letters: Climate catastrophe
    Wednesday, 30 April 2008

    No other newspaper can match The Independent's coverage of environmental issues, and thus Independent readers know better than most just how urgent is the need to tackle climate change. Cities contribute three quarters of world greenhouse gas emissi...

  • Leading article: Heinous crimes and national image
    Wednesday, 30 April 2008

    To conclude from this, however, that Austria and Josef Fritzl were somehow uniquely made for each other takes an exercise in national stereotyping too far. Of course, if you consider the shocking case two years ago of Natascha Kampusch – a young girl...

  • Letters: Two-state solution
    Tuesday, 29 April 2008

    The civil war between Palestinians and Jews (November 1947-April 1948) and international war between Arab states and Israel (May-December 1948) would not have been necessary had the Palestinians and Arab states accepted the UN plan for a Jewish and a...

  • Leading article: Web of intrigue
    Tuesday, 29 April 2008

    Though cobwebs look fragile to our eyes, the webbing has an incredible tensile strength; it is several times stronger than steel of the same thickness. The silk is also phenomenally elastic. For many years, scientists have been searching for a method...

  • Dr Ian Stephen: The traumatising effect of isolation
    Tuesday, 29 April 2008

    She might also have developed Stockholm syndrome, eventually becoming totally passive and fully compliant to all of her father's demands, in order to survive her fear of him. How she's going to express herself and relate to other people in society is...

  • Leading article: Called to account (at last)
    Wednesday, 30 April 2008

    Yesterday, though, he was right on the money when he called for an end to what he called the "unattractive" City practice of offering huge bonuses to often inexperienced staff, so encouraging them to take huge risks. His analysis was spot-on, too. Ap...

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