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  • Letters: Africa's problems
    Friday, 4 April 2008

    On 15 September 2007, Gordon Brown said: "I give the people of Darfur a commitment: the world will not abandon you"; but did he mean what he said? The UN-African Union peacekeeping force took over more than two months ago, but lacks helicopters, prop...

  • Leading article: Marine conservation - all at sea over precious resources
    Friday, 4 April 2008

    The Bill promises a network of protected marine areas to cover a fifth of British waters by 2012, as well as some welcome measures to give the public the freedom to walk around the entire English coastline for the first time. But the central provisio...

  • Leading article: Cannabis and the clouds of confusion
    Friday, 4 April 2008

    The right-wing press had been demanding for some time that the drug be elevated into the more serious category of narcotics. And so, despite the fact that the Government had downgraded cannabis to Class C only three years before, and despite the abse...

  • Leading article: Protest is a price Beijing must pay for the Olympics
    Friday, 4 April 2008

    Mr Hu has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty of "inciting subversion of state power and the socialist system". That such a crime still features on the Chinese statute book is an indictment of the system in its...

  • Comment: Exaggerated claims are no basis for policy
    Friday, 4 April 2008

    This is a political row fuelled by the Prime Minister's anxiety to pacify Middle England. There is a widespread, but mistaken, belief that the country is in the grip of an epidemic of cannabis-induced psychosis. This is based on the conviction that t...

  • Yelena Tregubova: Free at last from President Putin's fearsome grip
    Friday, 4 April 2008

    As a critical journalist, of course I was threatened. So I was thankful and impressed by the British Government's decision to grant me asylum. It was a brave decision and one that I hope signals an end to the appeasement that European governments hav...

  • Letters: Dickens' last words
    Thursday, 3 April 2008

    His children, through their last survivor – the Old Bailey Judge Henry Fielding Dickens, who died in 1933 – gave the view that when they and Dickens's friends were dead, that request would cease to operate. From the number of monuments, memorials and...

  • Leading article: Water - a drinking problem
    Thursday, 3 April 2008

    Water prevents headaches, improves skin tone, helps you lose weight and makes a person generally healthier. Doesn't it? Well, no, actually. Or, at least, not when drunk in great volume. Two researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have paddled...

  • Leading article: Bertie Ahern - a successful politician, but a tarnished legacy
    Thursday, 3 April 2008

    Although Mr Ahern was a Haughey protégé, he seemed at first interested in power but not money. He presented himself as a man of plain and simple tastes, a happy workaholic content to run the country and let his own financial future look after itself....

  • Leading article: No longer as safe as houses
    Thursday, 3 April 2008

    After the HBOS episode two weeks ago, it would be irresponsible to speculate about the underlying health of the business. But, whatever the truth, this announcement is part of a clear trend. Bank lending has tightened up considerably of late. Mortgag...

  • Richard Garner: Betrayal of movement's founding principles
    Thursday, 3 April 2008

    The result is that they are accepting fewer children who receive free school meals than neighbouring, non-religious schools in similar circumstances. As one education expert has suggested, there can only be one reason for that – to achieve better exa...

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