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Saturday, 17 May 2008

  • Leading article: We can stop young killers
    Sunday, 18 May 2008

    Except that, this time, we did not move on to the next story quite so easily. Because there were Jimmy's parents yesterday. Like the man with the carrier bags standing in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square, they would not let the public caravan ro...

  • Leading article: Alex Salmond's success is taking Scotland closer to independence
    Saturday, 17 May 2008

    The SNP leader's success has stemmed primarily from his ability to play the devolution game with consummate skill. Mr Salmond has managed to get both Edinburgh and Westminster to, as he puts it, "dance to a Scottish jig". Witness the stumbling perfor...

  • Leading article: The biggest tragedy for Burma
    Saturday, 17 May 2008

    The pity of all this is that many, if not most, of these deaths will have been avoidable. Burma's misfortune has been that it has suffered a natural disaster. Its tragedy has been to have a government so callous and so suspicious of the outside world...

  • Charlie Higson: Indiana Jones vs James Bond... the transatlantic tussle of the superheroes
    Sunday, 18 May 2008

    One of the friends was George Lucas. It was the opening weekend of Star Wars, and he was trying to escape all the hoo-ha. The other was Steven Spielberg, who had already made Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. As usual, they talked about mo...

  • Karel Vervoort: Air drops work. Burma needs them now
    Sunday, 18 May 2008

    Yesterday, one account, from 60 miles south of the capital, reported the dispossessed lining the road: "Without clothes or shoes, the thousands of men, women and children could only stand in the mud and rain of the latest tropical downpour, their han...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 18 May 2008

    The conference theme is the role of "the news ombudsman today and tomorrow" – and Pam Platt, president of the Organization of News Ombudsmen, whose members range from the mighty 'Washington Post' to the humble 'Sacramento Bee', is upbeat. Journalism ...

  • Sophie Heawood: Leave the swearing to the toffs
    Sunday, 18 May 2008

    When on promotional duties for Atonement, Knightley got into trouble with the film's bosses for effing and blinding her way through the interviews, but last week she was at it again when talking about her latest movie, The Edge of Love. She used the ...

  • David Babani: Noises Off
    Sunday, 18 May 2008

    But things aren't as perfect as they seem. The night before, the producer Sonia Friedman said that Broadway was outperforming the West End on almost every front. "Broadway has become far more fertile and adventurous than the West End," she said. "Whi...

  • Letters: Balmoral embarrassment
    Saturday, 17 May 2008

    Do we conclude from this that the "good Catholic girl" routinely flouts her church's rules on contraception? So the church, it appears, tolerates her sinfulness because she is famous and influential. She belongs to a pick-and-choose church whose theo...

  • The Weasel: Mission to Milan
    Saturday, 17 May 2008

    The company has commissioned a dozen toothsome nibbles from Giorgio Locatelli. The recipes are on the Peroni website and "will be available in a selection of bars and restaurants across the UK". Making it fashionable to have food with drink is surely...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 18 May 2008

    Former colleagues of Jason Cowley, until recently editor of 'Granta', have been expressing surprise at his appointment as editor of the 'New Statesman'. While his intelligence and talent for delegating are widely admired, he is not known as being ...

  • Leading article: Final straight
    Saturday, 17 May 2008

    Mr Pistorius has blurred the line between disabled and the able-bodied sport through sheer force of will. It is simply astonishing that a double amputee is in a position to challenge for a place in the Olympic 400m event, even with the help of his no...

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