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Thursday, 22 May 2008

  • Leading article: Disgraceful sexual persecution
    Friday, 23 May 2008

    His application for asylum was rejected by the UK on the grounds that, while it was conceded that Iran executes homosexuals, there was no "systematic" repression of gay men and lesbians. But when Mr Kazemi fled to the Netherlands to seek asylum there...

  • Letters: UK wildlife
    Thursday, 22 May 2008

    As an ecologist (still active at 78) and a member of the Somerset Invertebrates Group, which expressed concern at the decline of insects more than 10 years ago, I am very worried about the lack of young, enthusiastic taxonomists to take over the work...

  • Sarah Churchwell: Don't buy into the fiction of the 'single-parent family'
    Thursday, 22 May 2008

    The Tories trotted out all the old chestnuts about fatherless children being more likely to have educational, social or behavioural problems, despite the fact that anyone with a rudimentary grasp of logic knows that correlations do not establish caus...

  • Leading article: Reasons to be cheerful
    Friday, 23 May 2008

    Suffice to say that, from Elvis to the Beastie Boys, from the Beatles to the Sex Pistols, there has rarely been a time when "polite society" has not found something in youth culture to demonise. The latest target of the wagging finger of reproach is ...

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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