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  • A crime that tests our willingness to stop genocide
    Tuesday, 27 May 2008

    Devastated several days ago by militias apparently loyal to the Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, Abyei appears to have fallen victim to a government policy of launching pre-emptive strikes of the utmost ferocity against regions close to oil wells ...

  • Leading article: Show some courage in the face of these protests
    Wednesday, 28 May 2008

    We have been here before. When aggrieved hauliers and farmers blockaded fuel depots in 2000, Gordon Brown, as Chancellor, acquiesced to their demands by freezing the fuel duty. He must not make the same mistake again. This is the defining test for th...

  • Leading article: Prison won't halt this epidemic of stabbing
    Tuesday, 27 May 2008

    Many people's reaction will be to panic. Understandably so. No one looking at the statistics can claim these sorts of crime are not rising, even as other forms of crime, such as break-ins or car thefts, taper off. It is no good politicians trying to ...

  • Letters: Palliative medicine
    Wednesday, 28 May 2008

    We too accept that palliative care outside hospices is not yet as it should be. But we want readers to know that much has changed and has been achieved for better patient care through the work and dedication of the "Hospice Movement", both voluntary ...

  • Leading article: An unhealthy sense of entitlement
    Wednesday, 28 May 2008

    Our political representatives also want to spare themselves the sort of embarrassment that the former Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett suffered at the weekend, when it was revealed that the Commons authorities had knocked back her claim for £600 to...

  • Sarah Churchwell: The enduring thrill of sex, sadism and snobbery
    Wednesday, 28 May 2008

    These ingredients no longer seem particularly English; sex, snobbery and sadism are a global phenomenon, while the schoolboy bully, frustrated adolescent, and snobbish suburban adult sound like Hollywood market research. Umberto Eco once likened Flem...

  • Rebecca Front: A Walk on the Weird Side
    Wednesday, 28 May 2008

    I don't get out that much, you see, and I have to get ideas from somewhere. So yes. It's you. All the people I've ever encountered. And, while generally I will only take a tiny detail, such as a nervous laugh or a slightly odd way of inflecting sente...

  • Letters: The five-term year
    Tuesday, 27 May 2008

    Our arguments were based on the logicality of moving to a school year that had terms of equal lengths (eight weeks), predictable term dates from year to year and consistently across schools, and regular vacations (four of two weeks, and a four-week s...

  • Jon Cruddas: We're talking a language that's failing to resonate
    Tuesday, 27 May 2008

    So, though it may not suit journalistic mindsets, a slightly calmer analysis is needed. In my view, those who are calling for a snap change of leader are as wrong as those who insist we can carry on with more of the same policy agenda. Recent electio...

  • Leading article: Drug dependency
    Wednesday, 28 May 2008

    But even more could benefit, according to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. The institute says in its latest guidelines that 1.4 million more people should be offered the drugs in Britain, and that GPs should step up their efforts to id...

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