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  • Leading article: A new leader, and the long shadow cast by Mr Putin
    Wednesday, 7 May 2008

    This is partly because President Putin's legacy looms so large. In his eight years in power, Mr Putin has ended the war in Chechnya, tamed the rapacious "oligarchs" and raised living standards for most Russians. Thanks to Russia's extraordinary econo...

  • Peter Popham: Italian fascism is once again on the rise
    Tuesday, 6 May 2008

    The respectable right was quick to insist that the attack was nothing to do with them. "I would be the first to condemn neo-fascist violence if it really existed," shrugged Ignazio La Russa, a senior figure in the post-fascist Alleanza Nazionale (AN)...

  • Peter Popham: Junta is acting out of self-preservation, not compassion
    Tuesday, 6 May 2008

    The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), as Burma's military junta styles itself, argues that military government is essential for Burma because of the threat to the nation's unity from secessionist groups on the borders. Democracy cannot be p...

  • Letters: The BNP
    Wednesday, 7 May 2008

    Immigrants by and large occupy rented accommodation (as Hari himself acknowledges), while the Tory Party in the main, and the Labour Party subsequently, are responsible for the lack of sufficient council properties. Hari's solution is not to attempt ...

  • Leading article: Clouds of confusion
    Wednesday, 7 May 2008

    Mr Brown, chastened by Labour's electoral humbling, claims that he is listening. He is; but not to those who know what they are talking about. The Government's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has come down against re-classification on public ...

  • Leading article: Down a little, but not out
    Tuesday, 6 May 2008

    This is disappointing, but it is not "bad" – the word also used quite justifiably by Gordon Brown to describe Labour's dismal showing. It is nonetheless surprising that, at a time when environmental issues have climbed up the national agenda and evid...

  • Ellie Levenson: Sex education? Don't expect it from teachers
    Tuesday, 6 May 2008

    I'm not sure that I would have been happy being taught about emotions by my teachers. I am friends with several teachers and their love lives are just as complex and emotional as anyone else's. In fact, one of my former teachers told me recently that...

  • Gary McKeone: The creepy cult of management consultancy
    Tuesday, 6 May 2008

    According to one review of the book, the Commission's record is one of rampant growth and excess, whether budgetary (£15m in 1984 to £220m in 2004, staffing (524 in 1984 to 2,356 in 2004) or practice (500 public sector targets in 1999 to 2,500 target...

  • Leading article: OK computer
    Wednesday, 7 May 2008

    A study of 1,000 primary school pupils conducted by researchers at Durham University has discovered that those who studied French through lessons delivered via a CD-Rom progressed more rapidly that those who learned with the support of a traditional ...

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