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  • Leading article: A missed opportunity to feed the world
    Friday, 6 June 2008

    The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon declared that there was an increasing sense of urgency from the world about the need to deal with the food crisis. But warm words such as these cannot conceal that this summit has utterly failed to address some of...

  • Baratunde Thurston: I used to be cynical about my country. No longer...
    Friday, 6 June 2008

    I had spent the past several days in this predominantly black and poor neighbourhood, going door-to-door to turn out the vote and convert those on the fence. Over 90 per cent of the households I reached were planning to vote, and for Obama. My electi...

  • Leading article: An exciting choice that reveals the disillusion of voters
    Thursday, 5 June 2008

    That this year's Democratic nomination would make history was evident as soon as Barack Obama established himself as the candidate for Hillary Clinton to beat. As the first African-American with a realistic chance of reaching the White House, he carr...

  • Ali Allawi: This raises huge questions over our independence
    Thursday, 5 June 2008

    Iraq is now faced with a reprise of that treaty, but this time with the US, rather than Britain, as the dominant foreign partner. The US is pushing for the enactment of a "strategic alliance" with Iraq, partly as a precondition for supporting Iraq's ...

  • Letters: Strategy in Iraq
    Friday, 6 June 2008

    As the report makes clear, any such decision would have a bearing on the US elections, and help John McCain at the expense of Barack Obama. Richard Heller London SE1 Sir: There is something akin to despair when, as a Palestinian, I have to listen to ...

  • Leading article: Needed: more help for heroes
    Friday, 6 June 2008

    It is a regrettable act of parsimony. What precisely, one asks, does an "act of final commemoration" mean when many thousands of the participants are still alive and when the memory of that historic event, the moment when the Allies started the liber...

  • Letters: Incompetent Labour leader
    Thursday, 5 June 2008

    The gritty Yorkshireman held together a Labour Party which in the 1960s did not seem to want to be united: it was split between left and right down to ward level. Brown, the sensitive Scot, inherited a disciplined party which is now in open revolt. W...

  • Richard Garner: Reforms have increased the gap between rich and poor
    Thursday, 5 June 2008

    With Tony Blair's mantra of "education, education, education" being his top three priorities, we were led to believe we were on the threshold of establishing a world-class state education service in which presumably only a fool or a snob would part w...

  • Leading article: Off the rails
    Friday, 6 June 2008

    And in the Commons this week, the Prime Minister was put on the political rack over his planned reforms to vehicle excise duty and the scheduled 2p increase in fuel tax. One might imagine that, at a time when he is being hammered for penalising road ...

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