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  • Leading article: A spiral of despair – and a ruler hellbent on destroying his country
    Saturday, 7 June 2008

    Nor is it just the poor who are the targets. The opposition presidential candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, has been detained by the Zimbabwean police twice this week. American and British diplomats investigating reports of repression have been harassed b...

  • 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...

  • Letters: The end of cheap oil
    Saturday, 7 June 2008

    When the Opec nations were persuaded to crank-back production by around 5 per cent in 1973 (and the Iran-Iraq war had a similar effect in 1980), the price of oil rocketed. Now it is a geological, not a political problem, and cannot be solved simply b...

  • The Weasel: The daily grind
    Saturday, 7 June 2008

    "To anyone under 20, the years 'BC' (Before Cappuccino) may sound like the time of myth," writes Mr Hitchings, who is no old-timer himself (born 1974). "For many younger consumers, the drink is inextricably linked with Starbucks." Noting that the fir...

  • Leading article: So will they really take the plunge?
    Saturday, 7 June 2008

    That free swimming was not the most obvious by-product of 2012, however, does not make it a bad idea. In fact, it is one of those practical initiatives that pleases because of its simplicity. Fees for local authority swimming pools have risen and ris...

  • E Jane Dickinson: The funfair is no place to teach religion
    Saturday, 7 June 2008

    The £20m enterprise envisaged by the Swiss development company Genesis Land may have had a lukewarm reception from Heidelbergers concerned that it will detract from the area's intellectual heritage, but the theme park, modelled on successful American...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Down to earth
    Saturday, 7 June 2008

    There is something admirable about a 58-year-old archbishop who ventures to test himself in this way. Still more admirable is that his jump was not just for personal satisfaction, but to raise money for families of soldiers injured in Afghanistan. It...

  • 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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