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Sunday, 27 July 2008

  • Leading article: An important victory. But there are more battles ahead
    Monday, 28 July 2008

    Through its "fair tips, fair pay" campaign, The Independent has sought to expose and outlaw this shabby system of exploitation, which abuses the intentions of diners as well as those who wait on them, many of whom are foreigners and thus unlikely to ...

  • Leading article: India must reject the forces of extremism
    Monday, 28 July 2008

    Ethnic, religious and social tensions have always been present in India. Partly they are a legacy of partition in 1947, which left behind a huge Muslim minority whose discontent seems to be growing. But while Indians today turn the spotlight on radic...

  • Letters: Population growth
    Monday, 28 July 2008

    P J Stewart Oxford Will Mr Lawson please name the "people behind" the OPT who supported India's forced sterilisation in the 1970s? OPT was not formed until 1991, and most certainly does not believe in state control over the right to have children, or...

  • Leading article: The brain needs quality time
    Monday, 28 July 2008

    The senator confided that "should we be successful, that actually the most important thing you need to do is have big chunks of time during the day when all you're doing is thinking." Without that, "you lose the big picture". Many great leaders would...

  • Joanna Briscoe: Green is the new black, but fashions change
    Monday, 28 July 2008

    Yes yes yes, I can see it's the most pressing issue of our time on a global scale. Without urgent action, we'll all collapse into a heaving pit of floods and flames that'll swallow half of us while forming a carcinogenic sun bed for the other; there ...

  • Sarah Churchwell: The message is clear. We are all under suspicion
    Monday, 28 July 2008

    Since moving to Britain, I have been called licence cheat, fare-dodger, and benefit thief – and all when I was just sitting on the Tube, minding my own business. "Get one or get done!" barked a TV Licensing poster. Then the tone changed from thuggish...

  • Andrew Buncombe: Gujarat's bloody recent history of sectarian strife
    Monday, 28 July 2008

    It is not a hotel and it has no regular electricity or running water. Rather, it is a wretched shanty town on the edge of the city, home to at least 8,000 Muslim families who have nowhere else to go. Most have been here since the 2002 violence – for ...

  • IoS letters, emails & texts, 27 July 2008
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    In East Anglia, it then rained, on average, for only about 6 per cent of the time. The sun shone for 40 per cent of daylight hours (six times as much as it rained). The rest of the time it was cloudy but dry. It only rained at all on half of the days...

  • Leading article: Finished? Maybe. Should he be? No
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    For some months now, the opinion polls have reflected this narrative back to the Westminster village. It is true, also, that the electoral auguries are not good for Mr Brown. Boris Johnson's election as London Mayor was followed by the loss of the Cr...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    The whips ordered every Labour MP to hit the campaign trail in Glasgow East prior to the by-election, but former sports minister Richard Caborn must have felt he had done all he could, come polling day. He was spotted catching a lunchtime train fr...

  • Feargal Sharkey: Noises Off
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    The prospect has aroused all manner of intellectual passions. Certain learned academics have been particularly vocal in their criticisms; claiming in a letter to José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission President, that any move to extend copyrigh...

  • Neil Norman: Lydon - a loaded Pistol with his sights trained on humbug
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    In the Barcelona episode, Okereke had approached him to ask about the possible reunion of Public Image Ltd, Lydon's post-Sex Pistols band. In Okereke's words, the singer became "intimidating and aggressive while his entourage responded with a racist ...

  • Brendan Simms: If Britain had had its way, Karadzic would be a free man now
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    Moreover, it is now difficult to argue that the court is biased against Muslims, given that one of those jointly responsible for the greatest massacre of Muslims in modern times – in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995 – has been apprehended. The arrest is ...

  • Barack and Winston: both going all the way for Mom
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    Obama rarely invokes his mother's spirit on the campaign trail. But, asked recently to choose one prized keepsake, he said his was a photograph of the cliffs in Hawaii where his mother's ashes were scattered. In Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race...

  • Katy Guest: Left vs right - it's a question of manners
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    Naturally, the straight-talking heroes of political incorrectness who work at the Mail have no time for the tofu-munching yoghurt-knitters at The Guardian. Likewise, the socially aware intellectuals of Farringdon look down on the reactionary bigots i...

  • Music industry: The party's over. Haven't they heard?
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    The internet is to blame, apparently. People are daring to share music with each other for free. The big labels are in a panic, unsure what to do. So they have approached six major internet service providers and persuaded them to "crack down" on the ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    Curious how so familiar a word, heard in thousands of conversations every day and scores of times on mainstream TV, still has such power. You might have thought Gordon Ramsay would have chargrilled the life out of it by now. Yet it's still as potent ...

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