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Thursday, 14 August 2008

  • Leading article: Beware a despot bearing gifts of shared power
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    Yet Mr Tsvangirai is right to resist this pressure. It is important to remember that the MDC leader enjoys more political legitimacy than Mr Mugabe in Zimbabwe. Mr Tsvangirai defeated Mr Mugabe in the first round of the presidential elections in Marc...

  • Michael Brown: Forget friends like these, David
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    Visiting the northern Labour marginals he hopes to win in 2010, Mr Cameron moved swiftly to denounce the report as "insane". But he will have been seriously irritated, and the report showed that the Tory Party still has the ability to snatch defeat f...

  • Kim Sengupta: Villagers caught in front line become victims of atrocities
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    Six hours after leaving their village, Mrs Bakarashvilli was shot at a checkpoint by a drunken militiaman. She died of her wounds – one of many civilian casualties in the atrocities which are now coming to light, say humanitarian groups, on both side...

  • Leading article: An exam system that could serve our pupils better
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    If universities and employers are disappointed by gaps in the knowledge or skills of their new recruits – and their loudest recent complaints have been about the mastery of basic reading, writing and maths – this should not be laid at the door of ind...

  • Letters: Legalising drugs
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    My husband and I have been fighting for change for 12 years, since our son had a problem while he was at university. Not only are our drug laws ineffective, the punishments have become more dangerous and damaging than the drugs themselves. A criminal...

  • Leading article: A positive learning curve
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    The increased take-up of maths is particularly encouraging, with more candidates than at any time in the past. Chemistry, physics and biology have also increased in popularity. A decade of decline has been reversed. On the arts side, there has been a...

  • George Rupp: Still committed to Afghanistan – despite the killings
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    It is doubtful that when the then IRC board president John Whitehead made his first visit in 1980 to the Afghan-Pakistan border, he could have known what a long and difficult commitment the IRC was about to embark on. What John did know was that a te...

  • Michael McCarthy: French countryside: a throwback to the 50s
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    The most reliably good food in France is to be found elsewhere, in the brasseries, those town-centre cafes that spread paper cloths on to their tables at noon and turn themselves into lunchtime restaurants for office workers. Every day, a brasserie o...

  • Martha Robinson: A-levels are hard – in the wrong places
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    Every lesson of the past two years – in my chosen subjects of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, French and Philosophy – has been focused on examinations. The year is structured around the syllabus and past exam papers. On attempting to sign myself up for ...

  • David McKittrick: Ten years on, and nobody has been brought to justice
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    Everyone one knows who is responsible. But knowing has not been enough. As so often in Troubles-related cases, intelligence has not been translated into evidence that will stand up in court and secure convictions. A decade of legal proceedings in Nor...

  • Muriithi Mutiga: Opposition must make the most of its chance
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    His attempt to humiliate his rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, at Harare airport sums up his dilemma: While Mr Mugabe holds the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change in contempt and has little stomach for ceding any executive power to the MDC, he has ...

  • Anne Penketh: There is only one winner, and too many casualties
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    What a difference a war makes. Those words must have haunted her yesterday as she held talks with President Nicolas Sarkozy at his summer residence before heading to Tbilisi in a show of solidarity with the embattled government of Georgia. The confli...

  • Letters: Nato forces
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    In Nato's previous incarnation its transition-to-war plans involved the Allied Command Europe (ACE) Mobile Force, a lightly armed formation which could be deployed to threatened front-line areas. It was formed of detachments from several Nato nations...

  • Leading article: Lost in cloud cuckoo land
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    It is clear that we are in the midst of a sharp slowdown; one that could very easily turn into a full-blown recession. It is hard not to draw a contrast between such dire reports and the optimistic tone adopted by the stewards of our economy this tim...

  • Jonathan Mills: Exciting times for Europe can inspire the arts
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    Embarking on my journey to Edinburgh to become director of one of Europe's oldest and finest cultural organisations, I have been hugely inspired by the open-spirited debate about the future of the European Union; a future that is being robustly conte...

  • Julian Critchley: All the experts admit that we should legalise drugs
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    I was being interviewed on the BBC World Service, and after I tried to explain why I believe that drugs should be decriminalised, the person representing the other side of the argument pointed out that drugs are terrible, that they destroy lives. Now...

  • Mary Bousted: The truth behind those A-level grades
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    Take today's A-level results. Why are grades so much higher these days? Because teachers, under pressure, are getting better and better at squeezing every last mark out of every pupil regardless of whether the students really understand what they are...

  • Kim Sengupta: First war, now anarchy as Russian militias run riot
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    George Bush and the Georgian government accused Moscow of breaking the less than 24-hour-old ceasefire, as armed bands of Ossetians, Cossacks and Chechens raided villages around the strategic town of Gori which was taken over by Russian forces in the...

  • Leading article: Sentimental journey
    Friday, 15 August 2008

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, of course, but this sounds rather unfair. We would encourage Mr Paxman to delve a little deeper into the Scotsman's oeuvre. There is a world of Burns beyond "Auld Lang Syne" and that poem about the haggis. It se...

  • Leading article: Wedding belles
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    Some hard-hearted cynics have said that the perfunctory nuptials at the Little White Chapel on the Strip were not about love or marriage at all, but about the pair promoting the new husband's first rock album with the indie band Chester French (there...

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