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Thursday, 21 August 2008

  • Leading article: This mission remains far from accomplished
    Friday, 22 August 2008

    There can be no doubt about the courage, professionalism and dedication of the troops serving in Afghanistan. The difference lies in the context, and a pretty big difference it is, too. For while Great Britain's athletes will be returning home in a f...

  • Michael McCarthy: A simple plan to save the world
    Friday, 22 August 2008

    Nobody had heard of the nuclear chain reaction when Leo Szilard, the Hungarian-American physicist who had worked out how to trigger it, wrote to the American President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1939, warning of its potential consequences (and because n...

  • Leading article: The obsession with results harms children's education
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    This is done in a number of ways. The simplest is for a school to omit to enter a student for an exam if they are unlikely to get an A-C grade (which has become the benchmark of a "good" GCSE). Another is "teaching to the test", where teachers relent...

  • Letters: The great debate about Islam
    Friday, 22 August 2008

    First, he provides a brief synopsis of The Jewel of Medina and fails to mention that the stories in Sherry Jones' novel are historic fiction. He then authenticates her narrative of the Prophet Muhammad's marriage to Aisha by claiming that you can rea...

  • Leading article: The truth about migration
    Friday, 22 August 2008

    But the latest Home Office figures suggest that our political masters have been fighting the last war. The number of East and Central European migrants seeking work in this country has fallen to its lowest level since EU enlargement four years ago. A...

  • Tim Hames: Don't believe a word you hear in Denver next week
    Friday, 22 August 2008

    The spirit of Soapy Smith will be alive and well at this convention. The next week will feature a mixture of illusion, insincerity and outright hypocrisy which defy even the normal standards of contemporary politics. And it will be played out before ...

  • Anastasia De Waal: Vocational GCSEs are selling our children short
    Friday, 22 August 2008

    There is a grave danger that academic study is being reserved for high performers. If this were to escalate there is a real possibility of a reversion to a system akin to the grammar/secondary modern divide – though arguably in less meritocratic a fo...

  • Sarah Churchwell: Women are winners – at last
    Friday, 22 August 2008

    According to the pundits, watching the Olympics will teach us how to solve every social problem, by showing us how to encourage excellence throughout our society. We can learn "responsibility, self belief, positivity to challenge," according to one c...

  • Steve Connor: All bark and no bite in today's modified dog
    Friday, 22 August 2008

    Dogs are of course a prime example of a genetically-modified organism. They bear little resemblance to their wild ancestor, the grey wolf, from which they were domesticated some 10,000 years ago. Generations of selective breeding has resulted in the ...

  • Letters: Miscarriages of justice
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    However, each such case has surely to be assessed on its merits. Clearly, searching the internet for unsubstantiated material about a defendant and then disseminating this to the other jurors is likely to be prejudicial. However, a number of miscarri...

  • Leading article: Sell off Heathrow, too
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    This has been seen at its worst in Heathrow. As a good number of the 68 million passengers who used it last year will confirm, the airport is little short of a national disgrace. The fiasco of Terminal 5's opening was only the most high-profile disas...

  • Joey Cheek: The Olympics are about so much more than sport
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    That has never been the intention of the Olympics. They were created (in the modern incarnation) to be a festival to promote brotherhood, human rights, and peaceful conflict resolution. The Chinese government has repeated the mantra that this is only...

  • Simon Calder: Our fears are irrational: it's more dangerous to cycle
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    On the contrary, the lessons learned from the wretched demise of another jet aircraft, will in time, enhance safety. The tradition – no, obsession – with studying the causes of plane crashes means safety officials in airlines and manufacturers will e...

  • Dan Tench: UK courts offer a warm welcome
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    There are several reasons for this. Firstly, UK libel courts are often prepared to make big payouts. The libel lottery of the 1980s, where plaintiffs could recover £500,000 or more in damages, has been ended but claimants can still be awarded very su...

  • Peter Melchett: Don't believe the GM apologists
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    In Britain, we lost up to 95 per cent of our ancient woodlands, flower meadows, hedges and wildlife and saw massive losses of farms and farm workers' jobs. Farming became more oil-dependent. Our food lost vitamins, taste and diversity and our diet be...

  • Andrew Buncombe: On the unfinished road to democracy
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    Bordering on ridiculous The India-Pakistan border crossing at Waggah, 20 miles from both Lahore (Pakistan) and Amritsar (India), is a remarkable place. Because trucks from either country are not allowed to progress more than 100 metres into the o...

  • Leading article: Bolt upright
    Friday, 22 August 2008

    The president of the International Olympic Committee is right to pay attention to the conduct of Olympic champions but by criticising Bolt's exuberant post-race celebrations, he seems to have gone out of his way to find fault. None of Bolt's competit...

  • Leading article: Citizen jurors
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    Of course, an aborted trial is a scandalous waste of time and public money and an insult to the injured party. But was the juror really to blame or did the old-fashioned protectionism of the legal profession play a role? In an age when specialised kn...

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