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  • Leading article: Britain bears the full force of an economic storm
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    For the first time since 1992, our economy has ceased to expand. Some might argue that this is not such a disaster; that after such a prolonged period of expansion we can afford to slow down. But the flaw in this sanguine analysis is that we do not s...

  • Clifford Coonan: Will China keep the flame alight?
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    China is a country where very often you can say one thing and the opposite is also true, and in line with this dictum, it's been an Olympics of opposites. On the one hand you had the spectacular opening ceremony, the fabulous organisation of events, ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Bletchley Park
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    Sadly, in the Sixties, academia chose to abandon industry in favour of the will-o'-the-wisp of "computer science", where the end products were learned papers, not hardware and software. Consequently, Britain lost its ability to design world-beating c...

  • The Weasel: Currant affairs
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    When we arrived in the north this summer, I was smitten by the urge for a kir. Arguably, this Burgundian concoction of white wine and crème de cassis (many authorities recommend a ratio of 5:1 but 3:1 is the Dijonnais preference) is the perfect defin...

  • Leading article: How to wind down the war
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    Preliminary details suggest that combat troops could be withdrawn from Iraqi cities by next June, and from the rest of the country by the end of 2011, if – and, of course, it is a big if – security conditions are judged satisfactory. It is noteworthy...

  • Carola Long: Stop mocking Madonna
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    Not only did it seem inconceivable that this staid quartet were around the same age as Madonna, but also that they should deem their pedestrian personal style preferable to the singer's alabaster-skinned, almond-eyed, sexually charged bionic glory. T...

  • Dawn Peart: In Beijing to watch her team achieve the biggest Olympic success it has ever had
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    The swimming competition ended yesterday so the team went out to celebrate last night, but I have to look after everyone and be responsible so I stayed at the village. Everyone is feeling really high today after all the success we've had; in fact, it...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: In your dreams
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    His purpose was to expose what he suspected was the questionable reliability of such accolades, and how right he turned out to be. In defending its procedures, the magazine said it had done its best to verify the facts, phoning, Googling, and reading...

  • 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...

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