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  • Leading Article: The entwined fate of two terrorised nations
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    Yet, despite all these reservations, it is hard to contradict Mr Zardari's recent analysis that religious extremists are getting "the upper hand" in Pakistan and the wider region. An abundance of evidence before our own eyes supports that interpretat...

  • Letters: We are told to learn a foreign language. But which one?
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    In the 1960s, at my secondary school, I took French, German and Latin to A- level. At the end of seven years I came away fluent in none of them. If all that effort had been put into just one language, it most likely would have been French, and after ...

  • Leading Article: There is no magic bullet
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    But the problem is that Mr Bean was merely articulating the prevailing view, not just of the Bank of England, but of the world's central bankers. The annual meeting of the heads of national monetary policy in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (where Mr Bean made...

  • Leading Article: Growth industry
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    And one British biologist, Dr Paul Thomas, has even developed a way to encourage the growth of the delicious tubers in the roots of trees. Truffles could soon be more abundant, and perhaps cheaper, than ever before. The great Italian composer and gou...

  • Sarah Churchwell: How to be a real man – and a jerk
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    The author of The Retrosexual Manual – who shall remain unmanned, I mean unnamed – has been publicising his book with articles explaining its provenance: "It was my girlfriend's fault," one article begins. Of course it was. She talked him into wearin...

  • Podium: We need to get the oil from the ocean into your tank
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    The fundamental reason for high gasoline prices is that the supply of oil is not keeping pace with demand. To reduce pressure on prices, we need to increase the supply of oil, especially oil produced here at home. So in June, I called on Congress to ...

  • Beijing Notebook: After the circus leaves town...
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    The smoke from a rolling barrage of fireworks had barely cleared around Tiananmen Square when President Hu Jintao boarded a plane for Seoul to meet his counterpart Lee Myung-bak, while one of the top news stories examined the possibility of a bridge ...

  • Baratunde Thurston: Here's how Obama can win
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    The new sense of frustration or stalled progress around a man whose vision has galvanised millions is a result of multiple factors including Obama's own unlikely success, the media's need to promote conflict, pressure from a vocal left, John McCain's...

  • Letters: Our duty in Afghanistan
    Monday, 25 August 2008

    President Sarkozy, during his recent visit to Afghanistan in the wake of the loss of 10 French soldiers, is quoted as saying "I don't have any doubt that we have to be here . . . the world's freedom is at stake here". Really? General Dan MacNeill, th...

  • Leading article: Barack Obama negotiates his first serious hurdle
    Monday, 25 August 2008

    That is the real significance of Barack Obama's choice of running mate for this autumn's presidential election: it is the first serious test of the Democratic candidate's judgement. By unveiling Joe Biden as his running mate in Springfield, Illinois,...

  • Leading article: An unforgettable fortnight
    Monday, 25 August 2008

    Just as significantly, from the perspective of the organisers, there were no political boycotts. The world's most powerful national leaders all dutifully turned up to either the opening or the closing ceremony. China will thus feel that it has achiev...

  • Peter Popham: Rome Notebook
    Monday, 25 August 2008

    Like Walter Schiavi, for example, a Milanese postman. A few weeks back he called in sick – then showed up at the very post office where he works, cunningly disguised with a pair of shades and a baseball cap worn back to front. He held up the cashier ...

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