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  • Leading article: How the Democrats made history in Denver
    Saturday, 30 August 2008

    For the first time, a major US party has nominated a black American for President. This is a milestone whose significance cannot be overestimated, regardless of the result on 4 November. For all the injustices and divisions that persist in American s...

  • Menzies Campbell: Obama's search for the golden age
    Saturday, 30 August 2008

    Four days before, the convention opened in an atmosphere of some nervousness. There were hurdles to be crossed every evening: on Monday with Michelle Obama, the candidate's wife; on Tuesday with Hillary Clinton; and on Wednesday with Bill Clinton. Al...

  • Leading article: The injustice of a system that penalises carers
    Friday, 29 August 2008

    That is why we welcome the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee's report today, which makes a powerful case for wholesale reform of the benefits available to carers. As the report points out, if these individuals were paid by the priva...

  • The Weasel: Channel hopping
    Saturday, 30 August 2008

    Though it's a very pleasant spot, this seems to be overstating the case. Guerns (as they call themselves) do not pass their days in a state of blessed-out ecstasy. This is evident from their driving, which singularly fails to accord with another stat...

  • Leading article: Play to our strengths
    Saturday, 30 August 2008

    It therefore makes perfect sense for the Olympics minister Tessa Jowell to float the idea of doing things rather differently. We must not try to emulate Beijing, she suggests, but we need to come up with new ways of thinking – perhaps by holding the ...

  • Spike Lee: I saw 21st-century America embrace the next president
    Saturday, 30 August 2008

    Anybody watching on television would have seen the rainbow of faces in Denver. Brown, black and white. That's not what you're going to see when the Republicans get together next week for their convention. It's going to be like an Arizona country golf...

  • Letters: The difficulty of GCSEs
    Friday, 29 August 2008

    If I had believed half of what I had heard and read I would have expected an A* just for being able to write my name in vaguely the right place on the exam paper and ticking a few boxes in multiple-choice questions. Far from it. The course was stimul...

  • Leading article: Art for whose sake?
    Friday, 29 August 2008

    But should the Government get involved and use public money to help acquire the works for the nation? It is a more finely balanced argument than many cheerleaders for the acquisition are prepared to admit. We should not underestimate the inspirationa...

  • William M Gumede: We need an opposition, but one with credibility
    Friday, 29 August 2008

    The Achilles heel of South Africa's democracy is the lack of a relevant, effective and credible opposition party that talks to the country's long-suffering black majority. This void has led to extraordinary complacency in the ruling African National ...

  • Carola Long: Why fashion loves the super-thin
    Friday, 29 August 2008

    Although Moss doesn't exactly frame this as an overtly political comment – she attributes her low weight to the fact that "when I was doing shows and flying economy, nobody ever fed me", when really, how much trouble is it to buy your own sandwich be...

  • John Kerry: When our country is wrong, we must set it right
    Friday, 29 August 2008

    Never in modern history has an administration squandered American power so recklessly. Never has strategy been so replaced by ideology. Never has extremism so crowded out common sense and fundamental American values. Never has short-term partisan pol...

  • Marilyn Stowe: A last chance to have it all
    Saturday, 30 August 2008

    The fallout from this is utter boredom and feeling trapped. A lot of people I meet have retired too soon, and have become bored. Because they are affluent, they can afford to get divorced. They are from a generation with far more material wealth than...

  • Jason Rae: My week
    Saturday, 30 August 2008

    This week I am attending the Democratic National Convention so I wake in my hotel room at 6am. I do a couple of radio interviews and go for breakfast with some of the other delegates. Every morning at breakfast we have a different speaker and today i...

  • Michael McCarthy: When is a sparrow not a sparrow?
    Friday, 29 August 2008

    This week, browsing through an advance copy of a stylish new history of ornithology, The Wisdom of Birds, by Tim Birkhead, I came across an intriguing reference to the most famous sparrow of all, the one that belonged as a pet to Lesbia, lover of the...

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