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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: We're not all doomed, Mr Darling
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    He told The Guardian that we are facing economic times that "are arguably the worst they've been in 60 years". This was a remarkable assessment, not least because, on the face of it, it was untrue. Was he saying that current forecasts are for conditi...

  • Melanie McDonagh: Faith schools work. Until you take the faith away
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    So far, so not-new, and characteristic of anything you might expect to hear from the National Union of Teachers or the National Secular Society. But the thing about Accord is that its ranks are swelled by religious individuals as well as professional...

  • Rose Prince: Beware the hidden costs of cheap food
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    Good food seems to be an early victim of the credit crunch. Sales of organic goods fell last month by 19 per cent, down to £81m from an all-time high of £100m at the start of the year. Consumers are tightening their belts and making their most recent...

  • Bring on the pain of a recession and purge our coarsened souls
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    A senior source within the Government confirmed that the country was heading for "shit creek without a paddle" and there were unconfirmed reports that Gordon Brown last night bludgeoned his brains out with an industrial grade calculator after the IMF...

  • Message Board: Is women's pain overlooked and misunderstood?
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    Drug research should spend more money on women and stop research and expenses on men. Men could, and should, bear pain. Frankly, one more pain for them doesn't make much difference. James Men are keener to sign up for drug trials than women. It's...

  • Why do all males have two left feet?
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    Where is it written that heterosexual males must always be curmudgeons on a dance floor? When they take girls aside at school to tell us about sex, drugs and periods, are the boys kept in the sports hall to have both their legs stapled together? Is i...

  • The IoS diary: Polish Hearth Club hit by economic downturn
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    For at least half the world's population, Brad and George can do no wrong. But I gather journalists at the Venice Film Festival are thoroughly cheesed off with the smoothy pair after they called a press conference but failed to show up. Apparently a ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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