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Wednesday, 6 August 2008

  • Leading article: For all their problems, the Olympics still matter
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    Who could not survey the catalogue of top Olympians over the past two decades, from Ben Johnson to Marion Jones, who have been caught taking performance-enhancing drugs, and not feel depressed? There is also plenty to object to in the tone of nationa...

  • Leading article: Fatalism is not the way to react to the credit crunch
    Wednesday, 6 August 2008

    We still do not know how long the crunch will continue, or how it will end. But, a year later, we have a much clearer picture of how it all began. The trigger was the pricking of the American housing bubble. But the underlying cause was a fatal colla...

  • Leading article: Nothing for Mr Balls to boast about
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    Mr Balls, who had worn the cloak of invisibility in the weeks before that statement, had donned it again by the time the provisional results were released. It was left to the Schools minister Jim Knight to insist that he had confidence in the results...

  • Brian Wilson: Labour can't win in Britain if it doesn't win in Scotland
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    That is the true significance of what is going on at present, of which the Glasgow East by-election was a symptom. The large Commons majorities since 1997 disguise the fact that it is normally difficult for Labour to win in Britain without substantia...

  • Sean O'Grady: Gesture politics may be just enough to make difference
    Wednesday, 6 August 2008

    Now – just as no one ever got married for the sake of the married couple's tax allowance – you would think that nobody would undertake such a major commitment as the purchase of a property simply for the sake of a tax break. Surely that, too, would b...

  • Letters: Lads' mags
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    He was, however, more than willing to share these photographs with his son, whom I would put at around eight years old and who appeared to be accustomed to being exposed to such images. I cannot deny any purported findings of Phil Hilton (Comment, 5 ...

  • Leading article: Paris for President
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    What he surely did not bargain for was sarcasm, in the form of a spoof ad direct from the sun lounger of Ms Hilton. Swimsuited and occasionally distracted by her magazine, she observes that, as she now appears to be running for President, she has a f...

  • Sarah Churchwell: Don't tell me my place is in the home
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    This report just confirms what many of us have recognised for some time, that we are witnessing a sharp reversal in attitudes toward professional women. We are a culture in retreat, clutching at the security blanket of archaic ideas about what women ...

  • Kim Sengupta: Why Bush's 'dead or alive' posse haven't got their man
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    The tale at the time was that a top secret American and British unit had tracked down the founder of al-Qa'ida in the Wakkan Corridor, on the northern edge of Pakistan. Like previous reports it turned out to be baseless. Seven years after the Septemb...

  • Letters: Why Labour has failed
    Wednesday, 6 August 2008

    Some shook their heads sorrowfully, some were stunned and close to tears, and one shook her fist at me and shouted: "Now look what your government has done." I used to argue in Labour's favour in our local pub. Not any more. Although probably seen in...

  • Leading article: Excessively hard-working families
    Wednesday, 6 August 2008

    In one respect, this finding is profoundly dispiriting. It indicates that, for all the efforts by women to achieve all-round equality, the old gender stereotypes never really went away. There is one rule for men – who are expected to be the breadwinn...

  • Anne Penketh: Our part in China's brutal crackdown
    Wednesday, 6 August 2008

    When Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in Beijing on 14 May 1989, Chinese students were already camping out in the giant square in central Beijing demanding greater democracy. But the presence of the Soviet leader, who had launched his own campaign of perest...

  • Alain de Botton: Nice buildings don't always make us better people
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    It was the Travelodge Hotel just near Colchester, where I happened to stay. I was staying in this building, and it is not particularly architecturally distinguished, but I remember thinking that everything about it was having a very big impact on me....

  • Guy Adams: LA needs its pot smokers
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    My friend, who works in the music business and got us invites to this bash, opens his wallet to reveal a card containing his name, address, and the signature of a doctor. It cost about $100, he says, and for the past decade has helped him purchase an...

  • Paul Gompertz: We must protect the natural resources we depend on
    Wednesday, 6 August 2008

    Some 60 square nautical miles of Lyme Bay in Dorset have been closed to scallop-dredging and bottom-trawling on the orders of the Fisheries minister. This is to protect an inshore reef system that is acknowledged to be one of the most important sites...

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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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The Downton Abbey effect

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China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

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Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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