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  • Leading article: The unenviable task that faces the next leader in Abidjan
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    Ivory Coast was once the economic powerhouse of West Africa. It produced almost half the world's cocoa and for 20 years maintained an annual economic growth rate of nearly 10 per cent, the highest of any African nation without oil. It contributed 40 ...

  • Leading article: The greatest emergency of all is being ignored
    Wednesday, 6 April 2011

    Today two stories underline the dangers posed by global warming. A consortium of European scientists is warning that the melting of Arctic sea ice could disrupt the North Atlantic Drift and the Gulf Stream. It is this current of water that ensures Br...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the burkha
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    Pot calling the kettle... Yasmin Alibhai-Brown yet again claims she is speaking out against racism ("Sixteen reasons why I object to this dangerous cover up", 4 April). She says that despite the British people being racist "minorities have in gen...

  • Leading article: The Coalition will listen, but will it learn?
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    On the one hand, what has happened offers a lesson to all governments in the imperative of controlling the agenda, especially when, as with the medical profession, long-standing vested interests may be threatened. On the other, however, as was clear ...

  • Natalie Haynes: You don't have to be an intern to get on in life
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    Because that's the word I was looking for yesterday to describe my feelings as I read about Nick Clegg's assault on unpaid internships. Nick Clegg is a man who, for thousands of students, embodies political betrayal, the leader of a party opposed to ...

  • Letters: Goldstone report
    Wednesday, 6 April 2011

    Future of NHS looks terrifying In last year’s general election campaign the Tories produced a poster featuring David Cameron pledging, “I’ll cut the deficit, not the NHS” . Newly installed in government, Cameron promised to protect the NHS from s...

  • Leading article: A return to private debt is not the answer
    Wednesday, 6 April 2011

    How will people manage? By borrowing more, or so the Chancellor intends. He has not publicly said so, but dig down into the detailed figures of the Budget and that is what you find. The expectation is that average household debt – which includes mort...

  • Thomas G. Weiss: The UN has proved its worth in Libya and Ivory Coast
    Wednesday, 6 April 2011

    The late American diplomat Richard Holbrooke quipped that blaming the UN for lousy performances was like blaming the hapless NY Knicks basketball team on their arena Madison Square Garden. Governments sometimes make quick use of the UN arena and demo...

  • Ian Burrell: A disturbing day for News International's heavyweights
    Wednesday, 6 April 2011

    But although the publisher has already sacked one of the two men arrested yesterday – Ian Edmondson, the NOTW head of news, who was dismissed in January – the other, the NOTW's chief reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, has remained a key and active member o...

  • Leading article: Prize fighters
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    In the past, it has tended to be the Templeton Foundation that has caught the flak, for – some have said – courting amenable scientists with a view to validating its own work on religion. This year, however, the recipient was in the firing line. Esse...

  • Sean O'Grady: If Spain fails, it will be too expensive to save
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    The real question, even more urgent and crucial is whether another eurozone and IMF loan is really the answer. Many of Spain's banks, like Ireland and for that matter the UK's are busted, their bad debts are so large that they will never be able to f...

  • Deborah Ross: You want a lift to Nando's? Get real, son
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    Q: Mum, can I have a lift to Tom's and then the park and then Nando's? A: Listen, my friend, I delivered you out of my vagina. I think I've done all the delivering I am going to do for now. I'm thinking buses are the way forward for you. Q: Mum, c...

  • Paul Vallely: All too often, a leader's lust for power is fed by his acolytes
    Thursday, 7 April 2011

    The same is probably true of President Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen and a goodly number of other Arab leaders currently maintaining their fingertip holds on power. That being so, a...

  • John Rentoul: After the whistle
    Wednesday, 6 April 2011

  • Ben Chu: Nick Clegg the hypocrite?
    Wednesday, 6 April 2011

  • Steve Connor: We may be on the brink of major instability
    Wednesday, 6 April 2011

    As anyone who has done basic geography should know, we in Britain live at the same latitude as Newfoundland, yet we enjoy a much milder climate thanks to the heat brought to us by the Gulf Stream, or more accurately, the North Atlantic Drift. Newfoun...

  • Talbot Church: Tensions grow over 'vulgar' wedding ring
    Wednesday, 6 April 2011

    When it comes to marrying off their sons, the House of Windsor is used to dealing with upper-class families who, once their daughters are engaged, are happy to turn up at ceremonies, smile for the cameras and keep quiet. The Middletons, coming from o...

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