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Jonathan Sacks on religion, politics and the civil war that Islam needs

1 November 2014

The former chief rabbi’s arguments for religion start from questions of community and identity, rather than theology

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The cult of 'mindfulness'

1 November 2014

Separating meditation from faith is a dubious business, morally and sometimes in its effects

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Why I’ve joined Lebanon’s exodus

1 November 2014

Escaping the shadow of the Islamic State to a changed country

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Rand Paul is like Nigel Farage – except he might win

1 November 2014

This rising Republican star Rand Paul combines a dull, reassuring manner with a Ukip-like insurgent appeal. It could take him to his party’s presidential candidacy

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The fightback against wackiness starts here

1 November 2014

I’m sick of corporations and charities behaving like a 1990s student rag week. Who’s with me?

Interpol Issue 'Red Notice' For Arrest Of Samantha Lewthwaite

The myth of the White Widow

1 November 2014

Why Samantha Lewthwaite almost certainly isn’t as monstrous – or as important – as the papers are telling you

Rock of ages: three centuries of British occupation

Why Gibraltar needs its hunt back

1 November 2014

One institution used to bind together the Spanish and the English. Only a museum remains

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Italy’s in terminal decline, and no one has the guts to stop it

25 October 2014

Everything that’s wrong with France is worse here

Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

How Cameron could make the EU a winning issue (and why he won’t)

25 October 2014

No, I don’t really think he’ll campaign for withdrawal. But that doesn’t make Eurosceptics’ options any less clear

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It’s time to shave that beard: the decade of the hipster is over

25 October 2014

Fashion cults are nothing new, but this one was exceptionally silly and unoriginal

?Explore the Home Counties?, LNER poster, 1936.

Escape from Omnishambleshire: the case for the old county boundaries

25 October 2014

I don’t care how local councils are arranged. I just want people in England to know where they live

All Worsthorne’s men: Hoover, surprisingly nice; Truman, smiling until Perry spoke; Eisenhower, who mocked his name; Kennedy, a hero; LBJ, a boor; Nixon, a friend; Reagan; and the first Bush

Bourbon from Bush, envy from Nixon... and running into Herbert Hoover: encounters with eight presidents

25 October 2014

Peregrine Worsthorne’s dealings with leaders of the free world, as a journalist, as a friend, and as a little boy running in the hallway

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Discover the blissful peace of Laos

25 October 2014

I’ve never been a friendlier, more relaxing place than Luang Prabang

Beauty in ruins: the Temple of Isis on Delos

Visiting the Greek islands in a reverse Tardis

25 October 2014

I was a cruise sceptic – and I felt guilty in Venice lagoon – but I wasn’t expecting what I found on board

Jumbo-sized: the first of the Big Five makes an appearance

It takes an elephant to get my teenage son up early

25 October 2014

Or a lion, a zebra or some impala…

Sea change: the old fishing town of Warnemünde has been transformed into an affluent resort

A voyage along my grandfather’s coastline

25 October 2014

The subtle joys of the eastern Baltic

Riverside artwork: Jean-Luc Courcoult’s ‘La Maison dans la Loire’

Eight of the best river cruises

25 October 2014

From concerts on the Rhine to temples on the Chindwin

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Saratoga Springs: the opposite of a one-horse town

25 October 2014

Spa charm and racing thrills a train ride from New York City

‘A home for fallen buildings’: Portmeirion

Why I'll never want to escape Portmeirion

25 October 2014

I'm tired of London, but I'll never tire of this strange little place

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How to fix the NHS: a doctor's prescription

18 October 2014

Competition – and ideology – isn't working

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Meet the bloated, useless General Medical Council

18 October 2014

It used to be little more than a clerk and a disciplinary committee; now it's a nest of power-hungry bureaucrats

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Why the West will surrender in its new cold war with Russia

18 October 2014

Sanctions over Ukraine hurt Germany and France far more than anyone else – Moscow included

Shrien Dewani Murder Trial Begins

At least South Africa has the world’s best murder trials

18 October 2014

First Oscar Pistorius, then Shrien Dewani: at dinner parties, talk has been of little else for months

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Does Jonathan Powell really want to negotiate with the Islamic State?

18 October 2014

Or does he just want more people talking about Jonathan Powell?

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Brighton has become an object lesson in why it is a disaster to vote Green

18 October 2014

The eco-comrades have experimented with a series of bizarre policies