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British economy still icebound

by Daphne Liddle

ON THE DAY that Margaret Thatcher was ceremonially buried, new figures were released showing that unemployment rose again by 7,000 to 2,560,000 between December and February, bringing the unemployment rate to 7.9 per cent — an apt commemoration of her life’s achievements.

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A tale of two cities

ON MONDAY the Massachusetts city of Boston was rocked by at least two bombs placed near the finish line of the Boston marathon race.

Much earlier on the same day a series of explosions shook Baghdad, resulting in 55 deaths and over 300 injured. This is the worst day of violence so far in the run-up to the first elections in Iraq since the United States occupation forces left two years ago — though no doubt their “advisors” will still be present, keeping a low profile. This pre-election violence has so far claimed 270 lives.

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Killing the joy of student travel

WORLDWIDE travel has been a tradition among students and older academics since at least Tudor times and shows young people different places with different languages, food, culture, histories and so on. And most cultures welcome visiting students and are happy to engage with them in exchanges of information, views and traditions. Everybody ends up with a better understanding of the vast spectrum of human society, the differences and the common bonds and values that we share. Such exchanges go a long way to lessen the chance of wars.

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