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Destroyed by the Second World War, and still raw from both Nazi occupation and its subsequent 45 years of Soviet rule, Warsaw is a city whose history is writ large upon its public spaces.

Lonely hearts put on an act

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Gay TV: as in lively, bright, playful, merry

Next week the BBC launches its first weekly lesbian and gay series. And it's about camp, not campaigning. Paul Burston explains

Havens may become ghettoes fear

Housing/ a racial dilemma

War crimes? Not me, says the 'lovely old man'

BY STEPHEN WARD

Letter: 'Tower block ghettoes': a coherent housing policy is the only answer

Sir: The Prime Minister has said that he is determined to improve the inner cities ("Major blames tower block 'ghettoes' ", 27 April).

Major blames tower block 'ghettoes'

A promise and a warning over growing inequalities in housing and health

MUSIC Ghetto blasters and city slickers

Towards the Millenium Birmingham

LEADING ARTICLE : The poverty of family policy

THIRTY years ago, nobody thought that governments needed a "family policy" for the simple reason that the family (in the old sense of a married couple with children) seemed an immutable part of the landscape. Politicians had no more need of a family policy than a policy on the rising of the sun.

Genes are not excuse enough : LETTER

"DO YOUR genes make you a criminal" (12 February) may indicate the latest phase in the nature/nurture debate. But the search for "the gene" for criminality is also a way of denying responsibility. To plead a genetic predisposition for violence or "criminality" in mitigation of a crime is to plead being human, which lets most of us out. Evidence is presented which is claimed to show that Stephen Mobley was not abused or mistreated as a child, therefore the "cause" of his behaviour must lie in his genes. If he, and others, including men in urban ghettoes, can be shown to be "natural born killers", then all the reformist, remedial approaches to criminal behaviour and to social problems can be cast aside.

Tokyo press spurns `unclean' quake victims

Above the wrecked city of Kobe the helicopters of Japan's rich and powerful media still fly on reconnaissance missions, while below their teams of reporters supposedly exhaust every seam of social, economic, or political interest in the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 17 January. Yet, it is not saturation coverage. Right under their noses in Kobe is an emotive topic that the press has ignored.

Principles beat plaudits

UNLIKE the rest of the British press, whose editors are appointed - and sacked - by the media barons and their associates who own most of our Tory-dominated papers, the editor of the Morning Star is chosen, subject to certain basic socialist crite ria, by a small committee elected by the society's management committee, which is in turn elected by readers/shareholders at AGMs. Nick Cohen would have done more for your paper's integrity if he had ascertained the facts about these procedures ("Comrade s clash over editorship of Star", 4 December).

Gay is profitable in the pink ghetto: A London office block turns its back on the straight world - but business is still business, says Paul Burston

BRITAIN's first gay office block opened for business in Covent Garden, London, last month. What was once a boring old vegetable warehouse is now a lively centre for gay trade, housing a gay gymnasium, a graphic designer, a firm of solicitors and a press and marketing consultancy.

BOOK REVIEW / Waiting rooms of death: 'Black Milk' - David Hartnett: Jonathan Cape, 9.99

ABOVE ALL, everybody knows how this one's going to pan out. For his first novel, after three volumes of poetry, David Hartnett has set himself the task of making fiction around the Holocaust. Passing swiftly over the cynical observation that this looks like a quick bid for the big time, we are faced with the question of what this contender is trying to bring to this gravitational centre of history that is new.

Letter: Books that have left a middle-class ghetto

Sir: Whatever happened to children's literature? This is the question posed by Christina Hardyment (Books, 16 July). My answer is that it has long since broken out of its white, middle-class ghetto. This may be much to Ms Hardyment's chagrin, but it is a fact, and there is no going back.
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