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  • Leading article: Don't leave the poor prey to the loan sharks
    Monday, 22 December 2008

    As we know, when there is blood in the water, sharks are usually not far away. And there are few more vicious predators in the credit waters than loan sharks. An unlicensed Birmingham lender, Mark Washington Johnson, was jailed three years ago for ch...

  • Leading article: The year we learned to dance lightly
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    Untrue, all untrue. The reversal of the normal rules of economics has been the most astonishing. Since the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers on 15 September, up has been down, left has been right and, in the ringing words of Paul Krugman, the Nobel prize...

  • Johann Hari: Tasers are an outrage we must resist
    Monday, 22 December 2008

    He didn't know what they wanted, but obeyed when they told him to approach slowly. "I then had this incredible jolt of pain on the back of my head," he explains. The electricity made him spasm; as he fell to the ground, he felt his teeth scatter on t...

  • Leading article: Obama's green machine
    Monday, 22 December 2008

    At the weekend, the President-elect appointed two of the world's most respected climate scientists, John Holdren and Jane Lubchenco, to his team as scientific adviser and head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration respectively. Both ...

  • James Hanning: Our troops know Iraq. Let's listen to them
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    Unfortunately, it wasn't that easy. Where once there had been no link between Iraq and al-Qa'ida, Bush and Blair created one. Terrorists swarmed across Iraq's borders. Brown and Straw hadn't bargained for just how big a mistake they had made. Confron...

  • Hugh Miles: Lockerbie: was it Iran? Syria? All I know is, it wasn't the man in prison
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    For many years, it looked as if there would be no trial over Lockerbie. British and US governments believed Colonel Gaddafi would never hand over the two Libyan intelligence officers accused of the bombings, which some regarded as fortunate as they b...

  • DJ Taylor: Viva the virago
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    Ms Staff – be-curlered, be-stockinged and with all the flinty charm of an Easter Island statue – specialised in the termagant, or battle-axe, a role that has been going strong in English comedy since the time of Chaucer, and the excuse for a great de...

  • Letters: Jaguar must not fail
    Monday, 22 December 2008

    Government ownership would ensure essential knowledge in the automotive trade is kept in this country and become a basis for rebuilding manufacturing. The strategy should be immediate state ownership, return the company to profitability and then put ...

  • Leading article: Lighten up
    Monday, 22 December 2008

    But, still, let us resist despair. The days are at least getting longer. And think what good use you could make of that extra daylight. You could settle down to listen to all 80 verses of Leonard Cohen's version of "Hallelujah" without having to fumb...

  • Barack Obama: Science can provide the answer to many of the world's problems
    Monday, 22 December 2008

    It is time we once again put science at the top of our agenda and worked to restore America's place as the world leader in science and technology. Right now, in labs, classrooms and companies across America, our leading minds are hard at work chasing...

  • Nicholas Barber: If it's January, it must be Kate Winslet
    Monday, 22 December 2008

    Blame Oscar. It has long been standard practice for Hollywood studios to release a batch of their heavy-hitters in the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards, so they will be fresh in the voters' minds when they're filling in their ballot forms. It h...

  • IoS letters, emails & messages (21 December 2008)
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    Here in Peru, climate change is already having a devastating impact on the natural environment. In the valley of Huaral, one of the country's most fragile zones, where a third of people rely on small-scale farming to make a living and feed their fami...

  • Melanie McDonagh: Babies are the batons in the parents' relay race
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    Really, the agony aunts here seem to be well and truly outflanked by the civil service, in terms of stating the obvious. Particularly when they go on to observe, "Pressures to combine work and family life and lack of couple time are greatest among co...

  • Katy Guest: Don't mess with my happy ending, doctor
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    Dr Holmes – a sort of Richard Dawkins to Richard Curtis's God – seated 100 students in front of a marathon parade of romantic films (presumably he was sponsored by Häagen-Dazs and Kleenex) and concluded that movies such as You've Got Mail and Runaway...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    Andy Coulson, David Cameron's chief spin doctor, presided over a culture of bullying when editor of the 'News of the World', according to an employment tribunal last week. "We find the behaviour to have been a consistent pattern of bullying behavi...

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