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  • Leading article: China must not let its brief democratic light go out
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    Actually, we should not get carried away by this move from the Chinese government. All the signs are that this relaxation will be temporary, probably for the duration of the Games. It is patchy too. Only parts of Beijing and a few cities seem to have...

  • Leading article: Enjoy the Olympics, and hope
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    It will, of course, be a wonderful spectacle which will unite a global audience of hundreds of millions of people in a way nothing else can. People in every nation on Earth will be spectators – certainly tens of millions of Britons will be watching a...

  • Leading article: The figures do not add up
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    The SEI identifies a serious problem with the way emission outputs are calculated. Emissions from our aviation and shipping industries, which have been growing rapidly in the past two decades, are excluded. More significantly still, the figures do no...

  • Katy Guest: Ladettes, feminists and a dame... Why women have moved on
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    In the Radio Times interview, her comments seemed to arrive apropos of nothing. "In my late teens and twenties, I was in love all the time," she said, reasonably. "Now girls are expected to have sex before they're 12, which is terrible. It really ups...

  • Paul Vallely: The rich must not bully the poor: that's why Doha matters
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    Why so? And does it matter? Perhaps the homespun philosophy of the great New York Yankees catcher – better known now for the sentences he fumbled than the balls he caught – can offer a fuller explanation of why the Doha development round, which set o...

  • IoS letters, emails & texts, 2 August 2008
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    The board of Mr Sharkey's organisation, British Music Rights, reads like a roll call of vested interests, and not much like a union for session musicians. Perhaps he could help poor musicians by campaigning for higher royalty or "buy out" payments no...

  • Carol Sarler: Put your kids off sex: tell them about it
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    There, however, consensus ends. So when it was proposed last week, by the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health, that children as young as 11 should have compulsory sex education, the usual camps predictably squared off. On the one side was the...

  • Jon Cruddas: We must fight the narcissistic dash for personal glory
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    Voters will forgive us for many things, but engaging in an internal row that would make student faction-fighting look pretty cool is not one of them. Some Labour politicians should know better. Their excitable advisers clearly don't. We need to be bi...

  • Jane Merrick: Miliband – heir to Blair the smiley Emotibot?
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    The behaviour of this curious piece of technology triggers strong emotional responses in people it interacts with, according to the scientists behind its development. The similarities between Heart Robot – one of a new generation of "Emotibots" – and...

  • Rosie Allan-Jones: Tombstoning: I was careful and sober. And then I jumped...
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    A year ago I was on holiday in Dubrovnik, Croatia. There is a point just outside the town where tourists and locals go to frolic by jumping into the sea. My boyfriend and I decided to check it out. We were fairly disappointed; the rocks weren't that ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    Actually, I've grown to hate it. Not because I feel bad about exploiting my own children (it was a favour done for the picture editor), but because, like many parents, I'm weary of "shock reports" in newspapers about overweight children, or overweigh...

  • Letters: Brown and Milliband
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    Having said that, I don't want to knock a man too much when he's down, and Miliband's treachery, far from what Steve Richards suggests (31 July), may actually have finally given the Prime Minister a handy route to putting paid to criticisms of indeci...

  • The Weasel: High spirits
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    Though Faulkner's view has much to be said in its favour, I'm more in accord with another of his coinages on drink: "Civilisation begins with distillation." (Maybe I'd switch the last word to "fermentation".) I learned this one from a small volume ca...

  • Leading article: Hacked off
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    Mr McKinnon could easily be tried and sentenced here in Britain. The unpalatable impression is thus of an American administration humiliated by the ease with which Mr McKinnon circumnavigated its security systems and determined to make an example of ...

  • Steve Connor: A potential battlefield killer – and a weapon of mass hysteria
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    Anthrax is primarily a disease of animals but it can also infect humans by one of three routes, none of which results in an infected person being a danger to others. In other words, anthrax is not a highly infectious disease which could be seen as an...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    He attained instant fame more than 20 years ago with 'My Beautiful Laundrette', the story of a gay romance set in London's Pakistani community, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Now Hanif Kureishi is turning to one of his own novels for his latest screen...

  • Andy McSmith: Six weeks' work in a holiday camp was enough for me
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    There was no social contact between staff and holidaymakers, but they seemed to enjoy themselves, certainly more than we did. Despite the security guards, there was plenty of sex and hard drinking in the hostels, none of which, disappointingly, invol...

  • Chris Schuler: btw
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    In Croydon, not far from our al fresco gathering, St John's church has acquired a colony of 250, which has pecked its way through the 170-year-old spire, causing £5,000 worth of damage. "The birds turned up a couple of years ago," said Bernard Day, t...

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