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Thursday, 14 January 2010

  • Leading article: We should be better prepared to deal with such disasters
    Friday, 15 January 2010

    In the aftermath of every earthquake, there is an understandable public fixation on the task of pulling survivors out of the rubble. And that effort is certainly of huge importance, requiring heavy lifting equipment, rescue teams and sniffer dogs. Bu...

  • Gordon Brown: We cannot fail the challenge of tackling world poverty
    Friday, 15 January 2010

    Where men and women and children are suffering under the heaviest of burdens, that place must for that moment become the centre of our world's attention, the world's compassion and the world's humanitarian help. But we should not lose sight of our wi...

  • Leading article: Google is right to stand up to Chinese authorities
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    The move was widely criticised, not least by Google employees. But the company did say it would revisit this decision if conditions for free speech within China started to head in the wrong direction. And apparently they have. Google's discovery that...

  • Letters: Homosexuality in Africa
    Friday, 15 January 2010

    This is not "just" about denying equal rights in society to gay people. It is not for example about refusing same-sex marriage. It is not even "just" about refusing to decriminalise gay sex. It is about persecution and witch-hunting on a ferocious sc...

  • Leading article: The neglect of dementia
    Friday, 15 January 2010

    Twelve years on from the original report, ministers belatedly announced an action plan to tackle the problem after an independent review estimated 180,000 people with dementia were receiving powerful cocktails of drugs, three quarters of them inappro...

  • Emma Bamford: Liferafts are not always the best bet in a crisis
    Friday, 15 January 2010

    I am a member of the Hull and Humber Clipper crew and know well what it is like on these boats. Half of the crew would have been off-watch and asleep in narrow bunkbeds in the forepeak, forward of the mast. When Cork hit the rocks, they will have bee...

  • Matthew Price: Where the living sleep among the dead
    Friday, 15 January 2010

    It is as if a massacre has been perpetrated here. Dirty white sheets cover some of the dead. Others lie in the open, some with their limbs entwined with another's. Many are the bodies of adults, but here to the right is a baby on her back, her belly ...

  • Omar Waraich: Outraged in public, yet Pakistan quietly approves
    Friday, 15 January 2010

    Last August, similar firepower was deployed to kill Baitullah Mehsud, the founder of the Pakistani Taliban and the suspected assassin of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Hakimullah's death would be sweet revenge for the US spy agency after he cl...

  • Michael Day: Dream destination has turned into hell
    Friday, 15 January 2010

    Given the small numbers of extracomunitari, as non-Europeans are known, that existed then and the realisation that they were an unlimited source of cheap labour, the government carried on courting them. In 1986 a law was passed assigning some rights ...

  • Clifford Coonan: It's amazing to see how access can be limited
    Friday, 15 January 2010

    China has never been as free as it is now, and people are willing to exchange controversial views over dumplings at lunch in the capital in ways that were impossible to imagine even 15 years ago. However, the Communist Party is touchy about the freed...

  • John Denham: Tackling racism means tackling all forms of discrimination
    Friday, 15 January 2010

    The Macpherson Report in 1999 was a wake-up call for all public services and has transformed the way they serve black and minority ethnic communities: no longer simply passively addressing individual racist incidents but actively promoting racial equ...

  • Letters: The Muslim community
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    This kind of fanaticism, she suggests, is inflamed by the intolerable tension between traditional values and the lurid temptations of modern life. Yet she fails to account for the relative rarity of such violent tendencies among members of other cons...

  • Leading article: Britain's defence is in Europe
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    This has understandably sown alarm in military circles, and forceful representations, in public and in private, can be expected from service chiefs in the months to come. But while defence funding is safe for the next year, it is unlikely to be exemp...

  • Mihir Bose: A trip to Peebles brings me cheer
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    Yet, brought up on such instant high and lows, what has struck me in recent weeks is how much we seem to have overdone the gloom as we enter a new decade. I was made aware of this when, on a sudden impulse, my wife and decided to spend New Year's Eve...

  • Liz Hoggard: Some day the good times will stop rolling...
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    We don't even have to retire at 65. This week Equalities Minister Harriet Harman proposed a reform of employment rights, which may see us carrying on in our jobs into our eighties. Under a "fast-track" government review of the retirement age, employe...

  • Paul Collier: Private v state: here's how to bridge the educational divide
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    As guardians for young children who had suffered acute disadvantage and then been mauled by social services, we were in no doubt that they needed the best. Nor was there any doubt as to where the best was to be found: in the private sector the best w...

  • Richard Harries: The age of universally enforced human rights is still a noble dream
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    Although the movement to get internationally agreed statements about human rights was very much a product of World War II, the theoretical discussion about the nature of rights and their basis is usually thought of as going back to the 17th century. ...

  • Carel Pedré: 'How are we going to even bury our loved ones?'
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    I tried to carry on to the radio station, but had to leave the car. It was only then that I realised just how enormous the disaster that had befallen us. At every step there were injured people, people calling out for help, people who didn't know wha...

  • Stephen Foley: So is it about the ethics or the money?
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    The new Google.cn – launched in 2006 – filtered out the foreign websites and internal content that apparatchiks deemed subversive. Executives argued at the time that it would at least be able to encourage web use in China, and that the leaky, cacoph...

  • Steve Connor: Island is cut across with fault lines
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    The boundary of these two tectonic plates lies off the north coast of Haiti but there are several fault-line systems to the south that cut across the country from east to west. It was the sudden "strike-slip" movement of one of these fault lines, the...

  • Leading article: Price of justice
    Friday, 15 January 2010

    The fees paid to barristers and solicitors can be more than ten times the damages awarded in some personal injury cases. But now the Court of Appeal Judge, Lord Justice Jackson, has produced a comprehensive report that aims to bring the lawyers' grav...

  • John Hilary: Sweatshop workers pay the price for our bargains
    Friday, 15 January 2010

    Relocation of clothes production to countries such as China, Bangladesh and India has enabled high street retailers to force down the prices they pay their suppliers. Companies such as Primark, Asda, Tesco and Matalan have conquered the UK market by ...

  • Susie Rushton: Harvesting calmness in the modern age
    Friday, 15 January 2010

    Plough Monday was marked in London this week. The Reverend Canon David Parrott, of the St Lawrence Jewry church in the City of London, not only revived the tradition but gave it an upgrade. He blessed his congregations' essential tools of the trade: ...

  • Erin Norman: An irate tirade for Haiti
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

  • Leading article: An unfortunate land
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    The speed with which international relief was offered was impressive. It is to be hoped that the actual relief operation is equally so. But the population, as the myriad pictures show, are in desperate straits and the scale of people's need is almost...

  • Simon O'Hagan: End of an era for the Biography Bookshop
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    This was the Biography Bookshop on Bleecker Street in New York's West Village, a favoured grazing point for book-lovers for a quarter of a century and a cherished institution which has helped define the character of the neighbourhood – cultured, home...

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