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  • Patrick Cockburn: The US is failing Haiti – again
    Saturday, 16 January 2010

    Five years ago President Bush was famously mute and detached when the levees broke in Louisiana. By way of contrast, President Obama was promising Haitians that everything would be done for survivors within hours of the calamity. The rhetoric from Wa...

  • Leading article: America takes a step towards banking reform
    Saturday, 16 January 2010

    There is certainly a strong case for a banking payback. As Mr Obama argued this week, if these institutions are (by their own lights) healthy enough to pay out large bonuses to employees, they can make the US taxpayer whole for the aid they received ...

  • Letters: Religious puritans and British drinkers
    Saturday, 16 January 2010

    Yet in so doing, he glosses over the question of why it is only Britain which suffers from the licentious and uncivilised behaviour evident in our town centres on Friday and Saturday nights. The degenerate and moronic behaviour which Yasmin Alibhai-B...

  • Leading article: Less war, more peace
    Saturday, 16 January 2010

    First Kim Howells, chairman of the parliamentary committee that oversees the intelligence services, told this newspaper that Britain should stop routinely deploying troops to trouble spots, focusing rather on security interests closer to home. More s...

  • Yvonne Roberts: If only we can teach resilience to those who need it
    Saturday, 16 January 2010

    Gradually, over the years, she has built a new network of friends. She has learned to read and write English. She is a volunteer; her two older children, restored to her, are studying nursing and accountancy. Ann Masten, a leader in the field of resi...

  • Ian Birrell: Death, disaster and a shocking reality
    Saturday, 16 January 2010

    The answer, of course, is that one is a rich country and the other decrepit. Poverty is the reason the sickly stench of death hangs over Haiti, not the terrible fury of nature. Even before the quake, life was a desperate struggle. Three-quarters of t...

  • Amy Jenkins: Why shows like Legally Blonde are the opium of the lasses
    Saturday, 16 January 2010

    Screaming? At the first preview? I mean – it's not that I don't believe her. I absolutely believe her. But why do these mostly female audiences have to operate at quite such a fever pitch? Is life so bad that a night out in the West End has to be a k...

  • 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: A princely mission
    Saturday, 16 January 2010

    They expect a favourable hearing, insisting that the Prince "has his mother's heart". This is not the first time, nor assuredly will it be the last, that the Prince's maternal heritage is seen as a greater asset for him in foreign parts than the thro...

  • The truth is out there: 16/01/2010
    Saturday, 16 January 2010

    The first came from the Miami Herald in which the IMF lauded Haiti as one of only two Caribbean countries predicting growth in 2010. The other was AP's story in Business Week – "Comfort Inn plans Haiti hotel in tourism revival" – which said Choice ...

  • Nigel Morris: Spending cuts and tax rises are inevitable
    Saturday, 16 January 2010

    The man who hopes to become Chancellor is only half-joking. His commitment to slash the national deficit means a series of decisions on spending cuts and tax rises which would cause agony and anger in equal measure. The Conservatives insisted yesterd...

  • 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...

  • 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: ...

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