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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: Still playing the class card
    Sunday, 17 January 2010

    Mr Brown pitched his speech at those whose "dreams" were "owning a bigger house, taking a holiday abroad, buying a new car or starting a small business". On a day that £10m was raised for the Disasters and Emergency Committee appeal for Haiti, this s...

  • 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 ...

  • DJ Taylor: Freedom's a slippery slope
    Sunday, 17 January 2010

    It came when the news broke that Google was threatening to withdraw its search engine on the grounds of censorship by the Chinese authorities, and that such social networking sites as Facebook and Twitter were in jeopardy. Thirty seconds later I pull...

  • James Moore: The world expects the US to do its duty
    Sunday, 17 January 2010

    In the Haitian crisis, President Barack Obama did not falter when the news made clear that American assistance was critical to saving lives and stabilising the impoverished nation. Immediately, troops from the 82nd Airborne Division were dispatched t...

  • Tim Lott: The culture of celebrity is far from dead – it's just growing up
    Sunday, 17 January 2010

    Waterstone's bookstores have reported that the latest batch of celebrity memoirs has failed so badly that the boss, who put his shirt on their success, has resigned. At the newsstands, celebrity magazines are showing a big year-on-year drop in reader...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (17 January 2010)
    Sunday, 17 January 2010

    Eileen E Brown Wallasey, Merseyside As a retired lecturer in social policy, I was apoplectic to read that sick people who have been given industrial injuries disablement benefit (IIDB) find themselves little better off, no better off, or even worse o...

  • Sophie Heawood: Save Dappy from the venom of the anonymous
    Sunday, 17 January 2010

    Once I'd got over the concept of disproportionate response being taken to such dizzying new heights by a man who calls himself Dappy, and the immense irony of, well, all of it, I have to say I was left thinking the bloke had a point. Grow a thick ski...

  • Tanya Gold: Lady Antonia's latest epic – 'I Love Me'
    Sunday, 17 January 2010

    The critics call it insightful. It is, in the sense that, quite unconsciously, the protagonists emerge as a pair of total idiots. Lady Antonia cannot stop complimenting herself either in the first person, or through quotes from friends, which she has...

  • Katy Guest: Campbell's doing God after all, and it's my idea of hell
    Sunday, 17 January 2010

    I don't know how much of the Bible Campbell has read, but he and his anonymous email pastor have happened upon the part that most suits him. Among the stories of love, forgiveness and not picking on those weaker than oneself – all that nonsense that ...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'You should never judge a celebrity work-out DVD by its cover'
    Sunday, 17 January 2010

    Unfortunately, we all secretly know that there are ways to attempt to get fit without leaving the house. How could we not, given the annual assault of ads exhorting us to sweat it out with Davina McCall, crunch those abs alongside Coleen Nolan or go ...

  • 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...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (17/01/10)
    Sunday, 17 January 2010

    News that Natalie Ceeney is stepping down as head of The National Archives (TNA) brings bittersweet joy to those in the stacks. As revealed in the IoS, the hard-headed chief exec made herself unpopular at Kew by laying off specialist archivists...

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