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  • Leading article: America must fulfil its responsibilities to Haiti
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    But the docking of the carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Bataan in Haitian waters will also be a symbolic moment in the relations between these two nations. America has a special responsibility towards this poor and now utterly stricken Caribbean neig...

  • Isabel Hilton: Don't blame the Haitians for doubting US promises
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    Those were violent days in Haiti, as the remnants of the dictatorship's enforcers, the Tonton Macoutes, tried to control post-Duvalier politics. Manigat observed that political violence stripped the social body bare to allow a clear view of what lay ...

  • 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...

  • Vince Cable: We need to revitalise municipal government
    Monday, 18 January 2010

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  • Leading article: A tale of two types of city
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    Population centres including Hull, Barnsley, Stoke-on-Trent, Burnley, Newport and Doncaster have seen a drastic jump in unemployment and a deep decline in business activity. Yet other places, among them, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Reading, Cambridge an...

  • Edward Mortimer: UN has long been in charge – no one else wanted the job
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    "Oh yes," he added, as if an afterthought, "Also 'one of the most tragic days' for Haiti..." Taken out of context, Mr Le Roy's remark sounds absurdly self-obsessed. In quantitative terms, the damage done to Haiti and its people by last week's earthqu...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letters: US and Haiti
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    After the hurricane, the highways, airport, and seaport facilities of New Orleans were in working order. The current horrors in Port-au-Prince are caused by the fact that the seaport is not operating, the airport has only one runway and limited parki...

  • Leading article: Apple turnover
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    The documentary record – posted online today by the Royal Society – isn't actually much help in answering that question for it shows that accounts of the famous falling fruit story were related by Newton to third parties in his later years. In other ...

  • Daniel Howden: Not so ruthless in the face of the toothless
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    I imagine a few people come to dentistry with a sense of mission. Many are presumably attracted by the income. But there are few places in the world where to do so is in itself revolutionary. Michael chose the profession in a place where many of his ...

  • David Usborne: Coakley ticks most of the right boxes, but she has no fizz
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    She is earnest, professional and clever and she is a woman, not a bad thing in politics right now. But Martha Coakley, the woman intended to take up the big man's baton, has no fizz. Coming in the wake of a man who, for all his faults, was a giant of...

  • Geoff Mulgan: Put happiness on the election agenda
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    The main reason is a flood of evidence now available – from psychology and behavioural economics, neuroscience and sociology – about what does and doesn't make people happy. It shows that although there is a strong genetic influence on wellbeing, peo...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • David Cameron: No point in tougher deportation if we keep letting unwanted people in
    Monday, 18 January 2010

    The same thinking also applies to the way we handle threats here in Britain. So there's not much point having tougher laws to deport people who are a threat to Britain if at the same time we don't have a proper border police force to stop unwanted pe...

  • 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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