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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

  • Leading article: Only policies, not posturing, will bring down inequality
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    We know, too, the story of how we came here; how inequality rose sharply in the 1980s as Margaret Thatcher's liberalising economic reforms took effect; how Labour managed to rein in this inequality after 1997; how it has been slowly creeping up in re...

  • Ian Birrell: Throw open our doors to Haitians
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    But as search-and-rescue squads pull out of the city, and reconstruction teams move in, there is shock at the scenes confronting them. For this is a disaster with few modern parallels, the urban heart of a nation ripped apart with such ferocity that ...

  • Leading article: The economy determines the political battlefield
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    Among the disappointed will have been several of our political leaders. These figures are not good news for either the Government or the Conservatives. Gordon Brown hoped to get an electoral boost from a return to growth, believing that it would enab...

  • Rhodri Marsden: A marketing triumph from masters of suspense
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    The long, painfully slow build-up to the announcement of the iPad has been a marketing triumph, establishing Apple as the new masters of suspense. The whole circus began to feel slightly surreal; we may as well have been talking about the effects of ...

  • Letters: Cancer treatment
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    It is too simplistic, and, worse, unfair to those patients, usually ones with more advanced and inherently more aggressive disease, who can be undermined by the perception that survivors have somehow fought harder than those less fortunate. "Cancer" ...

  • Leading article: Don't abandon Afghan rights
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    The case, therefore, for doing the same with the Taliban, as President Karzai and now the Americans wish, is a strong one. Whatever the latest surge of US forces can achieve, no one thinks that this is a war that can end in outright victory. Afghanis...

  • John Kampfner: And still no one has been held to account for Iraq
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    The many people I spoke to during my research for Blair's Wars spoke of his supreme confidence, his almost chilling serenity, at this moment of utmost responsibility. They spoke of him at the time with awe. This will not be one of the areas to be pur...

  • Douglas Alexander: Tackling corruption is critical to Afghanistan's future
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    Three months after the inauguration of President Karzai for a second term, this conference will provide a test for his administration's commitment to tackling the corruption that undermines that trust. In his inauguration speech, President Karzai dec...

  • Nicholas Lezard: Invasion of the brain snatchers
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    For I am one of those people who does not feel the need to fetishise the technological accessory. I do not need a very expensive machine which tells me where the nearest restaurant is, or how to pick my nose, or how to amuse myself by playing with ca...

  • Michelle Obama: Meeting military families has been one of my biggest privileges
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    Then the other response is as First Lady. And I tell people that at the top of the list of priorities that I've had over this year, it's been the time that I have spent highlighting the service of our incredible military families. As I think back on ...

  • Yvonne Roberts: This is why so many mothers reject Labour
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    One poll doesn't point every Labour politician to the door marked "Exit" but it's bound to have many of them stomping up and down their shag-pile carpets, muttering: "How can women be so ungrateful?" We give them a national childcare strategy, tax cr...

  • Charu Lata Hogg: They needed a fresh start. This is more of the same
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    In November 2005, the Tigers forcibly prevented Tamils from voting, an exercise that catapulted Mr Rajapaksa into power by a narrow margin. The Tigers were defeated in the bloodiest phase of a three-decade-long conflict last year, but nearly seven mo...

  • Anthony Scrivener: A lawyer's view of Goldsmith's evidence
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    As Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith was asked to advise the Government on the legality of invading Iraq without a second UN resolution. He ended up giving two opinions, a few days apart. His first opinion was that this was a difficult area of the law...

  • Guissou Jahangiri: To rehabilitate these criminals without justice is a betrayal
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    We should learn from other examples of conflict. Germany dealt with its Nazi past. In South Africa the whole nation watched as criminals stood before a truth commission. The difference in Afghanistan is that we are still at war. On top of the fightin...

  • Katherine Butler: Youths with nothing to lose, or tyrants?
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    Partly the creation of Pakistani intelligence, the Taliban emerged from the Pashtun areas of northern Pakistan in the early 1990s and came to power in Kabul in 1994. They promised to restore peace and security. But they also brought with them the har...

  • Letters: The voting system
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    Failing the complete reform of the voting system, an option to abstain would confront all parliamentary candidates with the strength of feeling against them and might even encourage a little humility in those who are elected. Without such an outlet, ...

  • Jaci Stephen: 'Here I was being told to keep my nose out - I, the only proper witness'
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    I was standing in line patiently, waiting to make my own complaint, when I suddenly found myself starring in Beverly Hills Cop. The clearly violent suspect (I am sooooooo Hollywood now), was in his 70s, quite well dressed, speaking with a German acce...

  • Leading article: More than a legal nicety
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    What yesterday's testimony added was precisely why it was so essential that he rule as he did. Quite simply, the legality of the whole enterprise hung on it, because the advice provided until that point had gone unambiguously the other way. The two s...

  • Sarah Wootton: Only clearer laws can bring compassion to the euthanasia debate
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    As demonstrated here and in the case of Frances Inglis last week, the existing law doesn't work in practice and is not in line with public opinion. Ultimately, we need a full public consultation on whether the law should change, to regulate and legal...

  • Victoria Clark: Yemen's greatest enemy is sitting across its border
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    No fool, the Imam decided that Sanaa's streets would soon be a match for Cologne's; all he needed to do was declare war against America, lose it, and wait for the aid to pour in. The tale may be apocryphal but, as London readies itself for tomorrow's...

  • Boyd Tonkin: Words that allow us to stare grief in the face
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    In 1998, the last collection of original poems to take the cross-category final prize proved to be Ted Hughes's ecstatic, tormented swansong for his first wife Sylvia Plath, Birthday Letters. (Heaney won the next round with his version of Beowulf.) T...

  • Nigel Morris: How Mr Blair and Mr Straw abandoned law for politics...
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    The politicians' apparent determination to override the unanimous opinion of Foreign Office lawyers is the most dramatic disclosure so far at the Chilcot hearings, and Elizabeth Wilmshurst made no effort yesterday to disguise her opinion of her forme...

  • Sean O'Grady: There is little to celebrate in these latest feeble figures
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    A shock then. But perhaps we knew that our economy had run into a few problems, disguised during the long boom that ended so abruptly two years ago – too much reliance on the City and financial services, too much consumption in the decade when we use...

  • Leading article: Dammit, Chloe!
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    16.00.00 Jack Bauer Listen Chloe. I need you to transfer $869,000 out of my bank account to a Mexican cattle drover named Michael Wayne Carr. Chloe O'Brian Why? Jack This deal is going to make me a lot of money. Carr buys cheap cattle in Mexic...

  • Cahal Milmo: Has the Tulip Revolution wilted?
    Thursday, 28 January 2010

    But on the snowy streets of Bishkek, the capital of this former Soviet colony sandwiched between China and the rest of central Asia, there is increasing evidence of a backward slide in the march away from the political repression of the past. A Washi...

  • Leading article: No broken glass
    Wednesday, 27 January 2010

    But recession may also have played its part. The other quality of these glasses is their reluctance to break. In good times, that was a disadvantage for the producer. But in bad economic times, it's a selling point. When Baccarat is beyond the budget...

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