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Thursday, 28 January 2010

  • Leading article: The true causes of a public health firestorm
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    Dr Wakefield has accused the GMC of staging a sort of show trial, designed to punish him for daring to dissent from the views of the medical establishment regarding the safety of this vaccine. This seems a conspiracy theory too far. But, in a way, it...

  • Armando Iannucci: It's time for Chilcot's team to flex their ageing muscles
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    Despite the disastrous failings of intelligence, the obvious lack of preparedeness and the horrendous whiff of deceit, no one so far has apologised or got sacked. Heads did not roll; they got knighted. Now, it seems, Chilcot is coming closer to finge...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Corruption and poverty to blame for scandals
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    The fault rests squarely with a government anxious to gain control over the delivery of primary healthcare, in the vain hope of providing the same level of care for less money. Under the old system, GPs had a 24/7 contract for patient care and took a...

  • Leading article: Sri Lanka's destructive feud
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    There is scant likelihood that the ostensibly clear cut victory of incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa will be overturned by the courts as his opponent, the retired general Sarath Fonseka, is demanding. But a huge responsibility now rests upon both...

  • Ian Burrell: A history of rescuing ailing companies
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    Amid the shock at the hiring of the Royal Mail chief and former FA boss, jokes came thick and fast yesterday. "Expect them to start selling toasters and not broadcasting until 2pm." "I wonder if he will sign up Sven as head of sport?" The quietly det...

  • Nawal Fenwick: I believed nothing could be worse than Saddam's regime. I was wrong
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    I left Baghdad and came to this country to study in 1963. I later married and stayed; I feel Britain is my home. Over the years, I have watched my old country from afar, on television, being crippled first by a brutal dictator, his wars with Iran, hi...

  • Julius Cavendish: Struggle to destroy the bombers in the fields of Kandahar
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    It was a rare success in the battle against the Taliban bomb-makers, responsible for so many coalition casualties in Afghanistan. They were, perhaps, the kind of men that may eventually, if the peace plan approved in London actually works, accept Wes...

  • Alex Deane: How the march of officialdom is destroying cherished ways of life
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    Michael Mancini was given a £60 fixed penalty notice after a policeman decided he was "not in control of his vehicle" when he wiped his nose with a tissue. Mancini maintains that he was in stationary traffic and had put his handbrake on. He refused t...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Rye smile
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    Salinger's great legacy will, of course, be The Catcher in the Rye, the tale of a rebellious and lonely teenager who has been expelled from school for his poor grades. The book was set in a distant era, a post-Second World War New York. But the voice...

  • Susie Rushton: My dream dinner is going to have to wait
    Friday, 29 January 2010

    "Dear Sir/Madam," I began. Hang on. Should I write Señor/Señora? No. It's not as if I'm going to write the whole thing in Spanish, or even Catalan, which would be more correct for an email sent to El Bulli, Ferran Adria's restaurant in Roses, up the ...

  • 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...

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