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Sunday, 21 November 2010

  • Leading article: A few words that could prove a revolutionary moment
    Monday, 22 November 2010

    Interviewed in a new book, the Pope states that condoms can be acceptable in some circumstances, modifying decades of Catholic dogma on the subject. The example he cites is a male prostitute who is at risk of transmitting HIV. For that group, the use...

  • Leading article: Our Afghan exit is now overdue
    Sunday, 21 November 2010

    Nato's new policy of disengagement is neither as clear nor as quick as it should be, but it is a welcome recognition that the end state in Afghanistan is never going to be perfect and that an open-ended commitment creates as many problems as it solve...

  • Letters: Declining fish stocks
    Monday, 22 November 2010

    Identify some of the best habitats for the feeding and breeding of fish and then declare them absolute no-fishing zones. The rest of the ocean would then be free-fishing zones where the fishermen could fish at will. The conservation zones would gradu...

  • Leading article: The world urgently needs this deal
    Monday, 22 November 2010

    According to the latest analysis from scientists at Exeter and East Anglia universities, there was a small dip in global emissions of 1.3 per cent in 2009. And this year they are expected to increase by at least 3 per cent – more than the average ann...

  • Moazzam Begg: We settled so we could get our lives back
    Sunday, 21 November 2010

    In the morning, my daughter was in tears in front of press photographers. By the evening, Islamaphobic blogsites were posting statements such as: "Somebody post any of these innocent victims' addresses and I will save the British taxpayers millions."...

  • DJ Taylor: The thing about a real class act is that it's pretty hard to define
    Sunday, 21 November 2010

    Was she moderately posh but managing to disguise it? A shameless arriviste whose fond Mama had sent her to the University of St Andrews to fizz in the royal slipstream? There were Thackerayan shadings here, which most commentators chose to ignore, an...

  • Paul Barker: A meritocracy? What an awfully 20th-century idea
    Sunday, 21 November 2010

    The best joke was on Freedland. He mourned that all this would "inaugurate an unending press obsession, with Middleton's face surely bound for the cover of Hello! and OK!". He had clearly not checked with his news editor at The Guardian. The paper's ...

  • Leading article: Hope springs eternal
    Monday, 22 November 2010

    Perhaps Mr Chase, the owner of the upmarket Tyrells Crisps, senses a golden opportunity in next year's Royal Wedding. The Queen already takes bottles of Malvern with her on overseas visits. Just imagine what could be accomplished with brand ambassado...

  • Steve Connor: Link between fossil fuels and economic growth has to be broken
    Monday, 22 November 2010

    Anyone studying the global emissions of man-made carbon dioxide over the past 30 years can see that the only time there was a dent in their growth was during a worldwide recession – once in the early 1990s and again in the early 1980s. Fossil fuels h...

  • Harriet Walker: Let's end the tyranny of sports jocks
    Monday, 22 November 2010

    Any cuts to the dwindling trickle of cash into our parched and arid schoolscape should raise concerns. But even the most caricatured of nasty Tory governments meets its cruel and sadistic match when compared to the British PE teacher. Gove has his wo...

  • Catherine Pepinster: Benedict's revision gives hope to those involved in the reality of tackling Aids
    Monday, 22 November 2010

    But in the middle of the consistory came revelations of a new book-cum-interview with Benedict XVI in which he indicated a change in thinking on the use of condoms to combat the spread of the HIV. In Peter Seewald's volume The Light of The World, to ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (21 November 2010)
    Sunday, 21 November 2010

    In March, $5.3bn (£3.3bn) for reconstruction was pledged by donor governments. Eight months later, there are still more than a million people pressed into hundreds of precarious camps around Port-au-Prince. Only a few thousand transitional homes have...

  • Austen Ivereigh: Historic, and uttered nervously, but it offers nothing for those with Aids in Africa
    Sunday, 21 November 2010

    What has he said? He has repeated the Church's view – for which there is, incidentally, endless evidence – that condom-based campaigns are not the solution to Aids in Africa, and have aggravated the spread of virus. The solution lies in learning fide...

  • Harriet Walker: 'I'm unimpressed by the all-too-realistic size of my own life goals'
    Sunday, 21 November 2010

    So imagine my shock when my ex-flatmate B, who's about to head off to do a ski season, after being practically mauled to death by lions in the romantic arena, announced her own to-do list at the weekend. "The two things I want from this experience," ...

  • Simmy Richman: Hey! Older lady! Leave them boys alone
    Sunday, 21 November 2010

    Screaming girls, all-singing, all-dancing young men.... What's not to love? Only – and I know this seems to be stating the obvious, but bear with me – the music. "The fastest-selling album of the century" is, in fact, a cunning marketing term, meanin...

  • Paul Vallely: Marie Antoinette would approve
    Sunday, 21 November 2010

    People were ringing in to bid £10,000 for the pleasure. Then £20,000 and rising. By the time we got to the school gates the seven winners had bid about £60,000 a head for the 48 hours of speeding thrills. The auction was in aid of Children in Need. Y...

  • Katy Guest: Delusionists do it with a mobile phone
    Sunday, 21 November 2010

    Ask a random sample of reasonable adults whether e-cheating is really cheating and for 99 per cent of them the answer is clearly, "Well, duh!" The other 1 per cent will reply, "What are you wearing?", but y'know he's on tour, bored and lonely, and af...

  • John Rentoul: The Blind Side
    Monday, 22 November 2010

  • John Rentoul: The Big Society Test
    Sunday, 21 November 2010

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (21/11/10)
    Sunday, 21 November 2010

    As a historian, Andrew Roberts has enjoyed critical success and a glittering social life. But, according to a friend, he secretly hankers to be a writer of period dramas, like Julian Fellowes. "Andrew sees the success Julian has enjoyed and wishes...

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