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  • Leading article: Let us not doom Cancun to failure before it even begins
    Monday, 29 November 2010

    Unfortunately, the price that the rest of the world stands to pay for more agreeable northern summers is catastrophic in terms of rising sea levels, drought and desertification, which is why progress on curbing greenhouse gas emissions at this week's...

  • Leading article: Cancun: Where's green Dave now?
    Sunday, 28 November 2010

    He talked a good green game in opposition, but so far his main claim to environmental credentials in government consists of not doing something – cancelling the third runway at Heathrow. And it could give an unfortunate impression that one of the few...

  • Letters: Slaughter of animals
    Monday, 29 November 2010

    It was rather that the Hebrews must not eat the meat of pagan sacrifices, which was the common alternative for their gentile neighbours, because such sacrifices had frequently been strangled, a far less humane method of slaughter. If the sages writin...

  • Leading article: A nudge that may do little to help women
    Monday, 29 November 2010

    Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, intends to take on this cultural legacy of a more puritanical era, nudging it into a new, healthier direction in the workplace by giving women rights to take breastfeeding breaks at work and obliging businesses t...

  • Hilary Synnott: These leaks could deal a fatal blow to global trust
    Monday, 29 November 2010

    The leaking of the valedictory dispatches of some former British heads of diplomatic missions has often been more embarrassing to their authors than to the targets of their fulminations. But the fact that former foreign secretary Margaret Beckett put...

  • Stewart Lee: A funny thing happened to comedy...
    Sunday, 28 November 2010

    In 1993, after David Baddiel and Rob Newman became the first comics to play Wembley, Janet Street-Porter declared comedy "the new rock'n'roll". Like the naïve pop bands of yore, in whose soiled footsteps we trod, young stand-ups like myself hit the r...

  • Chris Huhne: Cancun needs realism, not blind hope
    Sunday, 28 November 2010

    The Montreal Protocol on the ozone layer – the only international environmental agreement that every country in the world is party to – is more than 20 years old, and has steadily improved with age. It was described by Kofi Annan, the former secretar...

  • Mike Higgins: 'Grow your own' is great. So, grow your own, and leave me alone
    Sunday, 28 November 2010

    But first the better news: allotments are good for you. Last week a Dutch study offered the none-too-surprising conclusion that "having an allotment garden may promote an active life style and contribute to healthy ageing". Well, smack me over the he...

  • DJ Taylor: The new establishment is very different – ask Dani Filth and The Fall
    Sunday, 28 November 2010

    By 1959 it was the title of a symposium, edited by the historian Hugh Thomas, featuring such contributors as Simon Raven on the Army and Fairlie himself on the BBC. The blurb defined its subject as "the alliance of those institutions and social attit...

  • Leading article: Brain gain
    Monday, 29 November 2010

    If this research encourages even a few people to slide off their sofas and out of doors, that can only be a good thing for a whole host of reasons, not all to do with brain size. As a nation, we are visibly fatter than we were. We have only to compar...

  • Sarah Morrison: Smoke, mirrors and a lot of spin
    Monday, 29 November 2010

    Plain packaging on cigarettes helps deter new people from smoking. The World Health Organisation says it does and Australia will become the first country in the world to enforce it in 2012. You might have been surprised when the Coalition said it too...

  • John Kampfner: Wikileaks shows up our media for their docility at the feet of authority
    Monday, 29 November 2010

    It is within these parameters that the furore over Wikileaks and its exposures should be seen. The latest document dump is larger than the Iraq files and potentially more embarrassing, with its State Department assessments of governments and statesme...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (28 November 2010)
    Sunday, 28 November 2010

    Many English people wonder what it means to be English. Why, say, is our national flag so casually associated, yet again, with "football hooliganism and fascism"? The accepted manifestation of fascism is the British National Party, which flaunts the ...

  • Harriet Walker: 'We've thrashed out the terms of our divorce - I'll keep the kids but he can have custody of the leftovers'
    Sunday, 28 November 2010

    "I'd look after them just fine!" he shouted, wounded, over a plate of Nando's conspicuously empty of any vegetables. I pointed this out. "But you wouldn't even let them put a magazine on the table without a coaster!" he spluttered. Which is patently ...

  • David Randall: Mr Bun takes advantage of an extreme case of wishful thinking
    Sunday, 28 November 2010

    What has made it less normal, even by the surreal standards of Afghanistan, is that the man, turned out to be an unknown shopkeeper from Quetta in Pakistan. The real Mansour, apart from being one of the wily, resourceful brains behind the Taliban, is...

  • Paul Vallely: The referees' strike? I blame John Locke
    Sunday, 28 November 2010

    I was creating an obstruction, he barked, which was against the law, as he well knew since he was a magistrate. As, perhaps, was backing his car into me, I suggested. He did not reverse deliberately, he brayed, he had simply omitted to put on the han...

  • Norman Dombey: The West has to show North Korea we can be trusted
    Sunday, 28 November 2010

    First, some history. President Clinton almost sealed a deal with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the very end of his second term. Ten years ago he received Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok, a special envoy of President Kim Jong Il, in th...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (28/11/10)
    Sunday, 28 November 2010

    I don't know if it's the optimistic young students, the seasonal nip in the air or just the smell of braziers and the sound of bongos, but everybody seems to be reminiscing at the moment about their first protest march. Mine was in 2004, against what...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (28/11/10)
    Sunday, 28 November 2010

    The London Review of Books has been accused of using state money to peddle anti-Israeli attacks. The charge is made in a report by a supposedly neutral research body, Just Journalism, which has analysed articles from the past ten years. A Freedom ...

  • David Randall: No business like this snow business
    Sunday, 28 November 2010

    But that tells you only what the weather is doing in your own back yard. Obtaining a comprehensive national picture is more difficult. You can always phone friends, or, if you don't have any, scan webcams in far-flung parts. But, for a really reliabl...

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