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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

  • Leading article: Genuine fairness means reform from top to bottom
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    It is still early days, and the document published by the Fair Pay Review yesterday is only its interim report. Nonetheless, it comes as something of a disappointment. Its bottom line is that, as a rule, the best-paid individuals in the public sector...

  • Leading article: World Aids Day: A fighting chance
    Wednesday, 1 December 2010

    But I would make the case that Aids is still worthy of our attention, resources, and effort – now, more than ever before. Not because of my personal connection to a disease that has taken so many friends and colleagues over the years. It's not the tr...

  • Bill Clinton: We need to save more lives – with less
    Wednesday, 1 December 2010

    Over the last decade, we have seen dramatic progress in both treatment and funding. In 2008 alone, $15bn was invested to fight Aids in developing countries, up from $6bn just three years earlier, due in large part to the US Government's PEPFAR (Presi...

  • Letters: On student fees, the Lib Dems are the party of principle
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    But the Lib Dems, whichever way they vote, will be doing so through "principle". Those who vote against, as my own MP has declared he will do, will be following through the pledge he made to his constituents in May. Those who abstain, such as Cable, ...

  • Leading article: The drifting economics of British winter
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    We British love a good moan, but how much economic sense would it make to invest in fleets of snow-clearing equipment? When days of serious snow hit London last year the mayor, Boris Johnson, said it did not necessarily make sense to make a major inv...

  • Patrick Cockburn: What Afghans will do to get friends out of jail
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    I was inside it once just after the fall of the Taliban in 2001 when there was briefly nobody in its cramped cells and holding pens. Assuming it has not changed much, it is easy to see why Afghans are eager to get relatives, friends and associates ou...

  • Jerome Taylor: Crusader for transparency or reckless anti-American?
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    Supporters laud the lanky 39-year-old as a champion of transparency – a man who has harnessed the power of the internet to steal from the information rich and hand it back to the poor. The reality, as always, is probably somewhere in between. "Transp...

  • Letters: World Aids Day
    Wednesday, 1 December 2010

    This year, however, I had the opportunity to spend some time with other young people who are HIV-positive at a summer camp, held at a school, but run by the Children's HIV Association (CHIVA). Everyone involved with the camp knew the situation. All t...

  • Elton John: Read my lists – and I'll tell you who I am
    Wednesday, 1 December 2010

    10 things I liked when I was 25 that I don't like now Art Nouveau Impressionist art Pre-Raphaelite art Dancing (me dancing, that is) Driving Travelling Alcohol/drugs Westerns (bar Blazing Saddles) Discotheques/nightclubs Celebrity 10 things ...

  • Leading article: Small print that could cost millions of lives
    Wednesday, 1 December 2010

    Stella is alive today, thanks to free anti-retroviral medicines. She and her mother are among the 4 million people in the developing world over the past nine years who have benefited from drugs produced cheaply in India. Over that time, the average a...

  • Alistair Dawber: Pity Hillary - now she has to face the leaders insulted by America
    Wednesday, 1 December 2010

    At the gathering she will meet 61 heads of state, government and other leading dignitaries, many of whom will still be smarting from America's supposedly secret – and in many cases unflattering – assessments, as revealed in this week's Wikileaks disc...

  • Steve Connor: The drugs are expensive. The cost of not using them is higher
    Wednesday, 1 December 2010

    And yet, each year, some 2.7 million more people are infected with HIV. Far from being quelled, the Aids epidemic is growing, particularly in Southern Africa where a pernicious strain of the virus leads to "hypertransmitters". Scientists are increasi...

  • Evgeny Lebedev: I have seen at first hand an Africa scarred by HIV
    Wednesday, 1 December 2010

    This girl's mother had been physically abused by her partner, but then he allowed her daughter to get into a car with a driver she did not even know, supposedly to take her home – she ended up being raped. Psychologically as well as physically she wa...

  • Stephen Fry: People can make a difference and save lives
    Wednesday, 1 December 2010

    I found that Paul had picked up on the work of the original founder and created a quite magnificent community hospital. HIV, malaria and highly resistant forms of TB are triple killers in this part of the world and Paul set about tackling each of the...

  • Cherie Booth: Empower people, don't punish them
    Wednesday, 1 December 2010

    The virus doesn't exist in isolation – it is exacerbated by individual circumstances and social conditions. Women are particularly at risk because in many places around the world they lack the information or skills they need to protect themselves bot...

  • Leading article: A star is reborn
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    So much hype has surrounded Beckham since he shot to stardom more than a decade ago that it has been very difficult to see him for what he really is – a very good, but not great, footballer who has done remarkably well to retain his sense of self whi...

  • Sean O'Grady: Economy won't win even if football does come home
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    But some events seem to bring benefits. Euro '96, hosted here, brought 280,000 visitors and journalists in, adding £120m to the economy. Other events – notably the Olympics – can have the opposite effect. It took Montreal 20 years to pay off its C$1....

  • Deborah Ross: Happiness is Essential
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    How can happiness be surveyed? Whose happiness, anyway, ever stretches to more than a few seconds at a time? I'm thinking it is probably no more than an average of 11 seconds a day, down from 16 seconds in 1958, when it peaked due to the nationwide l...

  • Talbot Church: Suede shoes? The equerry shall see to that
    Wednesday, 1 December 2010

    The question of taste is never mentioned in royal circles; it is simply there. There are occasional lapses – it is said that Prince Andrew once wore a Playboy Club tie at a Palace garden party. They are noted, then politely forgotten. All the same, t...

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