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Thursday, 9 December 2010

  • Climate change: the daily reality for farmers
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    I have yet to meet a small scale farmer who has not noticed the shifts in weather patterns affecting their livelihoods. And who does not fear for the future of themselves and their families. These are people struggling to survive on the edge of a pre...

  • Leading article: A global agreement remains the planet's best hope
    Friday, 10 December 2010

    Todd Stern, representing the United States, says that the world should not get "hung up" on the need for a definitive outcome from Cancun. He need not have worried. When it emerged that several key governments would only be sending junior officials t...

  • Gordon Brown: A global chance for jobs and justice
    Friday, 10 December 2010

    The Jubilee Debt Campaign, Make Poverty History and Stop Climate Chaos were inspiring examples of people power determining the agendas for development and the environment. The latest petition, an initiative of Avaaz.org, which is a global online camp...

  • Leading article: A wall of secrecy around our courts is crumbling
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    Those whose cases come before the court range from soldiers suffering from brain damage, to people with Alzheimer's disease, to those born with learning difficulties. When the family courts opened their doors to journalists last year, the Court of Pr...

  • Letters: Perspectives on schools
    Friday, 10 December 2010

    Chinese passion for knowledge John Bangs is reported as believing that the Labour government in effect lost its nerve and should have focused on the blueprint for teaching the three Rs ("British schools slump in global league table", 8 December)....

  • Leading article: Trick or treat?
    Friday, 10 December 2010

    This discovery is, of course, counter-intuitive: for years we have assumed that thinking about something desirable increases cravings for it and the likelihood of consumption. But now we know the opposite to be the case. Armed with this knowledge, wh...

  • Katherine Butler: clemency would suit Tehran's interests
    Friday, 10 December 2010

    Adultery is a capital crime for both sexes, but men can avoid committing it simply by entering into a legal temporary "marriage" with another, or several other women, a figleaf arrangement which can be as short as a few hours' duration. A married wom...

  • Letters: Perspectives on WikiLeaks
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    Keep Assange from the lynch mob Johann Hari is right ("This case must not obscure what WikiLeaks has told us", 8 December). WikiLeaks has performed a valuable service in exposing the nasty underbelly of international politics, as controlled by th...

  • Leading article: Civilised standing
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    The arguments against are well known, summed up in the single word, Hillsborough. But, as Don Foster argues in The Independent today, that disaster was a result less of standing than of overcrowding and neglect. Safe standing areas, as common in Ger...

  • Don Foster: Modern options allow for standing to be safe again
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    Clearly, a complete culture shift was long overdue, and seats came with all kinds of benefits. Like rows of barriers, they would prevent surges in the crowd. By giving each spectator their own little space, seats were more comfortable and stopped jos...

  • Stan Hey: Terrace apprenticeship was fun – but not to be repeated
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    I learnt that having spent 6d to get in, I was buggered if I was going to hand over a shilling to a bigger boy to avoid being smacked in the gob. You could act tough, but I also learnt to point to my National Health glasses; I learnt to be self-effac...

  • Ceri Goddard: Publicising pay differential is key to tackling it
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    Women in arts and entertainment earn on average 25 per cent less than men; in the financial sector this rises to almost 40 per cent. In 2010, 40 years after the Equal Pay Act, women working in Dagenham – home of the first strikes for equal pay – typi...

  • John Rentoul: Is this like Blair rage?
    Friday, 10 December 2010

  • Leading article: Lower does not mean worse
    Friday, 10 December 2010

    Moreover, though prices are down because people put off moving at a time of looming job losses and economic uncertainty, they are also lower because the banks are rationing mortgages, a situation which, in the longer term, will change. And current lo...

  • John Rentoul: The New Che Guevara?
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

  • Sean O'Grady: PFI firms should give money back
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    That is a harsh judgment on the progress of PFI projects during the Brown premiership, because the banks were not completely controlled by the state for the whole of that time, and these later PFI projects were probably better value-for-money than th...

  • Leading article: Oh, what a tangled web he weaves
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    It related to sexual offences, including rape, alleged to have been committed in Sweden. A European arrest warrant had been taken out in his name, and the judge refused bail on the grounds that he might abscond. Mr Assange is fighting extradition and...

  • Deborah Ross: Nobody wants to bust a gut on Boxing Day
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    Recipes for Boxing Day are up there with The Contraception Lady who comes to visit you in hospital after you've just had a baby, and wants to talk through your birth control plans, and you are like: "Birth control plans? Birth control plans? Are you ...

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