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  • Leading article: Nelson Mandela's greatness transcended nation and tribe
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    It was one of those rare events that suspend our disbelief that human nature can ever change, that some crises are not intractable, that in the end might does not always prevail. Twenty years on the world has rarely been so in need of another Mandela...

  • Leading article: Europe needs to resolve its internal contradictions
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    If Europe had stood aside as Greece defaulted, the panic would have spread to Spanish, Portuguese, perhaps even Italian, bonds. The entire eurozone could have unravelled. The debt markets reacted reasonably positively to yesterday's leaders' statemen...

  • Church sidesteps gay issue at Synod debate
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    Lorna Ashworth, an evangelical lay member of the Synod, put a motion asking that the Church of England "express the desire that the Church of England be in communion with the Anglican Church in North America [Acna]" – a step which would have given an...

  • Letters: Somali pirates and the Chandlers
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    We are by inclination a nation of globetrotters – at any given time most of us know someone off on a "big trip", and we mostly have our own memories or plans to cheer us up in a cold and gloomy February. That being the case, we know that if we paid u...

  • Guy Adams: Ringo drums up support for his star
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    Every time a new plaque is added to LA's most famous pavement, crowds come out in force. And the former Beatle's unveiling ceremony, attended by Eric Idle and David Lynch (but not Sir Paul McCartney), was no exception. Behind the scenes, though, a ti...

  • Leading article: A victory for openness
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    If we are not mistaken, it was the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, who had insisted on pursuing the case to this point, and he did so in order to prevent the very outcome that the judges facilitated yesterday. The system worked, and thank goodness...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Where war goes, propaganda follows
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    The US strategy is to expel, kill or capture the Taliban, prevent their return, and then provide aid and services to a grateful populace. Described as a sophisticated attempt "to win the hearts and minds of Afghans", its covert and more realistic aim...

  • Lisa Markwell: Where is the prestige in healthy eating?
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    A new survey of the nation's eating habits reveals that, despite relentless government campaigns and draconian food labelling legislation, the numbers who slump into obesity are almost exactly the same. We're eating less wholegrain cereals and milk, ...

  • Gordon Brown: Madiba taught us how to live – and act – in hope
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    It is hard to conjure now just how the blood ran cold when we saw pictures of 12-year-old Hector Pieterson dying in the arms of another student during the Soweto Uprising; or how we felt when we read that Steve Biko had died in police custody. These ...

  • Carola Long: Alexander McQueen's down-to-earth manner untouched by acclaim of celebrity world
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    While McQueen's designs might have showed a wild imagination, and scaled the greatest heights of fashion fantasy, Lee, as he was known to his friends, came across as less of a diva than a bloke. He wore baggy jeans and jumpers, and his three dogs app...

  • Letters: Security and intelligence agencies
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    The allegation that our security and intelligence agencies have licence to collude in torture is disgraceful, untrue and one we vigorously deny. The Government's clear policy is not to participate in, solicit, encourage or condone the use of torture ...

  • Leading article: The ignored gospel message
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    Indeed it seems more focused upon bad news – as if it were determined to project its faith in entirely negative terms. Listening to its preoccupations the casual listener could be forgiven for dismissing it as a reactionary institution which is anti-...

  • Terry Jones: Creatively, when he did something, it was always beautiful
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    We continued to feature him throughout his career, and he probably has more credits in our current issue than any other designer. I worked on a project in 1998, for the fashion and cinema biennale in Florence. We'd met independently before this but w...

  • Geneive Abdo: The dissidents need some foreign support
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    The regime was able to show its strength, which seemed greater than in the past; millions of supporters came out to cheer for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government. Sure, they were bused in and paid bribes for their support. Nonetheless, it is c...

  • Alex Deane: Demolish the myth that safety, in and of itself, is an absolute good
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    Society would be a lot safer if we had a night curfew, or banned alcohol, or were forced to wear elbow and knee pads. We don't encourage people to take wild risks, but we don't make (many) liberty-reducing and disproportionate motor laws, either. We ...

  • Robert Chesshyre: Give prisoners the right to vote, and everybody benefits
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    In fact the Government pledged – reluctantly and under extreme pressure from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) – to introduce votes for at least some convicted prisoners. The issue is "live" because the Committee of Ministers at the Council o...

  • Leading article: Up for the count
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    Officials cite staff costs, the difficulties of assembling the ballot-boxes and the complexities of having to count more postal votes. But these are minor considerations compared with the loss of a collective experience that made "Were you up for Por...

  • Michelle Mitchell: We must cut the rich-poor health gap
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    But although life expectancy has increased, healthy life expectancy has not. Geography and socio-economic status account for a great disparity between different groups of older people. The Marmot report offers a shocking snapshot of this inequality. ...

  • Professor Michael Clarke: Judgment undermines intelligence co-operation
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    The principle is at the heart of real intelligence co-operation between countries. More sharing of information is a constant rallying cry of terrorism analysts. In truth, little information of any value is actually shared unless it operates under a t...

  • Austen Ivereigh: Let's spread the moral and economic virtues of a Living Wage
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    But it isn't, and never was; it takes little account of the costs of living. This is especially true of London, where some 400,000 people – cleaners, porters, security guards – are paid the NMW, despite the cost of living in the capital being at leas...

  • Leading article: Mourning dress
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    When McQueen joined Givenchy in 1996, the French press dubbed him "the hooligan of English fashion". But, by most accounts, he was charming and down-to-earth – at least by the prevailing standards of the high-strung world of international haute coutu...

  • Tony Paterson: The view from Germany
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    "No money for the bankrupt Greeks!" was the blunt headline in the mass-circulation Bild newspaper. It accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of attempting to play down what would inevitably be Germany's large contribution to any rescue package, given that ...

  • Rhiannon Harries: What matters is how safe you feel
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    Although plenty of arty students and young couples have since swept into the area, many non-residents still know Clapton, east London, as "murder mile" thanks to a stint in the media as the site of Britain's deadliest road some years ago. Friends who...

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