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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

  • Leading article: A murky affair that calls for a tougher British response
    Thursday, 18 February 2010

    Such a blatant political killing in the deceptive safety of Dubai should have been loudly condemned as an international outrage in its own right. But with the culprits long gone and the deed presumed to belong to the shadowy world of secret agents, i...

  • Hardeep Sing: Look towards your Guru for guidance, not the BNP
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

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  • Leading article: The Bank of England is right to hold its nerve
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    Mr Darling has accepted Mr King's explanation that this jump in prices is likely to prove temporary. But not everyone has. Inflation hawks have begun to stir, pointing to uncomfortably strong levels of core inflation (excluding food and energy) in th...

  • Letters: Gay footballers
    Thursday, 18 February 2010

    Having attended games home and away for years, and accepted the homophobic chants as part of the territory, I was eventually outed on the footie coach – by my own (straight) mate who felt embarrassed on my behalf by the thoughtless language of some o...

  • Leading article: A misguided intervention
    Thursday, 18 February 2010

    And, in truth, this vague tale was not a good way for Mr Gosling to promote reform of Britain's euthanasia laws. He claims to have suffocated his dying lover with a pillow in a hospital and that "doctors do this all the time". Yet there is no evidenc...

  • Kim Sengupta: From sheep-shearers to would-be sheikhs
    Thursday, 18 February 2010

    Three decades on, the traditionally conservative and dour islanders are about to become the sheikhs of the South Atlantic with 60 billion barrels in the surrounding seabeds giving them a potential income matching the wealthiest states in the Middle E...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Do doctors ever assist suicide?
    Thursday, 18 February 2010

    He is almost certainly right about the former, but almost certainly wrong – except in the rarest of instances – about the latter. No one knows how widespread the practice of euthanasia or assisted suicide is in the medical profession. Fifty years ago...

  • Peter Tatchell: Ignore the refuseniks – Malcolm X was bisexual, out, and proud
    Thursday, 18 February 2010

    Controversy has raged ever since the publication of Bruce Perry's acclaimed biography, Malcolm – The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America. Perry is a great admirer of Malcolm X, but he is not inclined to cover-ups. He wrote the facts, based on int...

  • Katy Guest: No cyber-secret is ever safe
    Thursday, 18 February 2010

    The mighty Google thought it would be a great idea to create a social networking site by plundering Gmail-users' email contacts books and kindly making users' contacts into Facebook-style "friends" for them. It hadn't occurred to them that some peopl...

  • Lisa Markwell: Never too early to start on child development
    Thursday, 18 February 2010

    So the news that children who fail to pass the the motor-skills tests – the early ones, before the age of one – will face difficulties in school and, quite probably, throughout the rest of their lives heightens the anxiety. Over the past decade 15,00...

  • Sean O'Grady: Meet Motorway Man, the decisive voter in Election 2010
    Thursday, 18 February 2010

    He lives in the concentration of marginal constituencies along, and bounded by, the M1 and the M6, a psephological golden triangle. The corridor runs from around Junction 13 of the M1, with the two Milton Keynes seats, and runs up to Morley near Leed...

  • Stuart Wallace: We watch Argentina's behaviour with bemusement
    Thursday, 18 February 2010

    Political tensions with Argentina have been the backdrop to the lives of all of us in the Falklands over the years. In 1982, of course, political aggression turned to military aggression and we were invaded. After our liberation there were some years...

  • Andrew Tabler: The hand extended to Syria is also intended as a blow to Iran
    Thursday, 18 February 2010

    Change in Syria will be slow and incremental. During the cold war between Damascus and Washington in the aftermath of Rafic Hariri's February 2005 assassination in Beirut, the Assad regime pursued policies the US intelligence establishment never thou...

  • Letters: The torture debate part 1
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    Bruce Anderson justifies the use of torture against a suspect's wife and children ("We not only have a right to use torture. We have a duty", 15 February). Pinochet shared his view and had the power to implement it. Obviously those who criticised his...

  • Letters: The torture debate part 2
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    First, the "ticking bomb" scenario, so frequently used to make the pro-torture case, is almost totally implausible. The necessary conditions – knowledge of the nature of the bomb and its timing, and its potential victims, yet not its location, and th...

  • Jaci Stephen: 'Had I remembered the name of the pub, I might just have met my idol'
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    Matthew is one of the stars of my favourite TV show, Brothers and Sisters, in which he plays gay lawyer Kevin Walker. Good looking, charismatic, and an actor of extraordinary range and depth, he also manages one of the most convincing American accent...

  • Leading article: A multi-track approach to Afghanistan
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    Nor has it been revealed whether Mullah Baradar's capture was the result of new intelligence, gleaned either by the United States or Pakistan, or whether his whereabouts were known, at least to the Pakistan authorities, and it was simply a question o...

  • Sir Stephen Dalton: Modern warfare makes the RAF more, not less, crucial to Britain
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    In nearly all environments, not least on our current main effort in Afghanistan, air power is an essential defining capability and so everybody has a stake in it or a dependency on it: from support for the strategic nuclear deterrent, through its cri...

  • Sean O'Grady: So does this mean interest rates are about to go up?
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    However, there are reasons why inflation will be higher than expected and that rates may need to rise sooner and faster than many assume. First, the Chinese economy is bidding up world commodity prices again, which are notoriously volatile. Second, t...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Humble painkiller that can protect you from everything
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    The disclosure that it can halve deaths from breast cancer in women who have received early treatment for the disease will add to its reputation. Heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia, diabetes, deep vein thrombosis – you name it and aspirin can pr...

  • Arabella Weir: What, no more wine or pudding?
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    The husband then pinched his wife's waist, producing, between his thumb and index finger, a very small "spare tyre". Laughing gamely, she then did the same to him (he was also pretty trim) and, you guessed it, produced a similar amount of "excess" fa...

  • Michael McCarthy: We must find out why the eel is disappearing
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    You don't have to be a fisherman or a freshwater biologist to realise it is vanishing. In Hampshire there is an enchanting pub, the Mayfly near Stockbridge, which is right on the bank of the River Test, England's premier trout stream, and one of the ...

  • Leading article: Hard to digest
    Thursday, 18 February 2010

    So, for those who like a paradox, it was sad to see the UK publishing arm of Reader's Digest go into administration yesterday. It was sad too to see the US parent company file for bankruptcy protection last year. Yet though the management of Reader's...

  • Tony Paterson: On the game, and now in the can
    Thursday, 18 February 2010

    The film is the work of 28-year-old Saara Waasner, a recent film school graduate who has produced a revealing study of three working Berlin prostitutes who are all old enough to be grandmothers. Entitled Silver Girls, the documentary introduces us t...

  • Leading article: Wit and popular wisdom
    Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    Any sympathy, though, should quickly give way to delight in the sheer wit and ingenuity of the alternative poster brigade. Here we have the British at their irreverent best, harnessing the potential of the new media to add their two-ha'pence worth to...

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