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Thursday, 18 February 2010

  • Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari: Empowerment matters. Here's why
    Friday, 19 February 2010

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  • Leading article: America tweaks the Chinese dragon's tail
    Friday, 19 February 2010

    Trade continues to be a major bone of contention between the two powers after last year's tit-for-tat tariffs and continued complaints from US manufacturers that the renminbi is being artificially held down in value by Beijing, giving Chinese exporte...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Peace in Israel
    Friday, 19 February 2010

    British agents could quite easily have murdered Gerry Adams or Martin McGuinness during the height of the Northern Ireland conflict in the 1980s. They chose not to, and by doing so allowed the republican movement to follow a political evolution which...

  • Leading article: A timely defence of press freedom
    Friday, 19 February 2010

    The gay rights group Stonewall suggested there was now little point in people from minority groups complaining to the PCC, a nonsensical conclusion. It compared the self-regulation of the press to a banking system without auditors or a mining industr...

  • Nicholas Jones: Baftas, Globes and Oscars – they're all becoming alike
    Friday, 19 February 2010

    I'm particularly interested to find which films and individuals collect the statuettes on Sunday because I'm a member of Bafta and so cast my votes each year, both to nominate films and choose the finalists in certain categories. I also wonder what t...

  • Lisa Markwell: When girls dress like this, are they not just trying to be more like mum?
    Friday, 19 February 2010

    We've heard all this "let's protect the children" before – from Ed Balls claiming victory over advertisers of fast food to Esther Rantzen establishing ChildLine (she later worried that she'd created over-meddlesome child-protection officers). Lily Al...

  • Robert Verkaik: In the absence of 12 good men and true, the accused made himself scarce
    Friday, 19 February 2010

    Given the choice between a case-hardened judge or a panel of 12 "good men and true", most suspects will opt for trial by jury. Yesterday it emerged that one of the men at the centre of the first serious criminal case to be tried without a jury in Eng...

  • Oliver Duff: No animals means no tourists and no future
    Friday, 19 February 2010

    The sun had begun to fall when our radio crackled at camp: race to the 4x4. A mother cheetah and her five cubs had been spotted with a fresh kill, five minutes over the horizon. And so, as the East African dusk descended, and the predators of the Mas...

  • Jonathan Bartley: I know from painful experience the pitfalls of tribal thinking
    Friday, 19 February 2010

    Only a year before, I had entered the House of Commons as a lowly researcher. Any idealism had been knocked out of me on my first trip to the Whips office. I was sent to pick up a brief for an upcoming debate. Naively I had expected balanced informat...

  • Sean O'Grady: Trouble on the streets – and in the markets
    Friday, 19 February 2010

    Indeed, experience of past recessions suggests that one of the easiest, most cynical and most politically expedient cuts for politicians in London to make is to reduce the support they offer local councils. Grants from central government represent we...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: First class war
    Friday, 19 February 2010

    But the comment from the veteran Tory MP that parliamentarians cannot be expected to share standard rail class because those who travel on it "are a totally different type of people" gave the game away. There is no other conclusion to be drawn: Sir N...

  • Susie Rushton: Who travels to find what they have at home?
    Friday, 19 February 2010

    The Mayor has defended the decision as part of a drive to bring more US tourists to swell the queues of Madame Tussauds and the Fifth Floor café at Harvey Nichols and Lei-cester-shire Square. I could have sworn that Chuck and Marlene and their giant ...

  • 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...

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