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Friday, 19 February 2010

  • Leading article: The argument of the fiscal doves is more compelling
    Saturday, 20 February 2010

    Last weekend, 20 distinguished economists wrote to The Sunday Times calling for the next government to begin cutting the budget deficit in the 2010/11 financial year. But yesterday there was a counterblast from 60 equally distinguished practitioners ...

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

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  • Christian 'homosexual cure' conference sparks protests
    Saturday, 20 February 2010

    The conference is organised by Core Issues, an evangelical Christian group in Northern Ireland which promotes so-called "conversion therapy" and claims to have "saved" numerous homosexual Christians. The star speaker is the Rev Mario Bergner, a Chica...

  • Letters: Charlie Wilson's War
    Saturday, 20 February 2010

    For all the memories invoked of British campaigns in the 19th century, it's the 1990s which should be remembered and America's role between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers. The approach taken by Presidents Bush and Clinton...

  • Leading article: The lessons of Haiti's plight
    Saturday, 20 February 2010

    And still the pain goes on. The rainy season is starting, yet some 700,000 are still living in makeshift shelters out in the open. Medicines, tents, food and protection remain in short supply. Little wonder that former president Bill Clinton, the UN'...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Our differing approaches to terror
    Saturday, 20 February 2010

    In fact, everyone assumes that Mossad did it. The authorities in Dubai believe the Israeli secret service assassinated Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, the Hamas official, last month. The British Government agrees that it was Mossad, or at least wagged a finger a...

  • E Jane Dickson: Bring back the political stiff upper lip
    Saturday, 20 February 2010

    Aliens, traditional companions of choice for those who feel they are not getting enough attention from humans, might just have tipped it for Dave, who is fast running out of demographic groups to identify with. We've had Family Man Dave, "Green Dave"...

  • Patrick Mercer: Help is there, but soldiers have to want to take it
    Saturday, 20 February 2010

    But all the while he is away, running in parallel with his life in the forces and away from home, is his civilian life. And often as a commanding officer, I saw how the two could collide. Domestic circumstances often impose unbearable strains on a so...

  • Amy Jenkins: Our unrealistic view of childhood can harm, rather than protect
    Saturday, 20 February 2010

    He's announced that a future Conservative government will take steps to protect children from inappropriate commercialisation and sexualisation. He wants to "make sure that our children get a childhood". He announced that a Tory administration would ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Help from Pakistan is more significant than military action
    Saturday, 20 February 2010

    First, there was the arrest of the Taliban's military leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in Karachi, then the detention of the Taliban's so-called "shadow governors", of two northern Afghan provinces, Mullah Abdul Salam and Mullah Mir Mohammad. The ...

  • 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: Out of the woods?
    Saturday, 20 February 2010

    Every detail seemed calculated to drive home the twin message of heartfelt contrition and forgiveness, from the golfer's sober choice of dress, to the tender hug for mum at the end. Woods delivered his public apology for his philandering ways with su...

  • The truth is out there: 20/02/2010
    Saturday, 20 February 2010

    A team from Stanford University analysed half a million earnings reports over a 27-year period, going beyond the standard per-share results that are reported in pennies and analysing down to the 10th of a cent. According to the Wall Street Journal, t...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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