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Saturday, 20 February 2010

  • Leading article: A genuine election
    Sunday, 21 February 2010

    He was vindicated in that decision. Many people watching the programme with an open mind would have been impressed by the character of the man. In our interview today, he makes the distinction between "character" and "celebrity": a self-serving disti...

  • 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 ...

  • Adam Holloway: An end to steely-eyed killing machines
    Sunday, 21 February 2010

    The word means "togetherness" in Dari, the language of Afghan northern ethnic groups. The people in the south mostly speak Pashto; and to the deeply traditional people in the southern rural areas, Dari speakers are outsiders, as are the tens of thous...

  • Carol Sarler: The dressing-up box is a pretty safe place for little girls to play
    Sunday, 21 February 2010

    He knew, too, that his views would be met with almost impenetrable consensus, at least among the population old enough to vote; he knew because his targets have taken similar batterings countless times in the past few years, and although on each occa...

  • DJ Taylor: The art of running
    Sunday, 21 February 2010

    "You don't want a caring society," deutero-Thatcher insists. "You say you do, but you don't, not really. You couldn't care less about education, and health and all the rest of it. And don't, for Christ's sake, talk to me about culture. You don't give...

  • 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 ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (21 February 2010)
    Sunday, 21 February 2010

    As a former chaplain at Yarl's Wood, I saw the daily struggle detainees faced. The UK Border Agency regards institutions such as Yarl's Wood as removal – not detention – centres, and this sets the tone for their regimes. While some improvements in he...

  • IoS Letters Special: Readers answer climate sceptic and former chancellor Nigel Lawson
    Sunday, 21 February 2010

    Philip de Jonge via email I am afraid Nigel Lawson is right. If there are any independent climate scientists left who are not sponsored by the government, the pressure on them is high, because most of the climate research institutes are funded by the...

  • Sophie Heawood: Poison lurks in the heart of a cupcake
    Sunday, 21 February 2010

    I was mortified at the time, but the current craze for cupcakes is starting to make me think she had a point. In the past two years I've walked past cupcake bakeries in London, in New York, in Los Angeles, all of them filled with grown women going de...

  • Rhiannon Harries: Men, you'll never win over a woman by posing in your pants
    Sunday, 21 February 2010

    Since I definitely didn't recognise either the bathroom or the body, I assumed it was a wrong number and that was that. Now I wonder if perhaps I should have investigated a little. I mean, I'm sure it wasn't Ashley Cole, but who knows which Premiersh...

  • Cherie Blair: The first worldwide web for women – the Guides
    Sunday, 21 February 2010

    We took part in local community work, particularly helping out younger children and the elderly. From time to time, we reflected on the international aspect of guiding. We knew we were part of something big. But guiding to me as a girl was about fun ...

  • 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...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (21/02/10
    Sunday, 21 February 2010

    The Guardian's sale of the Manchester Evening News was, I can now confirm, against the wishes of the Scott Trust's founding fathers. Last week, I revealed how the original deeds of the trust written in 1936 were understood to specify protection of ...

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