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Sunday, 21 February 2010

  • Donald Macintyre: Better public relations won't improve Israel's image abroad
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    Last week, the country's deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, decided not to meet a group of US Congressmen because their delegation included representatives of the fledgling "pro-Israel, pro-peace group" J Street. The group's respectability was un...

  • Leading article: This election must be about policies and not personalities
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    His audience in Coventry cannot have missed the markedly confessional note that he inserted into his address in which he said: "I know – really I know – that I'm not perfect", before adding: "I know where I come from and I know what I stand for." The...

  • Steve Connor: In absence of a vaccine, this is probably our best hope
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    Taken together, these two factors mean that HIV possesses a formidable ability to produce new mutants that can evade any drugs designed to interfere with its short and uncomplicated life cycle. Drug resistance to any single anti-retroviral drug can, ...

  • Andy McSmith: I don't recognise this portrait of Brown
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    He was a driven man even then, never satisfied with results. He once called a press conference which attracted interest from all the upmarket newspapers, which I thought was quite an achievement for an opposition MP only recently arrived in the Commo...

  • 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: Hope at last for Sudan
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    Recently, there have been signs of hope. The government has conceded, in theory, that the South should have a right to go its own way in a referendum in 2011. Meanwhile, over the past few days, an accommodation has been reached between Khartoum and t...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Brown's honesty
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    Yet it is precisely this that undermines his apparent sincerity. He talks of the Conservatives as a party of public relations and he has a point. But Mr Brown has chosen a funny time to bring up the subject of PR. Is this not the man who last week ta...

  • Leading article: New ways to fight Aids
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    Needless to say there are some hefty what-ifs to this theory, apart from the cost, but given the failure of earlier approaches it is worth testing.

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Gordon Brown: Markets are essential for future prosperity, but they need morals
    Monday, 22 February 2010

    Because we are fighting today for an ideal as visionary as the National Health Service – the dream of a National Care Service to take the fear out of old age. And we are fighting for a future where for the first time every single young person of this...

  • 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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