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  • Edge of reason: The lonely reign of Benedict XVI
    Monday, 15 March 2010

    Look at the evidence: we have women vicars, openly gay Cabinet ministers, the minaret of a mosque looming over Regent's Park. Multi-culturalism has supplanted Christianity as the religion of choice; hardly anyone goes to church any more; a Christian ...

  • Leading article: A welcome attempt to bring clarity to the debate on rape
    Monday, 15 March 2010

    But as a thoughtful government review, published today, points out, constant repetition of this figure – usually for the purpose of indicting an allegedly failing police and criminal justice system – is unhelpful to victims and society alike. It is a...

  • Leading article: Clegg the credible
    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    Mr Clegg has to fight to be heard in this restricted space, while leading a party that, perhaps even more than Labour, harbours a deep suspicion of its leaders. Hence, the background noise to this weekend's Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham: ...

  • Amol Rajan: Justice to the victims
    Monday, 15 March 2010

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  • Leading article: Israel's high-risk strategy
    Monday, 15 March 2010

    The escalating row between Benjamin Netanyahu and the US suggests this strategy is now starting to unravel. Hillary Clinton's heated discussions with Mr Netanyahu at the weekend showed that the Obama administration feels that Israel has crossed a red...

  • David Lammy: Mothers need the support of a loving partner. Just ask mine
    Monday, 15 March 2010

    The issue of fatherhood has been on my mind for a long time – since about 1984, in fact. Aged 11, I watched my father walk out on my mother and away from his responsibilities. He had always been someone I looked up to when he was around; he became un...

  • Clive Stafford Smith: The spooks are being sold down the river
    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    Last week, it was the turn of Evans's predecessor, Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller. "It wasn't actually until after I retired that I read that, in fact, [Khalid Shaikh Mohammed] had been waterboarded 160 times," she told a parliamentary meeting. Eva...

  • Tim Lott: Are Vettriano, Lloyd Webber and Dan Brown really so naff?
    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    How does this information inform the reader's view of the writer? I am either a philistine, a postmodernist, or someone entirely confident in their own taste. Naturally, I am anxious to point out that some of the information in the first paragraph is...

  • DJ Taylor: Kate Adie's 'village' is now a sci-fi cityscape, but tension's in the air
    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    To those of you unfamiliar with the novels of the late JG Ballard, who died in 2009, they tend to be set in futuristic cityscapes, brooding vistas of concrete and steel, endless variations of suburbia, sunk in a spiritless but somehow menacing entrop...

  • Letters: Healthcare debate
    Monday, 15 March 2010

    With nine stitches in my head and eight units of blood in my body, I spent the next five days as an in-patient under observation. This gave me a chance to observe the every-day provision of services in the hospital. I was impressed by the war on the ...

  • Leading article: That sinking feeling
    Monday, 15 March 2010

    But people have always taken an understandable if superstitious interest in "last things", such as parting words – all those adieus from executioner's blocks come to mind – and meals. How much art sprang from the Last Supper? No wonder recreating the...

  • Nicholas Lezard: Make a real Lady out of Gaga
    Monday, 15 March 2010

    I had hoped to reach a serene and satisfied old age without feeling that I had to formulate an opinion about Lady Gaga, but now even that solace for my declining years has been denied me. However, I am very glad I have now, for having done some resea...

  • Claire Soares: Ashton hoping Middle East trip will silence her critics
    Monday, 15 March 2010

    A mocking headline in French daily, Libération, pretty much sums up Ashton's first three months on the job, "Lady Who?". She has been attacked for not visiting Haiti to wave the EU flag straight after the devastating earthquake, for skipping an EU d...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (14 March 2010)
    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    Wyn Davies Pembrey, Carmarthenshire Thank you for the rundown of 100 significant feminists. I was pleased to see a mention of Ian Donald and medical ultrasound, but he was not the pioneer or inventor ("Men who helped the drive for equality", 7 March)...

  • Alison Shepherd: My Preston, the Paris of the North
    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    While others digest the shock that the twinkliest light in the world's campest pop group had affairs with women, or girls, if you prefer The Sun's terminology, I'm still reeling from the discovery that the longest non-marital liaison began on Preston...

  • Cynthia McKinney: Leaders' lack of respect for rule of law makes us all victims of 9/11
    Monday, 15 March 2010

    I heard candidate Obama's speeches and knew that he would be a War President. What I did not realise was the extent to which the policies of President Obama would mirror those of his predecessor, including the renewal of the Patriot Act and commissio...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (14/03/10)
    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    Drama and intrigue is by no means confined to the opera house, least of all when the stakes are as high as victory at a general election. I gather chief Tory spin-doctor Andy Coulson was responsible for limiting damage from the Ashcroft scandal, u...

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