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  • Leading article: Natural disasters demand a radical new response
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    A gloomy thought, but one best tackled head on if the consequences are not to be gloomier still, which is why we should welcome the initiative launched today by the International Development minister, Gareth Thomas, on changing the way we respond to ...

  • Leading article: Our forces for good must bow out
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    Our troops have been there for nine years now, on a mission that was justified, but the aims of which have become confused and open-ended. In those nine years, international forces have failed to fulfil the unrealistic promises to build up Afghan cap...

  • Miracle under scrutiny in John Paul beatification
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    The inexplicable cure of a young French nun from Parkinson's disease had initially seemed like the perfect case for a miracle as the Vatican fast-tracked John Paul's beatification. The nun, who suffered from the same disease that ravaged John Paul fo...

  • Leading article: The Pope at bay
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    But not this year, perhaps, with Easter overshadowed by fresh damaging revelations about the abuse of children entrusted to clerical care. This year, the likelihood is that many cradle Catholics will just stay away, and never return. As concern with ...

  • Charles Leadbeater: This is one utopian vision that need not be so far from reality
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    Crises of the kind that occurred with the depression of the 1930s and stagflation in the 1970s retrospectively came to be seen as periods when capitalism was reorganised. Those crises were marked by a prolonged sense of impasse before new ideas broke...

  • Pope condemns critics over abuse scandal 'gossip'
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    Speaking at a Palm Sunday service in Rome in front of tens of thousands of worshippers, the 82-year-old pontiff made no official mention of global clerical sex abuse scandals that have thrown the church into its worst crisis in recent decades. But he...

  • Nurse to go to tribunal in row over cross
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    Shirley Chaplin, 54, claims the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust Hospital was trying to prevent her from expressing religious beliefs. In response to the controversy last September, the trust said the policy was nothing to do with the crucifix specif...

  • Bishops claim bias against Christians
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    The six bishops and Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, said the "apparent discrimination" against churchgoers was "unacceptable in a civilised society". In a letter to The Sunday Telegraph, the bishops point to the case of Shirley Chapl...

  • DJ Taylor: Preserve us from well-meaning celebs and skateboarding PMs
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    According to the report's authors, Professor John Street, Dr Sanna Inthorn and Martin Scott, political parties will "no doubt" seek the endorsement of celebrities and appear on popular entertainment shows to "engage young people in the political proc...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Iraq – violent, divided, but hopeful
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    Mr Allawi had been expected to do well but the extent of his success is still surprising. His al-Iraqiya coalition won 91 seats in the 325-seat parliament, against 89 seats for the prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law bloc. As interim prime ...

  • Rose Prince: And what first drew you to the turkey millions, Mr White?
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    Not like a Bernard Matthews turkey, eh? For this is the poultry that White will now promote. Matthews has faced more than one allegation of cruelty to the birds on his farm. But aside from the animal welfare concerns, pappy, industrially reared turke...

  • Letters: Stanley no monster
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    Why shouldn't the Congolese restore the statue of a man who defined the borders of their country, and built the first trading station where Kinshasa now stands? You say Stanley stole the Congo for King Leopold II of Belgium by "convincing 450 chiefs ...

  • Leading article: The hunt for MPs
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    Unfortunately for the hunt supporters, their apparent keenness to campaign for the Tories is unlikely to do the latter many favours. Some Tory candidates are openly wondering whether summoning the "Cotswold cavalry" and their equivalents will bring t...

  • Victoria Summerley: A real taste of the exotic for spring
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    Spare a thought for garden writer Martyn Cox, whose east London garden is lovingly detailed in his new book, Big Gardens in Small Spaces (Timber Press, £18.99). Packed with ideas for urban plots, the garden opens under the National Gardens Scheme on...

  • Nicholas Lezard: It's all the fault of the apple juice
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    But the measure that seems to have resonated most deeply among the electorate this year is the extra tax on cider. The reaction has been hostile, with barbed jokes about the Magner Carta and so on. Magners, m'lud, is a popular bottled cider whose suc...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (28 March 2010)
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    If more of us lived near to our workplaces, we would have more leisure time and all get fitter by walking or cycling to work. Employers would benefit, because people could get to work even when there were transport strikes or heavy snow. Everyone wou...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'The trend for 'medical tourism' in the bud should be nipped in the bud'
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    Of course, the kindly cosmetic-surgery industry has lots of lovely solutions – payment plans to spread the cost, for instance, or travel packages that allow you to jet off to Eastern Europe or South Africa. You soak up some sun before hitting the ope...

  • Katy Guest: Cold, rainy, grey skies... it must be spring
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    And how do I know this? I know because I have taken my socks off, and I shan't be putting them on again until November, regardless of what the weather may hold in the meantime. For me and my kind, it's Birkenstocks on until the snows come. The annual...

  • James Fergusson: A force divided by unreliable loyalties
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    The new ANP is supposed to enable the West to leave Afghanistan, yet on present form it may be delaying our departure. Earlier this month in Nangahar province, an argument over grazing rights erupted between two Pashtun tribes, the Ali Shir Khel and ...

  • Ivan Lewis: Burma needs a general election, not an election of Generals
    Monday, 29 March 2010

    There will soon be an election in Burma. But recently announced election laws mean there is no prospect of it being free, fair or inclusive. Aung San Suu Kyi's party are forced to either expel her, or accept that they will be disbanded. Prospective v...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (28/03/10)
    Sunday, 28 March 2010

    Why is Rosie Alison's debut novel, The Very Thought of You, up for the Orange Prize despite being ignored by almost all literary editors (the Telegraph quickly reviewed it after this was pointed out)? Those who believe in the internet's demo...

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