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Sunday, 18 April 2010

  • Leading article: Goldman Sachs will live to fight another day
    Monday, 19 April 2010

    The Wall Street regulator, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, said on Friday that it had charged Goldman over claims that it defrauded investors of a billion dollars over a bond allegedly designed to fall in value, thereby benefiting a favour...

  • Leading article: Afghanistan must be debated
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    But the exchanges between the party leaders focused on helicopters – or, in Nick Clegg's case, "proper helicopters" – and on Mr Brown's semantic argument that he had never refused a request for an "urgent operational requirement" from the Army. Mr Br...

  • Leading article: Little to celebrate
    Monday, 19 April 2010

    The disservice this 86-year-old dictator has done to his country is profound. Back in 1980, Zimbabwe was set to be a model for the rest of the African continent. The transition to black majority rule was not especially bloody and many old white colon...

  • Crispin Black: Three parties, no clue about the Army
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    Our presence there is justified by the Government and our military leaders as making the streets of the UK safer. That is the Reason Why. Like an advertising slogan it is repeated over and over again. Its advocates rarely show their working. Anyone s...

  • DJ Taylor: Labour's panto horse staggers on, as mulish critics kick at the Pope
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    It is not true, as Lib Dem apparatchiks routinely claim, that Mr Clegg is being marginalised or overlooked – merely that in most analyses of what the public thinks or wants he is there on sufferance. To borrow an adroit piece of characterisation from...

  • Letters: Ash cloud fallout
    Monday, 19 April 2010

    As demonstrated by satellite footage, the shape and size of the ash cloud is changing by the hour, with "corridors" of clear air appearing all the time, so there must be some scope to get at least some flights out. If, as is stated, the cloud is prim...

  • Leading article: Scouts' honour
    Monday, 19 April 2010

    The joys of putting up a tent, learning about knots and helping old people to cross the road, in other words, are still holding their own against Facebook and other technology-based attractions. Scouting has changed a fair bit since Robert Baden-Powe...

  • Colm O'Gorman: Honesty and justice would be better than a meeting
    Monday, 19 April 2010

    One might have expected that such meetings, as part of a meaningful engagement with victims, would have been an essential component of an appropriate response to abuse by priests. They are at odds with the ongoing denial of the Vatican of its respons...

  • Philip Hoare: Brutality on the high seas
    Monday, 19 April 2010

    You might want to read that sentence again. Yes, it is as shocking as you first thought. But this drastic move comes as a desperate resolution to an appalling problem. Since 1987, the Japanese have conducted so-called "scientific research" into whali...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (18 April 2010)
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    Eddie Dougall Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Of more concern than the voting age is the number of ridiculously inexperienced people standing for Parliament ("Yes, the voting age should be changed – to 25", 11 April). Our Labour and Conservative candidates ...

  • David Cameron & Jeffrey Sachs: Educated women hold the key to ending poverty
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    An hour earlier, their fathers had nearly burst with pride as they described the reality of these young women's education. If it takes a village to raise a child, it is also true that one child can inspire a whole village. Koraro is a Millennium Vill...

  • Kim Sengupta: Nine years after 'liberation', Afghans continue to despair
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    Five months have passed since the unveiling of the new strategy for what is now very much Barack Obama's war. Afghanistan remains in crisis. There have been successful military operations by Nato, but the fighting and civilian losses have also create...

  • Simon Calder: The ashen clouds will have a silver lining for travellers
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    The location was the Renaissance Hotel on the Bath Road west of London, and specifically the grassy knoll that overlooks Heathrow's northerly runway. This is styled the "Media Garden" by the hotel management. Four weeks earlier, half-a-dozen televisi...

  • Katy Guest: Slip on a tight jumper and you can save a life
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    (Apart from the tight, scratchy jumpers, which are good training for life, believe me. If you can effectively practise cardio-pulmonary resuscitation with your arms pinned to your sides by a tightly applied bandage of ribbed, black polyester, you can...

  • Peter Mandelson: How Cameron became one of the Great Ignored
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    For sure, he delivered a few pre-scripted answers and told some shaky stories about people he'd apparently met on the campaign trail. But when it came to setting out a credible alternative philosophy with which he hopes to govern, the so-called Big S...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'No matter who you are, design matters – even if you're a punk'
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    But McLaren's condemnation of design reflects a nebulous kind of distrust that hangs around the word itself. Mentioned in the same breath as "the establishment", it appears at best the dull, plodding enemy of spontaneity; at worst a sinister form of ...

  • Denis MacShane: Air travel chaos gives the EU a chance to show what it is made of
    Monday, 19 April 2010

    We need a 2010 equivalent of the Berlin Airlift to bring help to Europe's citizens who cannot return home easily. The first priority is information. The EU representation offices must leave their comfortable capital city bureaux and go to where EU ci...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (18/04/10)
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    Russell Brand and Andrew Sachs emerged from last year's scandal with their careers intact, but Sachs's grand-daughter Georgina Baillie looks like she's heading the way of Jonathan Ross. The one-time Goth stripper has filmed the pilot of a new vampir...

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