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  • Leading article: A costly misjudgement by Israel
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    Confused though the picture might be, however, what has so far emerged conforms to a pattern that has become all too familiar. Confronted with a situation it saw as threatening, Israel applied massive armed force – force that would appear, at least, ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: A blow to relations with its key ally in the Middle East
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    The Turkish government had not directly organised the flotilla of six ships – including the Turkish cruise ship Mavi Marmara – aiming to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, but the foreign ministry had made clear before the Israeli assault that it s...

  • Leading article: Clegg's promises that will be hard to keep
    Wednesday, 2 June 2010

    He adds that the coalition's programme will be attractive to those who "used to invest their hopes in New Labour". This is a message aimed, to some extent, at the wider Liberal Democrat movement which, despite giving its seal of approval to the coali...

  • Leading article: Can the cycle of violence be closed?
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    Several aspects, however, make this study quite different and thoroughly to be welcomed. The first relates to its genesis. It has been commissioned by Camila Batmanghelidjh's charity, Kids Company, which is known for its innovative work with some of ...

  • Leading article: Premium pay
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    There was no scandal, if only because many of these salaries had already been winkled out and published by campaign groups. Perhaps, too, the £200k-plus public-sector salary has lost its capacity to shock. What was different about this list, though, ...

  • David Strahan: Americans should be thanking BP
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    It may seem grotesque to suggest an upside given the scale of this human tragedy and unfolding environmental disaster: the 11 dead and their grieving families; the potentially devastated wetlands and the sub-sea plumes of crude and toxic dispersant; ...

  • Letters: Flotilla
    Wednesday, 2 June 2010

    The Israeli government's response to the killing of at least nine civilians on board the Gaza aid flotilla has a familiar sound to it. A group of armed Israeli soldiers boarded a civilian boat in international waters (which is against international...

  • Leading article: Hamas holds the key to aid for Gaza
    Wednesday, 2 June 2010

    To that extent, the UN Security Council statement early yesterday morning condemning the "acts" which led to the deaths and injuries on board, and calling for an impartial investigation into the incident, is unlikely to have much impact. The statemen...

  • Patrick Cockburn: PR dangerously distorts the Israeli sense of reality
    Wednesday, 2 June 2010

    Such healthy scepticism among Israelis about the abilities of their military and political leaders has unfortunately ebbed in recent decades. As a result, Israelis are left perplexed as to why their wars, military interventions and armed actions have...

  • Louise Arbour: Good may yet come of this tragedy for Gaza
    Wednesday, 2 June 2010

    For years, many countries have been complicit in a policy almost as misguided as Monday's raid: they have been trying to isolate Gaza in the hope of weakening Hamas. The spectacular failure of this policy is matched only by remarkable tenacity with w...

  • Ian Burrell: From radio to television, mobile phones and iPads
    Wednesday, 2 June 2010

    A service that in its early years was characterised by the chimes of Big Ben and the "Lillibullero" march now owes its reputation not just to the reliability of its news coverage but to gripping radio soap operas such as Story Story (Nigeria), New Ho...

  • Kim Sengupta: 'Decapitation' will not stop the Afghan insurgency
    Wednesday, 2 June 2010

    Attacks by unmanned drones – the main weapon in the assassination campaign – have gone up significantly under the Obama administration. It is the dark side of the "AfPak" approach which officially recognises that the problems in Afghanistan are intri...

  • Letters: Slaughter on the high seas
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    Eighteen months on from Israel's criminal and merciless bombing of the people of Gaza, the state compounds its crimes by slaughtering aid workers on the convoy of ships carrying aid to the people of Gaza. The bombing of Gaza by Israel, which began ...

  • Thomas Kielinger: Köhler should not have resigned. All he did was tell the truth
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    Mr Köhler must have thought hard and deep about his decision – and yet however you look at it, it fails to convince. The reasons he gave during his brief press conference yesterday may sound rational and to the point, but there is a huge gulf between...

  • Kim Sengupta: Kabul still isn't safe for those hunted down by extremists
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    I was in Afghanistan at the time and covered the murder of Mr Tokhi. His family told me how he had pleaded while seeking asylum in Britain that his life would be in danger in a political feud back home. But the Home Secretary at the time decided that...

  • Mark Pack: Why do we demand such high standards of politicians?
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    I say that because, for me, the dividing line between reprimand and resignation in matters of personal financial affairs should be whether or not you have personally gained from a breach of the rules. Even if it turns out David Laws broke the rules (...

  • The case for a Bill of Rights
    Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    This promise can only be achieved by moving on from the Euro Convention – building on it, but not abandoning it. The redneck conservatives who now want it ditched appear ignorant of the fact that it was their own legacy, supported at the time by Chur...

  • Leading article: Left behind
    Wednesday, 2 June 2010

    But Walcott will be hugely disappointed nonetheless; not to mention confused. He has gone from being a surprise inclusion in the World Cup squad of four years ago, when he was manifestly not ready, to being surprisingly excluded today, when his claim...

  • Hugh Johnson: A priceless region in wine terms – but of little value to the government
    Wednesday, 2 June 2010

    The road link is where the river, the Mosel, is at its most famous, picturesque and attractive to tourists. The bridge would be 160m high, which means that any cathedral in Europe could fit underneath it. The link follows the crest of about the most ...

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