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Thursday, 17 June 2010

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: The hypocrisy of America's outrage
    Friday, 18 June 2010

    Two days later the hapless chief executive of BP appeared before a Congressional committee and managed to dig himself into a deeper hole than ever, quite failing to propitiate the wrath of his interrogators, not that there was anything he could hav...

  • Leading article: Cameron's surprisingly constructive approach
    Friday, 18 June 2010

    Despite Mr Cameron's Eurosceptic background and his provocative decision to pull the Tories out of the mainstream European People's Party while in opposition, the initial signs have been surprisingly positive. Mr Cameron has visited Paris and Berlin ...

  • Leading article: Mr Osborne must be more radical
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    The Chancellor spoke at some length last night of his planned regulatory overhaul, which will dismember the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and transfer the bulk of its powers to the Bank of England. The FSA was, indeed, next to useless in the yea...

  • Letters: Perspectives on gay weddings
    Friday, 18 June 2010

    Legal forms are not the point It is unfortunate that Peter Tatchell (Comment, 15 June) considers the distinction between civil partnership and marriage to be both "homophobic" and "heterophobic". It could be seen as only a legislative technique d...

  • Leading article: A sop to the outside world
    Friday, 18 June 2010

    Those dashed expectations may be partly a reflection of over-optimism on Tony Blair's part, whose period as Quartet envoy has been notable for its failure to achieve anything of real substance, especially regarding Gaza. But then few, other than Mr B...

  • Dr Burkhard Backes: These beautiful scrolls shed light on the mysteries of Egyptian culture
    Friday, 18 June 2010

    Texts helping the deceased to reach this goal were ubiquitous in Egyptian elite burials. We find them on tomb walls, coffins, mummy bandages, shrouds and on papyri buried with the mummy. These papyri start to appear in the early 18th dynasty (around ...

  • Mary Robinson: We are walking a long road to peace and freedom
    Friday, 18 June 2010

    This year elections are due to take place in Burma - the first since the rejected win of Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) in 1990. Sadly, this is not a sign of promise that one might hope for; these elections are likely to...

  • Paul Birrell: Should we give aid to countries which execute LGBT people?
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    But I’m disappointed. Disappointed that so much still remains to be done. Earlier this month, a duty manager at a central London pub refused to serve an LGBT group. A few months ago, the owner of a bed and breakfast refused to take in a gay couple, a...

  • Letters: The legacies of Bloody Sunday
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    It is wrong that soldiers shot civilians, almost all of whom were unarmed and none of whom, according to Saville, represented a threat to the military. We should take note that, according to Lord Saville, Martin McGuinness was present at the time of ...

  • Susie Rushton: When the coach must find the right words
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    It's textbook sports psychology. First, give a compliment, to lift spirits. Then add criticism, to spur effort and drive. Classically, in what's known as the "sandwich", a coach then offers a final compliment, assuaging the sting of criticism. Capell...

  • Leading article: Testing the limits
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    Sir Peter makes some persuasive arguments. No one should be in command of a ton of fast-moving metal if their judgement is seriously impaired by drink. Yet society must weigh against that the social impact of removing from the vast majority of driver...

  • Major General Julian Thompson: You can't blame the armed forces for feeling let down
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    Let me make it quite clear that the loss of lives on Bloody Sunday was a terrible thing to have happened and one can only sympathise wholeheartedly with the bereaved families. These were among many deaths in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and i...

  • Sean O'Grady: If Greece was Northern Rock, Spain is Lehman Brothers
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    The first was serious indeed, and a precursor of worse to come, but it did not shake the world; Lehman Brothers was globally systemic, just as Spain is. Spain's economy is five times the size of Greece's; she is too big for Germany and France to save...

  • Obama Sketch: He smouldered but he never really caught fire
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    He did not the waste the moment, though. In fact, it was hard to get him off the air. Generally, when commanders-in-chief get behind what is known as the Resolute Desk, to impart grave news or inspire national courage, they keep the cameras lit for l...

  • Leading article: Endurance event
    Friday, 18 June 2010

    As the Lancastrian director must know, the British are world-class moaners. And the Olympic Games bring out that tendency more than anything else. We've already had protracted whinges about the cost, the official logo, and the legacy. In the coming t...

  • Leading article: Height of fame
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    Which makes the designation of Broadcasting Place in Leeds as one of the four best towers erected around the world in 2010 all the more comforting. The award, by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, puts Leeds Metropolitan University's ne...

  • Jeremy Laurance: 'Traffic light' system would have helped us
    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    For the beleaguered shopper in the supermarket, making choices is not easy. Does "90 per cent fat-free" mean high or low in fat? How will this cereal "protect the heart"? The European Commission promised to bring order to the high street and help sho...

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