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Wednesday, 2 June 2010

  • Leading article: The price of Britain's drinking problem
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    The health watchdog has come up with various recommendations which it argues would curb excessive drinking, from banning alcohol advertising, to more probing from doctors on patients' consumption levels, to a minimum price on a unit of alcohol. It is...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Perspectives on science
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    The best way to get to the truth Yasmin Alibhai-Brown ("Scientists don't always know best", 31 May) is entitled to her views, but she clearly has no understanding of the scientific method, which has time and again proved to be our best – probably...

  • Leading article: Prudential shareholders awake
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    Time will tell whether their caution was justified or not. If the Asian arm of AIG floats and receives a valuation greater than the price Prudential was proposing to pay for the business, Mr Thiam and the rest of the Prudential management team will p...

  • Richard Garner: A degree of honesty is needed
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    Yesterday's report from the Higher Education Policy Institute, one of the most revered higher education think tanks, argues that not only is this "not feasible" but it is also not "desirable". The institute is certainly right to say it is not feasibl...

  • Catrina Stewart: Passengers on flotilla had al-Qa'ida links, claims Israel
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    In claims that drew sharp denials from the activist group in question, the Israeli government has alleged that Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), uses its humanitarian missions as a cover for support of terrorist groupings. IHH is a Turkish charity that prov...

  • Nagham Mohanna: During the siege, all you can do is remain hopeful
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    This step was enough to let us know that the world realised that there's a horrible situation in Gaza, where Israel is trying to make us lose our dignity. They can't lift the blockade but it gives a big lift to the people here. We were so happy with ...

  • Michael McCarthy: Echoes of the day horror was visited on Hungerford
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    The similarities with yesterday's bloodbath in Cumbria are striking, with in each case the gunman picking out more than 30 random targets over several hours and blasting them, before shooting himself dead. The only difference is in the percentage of ...

  • Keith Ashcroft: A simmering anger fuelled by low self-esteem and paranoia
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    They often have low self-esteem and tend to be paranoid, feeling the world is against them. Their emotional lives are dominated by a growing sense of anger. They don't suddenly decide to go on a killing spree – it is something that grows over a long ...

  • Daniel Howden: Untold horror in the arid badlands of West Sudan
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    Tens of thousands of Fur, Masalit and Zaghawans – like Joker Hagar Idris – have been swept up in a war in which civilians were regularly targeted as a way of striking back against ethnic groups which are seen by Khartoum to back the rebel groups figh...

  • Guy Adams: Bending the rules on ethnic casting
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    The inquest is already out regarding why Disney spent $200m on what turned out to be such a flop. Alongside the Sex and the City sequel, which also opened to $37m – roughly half the expected figure – it has contributed to Hollywood's worst summer Ban...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Forbidden fruit
    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    Fine for the adults. And fine in the Mediterranean, when the sun shines, there's a bottle of the local vino at hand and plenty of fruit in the bowl. But back in Britain, under grey skies, the wind cold and the rain drizzling down? As for the idea of ...

  • 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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