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  • DJ Taylor: We talk people up, we talk them down. So what's the reality?
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    The curious thing about these vertiginous flights into the upper reaches of the English language is that one only laughs when they are applied to football. In cricket, oddly enough, fine writing is always assumed to be a necessary part of the package...

  • Leading article: Israel must listen to the world
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    The operation was, at best, badly botched and a breach of international law. But the argument that ought to matter is that it was counterproductive and not in Israel's interest. As Professor Ilan Pappé depressingly but accurately writes on page 39, t...

  • Letters: The Cumbria killings
    Monday, 7 June 2010

    We know that Derrick Bird was a "quiet man who kept himself to himself"; such words are so often a euphemism for saying the man was lonely. We know he was deeply unhappy because there was ample evidence that he had self-harmed for some time. If we wa...

  • Leading article: Hayward is jeopardising more than his job
    Monday, 7 June 2010

    Joint concerns about the euro, the future of the Afghan mission, Iran, Iraq and Israel-Palestine are all subjects about which the two leaders need to confer and align approaches. Unhelpfully, the vast and seemingly ever-growing oil slick in the Gulf ...

  • Paul Vallely: If life makes no sense, we resort to detail
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    There's a madman on the rampage with a gun, they said. He has shot people all across Cumbria and the police have told everyone to stay indoors in certain areas, including Hawkshead. Frankly, I did not believe that the tiny village where we regularly ...

  • Ilan Pappé: The deadly closing of the Israeli mind
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    Although they come from the left (Defence minister Barak from the Labour Party) and the right (Prime Minister Netanyahu from Likkud) of Israeli politics, their thinking on Gaza in general and on the flotilla in particular is informed by the same hist...

  • Leading article: South Africa's responsibility
    Monday, 7 June 2010

    No one should want to rain on South Africa's parade. At the same time, it is important not to forget the existence of countless people there for whom the World Cup will mean almost nothing. That includes not only most poor black South Africans, one q...

  • David Usborne: More concerned about cash than the planet
    Monday, 7 June 2010

    That BP is now accused of underplaying the awfulness of what is happening in the Gulf is the fault mostly of its CEO, Tony Hayward, who recently said the environmental impact would end up being "very modest". The American public were less than impres...

  • Queen Rania of Jordan: Hardliners are now the face of Israel
    Monday, 7 June 2010

    It's understandable. I mean, you can inflict a lot of damage on your oppressors with a chocolate biscuit. And those paper cuts, boy, they can really hurt. But I don't want to over-dramatize the situation, because it's not all doom and gloom down in G...

  • Caroline Flint: Anonymity is an enemy of justice
    Monday, 7 June 2010

    So what does our coalition's programme for government plan to do about it? Its solution is to protect the identities of defendants in rape trials – a policy that appeared in neither the Conservative nor the Liberal Democrat election manifesto. In jus...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (6 June 2010)
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    But while violently preventing the free passage of medical, building and school supplies to Gaza, Israel continues to pride itself as a highly cultured, highly educated state. We therefore appeal to British writers and scholars to boycott all literar...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'I'll toast the family meal – but let's not pretend it's always been perfect'
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    It is hard to quibble with most of his resulting judgements: eat more veg; stop before you're full; eat food made by humans, not machines. So simple, they are, in fact, genius. But a comment Pollen made in an article about the US food movement in The...

  • Katy Guest: A tall skinny latte to go, then we'll crack world peace
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    Just the merest sip of a small fresh latte might fortify the consumer to stand in a queuing system that was designed by a (non-British) minion of Satan and then grovel for caffeine from a three-headed Cerberus whose job it is to keep it from us at al...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (06/06/10)
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    Apparently Mandy withdrew permission for the film to be shown, but when I spoke to her literary agent last week he said Rothschild had not finished filming, and planned to continue shadowing him over the summer. Indeed I understand Rothschild had alr...

  • Leading article: Shy no longer
    Monday, 7 June 2010

    Innacurate and stereotypical as these images may be, it is still surprising to learn that the average British employee took fewer days off sick last year, 6.4 to be precise, than in any year since 1987. That is as far back as the Confederation of Bri...

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