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  • Leading article: Hard times for the young
    Sunday, 11 July 2010

    As we report today, graduates are feeling the squeeze. They recognise that the jobs market is competitive; that a 2:2 degree is not worth what it was; that they enter the jobs market carrying a debt burden of student loans not borne by previous cohor...

  • Leading article: A Cold War replay that speaks of warmer East-West relations
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    Those who negotiated the arrangements that resolved the case of the Russian "illegals" must have been either veterans of spy swaps past or well-schooled in Graham Greene, and with a sense of humour to boot. Although the charges brought by the US auth...

  • Richard North: Another half-hearted war, another defeat
    Sunday, 11 July 2010

    In fact, there are better parallels, uncanny ones, between this and the earlier but less well-known withdrawal from Al Amarah, in the northern part of the then British sector of occupied Iraq. Al Amarah is the capital of Maysan Province, the second m...

  • Andrew Martin: Why are we men so bad at putting aside childish things?
    Sunday, 11 July 2010

    At the start of the film, Woody, Buzz, and all the other inhabitants of the toy box, have a problem: they aren't getting played with. Andy, their owner, is 17, and about to go to college. Every yard sale and spring- clean that comes up brings the thr...

  • DJ Taylor: Graduates take heart – I was turned down by 'Scouting Weekly'
    Sunday, 11 July 2010

    According to one survey, each vacancy on offer to the current crop of university leavers is currently being pursued by 69 applicants. To make matters worse, further data chewed over by the business columnists suggested that British graduates compare ...

  • Letters: Treatment of asylum seekers
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    When the independent courts determine that a person has no right to stay in the UK, and that person must leave the country, then a return flight becomes our only option. The vast majority of these journeys pass without incident, with returnees comply...

  • Leading article: Doctoring the National Health Service
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    But £20bn in savings will nonetheless be sought within the NHS budget by 2014. And the abolition of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) is the big efficiency reform being pushed. The word is that the responsibilities and powers of the 152 PCTs will be devolve...

  • Ivan Fallon: A great nation has finally come of age
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    No snake turned up in Wayne Rooney's locker. The only man-eating lions were in game parks and they're far too fastidious to eat an England football fan. And there has barely been a mugger around. With one weekend to go, the first World Cup to be held...

  • Lisa Longstaff: Women will be the losers if the Government allows anonymity
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    Nothing is further from the truth. It is extremely hard for women to report rape, and 90 per cent never do. Those who report often say it was to protect others. But many are disbelieved or dismissed by police and prosecutors and even urged to withdra...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (11 July 2010)
    Sunday, 11 July 2010

    Your article described the newly formed UN Women as "a single powerful body". It will need to be. Many women and men around the globe will be looking to it to ensure that their issues are at the forefront of all areas of development. A colleague has ...

  • Carol Sarler: Saunders beat the medi-porn merchants, too
    Sunday, 11 July 2010

    What clearly irks some observers is that Miss Saunders' tribulations have only now come to light, almost a year after diagnosis and with the treatment behind her. She has conducted, they say, a "secret" battle; she even attended Wimbledon in what we ...

  • Paul Vallely: Netanyahu stretches the world's patience
    Sunday, 11 July 2010

    The country's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was clearly taken aback by the level of support for Shalit's parents who were demanding a prisoner swap with Hamas. He should not have been. In a country with conscription for its Jewish citizens, alm...

  • Leading article: Neutral at last
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    These two European superpowers went at it for 80 years back in the 16th and 17th centuries. Perhaps we should place our bets on Sunday's clash in Soccer City going to extra time. But who should England get behind on the historical record? It's a toug...

  • Amy Jenkins: Now more than ever we need proper junk food regulation
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    They could easily be rendered less lethal to the nation's health and they could easily be better labelled. The mega-calorific frappuccino-style drinks sold in every high street's coffee franchises, for example, could have a calorie count next to thei...

  • Jean Broke-Smith: Titles open doors. You can see why they want to keep them
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    But it certainly does not hinder one in everyday life, and there are many instances of where it may help in putting the holder just slightly ahead of those without titles. I'm sure it might make the difference in getting one of the best tables in a f...

  • Tony Paterson: Vienna plays host to Cold War drama reimagined as farce
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    But a 90-minute prisoner exchange on the tarmac at Vienna airport involving spies who supplied information to their paymasters that could normally be found on the internet was hardly the stuff of the Cold War. By pre-1989 standards yesterday's Vienna...

  • Deborah Ross: 'One way for teenagers to deal with their parents is to roll their eyes while fake yawning and repeating: 'Boring, boring!'
    Saturday, 10 July 2010

    One tip for dealing with your parents is, apparently, to roll your eyes at everything they say while faking yawns and repeating: "Boring, boring, boring". "Do it enough times," another teenager says, "and they might even leave the room. It's only a t...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (11/07/10)
    Sunday, 11 July 2010

    Radio 4 boss Mark Damazer thought The Archers plotline about Pip and Jude was so incredible he contacted the programme's editor, Vanessa Whitburn, to intervene. In case you've missed it, Pip, the 17-year-old daughter of David and Ruth Archer, h...

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