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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

  • Leading article: The worst could be yet to come
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    There are other malign patterns below the surface. The number of people in long-term unemployment (more than a year) has now breached three-quarters of a million. And youth unemployment is still devastatingly high: 707,000 18- to 24-year-olds are out...

  • Leading article: The official feebleness continues
    Wednesday, 14 July 2010

    But nothing can justify what has happened in the banking sector since then. Bankers took this unprecedented public assistance (along with government guarantees that drove down the cost of their funding) and used it to pay huge bonuses to their employ...

  • Ieva Raubisko: Investigation into Natalia Estemirova murder lacks rigour
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Ms Estemirova, the leading researcher of human rights centre “Memorial” in Chechnya, was abducted by unidentified men in the Chechen capital Grozny, and her body dumped in neighbouring Ingushetia on 15 July last year. Her murder was condemned across ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on global population
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Consumption is unsustainable Scratch the surface of any environmental problem and population growth and unsustainable levels of consumption are the root cause (report, 12 July). We are already in breach of the planet's capacity to support 6.8bn p...

  • Leading article: Mr Hague sets the tone
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    The financial crisis left China and other Asian economies with a sense of superiority. For the US and Britain, there can be no more preaching the advantages of the so-called Anglo-Saxon model; there must be due humility. In his speech two weeks ago, ...

  • Tracie Washington: This crime was a symptom of a wider sickness in the police
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Since that terrible day back in September 2005, the community – and most particularly the African American community – has been petitioning, marching, following lawsuits, begging, and pleading for justice to be done over these premeditated, murderous...

  • Michael McCarthy: The symbol of nature's battle with climate change
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    There have been wild exaggerations: that all polar bears are immediately threatened, or even on the brink of extinction. In reality, some of the world's 19 polar bear sub-populations are doing well; some are increasing. But others are not, and with t...

  • Susie Rushton: The dull truth about holidays at home
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Of the holidays themselves, I remember less. This was the late 1970s and early 1980s; we went for a week in Norfolk, or Wales, or Scotland, staying in a draughty rented cottage while it rained outside, occasionally let loose on a windy beach. One sum...

  • Ben Chu: Markets, discipline yourselves
    Wednesday, 14 July 2010

  • Letters: Rising world population
    Wednesday, 14 July 2010

    Too many of us to all be rich When Dominic Lawson yet again aims his invective at those concerned about human numbers, my blood boils (Opinion, 13 July). Affluence is not the answer to the solution of a rising world population. Any hope that "aft...

  • Leading article: A slow march to progress
    Wednesday, 14 July 2010

    Some protesters travelled miles to Ardoyne, so determined were they to be affronted by the Orangemen. The two sides were thus maintaining an equilibrium between those who seek to annoy and those who seek to be annoyed. A peace process is in place, an...

  • Martin Hickman: Mr Lansley, junk food and idiocy
    Wednesday, 14 July 2010

    The difference is that this former private secretary to Norman Tebbit has not been railing against corporations. Instead, he has been embedding their views in policy. While other coalition ministers are making plans to protect the public from rogue b...

  • Archie Bland: 'As soon as they get over the threshold, you're toast'
    Wednesday, 14 July 2010

    And get me they did. What a horrible thought it is, to realise that something tiny, disgusting and ravenous has been nipping at you in your sleep. The lurid red blotches up my flank and down my arm were pretty unpleasant, and the constant urge to scr...

  • Tom Hall: We may travel less, but the news isn't all bad
    Wednesday, 14 July 2010

    There are many sobering stories for travel firms, airlines and hotel companies here, not least of which is the headline number: 10.4 million fewer overseas trips were made by Brits in 2009 than in 2008. This isn't just a continuation of the decline i...

  • Kim Sengupta: British soldiers' trust of Afghan comrades in arms will be shaken
    Wednesday, 14 July 2010

    This was the second time in eight months that a member of the Afghan security forces has turned his gun on his British allies. But, realistically, there is no alternative to continuing with the policy of working alongside the Afghan forces. It has be...

  • Leading article: Not the Proms
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Maybe we should not cavil to see this piece of vintage Americana taking root so rapidly and unquestioningly over here, with all the expense and social competition it entails. Yet particular trepidation might be felt in one quarter. The BBC and the Al...

  • Kim Sengupta: Tensions between UK and Afghan troops on patrol in Helmand
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Within minutes Amarullah Ali was on the wall, standing in full view of the Taliban shooters, unprotected by body armour, a rakishly worn beret instead of a helmet, firing his UGL (underslung grenades launcher) in the general direction of the enemy. T...

  • Sean O'Grady: This seems like good news – but the cuts will soon bite
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    For much of the fall in joblessness is really "BC" – Before Coalition, pre-emergency Budget and pre-the announcement of some 600,000 public sector jobs being shed over the next few years (courtesy of that Treasury leak). Meanwhile, the private sector...

  • Gerard Gilbert: At last, a sign that the BBC is serious about producing challenging drama
    Thursday, 15 July 2010

    Bleasdale hasn't worked for the Beeb since The Monocled Mutineer in 1986, his tale of British soldiers in First World War France held up as an example of "left-wing bias" at the Corporation. His Boys from the Blackstuff is rightly seen as the defin...

  • Leading article: Home comforts
    Wednesday, 14 July 2010

    Most people can probably deal with fewer work junkets. But the prospect of a British holiday will be a harder sell for many, especially those brought up on Fawlty Towers. Yet there is no cause for despondency. Basil Fawlty is a distant memory. The UK...

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