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Thursday, 15 July 2010

  • Leading article: A proposal worthy of exploration
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    Tuition fees have been the answer thus far. And it has been a moderately successful one. A combination of subsidised student loans (repayable only when the individual's income passes £15,000 a year) and generous grants for those from less well-off ba...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Perspectives on banning the burka
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    Let French make own decisions Contrary to Adrian Hamilton's assertion in "Banning the burka is a lot of hot air" (15 July), there is no current "impassioned debate" in France about the proposed burka ban. All the passion is coming from hectoring ...

  • Leading article: The right to the wrong opinion
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    No 10's intervention to get Facebook to remove web pages that have voiced support for the gunman Raoul Moat, and his own emphatic condemnation in the Commons of the views expressed, is a reversion to classic New Labour posturing. The Prime Minister's...

  • Kim Sengupta: It worked in Iraq, but success in Afghanistan is less certain
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    Unlike Iraq's "Sunni Awakening", the bands in Afghanistan will not be composed of militants who have "turned" and will instead be raised from tribal levies. However, a parallel project of attempting to reconcile the lower-level Taliban is also under ...

  • Martin Hickman: A cautionary tale of corporate hubris and high-handedness
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    The problems have arisen because even the human tornado of the company's driven, egomaniac chief executive, Steve Jobs, cannot sweep away the flaws in its latest star product nor distract from its secretive and sometimes high-handed approach. In many...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Eradicating this biblical plague is becoming possible
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    The achievement of Michael Riehle and his team at the University of Arizona is impressive. But by their own admission, they have done the easy bit – create a genetically modified mosquito that cannot transmit malaria. To help with controlling the dis...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Back for good?
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    It all puts us in mind of another widely successful band from the 1990s, whose story we have been reliving through Peter Mandelson's memoirs this week. They started off as ambitious unknowns. For many years they were as close as brothers. They conque...

  • Mark Hughes: A hard act to follow – especially with fewer police
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    Ministers would have hoped that yesterday's statistics might show an increase in crime – allowing them to blame the previous government and giving them some cover if crime goes up in the face of public sector cuts. They didn't, and now the Government...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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