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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

  • Leading article: A rushed education revolution
    Tuesday, 20 July 2010

    The Government's haste is understandable. The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, wants to start delivering on the Conservatives' flagship manifesto promise as soon as possible. And there is other reforming legislation for education waiting in the pip...

  • Leading article: A disastrous failure of leadership
    Wednesday, 21 July 2010

    The allegations in the leaked paper certainly seem to fit a depressing pattern. Some of the UN's top internal investigators have departed in recent years and have not been replaced. And the watchdog's investigative unit has been instructed not to ope...

  • Leading article: The right kind of aid
    Tuesday, 20 July 2010

    Following the $7.5bn that Congress allocated last October for development projects over five years, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, yesterday unveiled another $500m, the announcement timed to coincide with her touchdown in Islamabad, en r...

  • Robert Verkaik: The criminal justice system is not equipped for compassion
    Tuesday, 20 July 2010

    Tony Nicklinson is a strong-willed man who is determined to end his own suffering. His wife and two daughters want to do everything they can to ease his torment, but know that by hastening his death they expose themselves to criminal prosecution and ...

  • Antony Gormley: The site is a real challenge to artists
    Tuesday, 20 July 2010

    On it over the last 11 years we have seen the pomp of the plinth itself made void (Whiteread's invented translucent upended copy of the plinth on the plinth), the lessons of history unlearnt (Woodrow's bronze head, book and tree with its tentacle lik...

  • Letters: Big Society
    Wednesday, 21 July 2010

    I can only feel sceptical about David Cameron's Big Society. Where will all these "community-spirited" people come from to implement his scheme? Neighbourhood Renewal attempted to empower my local community with the promise that the Community Forum...

  • Leading article: Progress and peril
    Wednesday, 21 July 2010

    After 25 years in which scientists have struggled to contain the spread of Aids, searching for a vaccine or cure, or means to alter sexual lifestyles, these are important gains. They show that the battle against the virus has not been in vain. But it...

  • Kim Sengupta: Throwing cash at a corrupt government shows how the West is desperate for an exit
    Wednesday, 21 July 2010

    There had, in the many previous conferences on Afghanistan's future, been an air of expectation and even optimism. But the gathering for the "Kabul process" was permeated with an undercurrent of past disappointments and trepidation for the future. Th...

  • Letters: the burka
    Tuesday, 20 July 2010

    I have always supported the right of women to choose how they dress and any attempt to try to stifle the right of Muslim women as shown by Philip Hollobone MP will be strongly challenged (report and leading article, 17 July). That is why I welcome ...

  • Hidden world above the pavement
    Tuesday, 20 July 2010

    A vague, geographically suspect discussion ensued. Not one of us could say for sure whether it had always been there or whether it was a new addition to the skyline. A quick Google revealed it to be the new Strata building, at 147 metres and 43 store...

  • Leading article: Literary legacy
    Tuesday, 20 July 2010

    Now a Tel Aviv judge has ordered that the vaults in Zurich, which hold the manuscripts, be opened, although only to the eyes of one Kafka specialist who will itemise the contents and report back to the judge. We hope, in common with the rest of the w...

  • Benedict Rogers: Delhi risks finding itself on the wrong side of history
    Tuesday, 20 July 2010

    Than Shwe is a master of manipulation, playing rivals off each other and ensuring he doesn't place all his eggs in one basket. While China is his big protector, providing an economic lifeline, arms supplies and diplomatic cover, Than Shwe is avoiding...

  • Leading article: Lèse majesté
    Wednesday, 21 July 2010

    The watchdog established this through diligent investigation. ASA staff bought three burgers and found that their thickness, the quantity of their additional fillings and the height of the sandwich did not match what was shown on screen. Thank goodne...

  • Dan Plesch: Naive not to acknowledge the world's elite wants a weak UN
    Wednesday, 21 July 2010

    There are headlines to be had for sure; the accuser is Inga-Britt Ahlenius, the retiring UN undersecretary general of the Office of Internal Oversight Services, whose job includes combating corruption at the UN. When she speaks, we need to listen car...

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