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Wednesday, 21 July 2010

  • Leading article: Cynical posturing on all sides
    Thursday, 22 July 2010

    A group of US Senators are up in arms about what they see as BP's role in the release last August of the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, on compassionate grounds. They claim that one of the reasons for the rele...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Perspectives on academy schools
    Thursday, 22 July 2010

    Whole process is unacceptable The timetable provided for the committee stage of the Academies Bill in the Commons is four hours, totally inadequate for proper debate about such a controversial Bill which will change completely the state education...

  • Leading article: A failure of imagination
    Thursday, 22 July 2010

    There has not been much sign of that so far. On the contrary, in the name of austerity, the Government seems intent on making a bonfire of green agencies, which in turn raises profound questions about the coalition's commitment to a green agenda. A l...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Prison break
    Thursday, 22 July 2010

    It will be a restricted sort of freedom. Apparently, Black will have to remain in the United States pending his appeal against his 2007 conviction for stealing from his company's shareholders. And it remains to be decided whether any fancy-dress part...

  • 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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