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Tuesday, 6 July 2010

  • Leading article: The danger of a wasted generation
    Tuesday, 6 July 2010

    None of this comes as a surprise. Britain might technically be out of recession, but the economy is barely expanding. Companies are still not hiring at a normal rate. Graduate vacancies are forecast to fall by 7 per cent this year, according to a sur...

  • Leading article: A loss that damages government credibility
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    The Treasury's assertion yesterday that Sir Alan's departure this summer was always expected is scarcely credible. After all, revolutions do not happen every day. Surely the Government would have tried to make a permanent appointment to such an impor...

  • Ben Chu: Nipped in the Budd
    Tuesday, 6 July 2010

  • Leading article: Still relevant in a globalising world
    Tuesday, 6 July 2010

    Success and failure, alike, are the outcomes of the core tension at the heart of the UN system between competition and co-operation. It promotes simultaneously the need for internationalism and the protection of national sovereignty. So it has been a...

  • Letters: Schools, staff and asylum seekers
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    We were disappointed to read a long eulogy on special schools, within the very article that clearly exposes shortcomings of segregated education (28 June). It is intensely intriguing that a man who has, since the age of five, enjoyed a mainstream e...

  • Leading article: Time for action, Mr Obama
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    The log jam has since shifted, a little. Israel has partially lifted its blockade of Gaza, though not as completely as it should, and has put a settlement freeze in place on the West Bank, although it does not include East Jerusalem. Meanwhile, US su...

  • Jeremy Laurance: This option would hurt, however you did it
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    Its size alone makes it a juicy target – £105bn for England in 2010-11 – more than education and defence combined. Could it sustain 25 per cent cuts in line with those being demanded of other departments? From one perspective it looks do-able – cutti...

  • Kim Sengupta: Our 1,400 forces do not need to stay on under US control
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    Sangin, however, is where the British military have lost the most lives in the Afghan conflict and there will be those who will claim that the handover to the Americans is betraying the memories of those who have fallen. The handover of other British...

  • Patrick Cockburn: American politicians face domestic constraints to talking tough with Israel
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    Before yesterday's White House encounter there were particularly loud criticisms of Israel from the US security establishment. The influential commentator Dr Anthony Cordesman of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies said that America's ...

  • Letters: Cuts and Egon Ronay
    Tuesday, 6 July 2010

    As David Cameron stood at the Despatch Box and boasted of 600,000 forthcoming public-sector job losses, he not only showed smug disregard for the people and families who will be turned out on their ear by this overzealous cull, but also ignorance o...

  • Leading article: End of the road
    Tuesday, 6 July 2010

    Officials in the little town (population 80,000) have decided that its existing 17 drive-thru, which outnumber sit-down restaurants by six to one, have contributed enough to the nation's weight problem. Instead, as the ban was introduced at the weeke...

  • Sue Palmer: Early start means that many children fall at the first fence
    Tuesday, 6 July 2010

    As our national culture grew ever more competitive, it was easy to convince parents that an early start is a good thing. In a dog-eat-dog world, no one wants their beloved child to be "left behind" or "held back". So over the last 15 years, we have s...

  • Ian Burrell: Corporation is still refusing to confront reality of cuts
    Tuesday, 6 July 2010

    At the conclusion of its Strategy Review, the BBC Trust decided there wasn't, after all, a case for the closure of the digital radio station 6 Music, which was by far the most significant sacrifice being proposed by BBC management in response to crit...

  • Leading article: Lesser lords
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    The instinctive response from most people to the departure of these individuals from public life will be: good riddance. But this episode should also raise a question: what were these characters doing in the House of Lords in the first place? One wou...

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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?