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  • Leading article: An increasingly American war
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    There is only one respect in which the news he imparted was positive. British troops are to leave the Sangin area, where they have suffered such heavy losses, and hand responsibility there to the Americans. A small additional British contingent will ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Tailor prison sentences to fit the person
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    For most of us a prison sentence of even the shortest length is enough to keep us on the straight and narrow, but a few commit crimes when detection and a long sentence are almost inevitable. Prisoners who have a stable home, a network of support and...

  • Leading article: Climate change science is vindicated
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    Yesterday, we were able to see the third and most detailed report on the affair, written by an expert team led by Sir Muir Russell. It broadly came to the same conclusion as the two previous reports, by the House of Commons science and technology com...

  • Susie Rushton: You can't put a price on simple pleasures
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    OK, I'm just kidding. I did actually go to the Great Wrington village fête (and very nice the 15p brownie was, too), but my preposterous neo-con outrage is borrowed from Chicago Sun-Times columnist and US TV economist Terry Savage, who set Twitter af...

  • Steve Connor: This saga shows that scientists have lost control of science
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    The members of the inquiry repeatedly stated science has to be open to public scrutiny, and this means by the public themselves. In the age of the internet, anyone with a laptop and a kitchen table can and should be able to access the raw data on whi...

  • Patrick Cockburn: As Sangin shows, British troops were never geared up to make a lasting difference
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    The area, where a tenth of the British troops in Afghanistan suffered one third of total casualties, is symbolic of Britain's involvement in Afghanistan, as a bit player whose contribution was always going to have little effect on the outcome of the ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The chronic failure of Israeli leadership
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    The reason for Mr Netanyahu's friendlier reception is obvious enough. Mr Obama needs every vote he can get in the mid-term Congressional elections in November when a third of the Senate and all the House face re-election. The Republicans have been se...

  • Kishwer Falkner: Shouldn't the honour be enough?
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    It was as a result of this ruling that five peers – the Conservatives Lord Bagri, Baron McAlpine, and Lord Laidlaw, and the crossbenchers Lord Foster and Baroness Dunn – have decided that the price of a peerage – paying UK tax on their income – is to...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: Embassies Inc
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    From now on, our men and women in far-flung capitals were told, they would be expected to make their plush residences going concerns. But how far is the diplomatic money-making supposed to go? Ambassadors for commercial hire? Sponsored embassies? Mon...

  • 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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