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Thursday, 26 August 2010

  • Leading article: A victory in the battle against hunger
    Friday, 27 August 2010

    Wheat is the world's most important crop. Its genome is particularly complex because the swollen grain, which covers two million hectares of agricultural land across the globe, is a combination of three different wild grasses with three different gen...

  • Leading article: Mexico's stark reminder of the cost of prohibition
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    The size of this clandestine market obviously cannot be calculated with precision. But the best guesses put it at $60bn or more per year and suggest that 70 per cent of the flow of illegal drugs into the US is controlled by Mexican cartels, which hav...

  • Harriet Walker: Time to make STDs taboo again
    Friday, 27 August 2010

    Almost half a million new cases of sexually transmitted infections have been reported in the last year, mostly among women under 25 who are contracting chlamydia, gonorrhoea and – gulp – syphilis. Syphilis: the disease which gave us the codpiece (dev...

  • Letters: Perspectives on David Kelly's death
    Friday, 27 August 2010

    The pathologist who examined Dr David Kelly has been widely reported as saying that his death was a "textbook" case of suicide. This depends very much on the textbook. In a textbook of physical pathology, Dr Kelly's injuries might well provide an exe...

  • Leading article: Better off with the United Nations
    Friday, 27 August 2010

    The UN envoy claims that it is unfair to castigate the peacekeeping force on this occasion because locals did not raise the alarm, possibly because of the social stigma of rape. Whatever the truth, the latest incident underlines the immense difficult...

  • Will Cragin: Many of these brutal attacks were carried out in front of the women's children & husbands
    Friday, 27 August 2010

    It wasn't until later that a local leader, who travelled through the area, gave us initial reports of a mass rape, and we sent an emergency response team as soon as we could. We had heard that there were 15 cases, but when we got there with the local...

  • Letters: Do we all worship the same God?
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    But all three also agree that worship is not primarily intellectual assent, but trust, awe and service. So I can't ultimately tell how you are worshipping, and propositions about God, though vital at times, come second. How different do such proposit...

  • Leading article: IFS 1, Coalition 0
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    The Government's critics were able to get up a veritable head of steam before first the Treasury, in characteristically dry terms, and then Nick Clegg, in rather more spirited style, finally essayed a response. Taking advantage of a public appearance...

  • Paul Vallely: An ordeal that won't end when they see daylight
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    Psychologists had suggested that the men, who have already been trapped underground longer than almost anyone in history, should not be told that it could take until Christmas to rescue them. But these miners understand the nature of their predicamen...

  • Amol Rajan: Skills for the poor, schools for the rich
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    In practice, it means allowing pupils to take qualifications like Edexcel BTECs, OCR Nationals, and City & Guilds in place of as many as four GCSEs. Such courses cultivate practically useful habits in subjects like hospitality, travel & touri...

  • Liz Hoggard: Tough on the causes of cat crime
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    I adore cats. I own three, all of them totally indulged (they eat gourmet cat food, sit on the furniture). Outside the door are 10 feral bruisers who I'm trying not to feed too much. I have Celia Hammond rescue cats on speed dial. It's brilliant to h...

  • Leading article: Puppet masters
    Friday, 27 August 2010

    Whatever; the enduring importance of the puppet show to our national life cannot be doubted. Samuel Pepys called it "very pretty". Charles Dickens said it was "one of those extravagant reliefs from the realities of life which would lose its hold upon...

  • Shaun Walker: Fears of social unrest when harvest fails
    Friday, 27 August 2010

    Russia, once the third largest wheat exporter in the world, may actually have to import grain this year to make up for losses in a severe drought, say analysts. The Russian agriculture ministry has denied that this will be required, but the ban on ex...

  • Robert Verkaik: Plea bargain deal could avoid long and costly legal process
    Friday, 27 August 2010

    The former Polly Peck chairman has hired a formidable legal team, led by William Clegg QC, which has been instructed to do all it can to have the charges thrown out. Mr Nadir's lawyers will focus on the 17-year time lapse between his last court appea...

  • Sean O'Grady: What is good news for hungry people may not be good news for the planet
    Friday, 27 August 2010

    Its unlocking will certainly boost agricultural productivity, make food cheaper and allow mankind to once again escape (for the time being) the fate predicted for it so famously by Thomas Malthus in 1798: that the tendency of the population to increa...

  • Geoffrey Macnab: Idiotic judges get response they deserve
    Friday, 27 August 2010

    Godard long ago pronounced the "death of cinema". He is a provocateur and a polemicist who still inspires other film-makers with his ideas about sound and image. The 79-year-old is not the type who seems likely to walk politely up on stage at the Gov...

  • John Rentoul: The Spirit of Ed Miliband
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

  • Leading article: Ban the bags
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    A one-month spot check this May showed that the number might actually be starting to rise again, with the target 50 per cent reduction set by the supermarkets in 2006 actually receding. In May 2009, the target was missed by only two percentage points...

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