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Thursday, 9 September 2010

  • The new girl power: Why we're living in a young woman's world
    Thursday, 9 September 2010

    And yet. Why, when I look around my circle of close friends – most of whom, like me, are now 25 – do I struggle to make this fit? Almost without exception, the smiling faces in my graduation photos are still smiling, three years on. They have gone on...

  • Leading article: The dangers of trying to pick winners
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    We can all surely agree that the state should only be funding high-quality scientific research, especially when economies are desperately needed in the public finances. It is hard to argue (though some university lobbyists have attempted it) that all...

  • Leading article: A burden of economic responsibility
    Thursday, 9 September 2010

    He is right, too. The Republicans are indeed determined to stop Mr Obama offering tax breaks to business and the middle classes. And he is equally sure he will not give way and extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the very rich which are due to expire at...

  • Letters: Perspectives on murders for 'honour'
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    Crimes that shame all Asians Robert Fisk's piece about the honour killing within a woman's shelter in Lahore is horrific (8 September), but what is not mentioned is how the concept of "izzat", which is used to justify the killings, works. Izzat i...

  • Leading article: Zimbabwe's war of succession
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    The battle for succession within his Zanu-PF party is hotting up. Given the ruthlessness displayed by competing factions in the past, the process could become a violent one. In some ways change would mean no change. The two chief competitors for the ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The fires of religious fury are easily lit but hard to put out
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    The persecution of Christian communities across the Muslim world has escalated rapidly since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Christians are often seen as the natural allies of western occupiers and, as a minority, are highly vulnerable...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the tax people
    Thursday, 9 September 2010

    Helpful staff, terrible laws I don't doubt Sean O'Grady's account of his unfortunate personal dealings with HM Revenue and Customs, but his article (8 September) is unfair in extrapolating those dealings into a generalised cheap shot at HMRC staf...

  • Leading article: Morbid legal rigidity
    Thursday, 9 September 2010

    Such stories are perennially popular in the tabloid press, and it was hypersensitivity to the outrage they caused that led Labour to coin its most effective catchphrase ever: "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime", promising, in classic old L...

  • Harriet Walker: The brains behind the beauty
    Thursday, 9 September 2010

    The reason I spout such terrible nonsense at hypothetical parties is because of the common assumption that people who like fashion have either been lobotomised or are swathed in so much designer gear that the oxygen no longer reaches their brains. Fa...

  • Ben Chu: Bob Diamond - a very dangerous banker
    Thursday, 9 September 2010

    Much attention has centred on his remuneration. It is true that Diamond is the very model of the overpaid banker. In 2007 alone he earned $42m (£27m). And he will soon be earning up to £11.5m a year. But disgustingly overpaid bankers are, sadly, no r...

  • Fiona Phillips: A treatment for this most cruel of diseases would mean so much to so many
    Thursday, 9 September 2010

    A diagnosis of Alzheimer's is like having a bomb lobbed into your family. It places a terrible burden of helplessness and guilt on carers. Looking back, my mum's behaviour started to change when she was in her mid to late fifties. She was finally dia...

  • John Rentoul: Three Sorry Stories
    Friday, 10 September 2010

  • Leading article: Guessing game
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    Yet try it out and you f... fin... financial times... find a post code that all manner of t... tra... train times... Travelodge... translator... traps lie in wait for the un... underground... unsecured loans... unsubscribe... unsustainabl...

  • Michael McCarthy: Why let the facts get in the way when your profits are at stake?
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    Let no one suppose his lack of knowledge is confined to global warming. His ignorance about Galileo is also top class. "In the Middle Ages, they were going to excommunicate Galileo because the entire scientific community said the Earth was flat," he ...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Markers of physical health are determined at birth
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    That would not only be sadistically anti-social, it would be to misunderstand the nature of the finding. Grip strength, and the other measures of physical capability, are markers of our state of health. They are determined, possibly as early as the w...

  • Cori Crider: CIA's victims should not have to fight the system for justice
    Friday, 10 September 2010

    The decision was made on a six to five vote in the Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals – about as close as you can get, and of those, the crucial sixth vote agreed with the dissent on many key points. By most accounts, this brings the...

  • John Rentoul: Nick Brown and the whip hand
    Thursday, 9 September 2010

  • Leading article: Twitter crowd problems
    Thursday, 9 September 2010

    Perhaps this will become the new gauge of celebrity success. It used to be the size of your trailer, or your backstage dressing room, or the number of times you appeared on the cover of magazines, that indicated whether you had made it or not. But ma...

  • Michael Glover: Of the 'greats' on display, Hepworth is the best of a bad bunch
    Thursday, 9 September 2010

    Eric Gill is, frankly, poor and Epstein only fitfully convincingly wild. By the 1930s there was Henry Moore, of course – but Moore, even the early works, strikes you as oddly dated and lumpen and derivative of much older things when compared with the...

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