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  • Leading article: Books for all, not just the wealthy
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    What is more, we also believe that local councils should make decisions about local services, and that councillors should be held accountable locally for them. Those provisos entered, there is something different about libraries. Today, as The Indep...

  • Letters: Caring for the elderly
    Monday, 17 January 2011

    We are not marching on the streets carrying "Save the old" placards, but we all have stories about elderly relatives or friends who have been subjected to the kind of treatment and attitudes suffered by Hari's grandmother. It's not a sexy subject yet...

  • Leading article: Popular rage that could light fires across a whole region
    Monday, 17 January 2011

    There was extensive trashing and looting by demonstrators. But the decision of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country had the effect, at least temporarily, of defusing the protests, while promises of an interim national unity governmen...

  • David C Anderson: Amanda Knox is a victim of Italian pride
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    I am a retired English physician, endocrinologist and former professor of medicine and endocrinology in Manchester, and I now live in Umbria, in central Italy. My years in academic medicine gave me a healthy scepticism of uncontrolled authority; posi...

  • DJ Taylor: A tight-lipped ogre, a stammering prince
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    Like many a skirmish involving old-style English Puritanism, it is prey to serious misinterpretation. One could see this in the occasional startled glance directed by Bob Diamond, of Barclays bank, at his parliamentary select committee interrogators....

  • Carol Vorderman: When x + y = z, the goddess Algebra smiles, and I worship her
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    Most of us were introduced to algebra at school where we substituted letters for mystery numbers (variables), letters which would normally earn great scores on a Scrabble board like x, y and z. Then we would juggle them around to solve the equation. ...

  • Like your favourite writers on Facebook for updates
    Monday, 17 January 2011

    Commentators Yasmin Alibhai-Brown Terence Blacker Simon Carr Rupert Cornwell Sloane Crosley Mary Dejevsky Robert Fisk Andrew Grice Adrian Hamilton Johann Hari Philip Hensher Howard Jacobson Domin...

  • Leading article: A deal that poses many questions
    Monday, 17 January 2011

    In other ways, however, the deal between BP and Rosneft must arouse qualms. The first, regarding security, can be easily dismissed. A company controlled by the Russian government has taken a 5 per cent stake in BP; the idea that Russia will be able t...

  • Leading article: When more is less
    Monday, 17 January 2011

    Major galleries use these big exhibitions to help offset free admission to their standing collections, but they will have to do something to avoid killing the goose that has laid such golden eggs. With three big shows in the diary for this year – Leo...

  • Michael Bywater: Uniforms are there for a reason
    Monday, 17 January 2011

    On the one hand, it's sheer bliss. Pure nostalgia. The years roll back and here we are, schoolboys again: no speaking with hands in pockets, no walking ditto, no doing up your middle button, only corpus praefectorum to walk on this bit of lawn, only ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (16 January 2011)
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    In the aftermath of my country's worst natural disaster in centuries, these remain obstacles to progress. The work of NGOs on the ground has been vital – saving lives, rebuilding lives and livelihoods. International attention descended on Haiti to ma...

  • Harriet Walker: 'I recently found out about a thing called Face Control'
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    But I've tried to make a go of myself. I've been washing my face with more vigour; I even got off the bus a stop early. I've also been drinking a mouth-puckeringly unpleasant supplement powder – it promises brighter eyes but has so far just stained t...

  • David Randall: The mine that (nearly) swallowed a city becomes a tourist idyll
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    China's reliance on coal – it has little gas and oil – is huge. The fossil fuel supplies more than 70 per cent of the country's power needs; and so vast are the coal-mining and burning industries that 16 of the world's 20 most polluted cities are in ...

  • Sara Wheeler: Why is Russia's Arctic closed to visitors? Who is hiding what?
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    Chukotka is an Arctic region the size of Turkey in the Russian Far East (it's the bit Sarah Palin can see from Alaska). This magical slab of ice and tundra has no roads at all outside the capital, Anadyr. It took me two years to weasel my way in, but...

  • Sophie Heawood: The sweet life in Gwynnie's scented bubble
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    As a fan of your online lifestyle mailout Goop, that you write for motivations I have never quite understood, I am reminded of your blissful bubblehood every time I read it. Goop is aimed at busy working mothers like yourself, just trying to juggle a...

  • Paul Vallely: Undercover ops? We're all in the dark
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    The bizarre case of the undercover police officer who spent seven years posing as an eco-warrior, before seeing the light on climate change and switching sides, is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Among the issues i...

  • John Rentoul: Order to Go at Ed's Diner
    Monday, 17 January 2011

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (16/01/11)
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    Grateful as I am to the Tories for their superheroic efforts in saving my life from disgruntled strikers, I can't help worrying that they are over-stretching themselves. Mayor of London Boris Johnson has promised to save us from Tube strikes by build...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (16/01/11)
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    The Hungarians have taken over presidency of the EU to a rather wobbly start. First they struggled to defend a controversial new law on press freedom, which observers say is basically state-sanctioned gagging. Then there was a hoo-ha over a carpet...

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