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  • Leading article: The future of the Middle East is being decided in Cairo
    Monday, 31 January 2011

    The personnel changes announced by a desperate President on Saturday – the head of intelligence to become Vice-President and the former head of the Air Force to become Prime Minister – paved the way, along with the existing state of emergency, for th...

  • Leading article: Sky should be limited for Murdoch
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    This coincided awkwardly with a crisis in the long-running embarrassment at Mr Murdoch's biggest-selling Sunday newspaper, the News of the World. After the departure of Andy Coulson, the newspaper's former editor, from 10 Downing Street as the Prime ...

  • Leading article: Labour has a case to answer over Murdoch
    Monday, 31 January 2011

    We have also heard much from aggrieved parties: the hacked, or those who believe they may have been hacked. That list has latterly been augmented by a succession of individuals from the Labour Party. Scarcely had it been reported that Gordon Brown ha...

  • Tony Paterson: Is this the face of modern Germany
    Monday, 31 January 2011

    This is partly because the nation's foremost conservative leader chose recently to publicly dismiss Germany's post-war attempts to create a multicultural society as a "complete failure". Ms Merkel's outburst appears to have been prompted in turn by a...

  • Ed Balls: Same old Tories, still doing it Maggie's way
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    How times have changed. In Davos last week we heard the same international bodies and central bankers who ushered Ireland off the cliff maintaining their endorsement of George Osborne's plans. But more objective, less ideological voices – from George...

  • DJ Taylor: Well, Karren, when it comes to sexism...
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    Ms Brady's name featured in the original off-mic repartee ("The game's gone mad. Did you hear charming Karren Brady this morning complaining about sexism? Do me a favour, love," etc). She later returned to exclaim over fresh evidence of the sinister ...

  • The Welsh are rubbish (and other arguments)
    Monday, 31 January 2011

     

  • Letters: Egypt's future
    Monday, 31 January 2011

    If the people on the streets are successful in ousting President Mubarak, the confluence of several factors bodes well for the introduction of a genuinely progressive form of Arab democracy in Egypt. Despite having lived under emergency laws for 30 y...

  • Leading article: Miracle in the glen
    Monday, 31 January 2011

    But it was not only his mis-step that could have turned out so much worse. When they first saw him beneath three high craggy outcrops, the helicopter crew sent to rescue him assumed it must be the wrong man, and flew back to the summit. Had they not ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (30 January 2011)
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    The biggest farmer in the nation is the Co-op. It prides itself on its ethical and sustainable credentials and claims to be "good for everyone". But where I live in the Ribble Valley it is trying to sell agricultural land for housing. The housing "cr...

  • Katy Guest: Love letters and other let-downs
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    Years later we met, and inevitably he tried to have his way with me – in Ealing rather than the woods, which was one of the many wrong notes that made me run away. Within days I received his letter: "It's sunny outside," wrote this supposed poet, "bu...

  • Brian Cathcart: Thinking Italian: UK is like Berlusconi without the whores
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    Think of it this way: the operations of Rupert Murdoch's companies in the UK invite comparison with Silvio Berlusconi's Italy, a place we are used to viewing either with horror or with amused contempt. It could never happen here, you may think. But l...

  • Paul Vallely: Stealing the common off the goose?
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    It would be easy to mock. Many did when a host of celebrities – from Tracey Emin and Annie Lennox to Julian Barnes and the Archbishop of Canterbury – wrote an open letter decrying the Government's plan to sell off woodland owned by the Forestry Commi...

  • Harriet Walker: 'Seven-year-olds on iPads? Repugnant...'
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    Personally, I miss the clunkiness of retro, dial-up technology. During my teenage years, I knew that it took our Ark of the Covenant-era desktop computer the same amount of time to turn on as it did for me to boil the kettle or squeeze a spot. These ...

  • Oliver Miles: Egypt must find its own way without Western interference
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    All these countries have serious problems. On the political side, populations are deprived of justice, fairness and freedom. There is no accountability. Bureaucracy and corruption make dealing with government at best a bad joke, at worst a nightmare....

  • John Rentoul: Revenge of the Mandarins
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (30/01/11)
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    A new game has emerged of pointing out the prominent people who were left out of The King's Speech. The latest to speak up is Rosa Monckton, an old friend of Diana, Princess of Wales, who says she was surprised to find no mention made of her grand...

  • Yixiang Zeng: Growing up the product of the one-child policy
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    At six I started school, and my dad, a senior high school teacher, would check my homework after coming home from work. My mother took me to piano lessons and, as we went, she would explain the construction of good articles chosen from various studen...

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