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Sunday, 6 February 2011

  • Leading article: Mr Cameron fails to make a constructive contribution
    Monday, 7 February 2011

    Luton, Bradford, Birmingham, London – all would have been appropriate. Instead the Prime Minister chose Munich. That was an especially odd decision since Germany is going through a spasm of intolerance towards its ethnic minority communities at the m...

  • Leading article: Cameron's confusion over identity
    Sunday, 6 February 2011

    He also took issue with something he called multiculturalism, which, he said, "encouraged different cultures to live separate lives". We doubt that this could ever have been described as a "state doctrine". It is a word that usually means little more...

  • Leading article: A test of faith for the White House
    Monday, 7 February 2011

    These muddled messages were widely believed to reflect a conflict between the twin US goals of promoting stability in the region and promoting democracy. But, as we report today, there is a more sinister explanation. Mr Wisner, a former US ambassador...

  • Guy Adams: Great Britons? Or just superheroes
    Monday, 7 February 2011

    The news means that we can now claim a “grand slam” of US superhero roles, with Wales-born Christian Bale as the current Batman, and young Andrew Garfield, who was brought up in Surrey, making his debut as Spider-Man. And here in the World’s Most Pow...

  • DJ Taylor: Freedom's just another word for...
    Sunday, 6 February 2011

    Jeremy Clarkson, speaking backstage at that altogether desperate affair, the National Television Awards, struck an almost Miltonic note, when he warned of the dangers of people being punished for "heresy of thought ... you should be allowed to think ...

  • Greta Scacchi: Why did I do it? The question to ask is, if it does good, why not?
    Sunday, 6 February 2011

    I was interested in doing a documentary on celebrity activists, because over the years I have been quite an active campaigner myself, involved with environmental causes since my student days and, two years ago, helping to promote a documentary about ...

  • Letters: Multiculturalism
    Monday, 7 February 2011

    If our children are to learn to be part of a multicultural society, then they need to mix with children from other cultures in their schools. Faith schools pose an obvious challenge to such mixing, but "culture" is not limited to ethnic or religious ...

  • Laeding article: Keep on running
    Monday, 7 February 2011

    Yet that is what makes it strangely deflating to hear Stefaan Engels, the Belgian who has just completed the feat, describe it as no big deal: "I don't regard my marathon year as torture. It's more like a regular job ... I am running just as Joe Aver...

  • Fawaz A Gerges: This Brotherhood has a real sense of purpose
    Monday, 7 February 2011

    Even though it was supposed to be apolitical and religious, in the 1930s al-Banna established a paramilitary wing. It carried out multiple operations against prominent Jews and targeted political leaders and judges in Egypt. In 1948, one of the Broth...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (6 February 2011)
    Sunday, 6 February 2011

    In Cambodia, land which had no title was first taken by the state and is now being leased to overseas developers, leaving subsistence farmers who cannot prove ownership with no means of resisting eviction. We need to find a means of ensuring the owne...

  • Nicholas Foulkes: Consoled bynostalgia in a 10-gallon hat
    Sunday, 6 February 2011

    It was that year's news event. It may also have been the year of an Olympic boycott, the elections of Ronald Reagan and Robert Mugabe and a strike at a Polish shipyard in Gdansk, but the attempted assassination (murder is far too pedestrian a term) o...

  • Paul Vallely: Too much information, thank you
    Sunday, 6 February 2011

    Some of the purblind people now running the country appear not to understand this. Ministers have come up with a scheme to put on the internet "crime maps" covering every street in England and Wales and showing how much anti-social crime, mugging, vi...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'Why is cleverness frowned upon?'
    Sunday, 6 February 2011

    As it gradually dawned on my wife and me that there was very little of what we would call teaching going on, we decided to step in and fill the gaps ourselves. (Mr Gove has promised a return to a more traditional agenda, but how long will it take?) S...

  • Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed: Diversity does not breed terrorists – politics does
    Sunday, 6 February 2011

    But by identifying the root cause of terrorism as an amorphous "state multiculturalism", Cameron reveals his understanding of the problem is as simplistic as his predecessors'. The background of those convicted on terrorism charges undermines his sug...

  • David Randall: Regrets about my Nazi past? No, I just can't keep up with the fan mail
    Sunday, 6 February 2011

    Rochus Misch was Hitler's bodyguard, courier and telephonist, and was with him in that Berlin bunker until the end, only escaping after the leader, Eva Braun, and the family Goebbels had committed suicide (or, in the case of the Goebbels children, be...

  • John Rentoul: Nick Clegg, heir to Blair
    Sunday, 6 February 2011

  • John Rentoul: Tonight's American Ritual
    Sunday, 6 February 2011

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (06/02/11)
    Sunday, 6 February 2011

    Has turmoil in Egypt given Colonel Gaddafi the jitters? Last week the London-based novelist Hisham Matar received the wonderful news that two of his uncles have been released from prison in Libya, 21 years after their imprisonment. The author of t...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (06/02/11)
    Sunday, 6 February 2011

    On Sunday she announced that she is a member of Save England's Forests, and on Monday she revealed the gruesome details of her recent Brazilian bikini wax; simultaneously, Rachel Johnson, better known as Boris Johnson's even more pointless younger si...

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