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Monday, 14 March 2011

  • Leading article: Any intervention must be based on international law
    Tuesday, 15 March 2011

    With time for the opposition seemingly running out, the Libyan leader's brutal singleness of purpose has left the outside world flailing for a response. All natural sympathy rests with the opposition forces; the tide of history is surely with them. T...

  • Leading article: Japan's disaster must prompt a new look at reactor safety
    Monday, 14 March 2011

    Japan, given its history, had every reason to be among the most circumspect countries in developing and harnessing nuclear power. Its geography argued for double, treble, the precautions that might be taken anywhere else. And until last week, the saf...

  • Julian Baggini: Nature is not evil, simply amoral
    Monday, 14 March 2011

    There are many who think that the moral of the story is that we should treat nature with the same kind of reverence and respect that has traditionally been reserved for God. That would be a mistake. For, like some primitive notions of God, what was i...

  • Leading article: The depths of this scandal are becoming clear
    Tuesday, 15 March 2011

    If true, Mr Watson's allegations would explode the argument from News International's management that illegal data acquisition was confined to just one "rogue" reporter at the News of the World. And that newspaper's employment of Rees makes it clear ...

  • Letters: Public-sector pensions
    Monday, 14 March 2011

    I have been a London firefighter since 1987 and I signed up to a pension which meant I could retire at 50 or after 30 years, whichever came first. When I joined, as a young woman of 27, I could not imagine being 40, let alone 50, and certainly not 60...

  • Leading article: Mr Clegg lives to fight another day
    Monday, 14 March 2011

    In the event, though, Mr Clegg pulled off a trick similar to the one he had managed at his party conference last autumn. Given the choice between being in government or out, the party has become rather partial to its modest slice of power. As in Sept...

  • Letters: Nuclear power
    Tuesday, 15 March 2011

    The potentially catastrophic state of Japan's nuclear power stations screams a message of terrible urgency. Our present system of powerful lobbying groups and corporate vested interests with funds rivalling the budgets of states results in governme...

  • Leading article: Don't have a cow
    Tuesday, 15 March 2011

    Yet it isn't the price that has caused a fuss, but rather the fact that the work turns out to be 31 per cent owned by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now Wylde is suing New York's Gagosian Gallery, which sold him the work, claiming that they n...

  • Natalie Haynes: Boozing? We know who's responsible
    Tuesday, 15 March 2011

    But if I had to name a group who I think have an objectively responsible attitude to booze, then Alcohol Concern, the British Medical Association and the British Liver Trust would probably be right up there. After all, if you name your organisation a...

  • Mai Yamani: A conflict with modest beginnings which is threatening to escalate out of control
    Tuesday, 15 March 2011

    The Wahhabi Saudi regime acting as guardian for Bahrain's Sunni monarchy wants to maintain the status quo both at home and in Bahrain. The Saudis have already suppressed a potential domestic uprising on 11 March with the biggest carrots and sticks av...

  • Leading article: Meanwhile in Libya...
    Monday, 14 March 2011

    Libya is not North Korea, but nor is it Japan. A ferocious clampdown on reporting and poor communications have inevitably meant that there is less to show. But it would be unfortunate if the seductive power of pictures from Japan blotted out the brut...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Arab League call for a no-fly zone may be too little, too late
    Monday, 14 March 2011

    Its request for the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya may come too little, too late for the Libyan rebels whose military weakness has been underlined in the past few days by defeats in the east and west of the country. For the fi...

  • Deborah Ross: Teeth have got some nerve acting like this
    Tuesday, 15 March 2011

    Do we allow any other body part to behave like teeth? Do we? First, teeth erupt painfully through skin causing fretfulness in poor babies who are really cute and may have dimpled knuckles and have never done any harm to anyone. Legs don't do that. I ...

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