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  • 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: Europe has an obligation to these desperate African refugees
    Wednesday, 16 March 2011

    The risks to which they are now exposed are plain enough. On Sunday a boat carrying migrants that had left the southern Libyan port of Zarzis capsized off Tunisia. Some 35 people are feared to have drowned. One of the survivors reported that a boat t...

  • 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: Libya and Japan
    Wednesday, 16 March 2011

    But there is also a grave danger that we could take our eyes off a man-made disaster being played out in Libya. Colonel Gaddafi and his cohorts are probably the only people in the world celebrating the tragedy in Japan. For it gives them a hell-sent ...

  • Leading article: NHS reform: ideology, rather than pragmatism
    Wednesday, 16 March 2011

    But he has set in train the biggest reorganisation in the 62-year history of the NHS – at a time when it is being asked to save £20bn from its £100bn budget. And he has done so despite a Tory pledge before the election that there would be no major ov...

  • David Usborne: Washington knows it can do very little to rein in Saudi repression
    Wednesday, 16 March 2011

    No Arab nation is more important to the US than Saudi Arabia. It remains a bulwark against Iranian expansionism and a pivotal partner fighting global terrorism. Thus the statement from the White House stressed that the deployment of troops is "not an...

  • Jeremy Laurance: The scale of the disaster will be revealed in radiation sickness
    Wednesday, 16 March 2011

    Doses of up to 400 millisieverts an hour (0.4 sieverts) were reported on Monday, more than 100 times higher than people are ordinarily exposed to in a year. As a result, non-indispensable workers were evacuated. The speed with which symptoms develop ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • John Rentoul: "Son of Roadblock"
    Wednesday, 16 March 2011

  • John Rentoul: Yeah But No But Yeah to AV
    Wednesday, 16 March 2011

  • Leading article: Long innings
    Wednesday, 16 March 2011

    It's true that much has changed. Not just the means of transport, but also the mid-tour visits made by the players' families – an arrangement that would probably have horrified the likes of Denis Compton. This winter, however, has been something of a...

  • John Healey MP: Vote reform would benefit only BNP, Ukip and Lib Dems
    Wednesday, 16 March 2011

    The reason the number of Labour MPs in favour of a "No" vote runs into three figures is because we haven't been persuaded that AV is an upgrade to the voting system. The arguments just don't stack up. A referendum on AV should be a long way down our ...

  • 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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