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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

  • Leading article: The international community has been found wanting over Libya
    Thursday, 17 March 2011

    Quite simply, the speed of the fightback by pro-Gaddafi forces threatens to outrun international efforts to thwart it. And while the situation on the ground in Libya remains confused, so too are the efforts being made to co-ordinate international act...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Perspectives on public-service cuts
    Thursday, 17 March 2011

    Front line and 'back office' I read that 11,000 servicemen and women from our already scrawny, overstretched, under-resourced yet magnificently performing armed forces are due to be made redundant – having done nothing other than their own jobs t...

  • Leading article: The misery of a lost generation
    Thursday, 17 March 2011

    Nor are there any real signs of improvement in the general jobs markets. It is true that the numbers employed in the private sector rose in the three months to the end of January by 32,000 to 29.16 million. But many of those jobs are part-time positi...

  • Hana El-Gallal: 'He will kill everyone. Do something. Please...'
    Thursday, 17 March 2011

    Whenever he gets to Benghazi, he will deny us our lives too. Days ago, a no-fly zone could have been imposed and that would have helped. It would still help, but now it may be too late. Even so, it is not too late to help to stop him reaching us. The...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: Eastern promise
    Thursday, 17 March 2011

    So does this signal inflation in the pedigree dog market? Is now the time to buy Puglets, in the hope of a huge return in a few years? Perhaps. But buyer beware. For a dog to get the kind of premium prices fetched by the likes of Big Splash it needs ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Saudi response reveals fear that Sunni power is fading
    Thursday, 17 March 2011

    "There is a general campaign against the Shia," said Yusuf al-Khoei of the al-Khoei Foundation, a leading Shia charitable organisation. "The best way for these [Sunni Muslim] states to gain the allegiance of the Shia is to treat them nice and stop ac...

  • Richard Garner: Arts and the humanities will suffer the most
    Thursday, 17 March 2011

    If anything, it exacerbates the situation by delivering some of the biggest cuts to the newer universities – which will then be under even greater pressure to increase their fees. These institutions are grappling with a double-edged sword. Will they ...

  • Deborah Ross: Pity the father when the son leaves home
    Thursday, 17 March 2011

    So it's sad for the father, too, who already misses his son horribly; misses being called "lame" and a "chump" and a "wally" and having his sandals laughed at, as well as his dress sense generally, and being repeatedly asked: "What do you know?" He m...

  • Sean O'Grady: Time to get real about our crazy taxation system
    Thursday, 17 March 2011

    The key thing to remember is that, despite its name, national insurance (NI) is simply another form of income tax, as is, in a way, the withdrawal of child tax credits and child benefit as earnings rise. Also included is the way tax thresholds and pe...

  • Steve Connor: The problem with the Fukushima reactors is their age
    Thursday, 17 March 2011

    All six reactors at Fukushima are boiling water reactors (BWRs), meaning that the flow of water used to cool the reactors is the same water used to turn the steam turbines of the electricity generators. In more modern pressurised water reactors (PWRs...

  • 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 ...

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