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Thursday, 21 April 2011

  • Leading article: A blind eye in the West to repression in the Gulf
    Friday, 22 April 2011

    There has been no United Nations Security Council discussion of the situation in Bahrain, no trenchant Western demands for the regime in the capital, Manama, to acquiesce to the legitimate democratic demands of the opposition. No sorties by Nato jets...

  • Leading article: Libyan intervention needs to be guided by discretion
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    That original promise is now looking decidedly shaky. The purpose of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 was to prevent a civilian massacre in Benghazi by forces loyal to the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. But last week David Cameron, Nicolas...

  • John Sentamu: Is the Big Society big enough to offer shelter to refugees?
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    Today, no country should have to act alone, and those states affected by recent political upheaval are assisted by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. International arrangements are in place to ensure that victims of violence and torture...

  • Letters: Perspectives on a power crisis
    Friday, 22 April 2011

    EU fuel limit will bring an energy gap Recently released energy-supply statistics, from the Department for Energy and Climate Change, which show reduced energy output from renewables between 2009 and 2010, conveniently occurred in a year when ove...

  • Leading article: Lords reform must be delayed no longer
    Friday, 22 April 2011

    It is understandable why governments are shy of Lords reform. When the late Robin Cook attempted it, a decade ago, he could not find a way past the obstacle that while most MPs agreed that the Lords should be reformed there was no agreement over how ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The regimes are rallying their forces. Is the tide turning against Arab freedom?
    Friday, 22 April 2011

    From Libya to Bahrain and Syria to Yemen, leaders are clinging on to power despite intense pressure from pro-democracy protesters. And the counter-revolution has so far had one undoubted success: the Bahraini monarchy, backed by troops from Saudi Ara...

  • Letters: Perspectives on voting reform
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    Gut feelings I read with something approaching despair that, in arguing against AV, David Cameron claimed that: "Politics shouldn't be some mind-bending exercise; it's about what you feel in your gut." I was hoping that politics and government mi...

  • Leading article: Sectarian shame of a national game
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    Football in Glasgow has for decades generated an unhealthy level of passion and confrontation. It continues to do so to a worrying extent: in February more than 200 arrests were made following a Celtic-Rangers match. But sending letter-bombs is on an...

  • Natalie Haynes: Press 'send' for a place in history
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    And while some historians will doubtless wring their ink-splotched hands at the loss of lavender-scented lovers' letters and the sturdy Basildon Bonds of affairs of state, this is surely the future of archives. When even the poets have switched to em...

  • Andy McSmith: This insidious practice has been going on for years
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    The Commons is increasingly dominated by professionals who go into full-time politics straight from university and spend almost their entire working lives in that milieu. Peerages can be the means of injecting people with experience of the wider worl...

  • Richard Sollom: The shocking thing is that Bahrain abuse is systematic
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    Bahrain's ambulances, hospitals and medical clinics as well as its physicians, nurses, and medical staff are all being targeted. It's pervasive and ongoing. These attacks violate the principle of medical neutrality and are grave breaches of internati...

  • Leading article: Morrissey's instant classic?
    Friday, 22 April 2011

    He might be right about the quality of many new books. But sadly, the fact that a garden is full of weeds does not guarantee that the next growth will be a rose. The possibility that Morrissey's book might not merit the exalted status he desires does...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Asthma sufferers beware: the dangers are all too real
    Friday, 22 April 2011

    Asthma sufferers should avoid outdoor exercise in the afternoon, and cut unnecessary car journeys. Research has shown that an increase in pollution levels during sunny weather is followed by a rise in emergency hospital admissions. The maximum risk o...

  • John Kampfner: Justice Eady is in danger of making an ass of the law
    Friday, 22 April 2011

    The Prime Minister's intervention was prompted by a new spate of judgments that have allowed – even encouraged – the rich and famous to go to court to prevent their extra-marital dalliances being splashed on front pages. The footballers and entertain...

  • Leading article: A spy in our pockets
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    The researchers who discovered this feature point out that it could be used by jealous spouses or private detectives in ways that the phone's owner might not be particularly happy about. Of course, the feature could also, theoretically, help the abse...

  • Deborah Ross: Exposing your body to the sun? Get busy...
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    Here is a list of just some of the things a woman has to do to prepare: apply self-tan so you don't frighten children with your startlingly white luminosity; wax, shave, depilate, pluck and Nair like a mad thing, while asking yourself: "Do I have to ...

  • Jon Levy: A huge talent devoted to telling stories of conflicts
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    His approach was different: he wanted to set himself apart from the photography pack by working in different ways, and he was drawn towards the harder stories, wars and conflicts. His work followed a trajectory from a heartfelt story on a school for ...

  • Simon Read: Stop clutching at straws and do the decent thing
    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    But the banks have fought against doing the decent thing and repaying people all along. Typical of their delaying attitude is the fact that almost nine out of 10 PPI cases taken to the Financial Ombudsman are awarded against the banks, but they still...

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