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  • Leading article: The elderly and vulnerable must be protected at all costs
    Thursday, 2 June 2011

    Some will draw the conclusion from these two tales that the use of private companies to provide care for the old and vulnerable has been a terrible mistake and that the state should take control of these essential services. But the assumption that st...

  • Leading article: The tarnished reputation of world football governance
    Wednesday, 1 June 2011

    But that complacency finally came under significant challenge yesterday. Major sponsors – Coca-Cola, BP, Visa, Adidas and Emirates – expressed their unhappiness at the swamp of allegation and counter-allegation into which Fifa has been plunged lately...

  • America's first Mormon president?
    Thursday, 2 June 2011

    Salt Lake City is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose worshippers are better known as Mormons. It is one of the world's wealthiest and fastest-growing religions, baptising new members in scores of countries at a...

  • Letters: World food prices
    Thursday, 2 June 2011

    The available data on climate change is changing alarmingly fast; in every case predictions are outstripped by the horrifying realities of positive feedback loops on a planetary scale. If our world food system is falling to pieces now, just imagine w...

  • Leading article: Vigilance is the only realistic defence in cyber war
    Thursday, 2 June 2011

    Once the phenomenon was a curiosity, lending itself to a film such as the 1983 Wargames, about a teenage hacker who breaks into a Pentagon supercomputer and almost unleashes World War III. Today, the threat is perhaps less dramatic but more dangerous...

  • Laurie Penny: If sex and power are what women want, don't stop them
    Thursday, 2 June 2011

    There has been much talk of a feminist "renaissance" in Britain and America, but the loudest voices appear to be preoccupied with the wrong questions. With female workers facing redundancy across the public sector, feminist campaigners seem more conc...

  • Letters: Driven out of property market by low wages
    Wednesday, 1 June 2011

    Obviously something has gone badly wrong; either rates of pay are far too low or house prices are far too high. The only two solutions seem to be to raise wages or to build a lot more council houses to reduce house prices. Incidentally, if the princi...

  • Leading article: A party that has strayed from the centre
    Wednesday, 1 June 2011

    The candidates who have thus far declared are mostly establishment figures, led by the former state governors Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty, and the former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, while Jon Huntsman, governor of Utah before serving as Mr Obama's ...

  • John Kampfner: Rights that are too important to be decided on by judges
    Wednesday, 1 June 2011

    The issue that is dividing polite, and impolite society, is the right to privacy. The battle is being fought in the courts, on Twitter and on the floor of the Commons and the Lords.At stake is the jurisdiction of parliament and judiciary and the rela...

  • Peter York: Revealed: Gaddafi's taste for despot chic
    Wednesday, 1 June 2011

    These aren't exactly Andreas von Einsiedel's carefully composed full-room shots for House and Garden. They're just corners of Chateau Gaddafi, reportedly part of his much-bombarded Bab Al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli But they're enough for me, becaus...

  • Leading article: Bringing the music revolution home
    Thursday, 2 June 2011

    Though scarcely acknowledged by governments at the time, rock and pop were striking examples of the reach of soft power, particularly in the Soviet bloc. This music's admirers abroad became its imitators and then increasingly our competitors, from Ab...

  • Elizabeth Pearce: Simple vitamin supplement can alter imbalance
    Thursday, 2 June 2011

    Probably – without close monitoring of iodine nutrition – milk consumption or milk iodine-content has decreased, or both have, resulting in the reappearance of iodine deficiency. Hopefully, this data will stimulate efforts to ensure adequate and stab...

  • Deborah Ross: Stay off Twitter unless you're very popular
    Thursday, 2 June 2011

    The thing about Twitter is that it's just so hurtful. I joined a week or so ago (@deborahross, although I'd sincerely warn you against it) and, at first, I was over the moon to have 130 followers. I was made-up. I was chuffed. But then Rhodri Marsden...

  • Claire Yorke: Cyberspace needs more politics, not less
    Thursday, 2 June 2011

    The Pentagon's assertion this week that in certain circumstances these attacks can constitute "acts of war" highlights the growing significance attached to the virtual domain. Only last week it was revealed that Lockheed Martin, a major international...

  • Sean O'Grady: Southern Cross won't be the last private 'partner' to hit the rocks
    Thursday, 2 June 2011

    There could be many more Southern Crosses. The firm's troubles are a timely reminder, as the Coalition Government plans to push private finance initiatives and outsourcing deeper and deeper into core public services – schools, housing and heath. Refo...

  • John Rentoul: Gall's Law
    Wednesday, 1 June 2011

  • Leading article: Amateur hour
    Wednesday, 1 June 2011

    But it seems that some in the art world don't like the world being turned upside down. According to one of the exhibition's co-ordinators, Christopher Le Brun, some distinguished academicians are "embarrassed" by having their work displayed alongside...

  • Laura McLean-Ferris: Prepare to be disorientated and utterly transported
    Wednesday, 1 June 2011

    Nelson is known for labyrinths of his own: his installation The Coral Reef (2000) is a Kafkaesque nightmare of multiple entranceways and foyers that lead nowhere. It's no surprise, then, to find that he has transformed the grand British Pavilion into...

  • Natalie Haynes: When Xboxes are grounds for divorce
    Wednesday, 1 June 2011

    Of wives who cited unreasonable behaviour as the cause of their marriage breakdown this year, a hefty 15 per cent of them considered video games to be the problem. Yet how many men turn to gaming once they're married? Surely most began gaming as chil...

  • Tim Rich: For Coca-Cola the real thing is the prestige of being involved
    Wednesday, 1 June 2011

    This year, Coca-Cola publicly terminated its association with the Manchester United striker. In the wake of the bribery scandal that has coursed through Fifa like an open sewer, the company issued a statement that the allegations were "distressing". ...

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