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  • Leading article: Afghanistan: we must leave now
    Sunday, 12 June 2011

    Since then, David Cameron used the leverage afforded by a change of government to put a time limit on the British commitment: the end of 2014. Soon afterwards, Barack Obama completed his long – either indecisive or thoughtful, according to taste – re...

  • Leading article: The E.coli outbreak has exposed flaws in Germany and in Europe
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    Unfortunately for Germany, and for Europe, identification of the likely source might end a chapter, but it does not end the story. Germany's response defied the country's postwar image many times over, and not in a good way. A country admired for its...

  • DJ Taylor: Class war, Chav-aliers and Roundheads
    Sunday, 12 June 2011

    In an article written to promote it, Mr Jones suggested that "chav-bashing by those from pampered backgrounds is a continuing national scandal and must be opposed", and that the real working class "has been all but airbrushed from existence". Each of...

  • Andrew Martin: They are clean, intelligent and cuddly. Let's hear it for the rat
    Sunday, 12 June 2011

    If you ask me, it's about time rats got their act together in terms of PR, so what follows is my pitch for the job, aimed at all those people independent-minded enough to see the fun side of having rats around, and who, like me, believe it's time for...

  • Letters: The Care System
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    Instead of relatives being viewed as expert informants, allies and sources of durable support long after staff have moved on, they tend to be seen as rivals or adversaries, or some kind of threat to what professionals happen to deem is in the best in...

  • Alice Jones: Mel Gibson, lovable? Er, I don't think so
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    Granted she has her new film, The Beaver, starring Gibson, to promote, so you might expect a little hyperbole. But this is blockbusting turd-polishing. Over the last five years, Gibson has revealed himself to be a violent racist, blaming Jewish peopl...

  • Leading article: Preparation is the only defence against drought
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    The Department for Environment announced yesterday that parts of England are officially in a drought. East Anglia has been hard hit. Parts of the Midlands, the South-west and the South-east are also suffering. Many water companies have made impressiv...

  • Nikolaos van Dam: Tragically, a bloodbath may now be inevitable
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    After all, it has seen what happened in Egypt, where Hosni Mubarak faces jail or perhaps even the death penalty. So who is controlling the situation? It is clear that Bashar al-Assad doesn't have his own army and security people under control, and in...

  • Harriet Walker: Even Sophocles couldn't have imagined idiots this tragic
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    In these days of sexting and dirty direct messaging, he is no longer the totem he once was. The tragic hero was the man we felt a desperate, tugging pain for when he toppled himself unwittingly from a position of honour and nobility. But these days, ...

  • Kate Allen: A warped response to calls for democracy
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    Many report unprovoked assaults at the time of their arrest, often – in a clear pattern – by groups of masked police and security forces who smashed down doors in the early hours. Amnesty International has had numerous reports where detainees allege ...

  • John Healey: NHS needs evolution, not Tory revolution
    Sunday, 12 June 2011

    Since then, we've had weak leadership, poor communication, bad policy and rushed legislation as part of the biggest top-down reorganisation in NHS history. Even Professor Steve Field, whose advice as chair of the Prime Minister's Future Forum will be...

  • Paul Vallely: Aid and what the Archbishop should have said
    Sunday, 12 June 2011

    World leaders will gather tomorrow in London at the invitation of David Cameron to discuss the £2.3bn shortfall in money promised to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation for its work over the next five years. Without that money many chil...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Hopes for democracy fade as civil wars grip the Arab world
    Sunday, 12 June 2011

    In Syria, thousands of troops are assaulting the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour where the government claims 120 of its soldiers and police were killed last week. Leaving aside exactly how they died, the government in Damascus is making it lethally...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'Give me suffering over self-esteem'
    Sunday, 12 June 2011

    The life of the city of Athens was a remarkable period in culture: the two or three centuries around the life and death of Socrates (469-399BC) gave us Socrates himself, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, the Stoics, the Sceptics, the Cynics and the Eclecti...

  • Susannah Shops: Say it with flowers
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    Flowers, we all know, are fashionable just now – witness the overblown blooms gracing an equally scaled up silhouette at Jil Sander – but anyone buying the raw material would do well to remain oblivious to passing trends. Buying flowers, like buying ...

  • Leading article: Pimp my ride
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    The Swedish car manufacturer is not happy with the secret document's association of Volvo (and Brown) with the attributes "dependable, robust but ultimately dour". But perhaps Volvo (and the Brown team before them in 2006) are making a mistake in see...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (12/06/11)
    Sunday, 12 June 2011

    The Archbishop of Canterbury had no regrets about skewering the coalition in the New Statesman when I caught up with him on Thursday night. Rowan Williams was the guest of honour at the launch of A N Wilson's biography of the poet Dante, and the b...

  • John Rentoul: Ken to Ed's rescue
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

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