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Thursday, 2 June 2011

  • Leading article: A report that dares to tell the truth to power
    Friday, 3 June 2011

    Its report makes it clear that the war on drugs – the policy of total prohibition followed by the world's most powerful nations for the best part of four decades – "has not, and cannot, be won". It points out that the "war" has manifestly failed to c...

  • 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...

  • Letters: The prospect of renting for life
    Friday, 3 June 2011

    The old calculation that you could work out a mortgage on two and a half times your income, sadly does not hold water in this country for my generation. Many of my friends have accepted this, and realise that while they will not be able to afford to ...

  • Living la dolce vita, in Liverpool
    Friday, 3 June 2011

    Well, responses were many and varied. One reader informed me that his own relatives, albeit some years before the Starbucks revolution made us all familiar with Italian words for coffee, had sat in a Venetian piazza asking, in all innocence, for "a c...

  • Leading article: An amnesty would be sensible
    Friday, 3 June 2011

    Just over 161,000 were told they could stay, 38,000 were deported, and 129,000 cases were classed as "errors". The statistic that drew the greatest condemnation from MPs is that 74,500 cases remained on file because officials do not where the people ...

  • Steve Connor: The painstaking way science really works
    Friday, 3 June 2011

    The story of XMRV goes back many years but most people would have heard about it first in late 2009 when scientists led by Judy Mikovits of the Whittemore Peterson Institute in Reno, Nevada claimed in a study published in the journal Science to have ...

  • Ben Chu: Are our most vulnerable people really safe in the care of these men?
    Friday, 3 June 2011

    The same is probably true of Stephen Schwarzman, head of the private equity firm Blackstone, which acquired the elderly-care-home provider Southern Cross in 2004. Such is the Blackstone founder's obsession with the bottom line that when Barack Obama ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Hot dogs
    Friday, 3 June 2011

    In Weiner's case the object in question, sent from his Twitter account to a female college student, but also briefly to all 45, 000 of his followers, was at least concealed within a pair of bulging underpants. Inevitably, the scandal, which could tur...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Only winners from brutal repression of Shia majority will be Saudi Arabia
    Friday, 3 June 2011

    The systematic use of torture in Bahrain has all the demented savagery of the European witch trials in the 16th and 17th centuries. In both cases, interrogators wanted to give substance to imagined conspiracies by extracting forced confessions. In Eu...

  • Richard Garner: Angelina's right – but her choice is not for everyone
    Friday, 3 June 2011

    The international lycée system, which provides nannies and tutors wherever they happen to be, is probably her best bet. There is, of course, hands-on, home education, although it would be hard to imagine this happening over the Jolie-Pitt kitchen tab...

  • Jeremy Laurance: The antibiotic era has put millions of lives at risk
    Friday, 3 June 2011

    Bacteria, like all living organisms, are programmed to survive. They are continually mutating, evolving and swapping genes. Chance mutations that confer an advantage, such as resistance to antibiotics, are naturally selected and the mutant strains th...

  • Steve Connor: A useful technique, but bats are in another league
    Friday, 3 June 2011

    Everyone has experienced the feeling of emptiness in a room devoid of soft furnishings, carpets and curtains. Much of that feeling is due to the difference in the returning echoes coming from the empty walls, windows and floors compared with the echo...

  • 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...

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