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Friday, 3 June 2011

  • Care home that could be Abu Ghraib
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    The residents of the care home, according to the programme, spend quite a lot of time lying on sofas. They also spend quite a lot of time lying on the ground. But when they're lying on the ground, they don't look very relaxed. They don't look very re...

  • Leading article: A sporting decision that betrays the people of Bahrain
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    It appears not to have crossed Mr Ecclestone's mind that moral principle should also be taken into consideration when deciding whether Bahrain should be welcomed back into the circuit. There were others in the motor racing world capable of grasping t...

  • Letters: Care Providers
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    US private equity company Blackstone acquired Southern Cross for £160m in 2004 and allegedly quadrupled its investment when it sold it three years later. It achieved this by selling off the company's property portfolio, depriving Southern Cross of it...

  • Alice Jones: So who did get tickets for the Olympics?
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    This week a strange, counter-intuitive fever took hold as 1.8 million people checked their bank balances, hoping that vast, mysterious sums would have been spirited away overnight. In the event, many who had put in for thousands of pounds' worth of e...

  • Leading article: We must be prepared for a new world of infection
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    First it has claimed the lives of 18 people and caused serious illness in 1,823 others, according to the World Health Organisation. That reminds us that bacteria are constantly mutating, new infections are just around the corner, and we are far from ...

  • Nick Clarke: Once it was strictly A-list – now they're all in on the act
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    But despite what the champagne-spraying photos of TOWIE's cast at Ocean Club would have you believe, the resort still clings to some of its stardust, with a slew of stylish hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs that have stood the test of time. One suc...

  • Harriet Walker: We haven't all got what it takes to fulfil our dreams
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    This season of Britain's Got Talent, despite being the least watched in the programme's history, is indicative of an increasingly prevalent attitude about the nebulous notion of talent: namely that everyone has one. This, of course, is counter-intuit...

  • Andrew Buncombe: A big heart, a brave soul and a death that leaves some blood on our hands
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    When he took hold of one of yours and clasped it enthusiastically you wondered what damage might be done. It was just that way three weeks ago in Islamabad, in the aftermath of the US operation to kill Osama bin Laden. There was the broad smile, the ...

  • 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: Heavy politics
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    But they do in at least one household. Louise Bagshawe, a Conservative MP, has married Peter Mensch, who, among other things, manages the hugely influential American metal band, Metallica. In these times when the personal is political, this unusual u...

  • 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 ...

  • John Rentoul: Were the Smurfs Nazis?
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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