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Monday, 22 August 2011

  • Leading article: A hard-won revolution that will reverberate far and wide
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    In fact, fierce, though localised, fighting continued, with troops loyal to what must now be described as the ancien regime deploying tanks to defend the leader's compound. Whether Colonel Gaddafi himself was still there was uncertain; not even the l...

  • Leading article: The endgame is at hand, but holds dangers of its own
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    The "when" depends on the real balance of forces and on the regime's readiness to fight. Yesterday, the Information minister, Moussa Ibrahim, spoke, as he has so often, with forked tongue. Like Gaddafi himself in an earlier broadcast, he disparaged t...

  • John Kampfner: We're too easily offended
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    The manufactured brouhaha over David Starkey's comments last week follows a well-trodden and wearisome path. Curmudgeonly man (or woman) says something crass. Remember Jan Moir? Somebody gets cross. They reach for their computers and go on to Twitter...

  • Patrick Cockburn: No one doubts that Gaddafi has lost. The question is: who has won?
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    Out with the old, in with the new: click here to download graphic (300k) While it is clear Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has lost power, it is not certain who has gained it. The anti-regime militiamen that are now streaming into the capital wer...

  • Leading article: Not in new mothers' best interests
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    The first has to do with contracts that allow commercial photographers exclusive access to maternity wards. Given the precautions many hospitals have in place to prevent abuse and abduction, and the way adults who come into contact with children are ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on bigotry and faith
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    Religious fundamentalists are ganging up on gays I thought that the Equality and Human Rights Commission protected gay people from bigotry, prejudice and discrimination? If so, why is this taxpayer-funded organisation supporting four cases which ...

  • Leading article: A much needed incentive to keep traffic moving
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    To many, the most surprising aspect of the consultation launched yesterday is that it has taken so long. City dwellers in particular are already well aware that the cost of roadworks – in time, money and aggravation – is out of hand. The Government's...

  • Andrew Martin: It's only a holiday if you are working
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    You do have to admire his commitment to relaxing. Last week he was interviewed at The Oval by Jonathan Agnew for Test Match Special, and Agnew couldn't keep the surprise out of his voice when he observed, two hours before the interview was due to sta...

  • Susie Rushton: This isn't art, it's a focus group
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    As of this weekend, those two words have been illuminating a dark corner of a Downing Street stairwell, just outside the door to the Terracotta Room (I don't dare imagine its decor; have they never heard of Farrow and Ball?). According to one unimpre...

  • Deborah Ross: I go away for two weeks and Britain's broken
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    A lamp, I could forgive. Who hasn't ever broken a lamp? Or a mug? But a broken Britain? With its "broken" society and "broken" families and "broken" morals? Do you have any idea what it feels like to come home and find it all broken in this way? Do y...

  • Leading article: A new theatre of instability
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    Recent events have shown that such fears were not idle scaremongering. The attacks – claimed by a Palestinian group close to Hamas – that killed eight Israelis in the south of the country last week may be isolated incidents. On the other hand, they s...

  • Natalie Haynes: Bartender! A stiff drink for those mothers
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    I have certainly never tried to take more than one child at a time anywhere, partly because I don't think I'd enjoy it, and partly because I think that's called kidnapping. So in my mind, if you do have children, and take them on day trips, you are b...

  • David Brailsford: Let's encourage cyclists while sport's on a high
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    Female participation in cycling continues to lag behind and, in too many of our cities, riding a bike still feels more dangerous than it should. Government investment is helping to redress this situation but it's essential that we maintain momentum. ...

  • Andy McSmith: The good sense spoken out of power
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    That alone gives a rarity value to Tony Blair's cautious contribution yesterday to the public debate that has followed the August riots. In the past, he has been loquacious on the Middle East, which – given his record in office – is arguably the subj...

  • Letter from Amol Rajan
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    Tabloids often squeal of the need to take into account the feelings of victims when meting out justice; yet victims, still hot with anger, are ill-qualified to dispense justice coolly. But in the case of the Hillsborough files, I find myself persuade...

  • Letter from Simon Kelner
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    This is still officially the silly season, so be prepared for all sorts of wild and wacky stories, like rioting on the streets of our major cities, meltdown on the global financial markets and more death and destruction in Afghanistan.For those of yo...

  • Leading article: Then again...
    Monday, 22 August 2011

  • Donald Macintyre: Gaddafi's Alastair Campbell
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    It's easy to see why he inflames exiled dissidents with his endless presentation of the regime's case on Western TV, or that his constant claims that areas are stable or under Gaddafi's control when they palpably aren't, seem increasingly detached fr...

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