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  • Gordon Brown: Europe is still burying its head in the sand
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    Although European leaders were quick to define last month's euro summit of 2011 as the day European leaders faced the crisis down, they know better now. Last month's summit was yet another European chance of recovery thrown away, a turning point at w...

  • Leading article: Our political leaders must wake up to the scale of the danger
    Saturday, 6 August 2011

    The overriding concern is the solvency of banks and nations. Investors fear that financial institutions in Western economies are at risk of going bust because they will be forced to write down the value of their sizeable loans to troubled southern Eu...

  • D J Taylor: This 'legacy' won’t be a walk in the park
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    Company, declared himself delighted. “The public has given a new piece of London its identity, where communities will grow alongside the spectacular venues and open spaces.” I can’t be the only student of east London’s transmogrification over the pas...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (07 August 2011)
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    I have had the privilege of studying in America and England, and perhaps Mr Grayling's argument is tenable there. But too many of us have had the misfortune of seeing that trusting governments to be armed while the populace is not is not a solution. ...

  • Leading article: China in the financial driving seat
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    The US still has the highest status from other agencies, notably Moody's. The risk of the country failing to pay its debts is small. The calculation on which the downgrade was made was, says the US Treasury, based on a flawed statistical analysis. An...

  • Iman: Children are dying before our eyes, and we can stop it
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    I didn't think she was ready. Finally, I showed them to her, and she cried. No wonder: thousands of children arrive at feeding centres having not eaten or drunk for days. My daughter cries, but I am angry. We know how to save those children's lives –...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (07/08/11)
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    But Vickers, whose own biography of Mrs Simpson was published in April, dismisses this as "complete rubbish". "I am absolutely sickened by these suggestions," he tells me. "Anyone who has bothered to look into this can tell you it's complete rubbish....

  • Paul Vallely: Don't moan about supermarkets – act
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    We trust the provenance of the goods. We know no fuel is being wasted transporting goods across many useless miles. We feel good, because local producers benefit and the local economy is stimulated. When pollsters ask us if we want more independent l...

  • Sophie Heawood: Yoko is entitled to live on her cloud of whimsy
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    It would be odd if anybody in Britain wasn't currently keeping up with current events. But it would be even odder if anybody currently keeping up with it all didn't also currently feel that they couldn't keep up. There is so much breaking news that w...

  • Katy Guest: Mumsnetters have a code, and they are not alone, BTW
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    In the latest despatch from Mumsnet, it turned out last week that SMOG is code for Smug Mothers of Only Daughters, and is used by DMOBs (Defensive Mothers of Boys) who believe that their boisterous children are being sniffed at. Wow. I mean, as in go...

  • Turn on, tune in, and let the radio bring the world to your home
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    There was a sense that the Murdoch empire's incessant whining about the supposed state-fed behemoth blocking out the light of healthy competition had been falling on receptive ears in Toryland, and the corporation's proposal to shut some stations, mo...

  • Letters: Drug addiction
    Saturday, 6 August 2011

    Even a quite moderate heroin addiction is likely to cost the user about £40-£60 per day. Most of the addicts I have come into contact with in the course of my work are unemployed. They receive benefits of about £65 per week so to ask them to put asid...

  • Alice Jones: Why is Beyoncé afraid to embrace the f-word?
    Saturday, 6 August 2011

    She sings about independent women, survivors and single ladies, deflating men's egos and railing against their boyish immaturity along the way. Beyoncé is many things but she is not a feminist. Asked in an interview with Harper's Bazaar if she consid...

  • Leading article: Europe's crisis of legitimacy
    Saturday, 6 August 2011

    In truth, it has been a slow-motion breakdown of trust, going back much further than the present convulsions of the single currency to the rejection of the European Constitution in referendums in France and the Netherlands in May 2005. Turnouts in Eu...

  • Robert Hanks: Lions aren't just big pussy cats – they're dignified and dangerous
    Saturday, 6 August 2011

    "During the five weeks in the cage he will bond with Katya, an African lioness, and her male partner, Samson," the paper optimistically reports, though it adds a note of caution: "Katya is pregnant, which could make her fiercely overprotective." (I'm...

  • I'm worried about the economy – and my job
    Saturday, 6 August 2011

    It was just a relief when the market closed here on Thursday evening, but when we left to go home the Dow Jones was down 260, then 300, then 400, then 515 – and everyone was sitting at home watching it and trying to figure out what was happening. Of ...

  • Ben Chu: We are witnessing the terrifying second stage of the credit crunch
    Saturday, 6 August 2011

    In August 2007 a French bank, BNP Paribas, rocked the financial world when it announced it was suspending payments to investors in three of its hedge funds. That event marked the beginning of a chain of events that saw the global financial system rea...

  • Simon Calder: A tragedy – but no reason to stop expeditions like this
    Saturday, 6 August 2011

    The main island, Spitzbergen, is much closer to the North Pole than it is to Norway's capital, Oslo; the nearest trees are 1,000 miles away. In the archipelago's capital, Longyearbyen, the vicious Arctic night begins shortly after noon each 26 Octobe...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: Home-baked bread made my son weep
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    We moved to the country partly so our children could experience an idyllic childhood. They would leave the house at eight armed with a hunk of bread and a piece of cheese. With this rustic meal bound in a spotted kerchief, they would saunter down the...

  • Leading article: Is there life on Mars?
    Saturday, 6 August 2011

    The idea that there might be constructed waterways on Mars entered the public imagination and fuelled the belief that there might be intelligent life there, partly inspiring HG Wells to write The War of the Worlds. However, with more powerful telesco...

  • Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Why has Paul McGann signed the Official Secrets Act?
    Saturday, 6 August 2011

    All he will say is that he would have to kill us if he tells us and to be quite honest, after an exhaustive examination of his career, that short-cut seems preferable. Indeed, I will happily end it all myself if I read another geek-blog debating whet...

  • Robert Headland: It's not totally safe, it's not inevitably a disaster – the truth lies in between
    Saturday, 6 August 2011

    The industrial lobby all but ignores the possible downside for natural habitats; the environmental lobby is liable to imply that every project could precipitate a crisis. The truth, inevitably, is somewhere in between. The first and most important th...

  • Oliver Wright: Part of the historical record – and a tourist attraction
    Saturday, 6 August 2011

    This wasn't a part of the city known for its sectarianism – but the owners (certainly not loyalists) made it clear that they didn't have a choice about its presence. It just wasn't something you questioned. So now, in the new Northern Ireland, has th...

  • Ben Chu: Does fiscal stimulus work?
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

     

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