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Sunday, 1 January 2012

  • Leading article: Growing strife in Nigeria that must not be ignored
    Monday, 2 January 2012

    After terrorist bombs that killed more than 40 people across Africa's most populous country on Christmas Day, President Goodluck Jonathan has now declared a state of emergency, giving extra powers to security forces and closing parts of the country's...

  • Leading article: Clegg's chance to clean up
    Sunday, 1 January 2012

    It has been alleged that Paul Ruddock is unsuited to a knighthood either because he ran a hedge fund, or because his fund made money by betting against the viability of Northern Rock and other banks, or both. The Independent on Sunday is not, we hope...

  • Leading article: Time to take implants seriously
    Monday, 2 January 2012

    As many as 40,000 British women have implants manufactured by Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) from what the French company now admits was industrial-grade silicone. Not only are there grave health implications if the devices leak, the cheaper PIP models ...

  • Ian Blair: Assisted dying needs a change of heart
    Sunday, 1 January 2012

    This is the case with the law regarding assisted dying – and it was the aim of the Commission on Assisted Dying, which reports this week, to investigate the current law on this subject and ask whether it needs to be changed. It does.Assisting someone...

  • Roman Krznaric: Are you hooked on gadgets? Then it's time you went on a digital diet
    Sunday, 1 January 2012

    On the other hand, thanks to technology, we are awash with superficial talk. Think of all the staccato texts and Facebook posts sent last year – how many of those words really added depth and meaning to our lives? We're stuffing ourselves with chatte...

  • Letters: New Year Honours
    Monday, 2 January 2012

    Some have boldly breached repressive religious taboos against gambling. Others have given up lucrative criminal careers to become model citizens. They are inspirational icons of normality in a celebrity-crazed world.Many generously eschew opportuniti...

  • Leading article: Can we now have a Hockney portrait of the Queen?
    Monday, 2 January 2012

    We can only hope so, and that the new-found mood might also apply to the matter of a royal portrait. Hockney has in the past also turned down a request to paint a portrait of the Queen, saying that he only paints people he knows. Perhaps now he could...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Clients come second to commercial interests
    Monday, 2 January 2012

    Modern materials in the last 20 years have included soy-bean oil, hydrogel, saline solution and silicone – but problems keep occurring. Hydrogel and soy-bean oil implants were withdrawn a decade ago over safety fears and compensation was paid to thou...

  • Cahal Milmo: Scale of email hacking is set to be this year's biggest story
    Monday, 2 January 2012

    Since it was set up six months ago, Scotland Yard's inquiry into allegations that private detectives were hired by newspapers to target computers of public figures has been overshadowed by Operation Weeting, which deals with the News of the World pho...

  • Ian Burrell: Hail the philanthropists who have offered a future for serious journalism
    Monday, 2 January 2012

    On New Year's Eve, the New York-based ProPublica organisation sent out a message to its 94,000 Twitter followers appealing for tax-deductible donations to help it fund its investigations. This was no desperate appeal. Two years ago this non-profit in...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (1 January 2012)
    Sunday, 1 January 2012

    Plain packs will make the health warnings more prominent and reduce the tobacco industry's ability to mislead consumers about the harms of smoking with "healthier-looking" colours and branding. There is no evidence plain packaging will make cigarette...

  • Sophie Heawood: After the turkey, we gobbled down our principles
    Sunday, 1 January 2012

    All week long we've been sitting here, growing lardy and acquiescent in the calendar's equivalent of that gap between the Sunday papers and lunch. On the horizon: nothing but the wintry gaze of January, when the suicide and divorce rates peak, and yo...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'Help! I'm turning into Philip Green!'
    Sunday, 1 January 2012

    Brave for starting a new business in the middle of a financial meltdown. Brave to open a bookshop when Amazon is trying to monopolise shopping by selling everything at half price and offering free delivery. Brave to try to sell real books at all when...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Are we witnessing the final disintegration of Iraq?
    Sunday, 1 January 2012

    I had no idea at the time that this explosion would mark a significant change of direction in Iraqi politics. It may only have been used as an excuse, but the bomb was the signal for the Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, to cut adrift the senior Sunni...

  • Katy Guest: How to succeed in retail: sell good stuff, politely. Er, that's it
    Sunday, 1 January 2012

    There are two main things to notice about John Lewis: (1) shopping there is brilliant, the staff are helpful, you can buy what you went in for with a minimum of stress and then have a nice sit down and a cup of coffee; (2) its profits are up. Meanwhi...

  • DJ Taylor: The cinematic truth about Lord Heseltine
    Sunday, 1 January 2012

    You can see Lord Heseltine's point, and indeed that of Lord Tebbit, who, well-nigh simultaneously, declared that "Margaret Thatcher was never in my experience the half-hysterical, over-emotional, over-acting woman portrayed by Meryl Streep". There yo...

  • Paul Vallely: The Syrians have lost their fear. Is it time for a no-fly zone?
    Sunday, 1 January 2012

    On Friday, for the first time, the protests in Syria reached the capital Damascus. The demonstrators on the streets of that nation swelled from tens of thousands to a 100,000 and more. Protesters have seized the opportunity to show observers from the...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (01/01/2012)
    Sunday, 1 January 2012

    Four Weddings and a Funeral star Simon Callow claims the press "wouldn't let him" come out in the 1980s, even though he kept telling them he was gay. Every time he told an interviewer about it, they refused to print it, he tells Pink News. He finally...

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