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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

  • Editorial: This war only exacerbates the need
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    The UN has evacuated 200 "non-essential" staff and expatriate family members, and the US has also urged its nationals to leave. But aid workers from Unicef have remained to protect and care for the children whose release was negotiated as part of the...

  • Helping killers choose life
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.This is the story of two child soldiers, and two women who have worked tirelessly on the painful process of trying to help them return to a normal life. One is a success story. The other gives some ...

  • Editorial: Retail habits change, but shopping goes on
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    There are reasons to be wary. High street sales before Christmas were said, in the guarded language of the British Retail Consortium, to have been "acceptable, not exceptional". But it is not clear how far even those sales were achieved by dint of a...

  • How alarming – I lost five years of my life in a flash
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    Not long ago I had never heard of telomeres, the tiny structures on the end of our DNA, the length of which shows us how fast we are ageing – or so the people at Life Length say. When the science editor of The Independent began looking into the sub...

  • Swearing another form of bullying
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    Officials are in no position to respond in the way they might feel without risk of losing their jobs. They are easy targets for this form of bullying and have a right to a degree of protection. This explains the obvious anger of some police officers...

  • Editorial: Are we entering a new age of Enlightenment?
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    The annual survey of who was doing what with their bodies, conducted by the charity Sense About Science, found a relatively high proportion of celebrities turning their backs on the mountebanks of the snake-oil industry. Step forward Jennifer Anisto...

  • Bilawal is key to the PPP regaining mass appeal in Pakistan
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    The address was confident and emotionally charged. Peppered liberally with the party's populist Urdu slogans, it made explicit reference to the Bhutto legacy. And that is the crux of the matter. The Bhutto family is one of the world's most famous (a...

  • Churches' hostility to gay marriage only underlines their impotence
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    She was joined by about 150 other devotees at her central London church, a multitude of nationalities coming together to celebrate a cherished festival. So it was a shame that the magic of the moment was blown apart by a blast of bigotry from the pul...

  • Why have the Tories rejected the spirit of 2012?
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    It was the year in which we joined with strangers to feel a sense of common endeavour and celebration. Truly, as Abraham  Lincoln put it, we discovered “the better angels of our nature”.These better angels feed compassion not mean-spiritedness. They ...

  • The New Year Dishonours list: Recognition for those who did their worst
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    With a well-run Olympic event in London and several sporting victories, levels of British smugness have hit something of a high and, as a result, there has been no shortage of public figures who have made their own small but nauseating contribution t...

  • Facebook criticised again - this time sparked by Mark Zuckerberg's sister
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    Recently, Anonymous the internet hacktivist group, were reportedly threatening to take down Facebook, and there were also complaints about Facebook's Photo Sync feature.Now, Mark Zuckerberg's sister Randi has criticised another user for sharing her p...

  • Mixed messages from CAR rebels
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.This video shows just how volatile the situation in the Central African Republic is. Filmed outside the diamond mining town of Bria, it shows a rebel commander (who we have agreed not to name) talki...

  • Taking from already impoverished families will leave children helpless
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    As the Chancellor rounded off 2012 by announcing plans to sever the link between benefits and inflation – arguably the biggest attack on the welfare state yet – I was drafting a short report on some of his targets; the families and young people who a...

  • Baby on board - so please try to behave yourselves
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    Around the centre in particular you cannot walk a block without passing a playpen's-worth of winged babies in sculptural or painted form. Some look angelic (dimpled, graceful) others only a mother could love (porky, goggle-eyed). Altogether, the sum ...

  • Christmas sales: It's the embattled sales assistants that I feel sorry for
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    Not from an excess of food and drink; my queasy feeling was because I was aware that at the very same moment that I was getting in the car, there were people about to be let in through the doors of the Next Boxing Day sale.What could anyone possibly ...

  • Natalie Portman tops Forbes list of Best Actors For The Buck
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    They calculated how much on average each star's last three films earned at the box office per dollar of pay.Black Swan was a surprise box office mega-hit when it was produced for an estimated $13 million but managed to gross $329 million worldwide. N...

  • Must watch: Aquarium bursts in shopping centre in Shanghai
    Thursday, 27 December 2012

    Onlookers at the Orient shopping centre in Shanghai were extremely unlucky when a glass wall cracked, pouring out the contents of the aquarium.Three lemon sharks, several turtles and small fish were sadly killed in the incident, and sixteen people ar...

  • Come on BBC, open up those cupboards
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    The BBC exists in a dimension beyond normal brand loyalty. Many people regard it as an extension of the public utilities, magically providing services that they simply wouldn't know how to get otherwise. That's why it's not really surprising to see t...

  • With all the fuss over Kate Middleton's baby, have we learned nothing since Princess Diana?
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    But at least in HRH's Christmas speech, One did do something every republican – and sensible monarchist – should applaud. One did not mention Kate Middleton's pregnancy. And quite right too. Because this should be our new year's wish for 2013. That t...

  • So you think the wealth gap is growing? Wrong
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    It is part of a bigger political puzzle, which is why the Coalition seems to want people to think that we are not all in it together when they have every right to claim that this is precisely where we all are. What were David Cameron, George Osborne ...

  • Letters: EBacc plans are unfair on the arts
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    The EBacc proposals discriminate unfairly against students with ability in the visual and creative arts. Why should the thousands of students with talent in these areas be denied the opportunity to develop and gain confidence in their abilities at sc...

  • Editorial: Egypt's revolution is not yet lost
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    The low turnout in the referendum may reflect growing weariness and cynicism among voters for whom casting a ballot was once a novelty. And the fact that the referendum had to be held over two weekends was a direct result of the Brotherhood's inept ...

  • Manchester United’s plea to free the children of war
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.Manchester United, arguably the biggest football club in the world, have thrown their weight behind The Independent’s Christmas Appeal to raise money for the rescue of child soldiers by Unicef in on...

  • Editorial: How the uneatable became unbeatable
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    Now, with the Environment Secretary's admission that there is unlikely to be a repeal debate in the coming year, because a free vote cannot apparently be won, the increasing likelihood must be that the ban is here to stay. So much for David Cameron'...

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