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Thursday, 27 December 2012

  • Editorial: A union woman who could make a difference
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    The first point remains valid. Even if you take as your starting point the 1960s, when women began entering the work force in greater numbers, rather than the 1860s when the British trade union movement proper started, it has still taken almost half...

  • Hope in the face of horror
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.Traveling for Unicef as a Goodwill Ambassador for over a decade, my focus has been on the most vulnerable children in countries - particularly in Africa - that are impacted by conflict.  It has brou...

  • Aid workers stay behind to protect rescued child soldiers
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.The 64 former child soldiers rescued by the children’s charity Unicef, in work being funded by The Independent’s Christmas appeal, have been moved to a place of safety in the Central African Republi...

  • 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: Twelve months that gave us greater confidence and fewer illusions
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    Sometime after the fevered apologies for showing the wrong Korean flag at the football and before the wondrous evening when Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah won gold. Sometime after Britain’s “dream team” of cyclists faced up to defeat in ...

  • How do we regain trust in our institutions?
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    One task above all others should preoccupy us in Britain if we want a good year. Politicians and the media will obsess about the future of the Coalition, whether Labour’s revival will continue, which policies will best stimulate growth and the respon...

  • If we’ve just had Frazzled Friday, what’s next on the 2012/13 calendar of excess?
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    Everybody loves a syndrome these days, and Frazzled Friday is the perfect encapsulation of when a shared meme becomes a tenuous cultural institution. What’s next? Sober Saturday and Sleepy Sunday, ahead of the excesses of New Year’s Eve, I mean Menta...

  • How we failed Dickens in his bicentenary year
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    The year that was meant to be a tribute to Dickens’s genius began with the BBC’s removing all trace of it in a three-part Great Expectations that wasn’t funny, except in the sense of being cloth-eared, and wasn’t frightening, except in the sense of d...

  • If you want to gauge the health of the government, just take a look at the Boxing Day papers
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    What did we learn from this year’s Boxing Day papers? Well, Labour had one good hit about squaddies caught by the new “bedroom tax”, while Her Majesty’s unofficial opposition also did well, Tory rebel Dominic Raab getting blanket coverage by helpfull...

  • My wild swimming ways and why it is the season to get back in touch with nature
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    But isn’t there something heroic, empathetic, even, in these antics? Aren’t we really trying to reconnect with a lost sense of nature? Our lives are generally so remote from the natural world. We live under constant surveillance, forever prey to digi...

  • This week's big questions: Should Turkey join the EU? Should the UK have a referendum on leaving it?
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    I don’t think so. Russia has made enormous strides under Putin; she no longer has to run an empire, and like all ex-imperial powers is richer as a result. There is an educated middle class at last, and Russia’s voice has often been the sane one in in...

  • Errors and Omissions: You might have to wait some time if you dial 911 in an emergency
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    Sat downI enjoyed our interview on Monday with Jim Al-Khalili, the theoretical physicist and new head of the British Humanist Association who seems to be a likeable version of Richard Dawkins, but it started badly: “‘I suspect we’re not the only fami...

  • This was the worst year in memory for Christmas TV and I've got the stats to prove it
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    Instead, it chose to screen a “vintage” episode of Richard Curtis’s ecclesiastical sitcom. And not even a recent one, but a Christmas special which premiered in 1996. There were jokes about the Spice Girls and David Ginola that were so old I had to G...

  • This Christmas let's celebrate the demise of a fixed television schedule
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    Mum will always get in a tizz over the dinner not being hot enough, (her idea of "hot enough" is if it removes a layer of skin when you touch it) and Dad will always forget to do something important. This year he forgot the starters and remembered th...

  • Multi-cultural Britain can benefit from continuing Indian boom
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    This trip has a sharpness to it: I used to go back to India every couple of years until the age of 18 but haven't been back in the decade since and am without my parents as my mother is unable to travel. When I booked the tickets earlier this year I ...

  • Iceland vol-au-vents and that Wizzard record: Why Christmas is the triumph of tat over taste
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    For some people a picture-perfect Christmas is very important indeed, and they deserve our pity come Boxing Day, when the extra-large chasm between fantasy Christmas and reality Shitmas becomes apparent. Perhaps in sympathy, the Met Office has one o...

  • What it feels like to witness a tragedy: The photographer who captured grief after Sandy Hook and Columbine tells his story
    The Atlantic Friday, 28 December 2012

    This is also the case for Panama native Essdras Suarez, whose work as a staff photographer for publications including Rocky Mountain News and The Boston Globe has brought him into close contact with the victims of recent tragedy. In this article for ...

  • Must Listen: ‘After You’ - Pulp release James Murphy collaboration and their first new track in 10 years Friday, 28 December 2012

    Believe it or not, Sheffield's finest was first formed back in 1978 and struggled to find success through the 80s, before becoming key - if reluctant - figures in the Britpop movement of the mid-90s. In recent years, Pulp's lead singer Jarvis Cocker ...

  • In defence of Piers Morgan: The ex-Mirror editor has some unlikely champions
    Friday, 28 December 2012

    Last week the ex-Mirror editor and current CNN host, irritated the 73,000 plus signatories of a White House website petition to have him deported by lambasting gun rights activist Larry Pratt, a guest on his show in the wake of the Sandy Hook school ...

  • 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...

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