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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

  • Leading article: Superpowers in search of the next world order
    Wednesday, 15 February 2012

    Mr Xi might appear, in terms of ranking and schedule, to be a visitor of secondary importance. Vice-President is not, by itself, a position of huge significance, and Mr Xi will take a well-trodden route – from Washington to Iowa farming country to Lo...

  • Letters: Nightmare of wealth and fame
    Tuesday, 14 February 2012

    In entertainment or sport, career height is often reached before the age of 30. After that it can be a slow and agonising process seeing one's looks, health and talent gradually decline, especially when compared with newcomers on the scene. Those chr...

  • Leading: Now stand by for Act II of this Greek drama
    Tuesday, 14 February 2012

    With their own careers, Greece's euro membership, and perhaps the very survival of the European single currency at stake, Greek MPs did their duty: 199 voted for the plan; only 74 against. Parliamentary democracy had had its say. But it was parliamen...

  • Vladimir Putin: My goal is to make Russia a more just society
    Tuesday, 14 February 2012

    In Russia we have a much higher level of social protection than in countries with similar levels of labour productivity and revenue per capita. And we have made real progress in fighting poverty, in improving the situation with pensions, in bettering...

  • Susie Rushton: Don't put our Olympics patience to the test
    Tuesday, 14 February 2012

    So far, the prospect of the Olympics is still a happy one, just as long as we're not given too much cause to turn off the whole shebang. We've already had our good wishes tested on the long journey from London winning the bid to the opening ceremony....

  • Deborah Ross: Join now to find that someone who isn't the least bit special
    Tuesday, 14 February 2012

    Or, as the bumf puts it: "Do you want to be with just about anyone? Are your standards exceptionally low? If so, you should sign up right now!"We also have many testimonials, including this one from someone or other: "I'd almost given up hope of find...

  • Ben Chu: Mervyn King is more than keeping up
    Wednesday, 15 February 2012

     

  • Simon Kelner: How C for Cancer became C for Cautious Optimism
    Wednesday, 15 February 2012

    Last weekend, we were playing table tennis like a pair of youngsters. In fact, we beat an actual pair of youngsters, both of whom, as far as I know, had all their organs intact. In this rich, privileged world of ours, we take many things for granted...

  • Archie Bland: There is no 'i' in 'brand', but I see myself reflected in it
    Wednesday, 15 February 2012

    I sneer at those grotty teenage boys who buy Lynx deodorant because they think it will make them irresistible to women, but I buy Apple products, nominally because they work really well and are aesthetically pleasing, but probably really because I be...

  • Archie Bland: There is no 'i' in 'brand', but I see myself reflected in it
    Wednesday, 15 February 2012

    I sneer at those grotty teenage boys who buy Lynx deodorant because they think it will make them irresistible to women, but I buy Apple products, nominally because they work really well and are aesthetically pleasing, but probably really because I be...

  • Letters: Qatada - a triumph for the rule of law
    Wednesday, 15 February 2012

    Abu Qatada has been in prison for nine years without ever having been charged with any UK terrorist or other offence or being deported to his homeland of Jordan for terrorist offences allegedly committed there. Now, which of the vociferous Tory gentl...

  • Leading article: Not much economic wriggle room
    Wednesday, 15 February 2012

    With so much political capital tied up in their economic differences, it is little surprise that both parties are trying to make what they can of Moody's. Leaving aside the political posturing, however, and what is left is strikingly little room for ...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Malnutrition has an impact similar to that of Aids
    Wednesday, 15 February 2012

    The consequences can be seen in the distended bellies, peeling skin and thinning hair typical of the malnourished child. They may be irritable, apathetic or anxious. Their brains grow more slowly, with changes similar to those in children with mental...

  • Kim Sengupta: These attacks could serve as a catalyst for war
    Wednesday, 15 February 2012

    If all true, this is a dangerous moment in a scenario already incendiary due to the confrontation between Israel and the West and Iran over its nuclear programme.At the Herzliyah security conference in Israel this month one got the impression that th...

  • Simon Kelner: How Twitter has become the virtual sitting room of our time
    Tuesday, 14 February 2012

    Once, you had to wait until the following morning's reviews to have a sense of the prevailing opinion: now, the verdict is instantaneous. Not only that – and this depends on who you're following, of course – it can feel as if you're in your sitting r...

  • Amol Rajan: Love really is all you need so, go on, buy those roses
    Tuesday, 14 February 2012

    The only people who win are the makers and sellers of greeting cards, and restaurateurs struggling with the recession.Do you feel like you've read all that before? Well, my friends, you have. You read it in every newspaper and magazine over the weeke...

  • Leading article: An unhappy record on reprocessing
    Tuesday, 14 February 2012

    There are three options for the stockpile of highly radioactive plutonium powder that is produced at Thorp: it can be buried, it can be turned into so-called "mixed oxide" (Mox) fuel for reuse in converted nuclear reactors, or it can be burnt in "fas...

  • Effie Kesidou: Greece should cut its losses and exit now
    Tuesday, 14 February 2012

    But this solution is already not working in Greece. And the evidence suggests it has been disastrous when imposed across Latin America, East Asia and Africa, provoking opposite results to those that are desired. Thus it will actually deepen the Greek...

  • Rhodri Marsden: What we like and what we don't like are often closer than you'd think
    Tuesday, 14 February 2012

    As we move into our twenties, we hear the phrase "You're not my type" less often, not least because it's bloody rude. Rejection comes in gentler forms. People inform you that their "head is in a weird place" or, if you're really unlucky, you'll be su...

  • Ben Chu: As the cuts hit home, inequality is fanning flames of rebellion
    Tuesday, 14 February 2012

    And austerity is driving the economy down further. Athens has imposed fiscal consolidation – spending cuts and tax rises – equal to 8 per cent of GDP over the past two years. It is true that other countries – Sweden in the 1990s and Denmark in the 19...

  • Sam Gurney: It's too little, too late – but it still offers hope of a better future
    Tuesday, 14 February 2012

    The company cannot claim to have been ignorant of the conditions in the places that assembled its goods – the incredibly long shifts and the dangerous working conditions, to name a couple.These conditions have been apparent for many years, and yet li...

  • Leading article: A welcome move to take on whiplash claims
    Wednesday, 15 February 2012

    Some of the blame lies with unscrupulous motorists, some with ambulance-chasing lawyers, some with third parties such as garages selling on the details of crashes. More importantly, however, there is no shortage of potential remedies. Capping lawyers...

  • Natalie Haynes: Let's not pretend Hergé held 21st-century opinions
    Wednesday, 15 February 2012

    On closer inspection, however, the court has made a rather more sophisticated judgment than it first appears. It has ruled that the book, published in 1946, should not be banned in Belgium, because it wasn't intended to incite racial hatred. And the ...

  • Leading article: Just don't mention any 'green shoots'
    Tuesday, 14 February 2012

    So Baroness Vadera should probably have known better. But the Labour Business minister recklessly followed Mr Lamont's lead, in 2009, with claims about "green shoots" of recovery that were similarly premature and met with similar hoots of derision. A...

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