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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

  • Leading article: Bloodshed that demands a concerted UN effort
    Thursday, 23 February 2012

    Now, after almost a year, the conflict is rapidly turning into a full-scale humanitarian disaster. With swathes of the city of Homs under almost constant bombardment, civilians are running out of food, water and medical supplies, those displaced by t...

  • Leading article: Just one move in the eurozone chess game
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    It is an argument that sounds plausible but is missing the point. Indeed, to ask whether the latest bailout will be enough is to start from the faulty premise that there is a resolution to the euro crisis available, if only Europe's politicians would...

  • Simon Kelner: Who's going to set a bad example for the kids now?
    Thursday, 23 February 2012

    These days, however, your average rock star is more likely to be backstage reading a Paolo Coelho novel while sipping camomile tea and worrying about which public school to send seven-year-old Augustine. Such was the impression left by this week's Br...

  • Amol Rajan: Gay marriage is an issue of humanity, not sexuality
    Thursday, 23 February 2012

    It advances three main arguments: first, "the evidence shows children do best with a married mother and father"; second, "if marriage is redefined once, what is to stop it being redefined to allow polygamy?"; and third, "it's not discriminatory t...

  • Letters: Don't sneer at passion in defence of the NHS
    Thursday, 23 February 2012

    True, June Hautot is not the polished, middle-class, polite, media-savvy talking head seen in television's usual political fare. I do not know the lady, but she has obviously campaigned for many years for what she passionately believes in. At 75 i...

  • Leading article: Time for 'opt-out' organ donation
    Thursday, 23 February 2012

    That is not to say that transplant rates are not improving. Far from it; there has been considerable progress in recent years. The longest-ever kidney transplant chain, reported in this newspaper today, is a case in point. In the US, some 60 operatio...

  • Katherine Butler: We'll always need the Marie Colvins
    Thursday, 23 February 2012

    Amid all the sound and heat the Leveson Inquiry has generated over such media transgressions as the phone-hacking of celebrities in this country, it's been easy to lose sight of one of the most important raisons d'être of a vibrant, professional and ...

  • Simon Kelner: For 40 days and 40 nights, fish will be my new religion
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    I was born Jewish, and although I don't practise, I do feel that my religion is part of who I am. Philip Roth is one of my heroes, and I like to think that I understand things in his prose that non-Jewish readers just wouldn't get. And I believe that...

  • Archie Bland: People hurt other people; sometimes it's that simple
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    A few minutes later Dharun Ravi, the roommate who had watched him kiss another man via webcam and later attempted to stream another sexual encounter to his friends, sent him a text in which he said that "all his actions were good natured". He sent an...

  • Letters: Holiday times are up to parents
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    As a comprehensive school head teacher in Cornwall for nearly 20 years, I was frequently asked to sanction children being taken out of school for a family holiday in winter for this very reason. We provided work for the children to take with them if ...

  • Leading article: Bordering on the farcical
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    The then Home Secretary John Reid's response to the confusion, in 2006, was to create the UK Border Agency. But yesterday's report into recent security lapses reveals a system still characterised by weak management, poor record keeping, and an alarmi...

  • Ben Chu: Only optimists or Eurocrats believe the crisis is resolved
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    It is said that when investors realised European sovereign bonds were not "risk-free", they ran for the exits, knocking over Ireland and Portugal in the process and almost taking down Italy, too.So if it all started with Greece, will it end with Gree...

  • Ian McKellen: What's wrong with us? Should we not aspire to happiness?
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    He thinks that same­gender marriages would "undermine the institution" and weaken it "fatally". Does that mean that Lady Carey and he would have been less happy together if I, married to my husband, had been living next door?Marriage has been a benef...

  • Natalie Haynes: It's cruel to sell fat people a myth about willpower
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    Only now have government scientists at the University of Maryland realised that this advice is inaccurate, because of what most dieters could have told them long ago: as you lose weight, your metabolism slows down. It also makes you think of cookies...

  • Leading article: Royal Bank of Scotland still has a long way to go
    Thursday, 23 February 2012

    In fairness, it was certainly better than the usual brass-necked disdain. But the fact that the total bonus pot can be shrunk by 60 per cent and still total £400m – and that in an institution that has made a loss for the past four years running and i...

  • Deborah Ross: Is the fashion crowd ready for my half beret, half salad bowl?
    Thursday, 23 February 2012

    Well, luckily, I am on hand to distill them for you and put them in a nutshell or, if that doesn't suit, a shell of your choosing. Nutshells don't work for everybody just as, say, the wraparound skirt didn't work for those who quickly discovered it w...

  • Leading article: When will the US learn to take care with the Koran?
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    The tragedy is that we have been here before, not least last year when a Florida pastor soaked the Muslim holy book in kerosene and set it alight. At least 10 UN workers were killed in the ensuing protests. Something similar happened after Guantanamo...

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