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Thursday, 23 February 2012

  • Leading article: Somalia needs more than summit meetings
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    Hundreds of thousands have fled to squalid refugee camps in neighbouring countries. Pirates patrol its lawless coastal waters, costing the international economy billions in ransoms. Rent-seeking warlords fight over its territories. Large tracts of la...

  • 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...

  • Lisa Markwell: At last, the reason why it's so hard to break bad habits
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    The piece in question is all about marketing, and how the US retail giant Target has such sophisticated methods of gleaning information about its customers, it managed to send promotional vouchers to a young girl for pregnancy products before she'd e...

  • Adjoa Anyimadu: What can the West do to help Somalia?
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    The presence of high-level participants including Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-moon and a host of Presidents, Foreign Ministers and officials from over 40 countries and international organisations has drawn media attention, and offers the hope that the UK...

  • Letters: Gay marriage, yes, but keep the state out of it
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    This doesn't prevent anyone from having a separate ceremony and a stonking big party to celebrate the happiest day of their lives. If a couple (or more, why restrict it to two people?) wants to get married in a church, a temple, or on the moon, that'...

  • Leading article: A new start for the health watchdog
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    Yesterday's Department of Health review of the CQC is surprisingly gentle, even allowing for the muted language of Whitehall. It acknowledges that more could have been done. But, it concludes that, taking into account the difficulties of creating one...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: Deplorable acts of gender preference
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    That such activities are already illegal does not appear to be sufficient. It can only be hoped that the investigation launched hurriedly by the Health Secretary yesterday yields equally swift results, establishing the extent of the problem and setti...

  • Boyd Tonkin: This leap is anything but child's play
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    True, some classics of the children's shelves have kept their yarns for youngsters within a cherished closed compartment of their lives. The Oxford mathematician Charles Dodgson, author of The Fifth Book of Euclid Treated Algebraically and An Element...

  • Jeremy Laurance: The new regulator mustbe made of sterner stuff
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    She had been chief executive of the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority, with responsibility for Mid-Staffordshire trust, and was criticised for being "too easily assured" that nothing was amiss. Her credibility was thus compromised from the sta...

  • Victor Blank: Business must start a giving revolution
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    The untold story is that a significant number of businesses are donating money, time and resources and have been doing so, without fanfare, for years. One estimate published by the City of London Corporation calculated that financial and professional...

  • 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...

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