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Wednesday, 2 January 2013

  • Editorial: Who said the nasty party had gone away?
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    The most immediate clash is next week's parliamentary vote on the Chancellor's plan to squeeze welfare payments for the coming three years. With Labour intending to oppose the measure, Christmas was barely over before the Government was firing its fi...

  • Where there’s hope – life after terror
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.It would be nice if there was a happy ending to every story we have to tell in our Christmas Appeal for the work of the children’s charity Unicef in the rescue and rehabilitation of boy soldiers and...

  • Editorial: Don't scare North Korea off a Pyongyang Spring
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    So is this a country, and a leader, trying to threaten its neighbours or to court them? On the one hand is North Korea's unmonitored nuclear capability, its missile tests (successful and failed) and its intimidating shows of well-drilled unity. On t...

  • ‘I wouldn’t let my children play with toy guns. In the Congo, theirs is a world of Kalashnikovs’
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.My own children at their age were doing childish things. But these children – whom I met in places with names few have ever heard of – carried guns and used them. They were called “Sir” and even “Ge...

  • Letters: CPS must start to hunt the hunters
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    I am one of the group of monitors who supplied the footage used in the RSPCA's successful prosecution of the Heythrop hunt, and we turned to the RSPCA because more than 30 similar previous submissions by us, relating to several hunts in several coun...

  • Editorial: More Al Jazeera is good for the US
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    The news channel, which is owned by the Qatari royal family, can be watched in 260 million homes in 130 countries but its availability in the US has been limited, thanks largely to the hostility of the US establishment. But Al Jazeera has just bought...

  • This outcry over rail fare increases is a just a softie southerners' whinge
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    Year after year, they complain that they are uniquely victimised because they don’t have a choice. They are captive passengers crammed every day into obsolete rolling stock, sitting ducks for above-inflation fare rises.  We are not talking only about...

  • Samuel L. Jackson is right about bad Hollywood endings, but then real life isn't much better
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    Films tend to continue well after their natural ending, according to the actor Samuel L Jackson, who cites Steven Spielberg’s latest, Lincoln. Some meander, others go off in a new direction, or close with modish, irritating ambiguity.Ben Affleck, ano...

  • The Government has gone to great lengths to restrict access to university. Where was Willetts's concern for the disadvantaged then?
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    But I think I’ve spotted one that’s been overlooked, namely the rapid progress it’s making towards a society in which virtually everyone belongs to a competing minority. By the time of the general election in 2015, millions of people will have been i...

  • “When I heard that Unicef was going to release child soldiers, I thought my prayers are answered”
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.Abdul's market stall was a simple one. Built out of wood, it stood identical to the dozens that surrounded it in the busy central square in Bria, his wares of small bags holding salt, sugar and tea ...

  • Common sense and respect for children in hijabs, please
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    The latest example is a school in South London which has told a Muslim family that their unnamed nine year old daughter may not wear a hijab – the traditional Muslim headscarf – in class. This has been widely reported because the parents have announc...

  • Oxfam has it right, it's time for aid organisations to see Africa differently
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    The conundrum for Oxfam and others looks a bit like this: “if images of starving babies produce a strong emotional reaction, and therefore strong financial and political support, how are we going to show that we’re making progress? People won’t keep ...

  • Putting the guilty to death would be a step backwards for India, and do nothing to address its real problems
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    Her case has provoked thousands upon thousands of Indians - male and female, young and old - to reflect on the treatment of women and the violence to which they are subjected. They are demanding a sea change in attitudes and protections with an unpre...

  • As benefits dry up, Wonga will prosper: 2013 could be the year of the payday lender
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    That’s right. Many at the bottom of society who will find the coming year tougher than the last (always the sign of a failing government) are people who leave the house every day to earn their money rather than make it - a distinction most of the mil...

  • I thought there was no escaping him
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    (Names have been changed to protect her identity.)“David was so charming initially. He was 20 years older than me but it didn’t bother me - I thought he was great. He had pursued me and seemed to be very caring, so when he asked me to marry him I sai...

  • Cauliflower and chocolate, anyone? Science unveils odd, new flavour combos
    New Scientist Thursday, 3 January 2013

    New Scientist magazine have put these flavour combinations to the test with recipes including 'mashed potato with a caper and coffee bean duo', 'Roast cauliflower in a dark chocolate fondue' and 'Caviar on chilled white chocolate'. Not all combinatio...

  • Stand up and admire the demotic nobility of darts
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    What's more, the crowds it attracts to see the worlds best players are enthusiastic and knowledgable and don't let their partisan feelings override their love for the sport. “Stand up if you love the darts,” the audience at Alexandra Palace sang with...

  • How spontaneous was Neil Armstrong's famous moon landing line?
    Mashable Thursday, 3 January 2013

    For years the consensus among space historians and astronauts has been that Neil Armstrong, who died last year age 82,  came up with this line after arriving on the moon, as part of the first moon landing mission in July 1969. However, in a fashion t...

  • Letters: Decentralise and cut commuting
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    Many commuters are forced into long-distance commuting by lack of local jobs. But in addition, a culture, not least in the public sector, of 10am meetings in London places impossible burdens on railway facilities. Protests about high rail charges ri...

  • Editorial: Let taxpayers share rail fare pain
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    In fairness, there is no easy answer to the question of how to pay for the railways. The network is crying out for modernisation and expensive programmes such as electrification are long overdue. But although some increase in fares is unavoidable, t...

  • If you ask me…it’s time I expressed my true feelings on alternative medicine
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    So, are you against conventional science?Not at all. It certainly has its place for, say, curing and preventing diseases, explaining our planet, saving our endangered species, tracing our evolution, extending all our life-spans and enhancing the qual...

  • Cosmetic surgery is bad. That women feel the need for it is worse
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    Scroll forward 10 years, and that’s what we might be seeing in Britain: the normalisation of cosmetic surgery and the plasticisation of our faces and bodies. For the increasing number of us going under the knife has been scarily unaffected by recessi...

  • Teacher morale at all time low: Cheer up, Miss, some of us love you
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    At any time in history. But at this precise point in time, with directives, counter-directives, A-Level re-sits, “phonics screening checks” and new exams flying at them left, right and centre, it must be virtually impossible. Unsurprisingly, it now l...

  • Confused? Maybe you’re not drinking enough
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    If so, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. But above all, I have news. Plenty of it. Too much, as usual. Trying to keep up with health advice can feel like surfing the Net for weather forecasts: what you find is always changing, often contradi...

  • It's Charlie Hebdo's right to draw Muhammad, but they missed the opportunity to do something profound
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    First things first – Charlie Hebdo are perfectly within their rights to publish a comic book retelling the life of the Prophet Muhammad. Even though Muslims find any depiction of Islam’s founder to be wrong, they have the right to draw pictures of Mu...

  • Five ways to give to charity this January
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    1. Christmas salesEven charity shops have Christmas sales. Oxfam has an online shop with clothing, books, household items and DVDs - some reduced to £1.99. That's cheaper than most on Amazon, and the money goes to a good cause.2. The DryathlonTake on...

  • New Year’s Vegsolutions: Here’s one resolution that will last - and make you feel good
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    Keep your hand up if your pledge revolves around something to make you feel better about yourself like losing weight, giving up a vice (smoking or chocolate), be a better partner or taking up regular exercise. And who doesn’t want to feel good about ...

  • Swansea University warns that drunken Facebook posts could ruin your career
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    In March, a Swansea student was jailed for posting racially offensive remarks towards Fabrice Muamba. A recent Facebook group encouraged users at the uni to tell their binge-drinking tales and sexual exploits, but registrar Raymond Ciborowski and stu...

  • The 'fiscal cliff' battle underlines why foreign affairs, not domestic policy, will define Obama's second term of office
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    GridlockHowever, whether or not a legislative agreement is ultimately struck to roll-back the US tax rises and government cut backs scheduled from this week, the tortuous nature of the negotiations has already served an early warning for President Ba...

  • Has Cheryl Cole created the most ridiculous dance move of all time?
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    The move, which Popjustice have christened "The Double SexCrab" features in the video for Cole's latest single 'Ghetto Baby' and involves Cole doing the crab (backwards, all fours) on top of another male dancer also doing the crab, while both simulta...

  • Complaints to Ofcom about Channel 4's Big Fat Quiz of The Year - do you think they took it too far?
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    Presenter Jimmy Carr was joined by three teams of two, including Jonathan Ross, James Corden and Jack Whitehall - who said he and Corden had been rather drunk during filming.The quiz is a satirical take on the news and events from the past 12 months....

  • How a culinary backwater like Britain became a nation of foodies
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    You are never quite sure what you'll get with Will – I was once in his company when he used a banana to measure distances on a street map of London – but you can be sure he has thought things through before committing himself to an opinion. So his la...

  • 'Only a game'? You've never played with the Blands
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    Last week was a case in point. The neighbours who came to my parents' place for a Boxing Day party reeled away with the dazed, fragile expressions that I imagine surviving gladiators wore after their first session at the Coliseum. They arrived at sev...

  • Editorial: Better to fight in print than in person
    Thursday, 3 January 2013

    But newspaper ads are far preferable to the alternative – of which the world was reminded last month when 30-year-old papers were released revealing the reaction of the then British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, to the 1982 Argentine invasion o...

  • You'd call it a very different kind of phone contract
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    At this point, if Gregory were a little older, he might have said “screw you, mom” and stropped off but, crucially, most just-teens still depend on their parents for food, lifts, top-ups. And an iPhone is a big-ticket item, so she's only protecting h...

  • Editorial: A dangerous admission, Sir Martin
    Wednesday, 2 January 2013

    Now it is advertising mogul Sir Martin Sorrell who may live to regret his candour. According to the WPP chief executive, the amount of corporation tax that large businesses pay is largely "a question of judgement", the final figure dependent more on...

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