August 2001

Jacqui Craig Thursday 2 August 2001 comments

Conservation versus development

What happens when we privilege wildlife over people? Jacqui Craig reports on Kirk Leech's film of the Shoolpaneshwar sanctuary in Gujarat, India.

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 2 August 2001 comments

AIDS in Africa: why the West is interested

How the UN donor countries are distorting the extent of AIDS, and using safe sex messages to push African societies around.

Ray Crowley Thursday 2 August 2001 comments

It's only a game show

The Big Brother helpline? Get a life!

Helen Searls Thursday 2 August 2001 comments

An Englishwoman in Washington

The US courts have ordered that a 'deadbeat dad' will face jail if he has any more children. And this is supposed to encourage responsible parenting?

Benjamin Hunt Friday 3 August 2001 comments

Timid economics

Entrepreneurial activity is one thing. But 'entrepreneurship' should not be placed at the heart of economic policy.

Dolan Cummings Friday 3 August 2001 comments

TV UK, 3 August

Chris Morris' characters behave as if their behaviour is perfectly normal. He seems to be asking, What are you so hung up about?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 3 August 2001 comments

Offside, 3 August

Fantasy football is not just unsophisticated - it is morally wrong.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 7 August 2001 comments

The high price of Alder Hey

As a result of the sordid auction now underway in the UK courts over 'retained organs', it will soon be easier to get compensation for the removal of an organ from a corpse than it is to get admitted to hospital for an operation on a living body.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 7 August 2001 comments

A film called Injustice

Why has a documentary film about deaths in police custody been chased out of cinemas across the UK?

Kirk Leech Tuesday 7 August 2001 comments

TB: what to do?

Without a local healthcare system, tuberculosis will continue to ravage rural India. Kirk Leech reports on his time in Gujarat.

Sandy Starr Thursday 9 August 2001 comments

Not in front of the children?

Standards of free speech on the internet should surely be set by adults.

Virginia Hume Thursday 9 August 2001 comments

Food: Executive Relief, August 2001

Easy posh dinners for people who value their time. This menu from Jonathan Green.

Iain Murray Thursday 9 August 2001 comments

Air rage: clouded judgements

The average passenger is unlikely ever to witness an incident of 'plane endangerment'. So why the obsession with air rage?

Josie Appleton Thursday 9 August 2001 comments

DVT: anatomy of a panic

Public anxiety over deep-vein thrombosis caused by long-haul flights seems to exist in a parallel universe to the scientific facts.

Ray Crowley Thursday 9 August 2001 comments

Building new men

Builders' wolf whistling is something that should be taken very seriously - after all, how else will women know whether they're looking good?

Allison Felus Thursday 9 August 2001 comments

Making apes of the audience

Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes sacrifices the original's intelligence for cheap summertime thrills.

Howard Fienberg Thursday 9 August 2001 comments

Medicine v magic: the homeopathy scam

Why substituting homeopathic remedies for conventional vaccines puts children's lives at risk.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 10 August 2001 comments

Offside, 10 August

Wimbledon have no fanbase - and they'll never acquire one as long as they stay in London.

Mick Hume Friday 10 August 2001 comments

Asylum: the immigration laws are mad

There would be no such thing as asylum-seekers were it not for the UK's terrible immigration legislation.

Dolan Cummings Friday 10 August 2001 comments

TV UK, 10 August

On MTV's twentieth birthday: 'It is amazing that the station has reached such heights of cultural recognition and hip respectability while being so rubbish.'

Josie Appleton Tuesday 14 August 2001 comments

War and peace in Macedonia

A NATO-brokered peace deal in Macedonia is likely to lead to the further fragmentation of the country.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 14 August 2001 comments

The great parades debate

The Orange Order is suing the Northern Ireland Parades Commission for breaching the European Convention on Human Rights by undermining the right to march. Brendan O'Neill 'facilitated a debate'.

Daniel Ben-Ami Tuesday 14 August 2001 comments

The myth of the two-tier economy

The image of a strong British economy threatened by global downturn is profoundly misleading - without financial subsidy from the rest of the world, Britain would be far worse off.

Ken McLaughlin Tuesday 14 August 2001 comments

A mad approach to mental illness

The UK government's focus on public safety in the mental health debate will do nothing for the mentally ill - or for public safety.

Timandra Harkness Tuesday 14 August 2001 comments

Keeping it Together

Lukas Moodysson's new film satirises life in a 1970s hippy commune without once being cliched or cynical.

Ray Crowley Wednesday 15 August 2001 comments

The joy of moshing

Since when was head-banging, slam-dancing and crowd-surfing at live gigs supposed to be safe?

Channapatna S Prakash Thursday 16 August 2001 comments

GM: past, present and future

Mankind has been modifying crops for thousands of years - so why is there such hostility to genetically modified food?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 16 August 2001 comments

After Bristol: the humbling of the medical profession

How the new system of medical regulation post-Bristol will undermine what really works in medicine - the doctor-patient relationship based on trust.

Josie Appleton Thursday 16 August 2001 comments

The rise and rise of parents' groups

How did the parents whose children died at Bristol and Alder Hey hospitals in the UK become spokespeople for medical reform?

Patrick Hayes Thursday 16 August 2001 comments

Graduation from what?

They may have got their degrees - but after three years of teaching gimmicks and lectures about 'transferable work skills', it is little wonder some students had little to celebrate on graduation day.

Mick Hume Friday 17 August 2001 comments

Are university degrees worthless?

The real issue is not whether too many or too few people go to university - it is how and what they are taught when they get there.

Dolan Cummings Friday 17 August 2001 comments

TV UK, 17 August

'The show played to an audience of four, two of whom seemed to be the star's parents. Still, that's what Edinburgh is all about.'

Duleep Allirajah Friday 17 August 2001 comments

Offside, 17 August

'Those who reckon there's too much football on TV assume that, like children in a sweet shop, we will consume too much football until we become sick of it.'

John Mair Friday 17 August 2001 comments

An Englishman at the Eisteddfod

Eisteddfod - Wales' week-long celebration of the Welsh language - is also a time for anti-English sentiments to creep up the nationalist agenda.

Jonathan Calder Tuesday 21 August 2001 comments

Why kids should miss the 'walking bus'

Will the UK scheme to walk a crocodile of children to school give them independence - or simply embarrass them?

Norman Lewis Tuesday 21 August 2001 comments

Privacy online: what's the problem?

Why do those concerned about online privacy see state regulation as the solution?

Allison Felus Tuesday 21 August 2001 comments

Legally Blonde - but still dumb

Sluggish pacing, predictable plot, unfunny jokes - thank God Legally Blonde has got a decent lead actress.

Ray Crowley Tuesday 21 August 2001 comments

Caesareans, cats and dolls

'When it comes to doing the equivalent of squeezing a golf ball through a Polo mint, let's be grateful that women can make it as painless as possible.'

Josie Appleton Wednesday 22 August 2001 comments

Losing it

The Tory leadership contest is proving as damaging as their crushing defeat in the general election.

Piers Benn Friday 24 August 2001 comments

Holding forth

What's wrong with the right kind of elitism?

Dolan Cummings Friday 24 August 2001 comments

TV UK, 24 August

The Edinburgh Festival has caused me to muse on the differences between TV and theatre - and mostly theatre comes off pretty badly.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 24 August 2001 comments

The hooliganism hype

As hooligans have vacated the terraces (usually to pen their memoirs) there are more anti-hooligan laws than ever before. Why?

Frank Furedi Friday 24 August 2001 comments

You can't ban accidents

The refusal to accept that misfortune and adversity are part of the human experience is turning the 'blame game' into Britain's national sport.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 29 August 2001 comments

Why do we love Big Brother?

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four was first published over half a century ago, depicting a society that looks nothing like Britain 2001. So why should his vision still make us shiver?

Ann Furedi Wednesday 29 August 2001 comments

'Disability cleansing' - or a reasonable choice?

Why shouldn't women abort disabled fetuses?

Kevin Yuill Wednesday 29 August 2001 comments

A matter of life and death

Those who favour abortion rights should oppose the legalisation of assisted suicide.

Tony Gilland Thursday 30 August 2001 comments

A statistician with a mission

Bjørn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist, tells Tony Gilland what made him ask the right questions.

David Chandler Thursday 30 August 2001 comments

Third time wrong

Those who think NATO's military intervention in Macedonia will bring peace and democracy should think again.

Bruce Charlton Thursday 30 August 2001 comments

If not quality assurance, then what?

The UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) exemplifies the worst type of contemporary governance: ineffective, inefficient and actually counterproductive.

Frank Furedi and John Randall Thursday 30 August 2001 comments

Why the QAA should RIP

Read Frank Furedi's critique of the UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in the UK press: and a defence of 'quality assurance' by John Randall, who has just resigned as the agency's chief executive.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 30 August 2001 comments

TV UK, 30 August

Bedtime was not a bad little piece. But it's ironic that Miss Pierson's good part was based on the perilousness of her own position.

Ray Crowley Thursday 30 August 2001 comments

Getting over the threshold

Stop treating twentysomethings like teenagers.

Kirk Leech Thursday 30 August 2001 comments

Extinct arguments

Will another species be extinct by the time you finish reading this article - or are extinction rates blown up out of proportion?

Rob Lyons Friday 31 August 2001 comments

All eyes on Brass Eye

Love it or hate it - but show it.

Patrick West Friday 31 August 2001 comments

Chris Morris - that old fogey

Shouldn't conservatives be Brass Eye's biggest fans? After all, Morris hates the same things they do.

Sandy Starr Friday 31 August 2001 comments

Nihilism online?

Philosopher Hubert L Dreyfus' 'On the internet': an out-of-body experience.