July 2002

Phil Mullan Tuesday 2 July 2002 comments

In the wake of WorldCom

The demands for caution and restraint could damage the economy far more than any accounting scandal.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 2 July 2002 comments

One wedding, many funerals

What has the US airforce got against Afghan wedding parties?

Josie Appleton Tuesday 2 July 2002 comments

Who's afraid of Islamophobia?

Despite dire predictions, there was no anti-Muslim pogrom after 11 September.

Mick Hume Tuesday 2 July 2002 comments

Why I supported Germany

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

James Malone Tuesday 2 July 2002 comments

Confidence goes bust

Cooking the books is hardly new in capitalism - so why the overblown reaction to WorldCom's whiz?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 2 July 2002 comments

War against what?

Bin Laden, the Taliban, terrorism, evil, poverty, tooth decay, boredom...what are allied forces fighting against in the war on terror?

Helen Searls Tuesday 2 July 2002 comments

Pledging their bets

The ruckus over whether Americans should pledge allegiance 'under God' had little to do with religion.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 2 July 2002 comments

Life's a riot in Nara

'Roasting on a hot plate of pig push car' and other weird food experiences...the final World Cup report from our man in Japan.

Patrick West Tuesday 2 July 2002 comments

Singing along

On Classic FM, the Queen v Blair and what flags mean.

Josie Appleton Thursday 4 July 2002 comments

Playing the ID card

Identity cards for all will reinforce a climate of suspicion.

Sandy Starr Thursday 4 July 2002 comments

RIPping into our rights

With its Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, Britain is fast becoming a test site for new forms of surveillance.

David Chandler Thursday 4 July 2002 comments

Making and breaking the rules

The USA v Europe clash over the new International Criminal Court is less about legalities than about competing interests.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 4 July 2002 comments

Offside, 4 July

If the quality of football is the true measure of a tournament, then this was the poorest World Cup ever.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 4 July 2002 comments

TV UK, 4 July

The makers of Teen Species seem more angst-ridden than the teens.

Patrick West Thursday 4 July 2002 comments

Attack of the 'Dickheads'

On the lasting appeal of Philip K Dick, godfather of the X-Files generation.

Sandy Starr Thursday 4 July 2002 comments

Minority Report: Spielberg's precognition

Minority Report shows that a world without crime is not necessarily a good thing. The FBI should take note.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 4 July 2002 comments

Only dopes get duped

Those who claim that they were duped over Gulf War II are only fooling themselves.

Josie Appleton Friday 5 July 2002 comments

Murder on 4 July

After months of terrorist warnings, American officials were asking for it.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 5 July 2002 comments

MMR: the making of junk science

Anti-MMR campaigners are playing a new media game.

Jan Bowman Tuesday 9 July 2002 comments

Pestering the third world

European fears over pesticides and GM crops risk condemning third world farmers to a primitive existence.

Dave Hallsworth Tuesday 9 July 2002 comments

Why we need DDT

Forty years after the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, there is still no evidence that DDT is hazardous to human health. But banning it is.

Ed Barrett Tuesday 9 July 2002 comments

Penny for your thoughts

No programme seems complete without the views of the under-10s

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 10 July 2002 comments

Street theatre at Drumcree

Far from signalling a return to the Troubles, the annual 'Battle of Drumcree' is a pantomime conflict.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 10 July 2002 comments

Wedding stress

The Church of England is courting divorcees - because nobody else is getting married.

Duleep Allirajah Wednesday 10 July 2002 comments

Offside, 10 July

The twin British vices of Henmania and Henmoania.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 10 July 2002 comments

Military imprecision

One year on, Brendan O'Neill counts down the Top 10 errors of the war on terror.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 11 July 2002 comments

Offside, 11 July: Henmania

Why Britain is turning against the Timbo Taliban.

Ray Crowley Thursday 11 July 2002 comments

Thought police

'Hate crime' laws turn the offensive into an offence.

Allison Felus Thursday 11 July 2002 comments

Sun spots

Memento was good - but in Insomnia director Christopher Nolan comes of age.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 11 July 2002 comments

Drugs debate: high on myths

The mindless hedonism of the drug culture is no more attractive than the small-minded moralism of traditional Tory Britain.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 11 July 2002 comments

TV UK, 11 July

Is this history we're watching, or cod psychology?

James Harkin Thursday 11 July 2002 comments

Home alone

The young may be single, but does that make them free?

Helene Guldberg Thursday 11 July 2002 comments

Positing the positive

Charles Leadbeater, author of Up the Down Escalator, talked to Helene Guldberg about the politics of pessimism.

Josie Appleton Thursday 11 July 2002 comments

Cannabis reform: what is Blunkett on?

New Labour's drugs policy leaves everybody confused.

Patrick West Thursday 11 July 2002 comments

Cultural perversity

Northern Ireland: is Orange the new black?

Mick Hume Monday 15 July 2002 comments

My jury, right or wrong

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Shirley Dent Wednesday 17 July 2002 comments

Above the parapet

Standing up to Christian soldiers in sequinned suits, 25 years after the Gay News blasphemy libel trial.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 17 July 2002 comments

AIDS in Britain: why complacency is justified

Heterosexual AIDS has remained a mercifully rare disease - and it is getting rarer.

Joe Kaplinsky Wednesday 17 July 2002 comments

Precaution goes to war

The war on terror is being waged in the language of radical environmentalism.

Patrick West Wednesday 17 July 2002 comments

A question of discrimination

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield should say that letting women in would be a 'mindbogglingly inappropriate' slur on its ancient traditions.

Toby Andrew Wednesday 17 July 2002 comments

Lost in the maize

Fears about the safety of genetically modified maize have been ridiculed by scientists - but they refuse to go away.

Ray Crowley Wednesday 17 July 2002 comments

Ecstasy abuse

The tragic death of 10-year-old Jade Slack tells us nothing about Britain's drug culture.

Helen Reece Wednesday 17 July 2002 comments

In the glare of justice

After the acquittal of snooker player Quinten Hann, there's one way to even up rape law: take anonymity away from the complainant.

Dominic Standish Wednesday 17 July 2002 comments

Big projects, small minds

The Italian authorities want to build the longest bridge in the world and a dam to protect Venice. Why on Earth would anybody oppose that?

Josie Appleton Wednesday 17 July 2002 comments

'I prefer paternalism to populism'

In an exclusive interview, Dr Robert Anderson, retiring director of the British Museum, talks about his fears for the museum's future and why the Parthenon Marbles must stay.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 19 July 2002 comments

Offside, 19 July

The idea that 'money is the ruin of football' is sentimental hogwash.

Sandy Starr Friday 19 July 2002 comments

Blind to users' needs

Making the web accessible by disabled people doesn't necessarily make it usable.

Dolan Cummings Friday 19 July 2002 comments

TV UK, 19 July

Michael Portillo failed to find a new conservatism, so his new TV show is about music.

Sandy Starr Friday 19 July 2002 comments

Dangerous liaison committees

Tony Blair's appearance before a Commons select committee is another step away from parliamentary democracy.

James Woudhuysen Friday 19 July 2002 comments

The real con in WorldCon

WorldCom replaced engineering with financial engineering, and paid the price.

Stuart Blackman Friday 19 July 2002 comments

Specious claims

The claim that a third of the world's animal species have been made extinct is a dead duck.

Austin Williams Friday 19 July 2002 comments

Baltic Centre: Gateshead to what?

The North-East's new Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts is a first-rate community centre, with very little art.

Josie Appleton Friday 19 July 2002 comments

Justice in jeopardy

The government's new criminal justice White Paper is indefensible.

Jennie Bristow Friday 19 July 2002 comments

Public services: Stalin meets Enron

Targets, audits, reforms and incentives cannot compensate for New Labour's lack of a political ideology.

Mick Hume Friday 19 July 2002 comments

When in doubt, attack Iraq

There is less evidence of Saddam manufacturing weapons of mass destruction than of Washington manufacturing pretexts for an offensive.

Mick Hume Friday 19 July 2002 comments

When in doubt, attack Iraq

There is less evidence of Saddam manufacturing weapons of mass destruction than of Washington manufacturing pretexts for an offensive.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 23 July 2002 comments

Personal problems

Some museum professionals seem to be less interested in artefacts than in their visitors' identities.

Sandy Starr Tuesday 23 July 2002 comments

Human rights RIP

How human rights legislation has strengthened the UK government's surveillance powers.

Barbara Hewson Tuesday 23 July 2002 comments

Storm in a test-tube

If a white couple gives birth to black twins following fertility treatment, what business is it of the courts?

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 23 July 2002 comments

Skilling us softly

Vocational education is not education - and it doesn’t even work.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 25 July 2002 comments

TV UK, 25 July

Would Like to Meet advises you not to swear on a date, because you wouldn't swear at a job interview and 'technically' this is the same thing.

Tom Reed Thursday 25 July 2002 comments

No facts on Iraq

America accuses Iraq of building weapons of mass destruction, but is either unable or unwilling to produce any evidence.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 25 July 2002 comments

Offside, 25 July

Rio Ferdinand's transfer has sparked the customary anti-United moan-athon: 'Please mister, don't win everything....'

Ray Crowley Thursday 25 July 2002 comments

Watching them watching themselves

The contestants in Big Brother 3 treat the cameras like an additional housemate.

Patrick West Thursday 25 July 2002 comments

Bringing back heresy

Why shouldn't vicars and bishops who don't believe in God get chucked out of the Church?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 25 July 2002 comments

Bush's Gulf War syndrome

Far from being a 'safe bet', the USA's plans to attack Iraq have highlighted its inability to act decisively

James Woudhuysen Thursday 25 July 2002 comments

Toy stories

Why corporate bosses want to get Disney into work.

Josie Appleton Thursday 25 July 2002 comments

Figuring out consent

'One in 20 women' does not even think she has been raped. So where does this statistic come from?

Helene Guldberg Thursday 25 July 2002 comments

Vivisection: testing the debate

Scientists and politicians should stop pussyfooting around, and mount an unequivocal defence of animal research.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 26 July 2002 comments

Put alternative medicine back in its box

In the battle against disease, reason is the best weapon we've got.

Sandy Starr Tuesday 30 July 2002 comments

The great stock 'n' soul swindle

John Cassidy's dot.con puts the internet into perspective.

Douglas Kirsner Tuesday 30 July 2002 comments

Insecurity issues

11 September was an attack, not only on our real security, but on our states of mind.

David Kelley Tuesday 30 July 2002 comments

The war against modernity

Do Islamists hate modernity because it is Western, or hate the West because it is modern?

Josie Appleton Tuesday 30 July 2002 comments

Cruising for ideas

If the whole Tory Party came out tomorrow, it would do nothing for its standing at the ballot box.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 30 July 2002 comments

Leaving the left behind

There is no revival of the old left in the UK. And it's a good thing too.