August 2005

Professor Sam Shuster Tuesday 2 August 2005 comments

The skin cancer cover-up

Every summer we're warned that the sun can kill. In fact, most sun-provoked lesions are benign, and not really cancers at all. A clinical scientist writes.

Mick Hume Tuesday 2 August 2005 comments

Hiroshima: the ‘White Man’s Bomb’ revisited

Dropping the Bomb on Japan was the final act of a bitter race war in the Pacific.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 2 August 2005 comments

After 21/7: still hiding behind the terrorists

By continuing to link the attacks in London with the war in Iraq, anti-war activists are conferring authority on the bombers.

Tessa Mayes Wednesday 3 August 2005 comments

Costing commitment

Who would a cohabitation law be for?

Tara McCormack Wednesday 3 August 2005 comments

How did Srebrenica become a morality tale?

The West turned a bloody battle in a brutal civil war into a clash between good and evil.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 3 August 2005 comments

The theatrics of the Culture Party

How did a fake political party fox the Swedish establishment?

Daniel Ben-Ami Wednesday 3 August 2005 comments

What the renminbi revaluation reveals

Major economic machinations lurk beneath the realignment of the Chinese and American currencies.

Henry Joy McCracken Wednesday 3 August 2005 comments

Retreating from the final frontier

There should be more to space travel than delivering groceries to the International Space Station.

James Heartfield Wednesday 3 August 2005 comments

Don’t protect the Green Belt - build on it

We need new houses more than we need wetlands.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 4 August 2005 comments

What’s behind the ‘cult of the suicide bomber’?

Kevin Toolis, producer of a fascinating new film on suicide attacks, discusses pathology, Palestine and why he left out the Tamil Tigers.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 4 August 2005 comments

Al-Zawahri: what a rip-off merchant

The al-Qaeda deputy is only parroting what’s been said on a thousand lefty blogs since 7/7.

Josie Appleton Friday 5 August 2005 comments

British-bred terrorists: was it something they ate?

A small street in west London has been swamped by journalists demanding answers about 21/7.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 5 August 2005 comments

Offside, 5 August

Man bags, foot rubs and wasps: what football message boards discuss outside of football season.

Dolan Cummings Friday 5 August 2005 comments

TV UK, 5 August

Gang wars, corruption and class action lawsuits: The Shield returns.

Josie Appleton Friday 5 August 2005 comments

London after 7/7: capital of hate?

The Met’s new stats were said to show an explosion in faith hate crimes. Actually, they showed the opposite.

Rob Lyons Friday 5 August 2005 comments

Enjoying the fruits (and veg) of an affluent life

The UK government's annual survey of our eating and drinking habits wasn’t all bad news.

Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 5 August 2005 comments

The price of multiculturalism

What the responses to the killing of Anthony Walker in Liverpool and the failed bombings in London reveal about contemporary Britain.

Michael Cook Tuesday 9 August 2005 comments

How a minority in the BMA got their way on euthanasia

Eminent doctors used Stalinist tactics to engineer a change in the British Medical Association’s policy on assisted dying.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 9 August 2005 comments

Sending them Bak will solve nothing

What's driving the UK government's war against loudmouth mullahs?

James Heartfield Wednesday 10 August 2005 comments

Robin Cook: from ethical imperialist to anti-war activist

The former foreign secretary’s career mirrored the twists and turns of the liberal-left intelligentsia.

Alex Gourevitch Wednesday 10 August 2005 comments

Dragging Discovery down to Earth

Space missions should be about more than returning in one piece.

Jamie Douglass Thursday 11 August 2005 comments

Sexual doctrine swings both ways

So it’s okay for priests to be gay, so long as they don't have sex? The Church of England once again gets its cassocks in a knot.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 11 August 2005 comments

Offside, 11 August

So England's cricketers can win – but can they stay the innings?

Dolan Cummings Thursday 11 August 2005 comments

TV UK, 11 August

Lost: an antidote to obsessive compulsive reality TV.

Jim Butcher Thursday 11 August 2005 comments

Sun, sea and saving the world

Travel snobs have turned holidaymaking into a moral dilemma.

Jack Jordan Thursday 11 August 2005 comments

Schooled in self-esteem

A teacher’s proposal to ‘delete the word "fail" from the educational vocabulary’ was dismissed by ministers. But in practise, schools are already doing it.

James Murphy Thursday 11 August 2005 comments

The assault on pleasure

Is a new Puritanism on the march?

Jennie Bristow Thursday 11 August 2005 comments

Alone sharks

It's National Singles Week, and Bridget Jones is back. But is singleton society something to celebrate?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 11 August 2005 comments

A licence to bash the masses

The only debate over Britain's licensing laws is about how to keep pissed proles in their place.

Neil Davenport Friday 12 August 2005 comments

The trouble with re-branding Britain

Churning out lists of Top Ten common values only highlights the lack of consensus.

Mick Hume Friday 12 August 2005 comments

Even Italy is in the grip of the health police

spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Joe Kaplinsky Friday 12 August 2005 comments

Nuclear lethargy

Why is the government dragging its heels on building new nuclear power stations?

Brendan O’Neill Friday 12 August 2005 comments

The implosion of ‘mission impossible’

The 'war on terror' is in crisis even as the war against terrorists proves successful. What's going on?

Josie Appleton Tuesday 16 August 2005 comments

After Gaza

The dismantling of Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip is neither a cunning plan by Israel nor a victory for the Palestinians.

Amir Butler Tuesday 16 August 2005 comments

Warning from Australia: don’t legislate against hate

An Australian Muslim says that Victoria's laws against incitement to religious hatred have sown division, and undermined freedom of speech, thought and conscience.

David Chandler Wednesday 17 August 2005 comments

A step back for democracy in Iraq

In all the wrangling about the constitution, the one group nobody is consulting is the Iraqi people.

Mark Pigott Thursday 18 August 2005 comments

Teetotalitarians drive me to drink

How exactly will longer pub opening hours 'cause more terrorism'?

Sandy Starr Thursday 18 August 2005 comments

The marks of human progress

So what if astronauts can glimpse signs of man’s impact on Earth?

Jennie Bristow Thursday 18 August 2005 comments

The A-level debate: a failure of intelligence

How the annual row over the rising pass rate misses the mark.

Charles Pither Friday 19 August 2005 comments

You can’t be too careful, can you?

Check the Tippex is safe, the cleaner isn't a paedophile.... One doctor’s tips on how to win approval from the Health Care Commission.

Dolan Cummings Friday 19 August 2005 comments

TV UK, 19 August

Arrested Development, acquired taste.

Simon Knight Friday 19 August 2005 comments

Cotton wool kids

Fifty years ago, children were allowed to roam free; now, in the school holidays, the streets are empty. Are we doing kids any favours?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 19 August 2005 comments

Offside, 19 August

Is cricket the new football?

Jack Jordan Friday 19 August 2005 comments

Devaluing the gold standard

How have A-levels got easier? A school-leaver from 2004 writes.

Mick Hume Friday 19 August 2005 comments

Children’s future should be decided by parents, not by committee

spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Brendan O’Neill Friday 19 August 2005 comments

Self-loathing over Stockwell

Behind the fallout over the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes.

Mick Hume Friday 19 August 2005 comments

The age of intolerant tolerance

The meaning of tolerance has mutated in recent years.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 23 August 2005 comments

Rumblings at Heathrow

The solidarity action is a reminder of what people can achieve when they stand up for themselves.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 23 August 2005 comments

Mo Mowlam and the politics of disgruntlement

Everyone agrees that she was a 'breath of fresh air', but what exactly did she stand for?

Dr Elizabeth Whelan Wednesday 24 August 2005 comments

Vioxx: who’s responsible?

Making pharmaceutical companies pay millions for the unpredicted consequences of their drugs could put a brake on innovation.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 24 August 2005 comments

Memorial to paranoia

Conspiracy theorists and opportunists gather at the shrine to Jean Charles de Menezes in Stockwell.

Stephen Bowler Thursday 25 August 2005 comments

Body politics: why are we obsessed with our flesh?

The cultural fascination with corpses, plastic surgery and healthy living suggests we are objectifying ourselves.

Ken McLaughlin Thursday 25 August 2005 comments

The legacy of ‘radical social work’

How contemporary social work theory nurtured the new authoritarianism.

Stephen Bowler Thursday 25 August 2005 comments

Body politics: why are we obsessed with our flesh?

The cultural fascination with corpses, plastic surgery and healthy living suggests we are objectifying ourselves.

Jack Jordan Thursday 25 August 2005 comments

Ukraine: after the party

Now that the TV cameras are gone, Yushchenko’s regime is showing its cracks.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 25 August 2005 comments

Does Britain have a drinking problem?

Take one shot of reality, add two shots of panic and a mixer of self-loathing, and you have the licensing law debate.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 26 August 2005 comments

Offside, 26 August

Is Ashes fever a flash in the pan?

Dolan Cummings Friday 26 August 2005 comments

TV UK, 26 August

Theatre vs TV: a letter from the Edinburgh Fringe.

Mick Hume Friday 26 August 2005 comments

Warne and Maradona outshine Michael Mouse ‘heroes’

spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Sabine Reul Friday 26 August 2005 comments

Germany: have politicians lost their tongues?

Speechlessness and evasion mark the run-up to the German elections.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 30 August 2005 comments

What’s so extreme about extreme sports?

There is a lot of PR puff behind the idea that new sports challenge our safety-first, shrink-wrapped world.

James Heartfield Tuesday 30 August 2005 comments

Behind the ‘bra wars’

Making sense of the EU-China spat over textiles.

Martin Livermore Wednesday 31 August 2005 comments

Synthetic chemicals: killing us softly?

Baseless scare stories are contaminating our enjoyment of food.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 31 August 2005 comments

Kneejerking off over violent porn

The government's declaration of war on ‘extreme material’ is about politics more than pornography.