France's new foreign minister, the arch-interventionist Bernard Kouchner, is using the crisis in Darfur to try to win France some respect in world affairs.
Australia was rightly attacked when it banned porn amongst Aboriginals in order to protect them from themselves. New Labour is doing the same here.
The attempted attacks in London and Glasgow show that contemporary terrorism is driven by a haughty disgust for society.
Meet the Norfolk-based mum who was shunned by a local mother-and-babies group because she fed her baby formula milk.
Three cheers for the High Court's ruling that the HFEA, Britain's fertility regulator, acted unlawfully in its witch-hunt against Dr Taranissi.
Will Gordon Brown’s ‘revolution’ put the final nail in the coffin of political life?
The German government’s new anti-obesity campaign seems designed to turn people’s weight into a measure of their moral integrity.
Nathalie Rothschild rubs shoulders with a sex-toy maker and other stressed Londoners seeking enlightenment in the hip 'Jewish' sect.
A handful of foreign doctors may have been involved with the terrorist incidents last week but that is no justification for imposing greater restrictions upon them.
Michael Fitzpatrick talks to Stephen Bustin, whose devastating testimony in a US court demolished the last shred of evidence against vaccines.
A leading professor argues that everybody but the EU is realising the foolishness of the Kyoto Protocol.
Our ethical columnist gives his views on the Live Earth events, and the people who'll be performing in them.
The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook exposes the origins of environmentalism in the guilt-ridden twitches of the middle classes.
By focusing exclusively on future warming, Live Earth does a disservice to development and disease prevention in the here and now.
Al Gore, whose Live Earth concerts rock the planet this weekend, has styled himself as a superstar prophet bringing salvation to mankind.
Down with fairytales for adults and the fertility police - read Mick Hume's columns in The Times London this week.
With no football on, footie fans have become the equivalent of tramps looking for discarded cigarette butts. Some are even turning to tennis.
Irish TV and radio output suggests that a country once famed for rebelliousness, Tayto and talking bollocks is becoming more British every day.
The techophobes of the New Left emerged victorious over the technophiles of the Cold War era. It is time we took them down.
Hostel Part II and other ‘torture porn’ flicks are not nearly as scary or nihilistic as the grindhouse movies of old.
Why is everyone from Tatler to Toynbee (as in Polly) attacking the super-wealthy for their greed and spending habits?
Republicans and Democrats are obsessively debating the fate of Lewis Libby because they have nothing of substance to say about Iraq.
Those who want to measure human wellbeing by 'happiness indicators' rather than GDP harbour a deep anxiety about the benefits of mass affluence.
The problem with the concerts was not Madge's massive footprint and other rock-star hypocrisy. It was the apocalyptic message of the sermons.
Nathalie Rothschild says the promiscuous use of the term 'trafficking' to describe migration across borders is leading to new and stringent restrictions on free movement around the world.
The jailing of three web geeks for publishing terrorism-cheering material sets a dangerous precedent. PLUS: 21/7 - a terror tantrum.
Could the ban on lighting-up in public in England and Wales lead to more dangerously polluted air in the home - and even to more house fires?
With NIMBYist sentiments enshrined in policy, and house-builders tied up by bureaucracy, it is little wonder people can’t afford to buy a home.
Al-Zawahiri’s latest moaning confirms jihadism is the bloody wing of the politics of victimhood.
As schools minister Ed Balls calls for lessons in emotional and economic wellbeing, it’s clear the Brown government is as philistine as the Blairites.
The Hollywood starlet has been slated for her diva-like behaviour in interviews. Yet her diva-like ‘celebrity colonisation’ of Africa is cheered.
Like voodoo forecasts, computer models of climate change are being used to stifle political discussion and resign man to his Fate.
Our ethical columnist discusses methane belches and udder stories.
The super-rich of the private equity sector are a symptom, not the problem with capitalism today.
The 21/7 plotters' Ali G plea and the EC's summer funblock: read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
You think Wimbledon is a sporting event? Actually it's a yearly reminder that Britons want to be winners but don't fancy the sacrifices involved.
Dara O Briain of Mock the Week shows that Irish funnymen are no Uncle Toms. Throughout history they've been challenging, virile and, well, mocking.
Intellectuals who have lost their belief in progress are turning venomously on those who retain a vision of the good society: the religious.
With 144million over-60s, China is having to devise new ways to care for its elderly. Chris Dalby reports from a retirement home near Beijing.
British newsreaders are tying themselves in knots over whether to sport formal neckwear. Andrew Calcutt untangles a crisis of identities.
In the run-up to a debate in London, the American warrior against Holocaust denial explains why she’s opposed to censoring deniers.
Why are both sides of Britain's immigration debate scaremongering about our allegedly overpopulated island?
Rob Lyons gives a big fat finger to those who would add taxes to junk food in order to save the masses from themselves.
Proposals to slap a tax on carrier bags will have little effect on the environment - they're all about politicians being seen to be green.
As Andrew Wakefield appears at the GMC, spiked traces the efforts of a shabby scaremongering caravanserai to continue peddling a panic.
Celebrity therapist Pamela Connolly turns psychoanalysis into light entertainment on Channel 4's Shrink Rap. This week: Fergie.
Whatever you may think of the permatanned MP, the recommendation by a bureaucratic watchdog that he be suspended from parliament is an affront to democracy.
Even if you cheered Conrad Black's demise last week, you should be worried by the deeply conservative message about wealth and ambition that was spun from his trial.
The PM's expulsion of four Russian diplomats captures in pure, undiluted form his conservative, misty-eyed, dinosaurian tendencies.
For all the British sneering at Yanks who don’t ‘get’ football, there are aspects of sport that the US do far better than us.
A Tory candidate who gives cash to Labour? Today's west London by-election shows up the volatile nature of British politics.
Our ethical columnist on it will take direct action to start stopping the shopping.
The author of The Irresistible Rise of Harry Potter traces the parallel journeys of a political wizard and a schoolboy wizard.
So the bumbling nincompoop is challenging the killjoy Stalinist for mayorship of London. Emily Hill doesn’t care who wins, so long as it isn’t Ken.
Populated by ruthless producers with names like E. Coli and characters who panic about the expansion of the universe, Mere Anarchy is classic Allen. But isn’t it all a bit too familiar?
When education becomes about turning young people into obedient, healthy-eating, environmentally aware conformist-citizens, then it is not really education at all.
Paul Collier’s book makes astute points about the predicament of the world’s poorest people. But his proposed solutions would likely make their lives even worse.
In our era of legalistic nitpicking over dull charters of rights, the republication of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence should make your heart beat faster.
A brilliant new biography of Polish historian and economist Henryk Grossman shows us the man – complete with silk white gloves and cane – behind the cutting Marxist analysis.
The widow of Dr Benjamin Spock – author of the Bible of parenting guides: Baby and Child Care – says he would be horrified by today’s avalanche of advice for mums and dads.
Two important new books offer striking insights into the suspicion of the public and fear of the future that underpins contemporary political analysis.
Sidewalks strangled by weeds; bloodsucking mosquitoes everywhere; the Mona Lisa turned to soggy pulp. Greens, take note: this is what the world would look like without the guiding hand of human rationality.
Spellbinding, impish, but with a few too many deaths: an 11-year-old fan of the Potter books gives his verdict on the last (really?) in the series.
Those calling for more ‘social housing’ could do with a history lesson: council estates have always been authoritarian tools for social control.
Guide to Subversive Parenting, Rule No.4: Ignore the worthy exhortations to use ‘real nappies’ and wash clothes in cold water.
In the cultural wilderness that is pop cinema (Spiceworld, anyone?), Daft Punk's arthouse film about robots in the desert is a delicious treat.
Immigrants to the US are no threat to jobs or security: they're citizens-in-waiting who should be welcomed by all who care for liberty and progress.
Ignore the Yellow Peril view of Chinese economic growth as dirty and dangerous. There are good reasons to welcome China’s leaps forward.
Video comment: It is insane that grandmothers voluntarily helping at a facepainting party have to undergo a criminal records check first.
Why the Tory leader prefers to pontificate about poverty 4,000 miles away rather than tackle problems in his constituency: washed-out Witney.
While faked cookery shows and phone-ins cause controversy, the degradation of truth and objectivity on the news channels attracts little comment.
Even secular commentators seem to have welcomed the floods in England as a sign of divine displeasure with man’s arrogant ways.
The Global Cities exhibition at Tate Modern – all warnings about overpopulation and eco-doom – shows architects have lost their ‘utopian drive’.
The news that rich kids are as large as their poorer peers caused shockwaves only because the myth of the fat, feckless poor is so prevalent.
Chris Atkins, director of Taking Liberties, talks about freedom, fear and how the government is making us all ‘stand in the naughty corner’.
Environmentalists claim that golf is a rich man's game that is scarring the planet. Is no sport safe from the eco-moralising of the whingerati?
Britney and Amy Winehouse are right to refuse rehabilitation, a process designed to neuter the edgy and turn them into Lily Allen-style pop dolls.
Our ethical columnist discusses the recent bad weather and flooding in England.
In our era of nitpicking over dull charters of rights, the republication of the Declaration of Independence should make your heart beat faster.
The influx of foreign teachers into China is both a boon and a problem, reports Chris Dalby from Beijing.
The Simpsons Movie, in ridiculing greens while defending the Everyman who’s under attack everywhere else, is the sharpest satire around.
A ban on the Climate Camp at Heathrow would be a disgrace: even no-fun, anti-flying eco-miserabilists should have the right to assemble.
The fuss over a few gas heaters for the garden demonstrates that environmentalism is all about training us to live morally acceptable lives.
As the Tour de France ends in druggy chaos, a German journalist says it's time to relax the rules on performance-enhancing substances.
War, rubber skulls kicked around like footballs, an exhibit that intones 'I will die...' This year's prestigous Venice Biennale arts fair is dominated by death and doom.
Demands that lecturers monitor students for signs of Islamic radicalism pose a bigger threat to academic freedom than Islamo-cranks do.