February 2014

Tim Black Monday 3 February 2014 comments

The culture war over ‘Foxy Knoxy’ continues

The trials of Amanda Knox have become an excuse to attack the Italian national character.

Nigel Scott Monday 3 February 2014 comments

Amanda Knox: Italian justice on trial

The handling of the Meredith Kercher murder case should shock anyone interested in fairness and truth.

How conspiracy culture made anti-Semitism respectable

The mainstreaming of conspiratorial thinking has been very bad news for Jews.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 4 February 2014 comments

Time for some new answers to the Jewish Question

Too many Europeans are acquiescing to anti-Semitism instead of fighting it.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 4 February 2014 comments

‘I believe Dylan Farrow’: the spirit of Salem lives on

The uncritical acceptance of one woman's accusations shows how unhinged our society is becoming.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 5 February 2014 comments

Distorting the debate about rape

By making questionable claims about statistics, advocacy groups may actually be putting women off reporting attacks.

Tim Black Wednesday 5 February 2014 comments

Why the PC police want to rid football of Yids

It's not anti-Semitism they fear, but rough, gruff, knuckle-dragging footie fans.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 5 February 2014 comments

There is no ‘rape culture’ at British universities

Victorian sexists warned women university was dangerous. Now, feminists do.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 6 February 2014 comments

The truth about Zionism

Today’s fashionable loathing of Zionists is far from progressive.

Nancy McDermott Thursday 6 February 2014 comments

The culture war against circumcision

What a terrible irony that this age-old Jewish practice is being attacked in the language of human rights.

Mick Hume Thursday 6 February 2014 comments

What could be worse than Holocaust denial?

Answer: trying to ban alleged Holocaust deniers such as Dieudonné.

Russell McCarthy Thursday 6 February 2014 comments

London’s Sochi protest: what a drag

The protesters demonstrated they have more faith in sports bureaucrats and multinationals than the Russian people.

Rob Lyons Friday 7 February 2014 comments

Two cheers for the London Tube strike

It's a good thing that Tube workers are defending their jobs - but the unions’ scaremongering about safety is idiotic.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 7 February 2014 comments

Mourinho: more than just ‘parking the bus’

The Chelsea manager isn’t just the king of the memorable quote - he’s a great tactician, too.

Tom Slater Friday 7 February 2014 comments

Jack Monroe:
pleb-lite for Guardianistas

'Recessionista' Jack Monroe is a hero of the thrift-obsessed middle classes, not the poor.

Christopher Bray Friday 7 February 2014 comments

Jews, masturbation and women: the story of Philip Roth

Roth Unbound captures the biographical genius of America's greatest retiree.

Patrick West Monday 10 February 2014 comments

An Englishman speaking Dutch? Dank u wel!

Trying to speak the local language may leave you looking like a muppet, but it’s polite – and rewarding – to give it a go.

Luke gittos Monday 10 February 2014 comments

Roache verdict: why jury trials are indispensable

The criminal trial of the Coronation Street star, as opposed to the media trial of Woody Allen, showed the value of being tried before a jury.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 10 February 2014 comments

Gay-loving Westerners vs redneck Russia

The hysteria over Sochi confirms that the Culture Wars have gone global.

Christopher Snowdon Tuesday 11 February 2014 comments

Giving MPs carte blanche to wage war on smokers

The Bill banning smoking in cars is worse than you think.

Amanda Hunter Tuesday 11 February 2014 comments

The danger of turning addicts into ‘victims’

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death was the result of his own choices, not punitive drug laws.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 11 February 2014 comments

Crying over Marius: are they having a giraffe?

The mourning for Marius speaks to a growing distrust of mankind.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 12 February 2014 comments

Who's to blame for the floods? Maybe no one is

There's something backward about the hunt for the one thing or person who might be blamed for England's flooding.

Tim Black Wednesday 12 February 2014 comments

Plebgate: the crumbling of the establishment

The Tory party, the party of Robert Peel, is now at war with the police.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 12 February 2014 comments

Culture War: the narcissism of minor differences

Ideological battles have been usurped by petty, bitter clashes over lifestyle.

Sean Collins Thursday 13 February 2014 comments

You don’t know that Woody Allen is guilty

In the name of supporting Dylan Farrow, commentators have unleashed a wave of prejudice and intolerance against Woody Allen.

Freddie Sehgal Cuthbert Thursday 13 February 2014 comments

PS4: the future of gaming is here

With a sleek design, great games and butter-smooth gameplay, the PS4 really is a quantum leap forward.

Mick Hume Thursday 13 February 2014 comments

Why the Winter Olympics are Sochi sorry excuse

The problem is the sport, not the hotels or homophobia.

Tom Bailey Thursday 13 February 2014 comments

The real ‘spaghetti monster’ is campus censorship

It's not just faith-baiting atheists who are under attack from Britain’s ban-happy students' unions.

Martin Cullip Friday 14 February 2014 comments

Hollywood's ignorant crusade against fracking

Phelim McAleer's FrackNation drills into the myths promoted by Gasland and its celebrity fans.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 14 February 2014 comments

Holmesdale Fanatics: the spirit of Lenin storms Palace

The buzzing atmosphere at Selhurst Park is the product of a revolutionary vanguard.

WORLDbytes Friday 14 February 2014 comments

Controverski: Sochi, gay rights and Russia-bashing

In this video discussion, guests and WORLDbytes volunteers ask what the negative coverage of the Winter Olympics says about the West.

Tom Slater Friday 14 February 2014 comments

Grindr and Tinder aren’t wrecking romance

The popularity of sleazy hook-up apps isn't to blame for the crisis of intimacy.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 14 February 2014 comments

We are all Ayatollahs now

25 years on from that fatwa, everyone now demands the destruction of things that offend them.

Tsedal Tesfamariam Monday 17 February 2014 comments

Ending FGM: the White Woman’s Burden?

An Eritrean woman explains why Western campaigns to End FGM do more harm than good.

Frank Furedi Monday 17 February 2014 comments

The Great War: its key battle isn’t over yet

The political crisis that provoked the First World War still haunts the West.

Graham Barnfield Monday 17 February 2014 comments

David Haye: on the Rocks?

The former heavyweight champ used the launch of a Rocky boxed set to talk about his own future.

Kevin Yuill Tuesday 18 February 2014 comments

Euthanasia for children: a new low in the Low Countries

Belgium’s extension of the ‘right to die’ to terminally ill children reveals the slippery slope of legalising assisted dying.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 18 February 2014 comments

The eco-hysteria of blaming mankind for the floods

Blaming storms on human industry is as backward as blaming them on gays.

Patrick West Wednesday 19 February 2014 comments

It's mental to give 16‑year‑olds the vote

Neuroscience shows us why teenagers are too young to vote.

Russell McCarthy Wednesday 19 February 2014 comments

Neknominate: a modern moral panic

The online drinking game has led to a handful of deaths, but attempting to regulate immature behaviour will cause more harm.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 19 February 2014 comments

Yewtree: more propaganda than police investigation

The failure of a few prosecutions won't stop the crusade.

Rob Lyons Thursday 20 February 2014 comments

Anti-tobacco campaigners: what a bunch of Cnuts

The controversy over TV advertising for e-cigs shows that tobacco-control activists are more interested in lifestyle regulation than health.

Dominic Standish Thursday 20 February 2014 comments

Matteo Renzi and Italy’s coup d’état

Italian voters have yet again been sidelined by backroom deals in Rome.

Mick Hume Thursday 20 February 2014 comments

PMQs: MPs have nothing to shout about

‘Testosterone-fuelled yobbery’? Politics is not ballsy or belligerent enough!

Duleep Allirajah Friday 21 February 2014 comments

300 grand a week? Rooney is worth it

Forget the moralising about footballers’ wages - it’s a good thing players are no longer treated as serfs.

Ceri Dingle Friday 21 February 2014 comments

It's time… for a film about CLR James

The story of James's life and works deserves to be told.

Neil Davenport Friday 21 February 2014 comments

NME and the death of the music press

The decline of music mags reveals a lot about the poverty of youthful ambition.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 21 February 2014 comments

Chaos in Kiev: a mess made by the West

Western governments' illiterate, dumbed-down foreign policy is killing Ukraine.

Alexander Adams Monday 24 February 2014 comments

Never mind the children, what about the parents?

Until adults learn to conduct themselves properly in museums, children should be excluded.

Joanna Williams Monday 24 February 2014 comments

Cultural studies: a cancer on the academy

The death of Stuart Hall is a useful moment to reflect on the corrosive effect of cultural studies on the promotion of knowledge.

Tim Black Monday 24 February 2014 comments

Labour’s paedo problems: no reason to gloat

Harman and pals are discovering the cost of putting the past on trial.

Chrissie Daz Tuesday 25 February 2014 comments

The rise of the ‘third gender’

Trans activists calling for the institution of a third gender miss the point – language changes with society, not the other way around.

Russell McCarthy Wednesday 26 February 2014 comments

The collapse of Jared Diamond

New research reveals what really happened on Easter Island.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 26 February 2014 comments

The NCCL was right to affiliate with PIE

If civil liberties groups won't defend free speech for
the unpopular, what's the point of them?

Tom Slater Wednesday 26 February 2014 comments

The Snowden Files: a case study in hypocrisy

Luke Harding's book reads like an unwitting parody of Guardianista narcissism.

Tara McCormack Thursday 27 February 2014 comments

Bosnia: the limits to EU rule

Recent protests in Bosnia reveal the problems of the EU’s stage-managed democracy.

Christian Butler Thursday 27 February 2014 comments

Candide: back-to-basics Bernstein

This modest new production may be the best Candide London has seen in years.

Asha R Shah Thursday 27 February 2014 comments

MPs, not Euro-judges, should make our laws

A court ruling on life sentences last week was a welcome reaffirmation of parliamentary sovereignty.

Mick Hume Thursday 27 February 2014 comments

Woolwich: butchery is not a thought crime

How the court managed to turn the murderers of Lee Rigby into martyrs.

Charlie Pearson Thursday 27 February 2014 comments

What’s behind racism today? Fancy-dress parties, apparently…

An Olympics-themed sorority party in New York has been condemned as 'racist'.

Katherine Hughes Thursday 27 February 2014 comments

Leeds University’s war on filth

Leeds Student Union’s banning of a ‘sexist’ greetings card projects a lowly view of students.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 28 February 2014 comments

The gloriously pointless world of football banter

Cantona's kung-fu kick was not a political statement, it was comedy gold.

Russell McCarthy Friday 28 February 2014 comments

Museums need to grow up

The problem with many UK museums is they treat everyone like kids.

Rob Lyons Friday 28 February 2014 comments

Bill Hicks: the midwife of modern misanthropy

The late comedian’s unfunny miserablism now rules the world.

Mat Vaillancourt Friday 28 February 2014 comments

What’s wrong with the rise of food banks?

The welfare system's erosion of social bonds has fuelled the rise of food banks.