12 April 2012

Mike Daisey and the great Foxconn con

A new report from inside the giant Chinese factory gives the lie, again, to claims about life on the Apple assembly line.

2 April 2012

Trayvon Martin and the
myth of racist America

In the US, everyone with a cause to champion and an emotion to release is latching on to the teenager's murder.

22 March 2012

Why clicktivism now makes us switch off

President Obama is better than most politicians at exploiting social media, but even he can fall victim to mocking memes.

6 March 2012

God save us from atheist whining

A US campaign encouraging atheists ‘out of the closet’ is fuelled more by victim culture than secularist principles.

29 February 2012

Obama is out-Bushing Bush, and no one minds

That Obama has received so little flak over police spying on Muslims suggests Democrats can get away with far more than Republicans.

Books 24 February 2012

New York, New York, still capital of the world

Spanning 400 years, Teresa Carpenter’s selection of snippets from New Yorkers’ diaries reveals both the magic and tragedy of this great city.

23 February 2012

Woody Allen and the perils of nostalgia

Midnight in Paris, about a novelist transported to the 1920s, shows Allen’s romantic imagination at its best.

Books 17 February 2012

New York, New York, still capital of the world

Spanning 400 years, Teresa Carpenter’s selection of snippets from New Yorkers’ diaries reveals both the magic and tragedy of this great city.

9 February 2012

Freedom of religion is not a right-wing thing

The debate about Obama’s ruling on birth control in healthcare packages shows that many liberals are now worryingly sniffy about religious liberty.

6 February 2012

Turning public places into mourning spaces

If New York’s prospective AIDS memorial park is anything to go by, it seems 9/11 now infuses everything in this city.