Conservation versus development
What happens when we privilege wildlife over people? Jacqui Craig reports on Kirk Leech's film of the Shoolpaneshwar sanctuary in Gujarat, India.
AIDS in Africa: why the West is interested
How the UN donor countries are distorting the extent of AIDS, and using safe sex messages to push African societies around.
It's only a game show
The Big Brother helpline? Get a life!
An Englishwoman in Washington
The US courts have ordered that a 'deadbeat dad' will face jail if he has any more children. And this is supposed to encourage responsible parenting?
|Friday 3 August 2001|
Entrepreneurial activity is one thing. But 'entrepreneurship' should not be placed at the heart of economic policy.
TV UK, 3 August
Chris Morris' characters behave as if their behaviour is perfectly normal. He seems to be asking, What are you so hung up about?
Offside, 3 August
Fantasy football is not just unsophisticated - it is morally wrong.
|Tuesday 7 August 2001|
The high price of Alder Hey
As a result of the sordid auction now underway in the UK courts over 'retained organs', it will soon be easier to get compensation for the removal of an organ from a corpse than it is to get admitted to hospital for an operation on a living body.
A film called Injustice
Why has a documentary film about deaths in police custody been chased out of cinemas across the UK?
TB: what to do?
Without a local healthcare system, tuberculosis will continue to ravage rural India. Kirk Leech reports on his time in Gujarat.
|Thursday 9 August 2001|
Not in front of the children?
Standards of free speech on the internet should surely be set by adults.
Food: Executive Relief, August 2001
Easy posh dinners for people who value their time. This menu from Jonathan Green.
Air rage: clouded judgements
The average passenger is unlikely ever to witness an incident of 'plane endangerment'. So why the obsession with air rage?
DVT: anatomy of a panic
Public anxiety over deep-vein thrombosis caused by long-haul flights seems to exist in a parallel universe to the scientific facts.
Building new men
Builders' wolf whistling is something that should be taken very seriously - after all, how else will women know whether they're looking good?
Making apes of the audience
Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes sacrifices the original's intelligence for cheap summertime thrills.
Medicine v magic: the homeopathy scam
Why substituting homeopathic remedies for conventional vaccines puts children's lives at risk.
|Friday 10 August 2001|
Offside, 10 August
Wimbledon have no fanbase - and they'll never acquire one as long as they stay in London.
Asylum: the immigration laws are mad
There would be no such thing as asylum-seekers were it not for the UK's terrible immigration legislation.
TV UK, 10 August
On MTV's twentieth birthday: 'It is amazing that the station has reached such heights of cultural recognition and hip respectability while being so rubbish.'
|Tuesday 14 August 2001|
War and peace in Macedonia
A NATO-brokered peace deal in Macedonia is likely to lead to the further fragmentation of the country.
The great parades debate
The Orange Order is suing the Northern Ireland Parades Commission for breaching the European Convention on Human Rights by undermining the right to march. Brendan O'Neill 'facilitated a debate'.
The myth of the two-tier economy
The image of a strong British economy threatened by global downturn is profoundly misleading - without financial subsidy from the rest of the world, Britain would be far worse off.
A mad approach to mental illness
The UK government's focus on public safety in the mental health debate will do nothing for the mentally ill - or for public safety.
Keeping it Together
Lukas Moodysson's new film satirises life in a 1970s hippy commune without once being cliched or cynical.
|Wednesday 15 August 2001|
The joy of moshing
Since when was head-banging, slam-dancing and crowd-surfing at live gigs supposed to be safe?
|Thursday 16 August 2001|
GM: past, present and future
Mankind has been modifying crops for thousands of years - so why is there such hostility to genetically modified food?
After Bristol: the humbling of the medical profession
How the new system of medical regulation post-Bristol will undermine what really works in medicine - the doctor-patient relationship based on trust.
The rise and rise of parents' groups
How did the parents whose children died at Bristol and Alder Hey hospitals in the UK become spokespeople for medical reform?
Graduation from what?
They may have got their degrees - but after three years of teaching gimmicks and lectures about 'transferable work skills', it is little wonder some students had little to celebrate on graduation day.
|Friday 17 August 2001|
Are university degrees worthless?
The real issue is not whether too many or too few people go to university - it is how and what they are taught when they get there.
TV UK, 17 August
'The show played to an audience of four, two of whom seemed to be the star's parents. Still, that's what Edinburgh is all about.'
Offside, 17 August
'Those who reckon there's too much football on TV assume that, like children in a sweet shop, we will consume too much football until we become sick of it.'
An Englishman at the Eisteddfod
Eisteddfod - Wales' week-long celebration of the Welsh language - is also a time for anti-English sentiments to creep up the nationalist agenda.
|Tuesday 21 August 2001|
Why kids should miss the 'walking bus'
Will the UK scheme to walk a crocodile of children to school give them independence - or simply embarrass them?
Privacy online: what's the problem?
Why do those concerned about online privacy see state regulation as the solution?
Legally Blonde - but still dumb
Sluggish pacing, predictable plot, unfunny jokes - thank God Legally Blonde has got a decent lead actress.
Caesareans, cats and dolls
'When it comes to doing the equivalent of squeezing a golf ball through a Polo mint, let's be grateful that women can make it as painless as possible.'
|Wednesday 22 August 2001|
The Tory leadership contest is proving as damaging as their crushing defeat in the general election.
|Friday 24 August 2001|
What's wrong with the right kind of elitism?
TV UK, 24 August
The Edinburgh Festival has caused me to muse on the differences between TV and theatre - and mostly theatre comes off pretty badly.
The hooliganism hype
As hooligans have vacated the terraces (usually to pen their memoirs) there are more anti-hooligan laws than ever before. Why?
You can't ban accidents
The refusal to accept that misfortune and adversity are part of the human experience is turning the 'blame game' into Britain's national sport.
|Wednesday 29 August 2001|
Why do we love Big Brother?
George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four was first published over half a century ago, depicting a society that looks nothing like Britain 2001. So why should his vision still make us shiver?
'Disability cleansing' - or a reasonable choice?
Why shouldn't women abort disabled fetuses?
A matter of life and death
Those who favour abortion rights should oppose the legalisation of assisted suicide.
|Thursday 30 August 2001|
A statistician with a mission
Bjørn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist, tells Tony Gilland what made him ask the right questions.
Third time wrong
Those who think NATO's military intervention in Macedonia will bring peace and democracy should think again.
If not quality assurance, then what?
The UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) exemplifies the worst type of contemporary governance: ineffective, inefficient and actually counterproductive.
Why the QAA should RIP
Read Frank Furedi's critique of the UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in the UK press: and a defence of 'quality assurance' by John Randall, who has just resigned as the agency's chief executive.
TV UK, 30 August
Bedtime was not a bad little piece. But it's ironic that Miss Pierson's good part was based on the perilousness of her own position.
Getting over the threshold
Stop treating twentysomethings like teenagers.
Will another species be extinct by the time you finish reading this article - or are extinction rates blown up out of proportion?
|Friday 31 August 2001|
All eyes on Brass Eye
Love it or hate it - but show it.
Chris Morris - that old fogey
Shouldn't conservatives be Brass Eye's biggest fans? After all, Morris hates the same things they do.
Philosopher Hubert L Dreyfus' 'On the internet': an out-of-body experience.