In defence of sovereignty
As lawyers call for curbs on national sovereignty to catch those responsible for the terrorist attacks on the USA, a UK barrister explains why now, more than ever, good legal principles need to be upheld.
Fear under the flag
America is united more by a sense of loss and fear for the future than it is by defiant patriotism. An Englishwoman reports from Washington DC.
Anti-globalisation, anti-war, anti-everything
Demonstrators at the Labour Party conference in Brighton seemed more paranoid than political.
The Italian gaffe
Dominic Standish reports from Italy on prime minister Berlusconi's lessons in the new etiquette of cultural diversity.
|Thursday 4 October 2001|
'Religious hate' should not be a crime
Why are civil libertarians so vocal on ID cards - yet so quiet about extending the law on 'hate crimes'?
Don't blow IT
Sandy Starr reports on the spiked conference at the Bloomberg Auditorium in London.
The state of debate
Labour Party conference 2001: not much discussion about not very much.
|Friday 5 October 2001|
Blair's gospel of despair
With its reliance on vacuous religiosity, Tony Blair's speech to the Labour Party conference exposed the moral bankruptcy of the global capitalist order in the wake of 11 September.
Repression in the USA, hoaxes on the web, what's anti-war? More spiked readers give their views.
Offside, 5 October
The minutes of silence may be over, but players and fans are still expected to observe an emotional code of conduct.
TV UK, 5 October
If wartime audiences often preferred to be distracted with musical comedies, perhaps the appetite now is for a reminder of a proper war, with a real enemy and real heroes.
A princely approach to privacy
How did the UK media end up doing a better job of defending the royal family's privacy than the royal family itself?
Palestine after 11 September
The terrorist attacks on the USA are likely to isolate the Palestinian struggle further.
|Monday 8 October 2001|
Now it is war - but for what?
First they told us we were at war with nobody in particular. Now they say we are not at war with somebody we are bombing.
|Tuesday 9 October 2001|
The lessons of the drugs war
There are striking parallels between the West's war against terrorism and its long-running war against drugs - and, for Blair and Bush, they are not auspicious.
Fighting talk: Sir John Mortimer and David Starkey
Sir John Mortimer describes New Labour's proposal to outlaw religious hatred as a 'victory for the Taliban', while David Starkey claims there's nothing to Blair's war 'but words'.
A world of uncertainty
Launching his air strikes against Afghanistan, President Bush claimed to be supported by 'the collective will of the world'. The international press response to the attacks reveals a more shaky support.
Science, Knowledge and Humanity
'Science, Knowledge and Humanity' is a major series of public debates about the future prospects for human innovation and progress, taking place in New York City from 26 to 28 October 2001.
|Thursday 11 October 2001|
More to it than anti-war
Why does the anti-war movement focus on bombs when diplomacy can be just as dangerous?
Therapeutic touch was a dubious nursing practice even before its founder suggested practising the technique long-distance, on those who died on 11 September.
Fighting talk: Howard Jacobson and John Pilger
Howard Jacobson can't decide whether the West should 'bomb everything everywhere' or 'don't bomb anything anywhere' - and John Pilger calls Blair 'a contemptible opportunist'.
More symbol than sustenance
The food parcels dropped on Afghanistan are for Western consumption.
Blair's speech, hate speech and the reasons for war: more spiked readers give their views.
The Green response to terrorism?
Conservationists have been quick to point out that the war in Afghanistan will result in the death of snow leopards on the brink of extinction.
|Friday 12 October 2001|
This war shows a West so lacking in self-conviction that it struggles even to justify defending itself.
All quiet on the home front
It's not that government spindoctors have managed to bury bad news after 11 September: this is the consequence of being a government-at-war.
Offside, 12 October
Three years ago we wanted him strung up, now we want him knighted. What's behind British fans' love/hate affair with David Beckham?
spiked-geist, 12 October
'Bert is Evil!' gets binned; Tall, dark, GSOH, evil...; Rugger Buggers run for cover; Learn to cope - with celery.
Dictating democracy in Belarus
The European and US authorities' attempts to 'assist democracy' in Belarus had the opposite effect - patronising voters and limiting their choices.
TV UK, 12 October
The real conflict will take place not in Afghanistan, but in space, as satellites relay competing visions of civilisation past and present.
|Tuesday 16 October 2001|
Fear and defeatism infect the West
Why are the American and British governments worried about 'losing the propaganda war' to a lame terrorist with a camcorder in the desert?
The piece movement
Medics against war, accountants against war, whores against war...the CND-organised protest against the bombing of Afghanistan on 13 October certainly brought different groups together. But where was the unity?
(Con) Fusion cooking
An award-winning US foodwriter recommends that celebrity chefs develop a taste for food biotechnology.
|Wednesday 17 October 2001|
Anthrax may not be a very useful weapon of biological warfare, but it provides a potent metaphor for the fears of Western society after 11 September.
|Thursday 18 October 2001|
Warning signs - beware
The proliferation of moron-friendly warning signs mirrors a political climate that talks tough and acts weak.
The US war against terrorism is creating a less stable world - but not because of a Muslim uprising.
Ripping up the Charter
How did the United Nations that protects people from the 'scourge of war' become a United Nations that legitimises military intervention and the creation of neo-colonial orders?
The question is: what is the problem?
When everybody is worrying about solutions post-11 September, perhaps we should be interrogating the underlying problem.
Peace protesters, anthrax, and What Would Spiked Do: more spiked readers give their views.
Following President Bush's public endorsement of a Palestinian state, has Israel now become more of a liability than an ally for the USA?
The digital jury needs you...
Wanted - young people to participate in an online research project. Tell the Hansard Society what you think of the internet, and how it does and doesn't work for you.
Lust-busting in cyberspace
Calling most of these internet chat rooms dens of sinful lust is akin to reviewing American Pie 2 as an erotic thriller.
|Friday 19 October 2001|
No laughing matter
Laws against religious hate won't put comedians in jail - but they will make all of us bite our tongues.
Fighting talk: Claire Rayner
Claire Rayner on how Blair's 'war glee' has frightened the socks off her.
spiked-geist, 19 October
Remember: loose talc costs lives; A good time for petty crime; Haile suspicious; Divide the bill, divide the enemy.
TV UK, 19 October
Drama that focuses on human misery is considered especially 'realistic'. But The Corner is no more 'real' than Attachments.
Offside, 19 October
After 6 October, the English will never have the moral authority to complain about diving in football again.
The restrictions on privacy rights in the USA after 11 September have captured a diminished sense of freedom.
Fighting talk: Claire Rayner and Peter Tatchell
Claire Rayner on how Blair's 'war glee' has frightened the socks off her - and Peter Tatchell on the new restrictions on the 'right to insult and offend'.
|Monday 22 October 2001|
Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).
|Tuesday 23 October 2001|
Good v Evil need not apply
Why is it so hard to cast the war on Afghanistan as a moral tale?
Aiding the Afghans?
How aid agencies end up punishing the people they are supposed to be helping.
Off the rails
When it suspended Railtrack, the UK government rode roughshod over democratic debate and business norms to create an even more fragmented rail system.
|Thursday 25 October 2001|
Are the kids all right?
The advice offered to parents and teachers on helping children cope in the aftermath of 11 September could do more harm than good.
A pariah made in the West
The international community's relationship with Afghanistan's Taliban regime shows that when a state is treated like a pariah, it will act like a pariah.
Beyond the internet bubble
From the keynote address at Don't Blow IT, a one-day conference produced by spiked on Thursday 27 September 2001 at the Bloomberg Auditorium in London.
On the Tate Modern's exhibition 'Surrealism: Desire Unbound': How does the raunchiness of surrealist art fare in today's prudish society?
Food: Executive Relief, October 2001
Easy posh dinners for people who value their time. This menu from Patrice Mcintyre.
|Friday 26 October 2001|
Outside the land of the free, America's IT suppliers are admired more than America's political values. So why doesn't the American establishment promote American IT more?
TV UK, 26 October
George W Bush just can't compete with Jed Bartlet, The West Wing's learned and urbane president, who is all the more likeable for being fictional.
Offside, 26 October
At a time when terrace racism has virtually disappeared, the campaign to kick racism out of football is everywhere. Why?
|Sunday 28 October 2001|
The anti-American dream
The anti-Americanism of some in the UK media has very little to do with America.
|Tuesday 30 October 2001|
Oh, what a 'wobbly' war
The New Labour establishment is so nervous that it has begun to imagine a powerful anti-war movement that exists only in its head.
Lifting the veil
Using the Taliban's treatment of women as a justification for the West's war will not help Afghan women's liberation.
Ireland after 11 September
How did a terrorist attack on the USA lead to talk of spiritual and moral renewal in Ireland?
Judging the war
As a jury member on Channel 4's 'War on Trial', I was hoping to hear clear arguments for and against the West's war on terrorism. No such luck.
Americans seem to be panicking far less post-11 September than the British did during the Great Foot-and-Mouth Panic in spring 2001.