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Thursday 1 November 2001 November 2001
Professor Sir Colin Berry
Risk, science and society
One of the UK's top scientists explains why the precautionary principle - the substitution of prejudice for data - leads to irrational convictions.

Timandra Harkness
Schooling drivers
A GCSE in how to ride a moped? It might be funny if it wasn't real.

Ray Crowley
The perils of post
Safety guidelines on opening mail are likely to make people more nervous, not less.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 1 November
On the first Saturday of the new football season two million more people chose to watch The Weakest Link rather than The Premiership. Where did it all go wrong for ITV football?

spiked readers
Reactions 7
Excusing the Taliban, religious hate speech, and fighting for freedom: more spiked readers give their views.

Dolan Cummings
TV NY, 1 November
American TV is acknowledged by anybody with half a brain to be the best in the world - but it is the adverts that are most striking for a visitor.

Mark Ramsden
Too much timid teaching
The separation of research from teaching at UK universities undermines student independence and downgrades academic excellence.

Friday 2 November 2001
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
The fear within
After some delay following 11 September and the outbreak of anthrax, I can now report that at my health centre in Hackney we are in a state of maximum alert for all possible manifestations of terrorist attack.

Brendan O’Neill
Beefing up the debate
How a public health consultant challenged the orthodoxy on mad cows and CJD.

Brendan O’Neill, Jennie Bristow
spiked-bites, 2 November
What is the true death toll of 11 September?; Seeing possible terrorist targets everywhere.

Rob Lyons
spiked-geist, 2 November
Suggestion-boxed in; FBI candy; The 'other side' of war; Joint initiative; Top titles

Monday 5 November 2001
Josie Appleton
Value-free Britain
Why the contemporary virtues of multiculturalism and respect fail to claim the allegiance of Muslim youth.

Jennie Bristow
Potty over Potter
Harry Potter premiere: Is JK Rowling the new Shakespeare?

Tuesday 6 November 2001
Shirley Dent
Who killed God?
Cardinals and Christians should calm down about South Park, and learn to love its parables and earthy transience.

Mick Hume
Muslim alienation has home-grown roots
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Sandy Starr
A tale of two dot.bombs
Investment, optimism, decadence, collapse….Where did it all go wrong for the dotcoms of the late 1990s?

Stuart Blackman
Is old the new young?
How 'The Way of All Flesh' by biologist Midas Dekkers paints death and decay in a positive light.

Wednesday 7 November 2001
James Heartfield
Friends, allies and enemies
How the West has abandoned old friends and embraced one-time enemies since the end of the Cold War.

Josie Appleton
Cutting more than daisies
The USA is whipping up the prospect of nuclear war and the destruction of civilisation to justify blasting Afghanistan with the 'world's biggest bomb'.

Thursday 8 November 2001
George Blecher
Notes from the rubble
Wisecracks at airports, psychotherapists working overtime, the collapsing American Empire….New York writer George Blecher on his city after the attacks.

Jonathan Calder
Bonfire fright
Jonathan Calder reports from the famous Lewes bonfire on firework night's fight for survival.

Josie Appleton
Museums for the People?
The politicisation of museums is a disaster. So why have they so readily adopted the social inclusion agenda?

Ray Crowley
Spooked about sex
Tennessee teenagers had their pants scared back on with a special sex educational Halloween house.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 8 November
Loyalty, or rather its absence, has been the subject on every Palace fan's lips this week after manager Steve Bruce decided to quit the club after only five months in charge.

Sandy Starr
Stargazing sociologist
Manuel Castells' book The Internet Galaxy has some uplifting moments - but its desire to separate, categorise and interrelate everything means it often misses the mark.

Munira Mirza
Culture: the word on the street
Can local arts projects really change the world?

Allison Felus
O no
O, the gun-toting, blood-spattered, modernised movie adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, turns out to be soulless and cold.

Friday 9 November 2001
Mick Hume
A war that nobody wants to fight
The carpet bombing in Afghanistan confirms the dreadful power of the American military machine. But it also reveals a sense of powerlessness within the US (and British) political elites.

Jeff Nicolich
Scared silly over Halloween
Poisoned candy, murder, automobile accidents, molestation, fire, suffocation: an American reports on the new panic.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 9 November
The idea that we need a charismatic individual to interest us in history assumes that we want embarrassing reconstructions involving actors in period costume.

Rob Lyons
spiked-geist, 9 November
The cost of war-reporting; Britney's boobies; Members of the library; Restricted moo-vement

Monday 12 November 2001
Helene Guldberg
Qualifying free speech
The UK Court of Appeal might have restrained England's stringent libel laws - but it's long way from a free press.

Andrew Calcutt
George Harrison: did the world gently weep?
The death of former Beatle George Harrison was greeted with predictable eulogies from on high - but the people were as quiet about Harrison’s death as he was in life.

Shirley Dent
Turning art into peepshow
The Turner Prize 2001 captured a culture that has nothing to say about anything.

Howard Fienberg
Is computer security a goner?
Firewall protection is fine - but the best safeguard against email viruses, goners and worms is common sense.

Irene Miller
Star bores
Is Star Wars the greatest movie of all time? Not in a million light years.

Josie Appleton
Oath of allegiance to what?
We do need a proper discussion about who we are and where we are going in Britain. But David Blunkett's phoney debate about race, culture and civic identity is not it.

Mick Hume
Are we all meant to be Mujahideen now?
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Tuesday 13 November 2001
Mick Hume
The more they talk about ‘choice’, the less we get
Whether it's selecting the sex of their baby or smoking in public, people should have the right to make the 'wrong' choices.

Bill Durodié
Judging Pop Idol
ITV's new series following the creation of a Pop Idol is not nice - and that's its appeal.

spiked readers
Reactions 8
Shades of Vietnam, women and the Taliban, and military strategy: more spiked readers give their views.

Jennie Bristow
Fear goes sky-high
Many seem relieved that the plane crash of 12 November looks like an accident, not a terrorist attack. Either way, it's a disaster for America's national psyche.

Thursday 15 November 2001
Josie Appleton
Our boys in Kabul
The West's shifting attitude towards the Northern Alliance reflects the confusion behind its war aims in Afghanistan.

Jennie Bristow
'We can never be safe - but at least we can be free'
The UK home secretary might dismiss civil liberties as 'airy-fairy' - but for Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union, the case for liberty remains rock-solid.

Brendan O’Neill
Hitchens vs Hitchens
Brothers Christopher and Peter disagree on everything from terrorism and the Taliban to secularism and safety - but both would like to see a clash of civilisations.

Sabine Reul and Thomas Deichmann
'The one measure of true love is: you can insult the other'
The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek talks about subjectivity, multiculturalism, sex and terrorism.

Friday 16 November 2001
Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 16 November
The football authorities' interest in women's football is driven less by egalitarian concerns than by their desire to outlaw aggressive play.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 16 November
BBC2's War Zone: why should rolling around in the mud for a few days change your political outlook?

Fran O’Leary
Plane facts
We shouldn't let recent events blind us to the fact that flying is one of the safest forms of transport.

Piers Benn
The sex selection question
The decision of whether parents should be able to use fertility treatment to select the sex of their offspring should be left to individual choice rather than rigid principle

Sandy Starr
Two cheers for Yahoo!
US court has rejected a French court's attempts to clamp down on internet content - but free speech online is still not guaranteed.

Sandy Starr
Significant Others
Nicole Kidman's latest film The Others is a one-off in today’s Hollywood - reaching back to a time when horror was formal, sincere, and truly frightening.

Mick Hume
How did we get from Manhattan to Kabul?
What has the West's war in Afghanistan got to do with 11 September?

Tuesday 20 November 2001
Jennie Bristow
Anti-terrorism bill: MPs aren't revolting
MPs are not really battling against David Blunkett's anti-terrorism law - but they should be.

Josie Appleton
Nothing to lose but their burqas?
Cherie Blair's campaign to free the spirit of Afghan women is more likely to help her husband than it is anybody in Afghanistan.

Helen Searls
An Englishwoman in Washington
The anthrax attacker remains a bigger concern to most Americans than the war being fought thousands of miles away.

Thursday 22 November 2001
Dr Peter Marsh
In praise of bad habits
The dangers of 'healthism' - and the good thing about risk.

David Murray
Media modesty versus meltdown
What does it mean to say that a catastrophe is virtually certain - and how should the US media respond?

spiked readers
Reactions 9
Daisy cutters, carpet bombing and the Western will to fight: more spiked readers give their views.

Friday 23 November 2001
Brendan O’Neill
Don't buy it
Buy Nothing Day won't tackle global poverty, but it might annoy Christmas shoppers.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 23 November
Spurs fans were duty-bound to give Sol Campbell a torrid reception on his return to White Hart Lane in enemy colours.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 23 November
Far from simply locking up villains, or even keeping the peace, policing today seems to be nothing short of missionary work.

Monday 26 November 2001
Mick Hume
Nation-building? Let's start at home
Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Tuesday 27 November 2001
David Chandler
Faking democracy in Kosovo
The provincial elections in Kosovo on 17 November were hailed as a 'step forward to democracy'. David Chandler, who observed the elections for the Council of Europe, wonders why.

Jon Holbrook
Kosovo's multiethnic experiment
Those currently debating a multiethnic government for Afghanistan should look at Kosovo - where this kind of experiment has deepened divisions.

Wednesday 28 November 2001
Duleep Allirajah
Who wants a footballer for a role model?
As long as footballers can deliver the goods on the pitch, we shouldn't care less what they do in their free time.

Josie Appleton
Defending dissent
Joan Bertin, executive director of the US National Coalition Against Censorship, tells how 11 September changed things for freedom of speech.

Thursday 29 November 2001
Stuart Derbyshire
Stop stemming the research
For stem cell research to fulfil its potential, US scientists need to develop more backbone.

Jennie Bristow
Blair's Babes hit puberty
Paul Marsden, Shrewsbury's rebel MP, might seem like New Labour's worst nightmare. But he's the creation of its politics.

John Gillott
Phoney debate about cloning
The main problem is not the law, but the boo-word culture that surrounds the cloning issue.

Ken McLaughlin
Stressing vulnerability
A senior lecturer in social work wonders who gains from the preoccupation with workplace stress.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Policing the medical profession
While outgoing General Medical Council president Sir Donald Irvine attacks 'arrogant' doctors, in the real world medics are already on their knees.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 29 November
Burchill on Beckham is entertaining, but so wrong.

spiked readers
Reactions 10
Trivialising liberty, Western values and not-so-smart bombs: more spiked readers give their views.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 29 November
Worldly goods on The Heaven and Earth Show.

Stuart Derbyshire
Embryonic stem cell research and therapy


Stuart Derbyshire
Stop stemming the research
For stem cell research to fulfil its potential, US scientists need to develop more backbone.

Friday 30 November 2001
Josie Appleton
USA: 'Sorry about the slaughter'
The massacre of several hundred Taliban prisoners in a fortress outside Mazar-e-Sharif shows that a confused war is not a soft war.


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