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Tuesday 4 December 2001 December 2001
Brendan O’Neill
Peace process gone wrong?
The upsurge in violence between Israel and Palestine is not a deviation from the Middle Eastern process, but a result of it.

Howard Fienberg and Iain Murray
Faith in the figures
Seven million, three million or one million: how many Muslims are there in the USA?

Thursday 6 December 2001
Norman Levitt
The pedants' revolt
A New York professor on Ibsen, Chekhov and Broadway's unsubtle touch.

Jennie Bristow
Out in the cold
Why have a few hundred rough sleepers become the Big Issue?

Kevin Yuill
Life before death
Diane Pretty has taken her appeal for the 'right to die' from the UK House of Lords to the European Court of Human Rights - but wouldn't it be better to keep the taboo surrounding suicide?

Friday 7 December 2001
Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 7 December
Serious TV's lesson for today: why privatisation and violent men are 'very bad things'.

Josie Appleton
Sisters doing it for themselves?
Women's equality in Afghanistan cannot be created by Western diktat.

Rob Lyons
spiked-geist, 7 December
Vlad a wonderful world; Bin making history; Dangers of the party season.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 7 December
Is the epoch of Manchester United's dominance of football about to end?

Mick Hume
Bore us no more about sleaze, please
The most sleazy politician is better than the most squeaky clean commissioner.

Monday 10 December 2001
Brendan O’Neill
‘It has nothing to do with finding the truth’
Irish political activist Bernadette McAliskey on how the Bloody Sunday Inquiry is like therapy for Derry.

Thursday 13 December 2001
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
NHS in traction
More money won't save the UK health service. Its problems come from the remorseless politicisation of health under New Labour.

Jennie Bristow
Time at the bar
Lager-life has its limits for women - but it won't kill us.

Neil Davenport
Acquaintances rediscovered
Is the Friends Reunited website really about finding old mates - or is it more of a sad CV swap shop?

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 13 December
A British junior football league has devised a new way to alleviate the pain of defeat - by doing away with competition altogether.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 13 December
Judge Deed's combination of personal empathy and state power is unnerving. After a brief heart-to-heart with his secretary, he'll pop on the old wig and pass sentence.

Brendan O’Neill
Dancing your worries away?
Brendan O'Neill dug out his old school tie to swing his pants with 3000 clubbers at London's School Disco.

Friday 14 December 2001
Mick Hume
Sarah’s Law can’t protect us from fear
The horrific murder of Sarah Payne should not be turned into a reason for suspending the norms and standards of a civilised society.

Mick Hume
Sarah's Law can't protect us from fear
The horrific murder of Sarah Payne should not be turned into a reason for suspending the norms and standards of a civilised society.

Monday 17 December 2001
Mick Hume
Judging us all
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Para Teare
Forced marriages: no simple solution
Asian weddings are none of the UK government's business.

Tuesday 18 December 2001
Fran O’Leary
Old Skool nostalgia
Why buy a compilation of 1990s dance tracks? If you liked the music, you'd have it already.

Ciaran Guilfoyle
Who cares about mayors?
Whatever government ministers and local councillors say, a mayoral movement is not sweeping the UK.

Kenan Malik
The trouble with multiculturalism
Official multicultural policies have been even more divisive than old-fashioned racism.

Brendan O’Neill
Have yourself a very scary Christmas
Vicars want it banned, police warn of its hidden dangers, and charities reckon it can drive us to drink and distraction - why is everybody so down about Christmas?

Piers Hellawell
In defence of technique
A British composer tunes into the debate about the decline in musical literacy.

Munira Mirza
'Sensible celebrating'
A UK government department says the challenge of Christmas is to 'indulge, but not excessively'. I'd rather be at work.

Thursday 20 December 2001
Jennie Bristow
Scared of being Mother
Why has procreation become such a turn off?

Brendan O’Neill
A creaky theory
Whatever the war in Afghanistan is about, it's not about oil.

Duleep Allirajah
Kicking footballers
How did the trial of two Leeds United players and their mates put football itself in the dock?

Sandy Starr
Restricted mobility
What ever happened to internet access on the go?

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, Christmas 2001
At Christmas we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Not.

Rob Lyons
spiked-geist, Christmas 2001
Weird gifts, exploding marzipan and bomb 'em with cake - the festive season has arrived.

Friday 21 December 2001
Ian Walker
Good film, shame about the book
Lord of the Rings: the greatest book of the twentieth century or dull pseudo-mythology?

John Pender
Why shouldn't Tanzania have air traffic control?
The furore over the UK's licence export for an air traffic control system in Tanzania reveals the impoverished vision of sustainable development.

Friday 28 December 2001
Jennie Bristow
Back to the asylum
England's Lord Chief Justice wants to lock up paedophiles before they have committed any crime. It's a mad idea - and will do nobody any good.

Rob Lyons
New Year 2002: Where's the party?
Why have the authorities turned public celebrations into a damp squib?

Mick Hume
One thing that did not change in 2001
A dramatic year has not revitalised the moribund politics of the West.

Phil Mullan
Recession: from fantasy to reality
How a nervous business world has talked itself into a recession.

Josie Appleton
The bomber from Bromley
The 'shoe bomber' Richard Reid is another example of how radical Islam is finding a fertile home in countries like Britain.

Virginia Hume
Food: Executive Relief, post-Christmas
Easy posh dinners for people who value their time. This menu for the post-Christmas holidays.

Sandy Starr
A Tolkien fan talks
Never mind the cynics - The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, New Year 2002
Impressions galore, EastEnders as pantomime and Christmas dramas that bash both science and religion.


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