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Saturday 2 March 2002 March 2002
Mick Hume
State of the unions
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Matthew Carroll
Why attack Iraq?
A US student in the UK thinks the last thing we need is Gulf War Take Two.

Jennie Bristow
Telling stories
Why is novelist Sue Miller being spun as the American Joanna Trollope?

Ray Crowley
The munching monologues
supershagland.com uses obscene language to promote a puritan message.

Josie Appleton
The anti-Bloomsbury set
The Elgin Marbles are more at home in the British Museum than they would be in Athens.

Helene Guldberg
From ABC to ICT
The UK government's obsession with 'digital literacy' in schools shows a misreading of child development.

Fenno Outen
Critics in two minds
A victim-driven script about mental health doesn't necessarily make A Beautiful Mind a bad film. Just as it doesn't make it a good one.

Aidan Campbell
The decline and fall of haute couture
Paris: Capital of the Arts 1900 to 1968 at the Royal Academy suggests that art thrives when it is despised by politicians.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 28 February
BBC4 could be good for TV - but it won't save politics.

Tuesday 5 March 2002
Brendan O’Neill
America's axis-tential crisis
President Bush's 'axis of evil' tells us far more about the USA than about Iraq, Iran or North Korea.

Wednesday 6 March 2002
Jennie Bristow
In praise of the Pill
The oral contraceptive pill has done great things for women. So why the endless supply of complaints?

Helen Searls
An Englishwoman in Washinton
Now you should 'Just say no' - not only for the good of your health but also for the good of America.

Friday 8 March 2002
Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 8 March
A Season with Verona by Tim Parks is an entertaining way of acquainting yourself with Italian profanity - and with the soul of its football.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 8 March
24 is hopelessly pre-9/11 - but so what?

Tuesday 12 March 2002
Josie Appleton
A very strange time capsule
New York's cultural institutions are collecting everything to do with 11 September - bits of rubble, dust masks, pictures, poems, even the aspirins sent in for relief workers. Why?

Neil Selwyn
Idolising IT
Can information technology solve social, political and cultural problems? It's good, but not that good.

Timandra Harkness
To timidly go?
TV's trendy explorer Benedict Allen on conquering the world without upsetting the locals.

Wednesday 13 March 2002
Brendan O’Neill
Sex, cars, crimes and...vaccines
A round-up of February's health scares, lifestyle panics and other blown-up fears.

Mick Hume
The 'war on terror' takes on a life of its own
The momentum towards conflict with Iraq has little to do with 11 September or Saddam Hussein.

Thursday 14 March 2002
Sandy Starr
Self-regulation makes us all blind
The industry acts as judge, jury and executioner when it comes to removing content from the internet.

Friday 15 March 2002
Frank Furedi
Epidemic of fear
We were scared to death long before 11 September.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
An overdose of medical ethics
Doctors are expected to play God, but seem unwilling to play doctor.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 15 March
Magistrates must be the only people in Britain who don't think the World Cup is a special occasion.

Brendan O’Neill
Paddywhackery goes global
On St Patrick's Day, being green is the new black - and everyone from Prince Charles to Tony Blair to Bill Clinton has declared their Irishness. A real O'Neill wants no part of it.

Neil Davenport
Murdering the dancefloor
Who would want to go to a government-approved 'safe' nightclub?

Ray Crowley
Red in tooth and claw
While a woman is killed by a crocodile in Africa, UK supermarkets get eco-chic.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 15 March
Ally McBeal is one of those women that PC men disparage in the hope of improving their chances with fat girls.

Josie Appleton
Decency on trial
Three cheers for the UK judges who defended our right to view dismembered fetuses.

Tuesday 19 March 2002
David Chandler
Human rights trump democracy
The USA is recasting its international dominance as a global defence of human rights.

Wednesday 20 March 2002
Brandon Robshaw
No more Straw
If I never hear Jack Straw's grim tones over the radio again, it will be too soon.

Munira Mirza
The offended university
The row in Harvard's African-American studies department reveals the thin skins of US academics.

Wendy Earle
Why Ireland said No
The defeat of the latest abortion referendum shows that tradition and Catholicism no longer hold sway in modern Ireland - but that nothing new has taken their place.

Ray Crowley
Golden slumber
Forget the Golden Jubilee - let's give the Queen a retirement do.

Josie Appleton
Creationism teaching: who started it?
The debate over Emmanuel City Technology College shows that the UK government can defend neither faith nor science.

Barrie Collins
Zero tolerance for Zimbabwe
If Zimbabwe's elections had been free and fair, how much difference would it have made?

Thursday 21 March 2002
Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 28 March
As the BBC boss tunes into teenagers from Leicester, Channel 5 goes for quality TV.

Sandy Starr
Hollywood Redux
Hasn't Steven Spielberg got better things to do than sanitising ET?

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 21 March
They call it the beautiful game, but there's nothing like a mass brawl to spice up a dull Saturday afternoon.

Friday 22 March 2002
Brendan O’Neill
The strange battle of Shah-i-Kot
Was Operation Anaconda an 'absolute success' – or a 'big mistake'?

Jennie Bristow
Rambling on
The neverending foxhunting debate shows New Labour’s disdain for the countryside, and its lack of excitement about the Town.

Jon Holbrook
Why the Hague is not Nuremberg
The international tribunal trying Slobodan Milosevic lacks the legitimacy needed to punish war crimes.

Monday 25 March 2002
Josie Appleton
Degrees of bribery
Degrees of bribery

Daniel Ben-Ami
Tobin or not tobin?
The idea that a 'Tobin tax' on international financial speculation will solve global poverty is more fairytale than Robin Hood.

Mick Hume
If this is another Vietnam, then I'm a therapist
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Dermot O’Gara
Irishness: More than a flag of convenience
Dermot O'Gara, editor of the Irish Abroad website, responds to Brendan O'Neill's 'Paddywhackery goes global'.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Tobin or not Tobin?
The idea that a 'Tobin tax' on international financial speculation will solve global poverty is more fairytale than Robin Hood.

Tuesday 26 March 2002
Jennie Bristow
An anti-independence culture
The 'boomerang kids' who won't leave home are a product of the times - but they could put up more of a fight.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Making a spectacle of ourselves
Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds exhibition in London is as degrading as it is fascinating.

Brendan O’Neill
Factory or fiction?
Tony Wilson, Manchester's Mr Music, on the film of his life: 'I think I should at least be a twat, instead of being demoted to prat. Who wants to be a prat?'

Stuart Blackman
Music to scaremongers' ears
How dangerous is drum'n'bass while driving?

Andrew Cox
Talking bollocks
Why are Welsh men being pressed to open up about their testicles?

Mick Hume
They are all Blairites now - whatever that means
There seems about as much chance of Labour MPs kicking out Blair as there is of the Taliban toppling Bush.

Thursday 28 March 2002
Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 28 March
BBC1's new red 'idents' celebrate everything from the Maori Haka to disabled basketball - but not foxhunting.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 28 March
Has the Worst Striker in English Football finally found his feet?

Martyn Perks
Excuse-ability
Businesses that feel out of touch with their customers are focusing on usability at the expense of innovation and design.

Patrick West
And then there was postmodernism...
If creationism is on the rise in the UK, blame the academic left as much as the religious right.

Allison Felus
Oscars: better to laugh than weep
Of course non-white actors and actresses should be lauded for their work when they deserve it; but doing it all in one fell swoop seems just as racist as denying them the awards outright.

Jennie Bristow
Parent v children v teachers
Far from breaking any 'cycle of disrespect' among school children, the UK education secretary is encouraging a cycle of blame between parents and teachers.

Rob Lyons
'Over the moon' in June
A World Cup watcher prepares for his trip to Japan. This week: the barbarian hordes head east…if the missus will let them.


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