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Tuesday 2 August 2005 August 2005
Professor Sam Shuster
The skin cancer cover-up
Every summer we're warned that the sun can kill. In fact, most sun-provoked lesions are benign, and not really cancers at all. A clinical scientist writes.

Mick Hume
Hiroshima: the ‘White Man’s Bomb’ revisited
Dropping the Bomb on Japan was the final act of a bitter race war in the Pacific.

Brendan O’Neill
After 21/7: still hiding behind the terrorists
By continuing to link the attacks in London with the war in Iraq, anti-war activists are conferring authority on the bombers.

Wednesday 3 August 2005
Tessa Mayes
Costing commitment
Who would a cohabitation law be for?

Tara McCormack
How did Srebrenica become a morality tale?
The West turned a bloody battle in a brutal civil war into a clash between good and evil.

Nathalie Rothschild
The theatrics of the Culture Party
How did a fake political party fox the Swedish establishment?

Daniel Ben-Ami
What the renminbi revaluation reveals
Major economic machinations lurk beneath the realignment of the Chinese and American currencies.

Henry Joy McCracken
Retreating from the final frontier
There should be more to space travel than delivering groceries to the International Space Station.

James Heartfield
Don’t protect the Green Belt - build on it
We need new houses more than we need wetlands.

Thursday 4 August 2005
Brendan O’Neill
What’s behind the ‘cult of the suicide bomber’?
Kevin Toolis, producer of a fascinating new film on suicide attacks, discusses pathology, Palestine and why he left out the Tamil Tigers.

Brendan O’Neill
Al-Zawahri: what a rip-off merchant
The al-Qaeda deputy is only parroting what’s been said on a thousand lefty blogs since 7/7.

Friday 5 August 2005
Josie Appleton
British-bred terrorists: was it something they ate?
A small street in west London has been swamped by journalists demanding answers about 21/7.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 5 August
Man bags, foot rubs and wasps: what football message boards discuss outside of football season.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 5 August
Gang wars, corruption and class action lawsuits: The Shield returns.

Josie Appleton
London after 7/7: capital of hate?
The Met’s new stats were said to show an explosion in faith hate crimes. Actually, they showed the opposite.

Rob Lyons
Enjoying the fruits (and veg) of an affluent life
The UK government's annual survey of our eating and drinking habits wasn’t all bad news.

Michael Fitzpatrick
The price of multiculturalism
What the responses to the killing of Anthony Walker in Liverpool and the failed bombings in London reveal about contemporary Britain.

Tuesday 9 August 2005
Michael Cook
How a minority in the BMA got their way on euthanasia
Eminent doctors used Stalinist tactics to engineer a change in the British Medical Association’s policy on assisted dying.

Josie Appleton
Sending them Bak will solve nothing
What's driving the UK government's war against loudmouth mullahs?

Wednesday 10 August 2005
James Heartfield
Robin Cook: from ethical imperialist to anti-war activist
The former foreign secretary’s career mirrored the twists and turns of the liberal-left intelligentsia.

Alex Gourevitch
Dragging Discovery down to Earth
Space missions should be about more than returning in one piece.

Thursday 11 August 2005
Jamie Douglass
Sexual doctrine swings both ways
So it’s okay for priests to be gay, so long as they don't have sex? The Church of England once again gets its cassocks in a knot.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 11 August
So England's cricketers can win – but can they stay the innings?

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 11 August
Lost: an antidote to obsessive compulsive reality TV.

Jim Butcher
Sun, sea and saving the world
Travel snobs have turned holidaymaking into a moral dilemma.

Jack Jordan
Schooled in self-esteem
A teacher’s proposal to ‘delete the word "fail" from the educational vocabulary’ was dismissed by ministers. But in practise, schools are already doing it.

James Murphy
The assault on pleasure
Is a new Puritanism on the march?

Jennie Bristow
Alone sharks
It's National Singles Week, and Bridget Jones is back. But is singleton society something to celebrate?

Brendan O’Neill
A licence to bash the masses
The only debate over Britain's licensing laws is about how to keep pissed proles in their place.

Friday 12 August 2005
Neil Davenport
The trouble with re-branding Britain
Churning out lists of Top Ten common values only highlights the lack of consensus.

Mick Hume
Even Italy is in the grip of the health police
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Joe Kaplinsky
Nuclear lethargy
Why is the government dragging its heels on building new nuclear power stations?

Brendan O’Neill
The implosion of ‘mission impossible’
The 'war on terror' is in crisis even as the war against terrorists proves successful. What's going on?

Tuesday 16 August 2005
Josie Appleton
After Gaza
The dismantling of Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip is neither a cunning plan by Israel nor a victory for the Palestinians.

Amir Butler
Warning from Australia: don’t legislate against hate
An Australian Muslim says that Victoria's laws against incitement to religious hatred have sown division, and undermined freedom of speech, thought and conscience.

Wednesday 17 August 2005
David Chandler
A step back for democracy in Iraq
In all the wrangling about the constitution, the one group nobody is consulting is the Iraqi people.

Thursday 18 August 2005
Mark Pigott
Teetotalitarians drive me to drink
How exactly will longer pub opening hours 'cause more terrorism'?

Sandy Starr
The marks of human progress
So what if astronauts can glimpse signs of man’s impact on Earth?

Jennie Bristow
The A-level debate: a failure of intelligence
How the annual row over the rising pass rate misses the mark.

Friday 19 August 2005
Charles Pither
You can’t be too careful, can you?
Check the Tippex is safe, the cleaner isn't a paedophile.... One doctor’s tips on how to win approval from the Health Care Commission.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 19 August
Arrested Development, acquired taste.

Simon Knight
Cotton wool kids
Fifty years ago, children were allowed to roam free; now, in the school holidays, the streets are empty. Are we doing kids any favours?

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 19 August
Is cricket the new football?

Jack Jordan
Devaluing the gold standard
How have A-levels got easier? A school-leaver from 2004 writes.

Mick Hume
Children’s future should be decided by parents, not by committee
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Brendan O’Neill
Self-loathing over Stockwell
Behind the fallout over the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes.

Mick Hume
The age of intolerant tolerance
The meaning of tolerance has mutated in recent years.

Tuesday 23 August 2005
Rob Lyons
Rumblings at Heathrow
The solidarity action is a reminder of what people can achieve when they stand up for themselves.

Brendan O’Neill
Mo Mowlam and the politics of disgruntlement
Everyone agrees that she was a 'breath of fresh air', but what exactly did she stand for?

Wednesday 24 August 2005
Dr Elizabeth Whelan
Vioxx: who’s responsible?
Making pharmaceutical companies pay millions for the unpredicted consequences of their drugs could put a brake on innovation.

Josie Appleton
Memorial to paranoia
Conspiracy theorists and opportunists gather at the shrine to Jean Charles de Menezes in Stockwell.

Thursday 25 August 2005
Stephen Bowler
Body politics: why are we obsessed with our flesh?
The cultural fascination with corpses, plastic surgery and healthy living suggests we are objectifying ourselves.

Ken McLaughlin
The legacy of ‘radical social work’
How contemporary social work theory nurtured the new authoritarianism.

Stephen Bowler
Body politics: why are we obsessed with our flesh?
The cultural fascination with corpses, plastic surgery and healthy living suggests we are objectifying ourselves.

Jack Jordan
Ukraine: after the party
Now that the TV cameras are gone, Yushchenko’s regime is showing its cracks.

Jennie Bristow
Does Britain have a drinking problem?
Take one shot of reality, add two shots of panic and a mixer of self-loathing, and you have the licensing law debate.

Friday 26 August 2005
Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 26 August
Is Ashes fever a flash in the pan?

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 26 August
Theatre vs TV: a letter from the Edinburgh Fringe.

Mick Hume
Warne and Maradona outshine Michael Mouse ‘heroes’
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Sabine Reul
Germany: have politicians lost their tongues?
Speechlessness and evasion mark the run-up to the German elections.

Tuesday 30 August 2005
Josie Appleton
What’s so extreme about extreme sports?
There is a lot of PR puff behind the idea that new sports challenge our safety-first, shrink-wrapped world.

James Heartfield
Behind the ‘bra wars’
Making sense of the EU-China spat over textiles.

Wednesday 31 August 2005
Martin Livermore
Synthetic chemicals: killing us softly?
Baseless scare stories are contaminating our enjoyment of food.

Brendan O’Neill
Kneejerking off over violent porn
The government's declaration of war on ‘extreme material’ is about politics more than pornography.


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