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Thursday 2 March 2006 March 2006
Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 2 March
Terrace humour is falling victim to our mind-your-language culture.

Stuart Derbyshire
The hard arguments about vivisection
Some scientists advocate experiments on animals while simultaneously apologising for them. Bad move.

Catherine Scott
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
Does teaching preschoolers about Aboriginal culture or homosexuality make them more ‘tolerant’? This educator thinks not.

David Chandler and Tara McCormack
Serbia: from pariah to EU member
Serbia is currently charged with genocide, under pressure to hand over General Mladic, and up for membership of the EU. What’s going on? Two authors offer their views.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Growth is good
Benjamin Friedman’s new book makes a decent stab at defending affluence, but doesn’t go far enough in its attack on ‘growth sceptics’.

Brendan O’Neill
Animal research protests: what next?
The demo to defend the half-built Oxford lab was a very good start, but there are bigger beasts to slay than a handful of animal rights cranks.

Mick Hume
Irving and Livingstone: what liberal backlash?
The imprisonment of David Irving and suspension of Ken Livingstone are the logical extension of an illiberal political climate that some of the backlashers helped to create.

Friday 3 March 2006
Rob Lyons
Press the Poliak-off button
spiked-TV: Stephen Poliakoff's Gideon's Daughter was trite and ham-fisted. So why did columnists love it?

Brendan O’Neill
The sermon on the mountain
spiked-film: Artistically, Brokeback Mountain is quite a good film. Socially, it sucks.

Mick Hume
Iraq: stop the shroud-waving
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Tuesday 7 March 2006
David Chandler
Africa: ‘Empowerment’ by imposition
By focusing on 'capacity-building' and 'empowerment', international institutions seek to evade responsibility for their continued domination over African affairs.

Kirk Leech
Toxic China?
Western critics cite China's environmental record as an excuse for attacking economic growth.

Neil Davenport
Are Muslims being persecuted?
Ignore the crass comparisons between 1930s anti-Semitism and 'Islamophobia' today: some Muslims are wearing victimhood as a badge of honour.

James Heartfield
The biggest scandal in Italian politics
Never mind Tessa Jowell's husband David Mills; it's the Italian magistrates hunting him that we should be worried about.

Josie Appleton
Stop living ethically, and start living
Even Conservative leader David Cameron now wants to live a more 'ethical life'. What's going on?

Thursday 9 March 2006
Nell Barrie
Creative accounting for facts
Statistics make for scary headlines – but a few simple errors often lie behind them.

Niall Crowley
The television will not be revolutionised
spiked-TV: Good shows, like Firefly and Veronica Mars, will prosper if freed from the whims of TV executives.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 9 March
The FA's campaign against homophobia is motivated by some prejudices of its own about working-class fans.

Emilie Bickerton
A cold depiction of Capote
spiked-film: Bennett Miller's Capote chastises the author for being ruthlessly ambitious. What's wrong with that?

Bill Durodié
The ‘war on terror’ as displacement activity
The author of Imperial Hubris recognises the rot in Western society, but seems to think it can be resolved by taking out some Johnny Foreigners.

Jennie Bristow
Mobile phones and child protection
How far should we go? Report on the spiked/O2 seminar.

Josie Appleton
Put the Sexual Offences Act to bed
Why is the UK government sticking up posters telling men to ‘make sure their partner agrees to sexual activity’?

Mick Hume
Jowell: when the political gets too personal
Tessa Jowell should not be judged by unelected quangos for what she did in her personal life, but by the electorate for constantly intruding into ours.

Friday 10 March 2006
Mick Hume
Let war commence over nuclear power
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Brendan O’Neill
Guantanamo Bay and the champagne anti-imperialists
The campaign against Camp X-Ray has been hijacked by moral posturing.

Tuesday 14 March 2006
David Perks
Intelligent design and educational stupidity
Worried about the rise of creationism in UK schools? This teacher blames the timidity of the science establishment.

Philip Cunliffe
After Milosevic
Why the international community turned the ineffectual, authoritarian former president of Yugoslavia into evil personified.

Jennie Bristow
Dial M for madness
Stephen King's Cell, where cellphone-users become braindead flesheaters, feasts on some mainstream anxieties.

Thursday 16 March 2006
Eugenio Triana
The Dan Brown whodunnit
The copyright trial over The Da Vinci Code is weaving a tangled web.

Shirley Dent
Dancing on TV: it’s a riot
spiked-TV: Strictly Come Dancing is fun but dance is capable of provoking much greater passions.

Dave Clements
Any volunteers?
New Labour's attempts to construct new forms of community show it is the politicians who are socially excluded.

Dolan Cummings
Travellers meet Teletubbies
spiked-film: Perry Ogden’s film about Irish Travellers is well shot but shallow.

David Lowenthal
Heritage wars
A historian points out the problems behind today’s claims of cultural ownership over historical artefacts.

Neil Davenport
Who’s afraid of supermarkets?
Come on - having lots of low-priced products in easy-to-reach locations is not such a bad thing.

Rob Lyons
Do we need another hosepipe ban?
Our leaders' tight-fisted and moralistic approach to water supply is a bigger problem than lack of rainfall.

Josie Appleton
Taking the soul out of belief
Daniel Dennett's new book, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, doesn't so much demystify religion as dehumanise it.

Brendan O’Neill
What Milosevic meant to them
Why some in the West are taking the death of the dictator personally.

Tuesday 21 March 2006
Michael Savage
The Rape of the Masters
Roger Kimball’s new book on artistic judgement is good, but not great.

Austin Williams
On the state of English cities
A new government report takes a small-town approach to metropolitan living.

Neil Davenport
I was a human guinea pig
Why I allowed the medical establishment to test their new drugs on me.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
After Northwick Park: we need more research, not less
Are some drugs companies devoting too much energy to marketing old drugs and not enough to developing new ones?

Josie @ppleton
There’s no human right to wear a jilbab
How did schoolgirl dress become a matter for the Law Lords?

Brendan O’Neill
Don’t moan about the House of Lords - abolish it
The ‘peerages for loans’ scandal is a symptom, not the cause, of the deeply undemocratic nature of the second chamber.

Josie Appleton
There's no human right to wear a jilbab
How did schoolgirl dress become a matter for the Law Lords?

Thursday 23 March 2006
James Woudhuysen
Why don’t women play computer games?
The fact that these are boys' toys has been theorised as evidence for the 'politics of difference'.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 23 March
Going to Germany for World Cup 2006 is no time to make friends.

Rob Lyons
Double-glazing over
spiked-TV: The Armstrongs illustrate the depressingly thin line between reality TV and spoof.

Ellen Raphael
Peer review and ‘media science’
How do we tell good science from bad? By looking at how it is published.

Brendan O’Neill
What’s behind the war on 4x4s?
Campaigners not only loathe the cars but also the well-off working classes who drive them.

Mick Hume
State funding is no solution for bankrupt political parties
The problem is not only that they have run out of money, but have exhausted their political capital too.

Friday 24 March 2006
Mick Hume
Why would anyone donate to these parties of the living dead anyway?
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Karl Sharro
Syriana: an anti-political thriller
spiked-film: Stephen Gaghan’s study of the oil industry is shot through with conspiratorial cynicism.

Tuesday 28 March 2006
James Heartfield
Pinochet in Suburbia
spiked-TV: The BBC drama on Britain’s detention of Pinochet was nostalgic for Blair's brief ‘ethical foreign policy’.

Dominic Standish
No-go Italy
Treviso's car ban on 'Environment Day' shows that when it comes to green issues, Italian voters have no choice.

Ken McLaughlin
Mental Health Bill: a U-turn for the worse
There is little to celebrate in New Labour's change of mind.

Jennie Bristow
Are we addicted to love?
Theories of intimate relationships in the modern world view passionate love as a problem to be managed.

Josie Appleton
Carry on culling
Why there is so much fuss about Canada's annual seal cull - and why the Canadian government should ignore it.

Brendan O’Neill
Free speech, with the edges taken off
Saturday's rally in the rain for free expression was a damp squib.

Thursday 30 March 2006
Rob Lyons
Kyoto and a climate of moralism
The debate about global warming has become a moral crusade against our allegedly 'excessive' lifestyles.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 30 March
England's World Cup song should embrace the national pastimes of miserabilism and self-deprecation.

Philip Cunliffe
Manderlay: the danger of do-gooding
spiked-film: Lars von Trier's film about slavery ruthlessly attacks meddlesome liberalism.

Timandra Harkness
Gone in a puff of smoke
A report from Edinburgh on the last night of legal smoking.

Neil Davenport
Free thinking not allowed
The UK government's White Paper on further education dismisses learning for ‘pleasure and leisure’ as surplus to requirements.

Jack Jordan
Whitewashing academic debate
A student of Dr Frank Ellis - the Leeds lecturer suspended for his racist views - asks why the university couldn't handle a heated argument.

Gerard Feehily
Paris strikes: more 1984 than 1968
Beneath the fiery street protests there lurks a mood of deep conservatism.

Philip Cunliffe
Manderlay: the danger of do-gooding
spiked-film: Lars von Trier's film about slavery ruthlessly attacks meddlesome liberalism.


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