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Anti-terror: the perversion of tolerance
spiked, 13 May 2015
David Cameron’s crackdown on extremists will destroy freedom, not protect it.
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Lee Kuan Yew: the last of the great authoritarians
spiked, 24 March 2015
Love him or loathe him, the former Singapore leader had something his successors lack.
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Prevent: a very risky strategy
spiked, 19 March 2015
The UK’s clueless counterterrorism strategy sees threats everywhere.
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How CSR became big business
spiked, 2 November 2011
Corporate social responsibility allows governments to avoid accountability and gives companies a sense of purpose.
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Message to the West: ‘know thyself’
spiked, 8 September 2011
Since 9/11, terrorists have lived like parasites off the already-existing disorientation of Western elites.
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WHO’s learned nothing from the swine-flu panic?
spiked, 23 May 2011
The over-reaction to H1N1 influenza in 2009 was built on years of waiting for ‘the Big One’.
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The West’s very own celeb terrorist
spiked, 5 May 2011
Whether he was droning on about climate change or consumption, OBL’s ‘ideas’ were born and bred in the West.
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Sounding worse, when things are really getting better
Today, 29 March 2011
Obsessed with the idea of a nuclear meltdown, the doom mongerers are blind to the reality at Fukushima.
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The mad post-tsunami food panic
spiked, 24 March 2011
You could eat Japan's so-called ‘radioactive spinach’ for a whole year and it still wouldn’t cause you much harm.
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On Thailand, what would Trotsky say?
spiked, 6 May 2010
If the Thai Red Shirts want real change, they could do with reading History of the Russian Revolution.
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The battle for Thailand’s soul
spiked, 12 April 2010
Far from being a ‘stage army’, the Red Shirts could potentially refresh and reinvent democracy in Thailand.
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Why ‘deradicalisation’ is not the answer
spiked, 5 June 2008
It's time Jacqui Smith realised that Islamist extremism is not a ‘foreign’ invader of Britain, but rather springs from our own bankrupt culture.
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History: it’s just one bloody thing after another
spiked, 30 May 2008
Having jettisoned political and historical frameworks, Michael Burleigh's story of terrorism combines a lack of insight with excessive prejudice about curry-eating loyalists and headbutting Glaswegians.
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Death of the warrior ethos
spiked, 29 February 2008
Weaving a path from Achilles to Rambo via Shakespeare and Tolstoy, Christopher Coker’s insightful new book captures the increasing demonisation of war – even ‘good wars’ – and the denigration of honour, duty and glory.
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Gordon Brown’s state of terror
spiked, 15 November 2007
The UK prime minister's vision for counterterrorism would involve reorganising the whole of society around precaution and fear.
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A cultural revolution at Tate Liverpool
spiked, 11 April 2007
Free of Western pessimism, the young Chinese artists on exhibition in Britain are witty and experimental.
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Is London still stressed out about 7/7?
spiked, 3 April 2007
A survey claiming that 11 per cent of Londoners were ‘substantially stressed’ by the bombings raises more questions than answers.
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The government is for turning
spiked, 8 January 2007
As U-turn follows U-turn, New Labour is looking more and more like a party devoid of direction.
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Repeating the anti-terror soap opera
spiked, 7 June 2006
How did the police get a terror raid so wrong (again)?
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The ‘war on terror’ as displacement activity
spiked, 9 March 2006
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.
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Al-Qaeda: a conspiracy of dunces?
spiked, 14 April 2005
The real story of the 'ricin plot' is that Britain's would-be terrorists are a bunch of losers.
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A question of fear, not chemistry
spiked, 16 November 2004
'Many of the concerns about chemicals can best be described as conclusions in search of data.'
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Hunters in the House
spiked, 24 September 2004
There's little point securing institutions from the outside, if they have failed to win the loyalty of those on the inside.
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They warn too much
spiked, 30 July 2004
Why the UK government's booklet on ‘preparing for emergencies' backfired.
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Britain’s bunker mentality
spiked, 22 January 2004
What kind of message does the UK's fortification of its overseas missions send to the world - and to terrorists?
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An arresting sight
spiked, 4 December 2003
Why does it take 26 armed police units to detain one terrorist suspect?
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Phone alarm
spiked, 27 November 2003
A new book examines how the culture of precaution shaped public fears over mobile phones.
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Houses of Precaution
spiked, 23 May 2003
Will the concrete blocks installed to protect Parliament from terror make the UK feel secure, or scared?
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Communicating the War on Terror
spiked, 22 May 2003
An open public debate is key to striking the right note in the war on terror.
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