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September 2009

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The age of enhancement

David Edmonds Free entry
3rd September 2009  —  Issue 162

Drugs that erase memories or aid sexual fidelity may soon exist. Should we take them?

How to tame global finance

Adair Turner Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

A group of leading financial analysts quiz Britain’s top regulator on what went wrong

Haunted

Kamran Nazeer
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Will you help me to get rid of a ghost?

Living with Henry

Alistair Horne
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

The real Henry Kissinger

Hey, big spenders

Amitai Etzioni
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

The economic downturn is the perfect opportunity to transcend consumerism

Nick Hornby: the Prospect interview

Paul Broks Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Paul Broks talks fiction, football and cultural value with the godfather of lad-lit

The hacks must try harder

Felix Salmon
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

How the mainstream media was beaten by bloggers in setting the agenda

A bad year in the City

Chris Hughes
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

How twelve of the worst months the City has ever known unfolded

Cracking on in Helmand

Stephen Grey Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Where we went wrong in Afghanistan

Living on two dollars a day

David Goldblatt Free entry
4th September 2009  —  Issue 162

A new book tells one of the world's most important yet invisible stories

Why we're getting it wrong in Afghanistan

Anthony King Free entry
4th September 2009  —  Issue 162

The British army's determination to "crack on" in Helmand may be brave, but foolish

Big banks should be broken up, not taxed

George Magnus Free entry
2nd September 2009  —  Issue 162

A Tobin tax would only work by destroying financial activity. The government must instead break up the big banks

Tobin tax is national economic suicide

Tim Congdon Free entry
2nd September 2009  —  Issue 162

Adair Turner's suggestion that the financial services industry has become too big is ludicrous

Taxing incompetent banks won't fix them

Oliver Kamm Free entry
2nd September 2009  —  Issue 162

The financial system is broken, but a Tobin tax is not the answer

A Tobin tax for Wall Street?

Bob Kuttner Free entry
2nd September 2009  —  Issue 162

Larry Summers backs a Tobin tax (or at least he did in 1989)

An Edinburgh view of the British stage

Mary Fitzgerald Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

2009 is a year to celebrate the British stage

Cambodia: justice for whom?

Nic Dunlop Free entry
14th September 2009  —  Issue 162

Pol Pot’s men are finally being tried. But 85 per cent of Cambodians don't even know the Khmer Rouge trials are taking place

The West Bank shapes up

John Deverell Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Good news from Palestine

Zac on track

James Crabtree Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

The rise of green Tory Zac Goldsmith

Fewer jobless

Tim Leunig Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Why unemployment isn't higher

Obama's stumble

Faisal Islam
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

The right-wing fury over health reform

Whining parents

Simon Crompton
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Schools are demanding too much from parents

Getting personal

Mark Henderson Free entry
1st September 2009  —  Issue 162

Tests for inherited health risks may soon cost nothing. But who will actually benefit from them?

Hello sunshine

Jeremy Leggett Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Can solar energy power the world?

On the box

Tom Chatfield Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Television is coming to your Xbox

Last gasp for global Islam

Robin Yassin-Kassab
4th September 2009  —  Issue 162

Islam's worldwide revival is a hollow shell

Enron: much ado about money

Michael Coveney Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

The credit crunch is bringing out the best in British theatre

Smallscreen

Peter Bazalgette
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

The big channels turn to crime

Cultural notebook

Sam Leith Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

The art of the nappy

Private view

Ben Lewis
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

The Wellcome’s astonishing new exhibition of anatomical models

Widescreen

Mark Cousins
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Taking cinema on the road

The summer of 1939

Ian Irvine
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Contemporary records from the start of the second world war

Catch a burning star

Danny Kruger
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Danny Kruger reports from his company’s work with ex-offenders

Almost a British Balzac

Julian Evans Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Sebastian Faulks's very British dystopia

The evolution of genius

Gillian Beer Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

What did Lincoln and Darwin have in common?

Washington watch

Renegade
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

The Republicans rally

Brussels diary

Manneken Pis
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Nato's new boss

Dear Wilhemina

Wilhemina
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

I can't stand my partner's children

Matters of taste

Alex Renton
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

The fruit of Eden

Lab report

Philip Ball
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

What's that on Jupiter?

Political notes

Anne McElvoy
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

The Tories and social mobility

If I ruled the world

Edward Docx
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Down with audience participation

China café

Mark Kitto Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

My neighbours hate me

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3rd September 2009  —  Issue 162

The pick of the month's events, arts and books

Dr Pangloss

Brian Eno Free entry
28th August 2009  —  Issue 162

The online world: where reputation is all

The information

Prospect Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Which British food supplies are most vulnerable?

Word of the month

Tom Chatfield Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

The coming of the Kindle

In Fact

Prospect Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Facts to turn your world upside down

Everyday philosophy

Nigel Warburton Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

The wisdom of a rainy day

Editorial

David Goodhart Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Welcome to the September issue of Prospect

Number cruncher

Stephen Nickell Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

Putting children to work

Diary

Prospect
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

News and curiosities from the Prospect editorial team

Letters

Prospect Free entry
27th August 2009  —  Issue 162

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