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Issue 79

Issue 79

October 2002

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A Tory communist

Ian Buruma Free entry
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Why did Eric Hobsbawm remain loyal to the blood-soaked communist cause for so long?

Intellectual property

Shereen El Feki
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Poor countries should use intellectual property rights rules to get a better global deal. And the west should help

Haruki Murakami

Murray Sayle Free entry
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Japan's most popular novelist has finally woken up to events in his own country. But can this ageing adolescent really grow up?

Marriage for a night

Wendell Steavenson
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Under Islam, a woman can get married for an hour. The "sigheh" is a shi'a solution to a physical need. In Iran, it is an anomaly - a sexual freedom sanctioned by religion but taboo in society

Human conditions

Kenan Malik
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

John Gray is a tragic fatalist. Steven Pinker believes in a progressive science of humanity. Are either of them right?

Media manifesto

John Lloyd Free entry
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

The news media are the last great unregulated power. Journalists need to take responsibility for their influence

Tories on the couch

John O'Sullivan
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Instead of rethinking its message, the Tory party has experienced a collective nervous breakdown.

Reason to believe

Michael Jacobs
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

The spirit of the left has been extinguished. But there is still a case for radical ideology

Good books

Toby Mundy Free entry
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Doomsayers persist in the belief that the book world has been overrun by philistinism. They are wrong. Publishers can rejoice in unprecedented levels of both quality and quantity. We are living in a golden age of the book

Shake, rattle and roll

Michael Mcmanus
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

At Birmingham's symphony orchestra, Simon Rattle showed the way forward for cultural politics. May he do the same in Berlin

Saddam as Samson

Derek Coombs
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Will Saddam have his Samson moment? Does the security of the world really hang on a Bush family psychodrama?

Islam in Europe

Jack Straw
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

My constituency has 23 mosques and 25,000 Muslims. It is in places like Blackburn that a new European Islam will emerge

Israel lobby part 3

Michael Lind
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Both the Israel lobby and the oil lobby have warped US policy in the middle east. American patriots should reject both

Listening banks

P L
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

The IMF and the World Bank are lending institutions; they cannot be run by their borrowers. But they can listen more to poor countries

Widescreen

Mark Cousins
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Insomnia

We three would-be kings

Dick Leonard
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Crosland, Jenkins and Healey were the reforming leaders Labour never had. They ruined each other's chances of saving the party from its wilderness years

In the centre of the middle

John Gray
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Centrist political thinking is surprisingly thin in Britain. An example from America shows that it can be more than difference-splitting between left and right

Young person's guide to Stalin

Frederic Raphael
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Martin Amis's Koba is another exhibitionist work-yet endearing and instructive. A Harry Pottering among the ruins of 20th-century political illusions

Scots on the rocks

Malcolm Rifkind
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Neal Ascherson has found geological origins for Scottish nationalism. This is not as mad as it sounds but it is still no reason to abandon the Union

These islands

Kate Kellaway Free entry
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

The jury's out

Inefficient markets

Edward Chancellor Free entry
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

A golden age

Previous convictions

Michael Prowse
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Finding religion

Brussels diary

Manneken Pis
20th October 2002  —  Issue 79

Chris Patten falls silent

Letters

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