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Depleted Uranium *

Mar 28th, 2003 | Filed by

A January, 2003 report by the World Health Organization on the health effects of DU.… Read the rest



Gulf War Syndrome? *

Mar 28th, 2003 | Filed by

Elaine Showalter on an elusive disease or syndrome that generates a lot of scare headlines and not much evidence.… Read the rest



Pompously Fondling his Crucifix *

Mar 28th, 2003 | Filed by

The Bishop versus the Pythons. The Bish couldn’t be bothered to do his homework, and the Pythons were better-behaved.… Read the rest



Affirmative Action and the War *

Mar 27th, 2003 | Filed by

Yale Political Scientist Jim Sleeper on the complexities and contradictions of identity politics.… Read the rest



Hans Morgenthau on Killing Civilians *

Mar 27th, 2003 | Filed by

An excerpt from a book by the late scholar of international relations, on the history of the status of civilians in war.… Read the rest



Fear and Confusion *

Mar 27th, 2003 | Filed by

It is fear of the Fedayeen Saddam, not nationalism, that is keeping Iraqi civilians on the sidelines, says this reporter.… Read the rest



Eurosneering *

Mar 26th, 2003 | Filed by

Cowboys on one side of the pond, castrated girly pacifists on the other.… Read the rest



Sauce for the Goose? *

Mar 26th, 2003 | Filed by

Correspondents to the Guardian wonder how the US can appeal to the Geneva convention.… Read the rest



Analysis of Impunity Agreements *

Mar 26th, 2003 | Filed by

Why would a country seek blanket immunity from the international criminal court? … Read the rest



The Awkward Squad Asks Sharper Questions *

Mar 26th, 2003 | Filed by

Staging, spin, starstruck questions from US journalists, rationed information. But then Chinese and Arab journalists may have their own blinders.… Read the rest



Blackburn contra Rorty *

Mar 26th, 2003 | Filed by

If Truth and Reason are over, what about the maps and timetables you used to get here to say so?… Read the rest



Sectarian Slaughter in Kashmir *

Mar 25th, 2003 | Filed by

The body-count is 24 in the latest chapter of Hindu-Muslim fight over Kashmir.… Read the rest



Exaggeration *

Mar 25th, 2003 | Filed by

Bristol’s admissions policies not so very skewed toward state school applicants after all, expert says.… Read the rest



Ignatieff on Empire *

Mar 25th, 2003 | Filed by

Michael Ignatieff on the complications of intervention and nation-building.… Read the rest



Survey Shows Abuse of Teachers *

Mar 25th, 2003 | Filed by

School management often makes teachers feel it’s their own fault.… Read the rest



TV Trumps Books *

Mar 25th, 2003 | Filed by

Iran was confining, especially for a female teacher, but the students cared about the books.… Read the rest



Consequential versus Deontological Objections *

Mar 24th, 2003 | Filed by

‘Evaluating risks is not the same as making moral choices.’… Read the rest



Competing Studies *

Mar 24th, 2003 | Filed by

One study finds affirmative action helps education, another doesn’t.… Read the rest



Free Will or Free Won’t? *

Mar 24th, 2003 | Filed by

David Barash reviews Freedom Evolves.… Read the rest



Maybe a Lottery Would be Better?

Mar 23rd, 2003 10:08 pm | By

Richard Dawkins likes to outrage people. He’s not the only person in the world who likes to do that, in fact it’s just barely possible that there are one or two people connected with Butterflies and Wheels who don’t mind irritating. However that may be, Dawkins has done it again.

Evil is not an entity, not a spirit, not a force to be opposed and subdued. Evil is a miscellaneous collection of nasty things that nasty people do. There are nasty people in every country, stupid people, insane people, people who should never be allowed to get anywhere near power. Just killing nasty people doesn’t help: they will be replaced. We must try to tailor our institutions, our constitutions, our

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