ARTICLES FROM Spiked
Anti-terror: the perversion of tolerance
spiked, 13 May 2015
David Cameron’s crackdown on extremists will destroy freedom, not protect it.
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.
Prevent: a very risky strategy
spiked, 19 March 2015
The UK’s clueless counterterrorism strategy sees threats everywhere.
How CSR became big business
spiked, 2 November 2011
Corporate social responsibility allows governments to avoid accountability and gives companies a sense of purpose.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Repeating the anti-terror soap opera
spiked, 7 June 2006
How did the police get a terror raid so wrong (again)?
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.
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.
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.'
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.
They warn too much
spiked, 30 July 2004
Why the UK government's booklet on ‘preparing for emergencies' backfired.
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?
An arresting sight
spiked, 4 December 2003
Why does it take 26 armed police units to detain one terrorist suspect?
spiked, 27 November 2003
A new book examines how the culture of precaution shaped public fears over mobile phones.
Houses of Precaution
spiked, 23 May 2003
Will the concrete blocks installed to protect Parliament from terror make the UK feel secure, or scared?
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.