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Tuesday, 21 May 2002

  • The United States rounds up the usual list of suspects
    Wednesday, 22 May 2002

    The most predictable list in diplomacy was published yesterday: the annual roll call of "state sponsors of terrorism". Mandated by a 1979 law, the Bush administration has fulfilled its statutory obligation and there are no surprises on the list of...

  • It will take more than a video nasty to curb the damage from drug abuse
    Wednesday, 22 May 2002

    Not even the most dedicated proponent of the "shock" school of drugs control would claim that such an approach will solve the drug problem. The Government's decision to make available to all schools in England a video about the death of the heroin...

  • Roman camp
    Wednesday, 22 May 2002

    Has the worship of women always meant the emasculation of men? Archaeologists in Catterick, North Yorkshire, have discovered the skeleton of a cross-dressing eunuch dating back to the 4th century. The skeleton – found dressed in women's clothes and j...

  • This political cross-dressing is very confusing
    Wednesday, 22 May 2002

    It is becoming increasingly difficult to pigeonhole Iain Duncan Smith in the Conservative spectrum, and this week has not made the task any easier. First we had yet another example of "gay" issues threatening to put him back into the traditional T...

  • Prue Leith: Cooking has become a spectator sport
    Wednesday, 22 May 2002

    Every civilisation, anywhere on the globe, in any century, has until now prepared its food and eaten in some kind of social community. Only outcasts and hermits ate alone. Outcasts were punished by being denied participation in social activities ...

  • Once again, the US must take the lead through a diplomatic minefield
    Tuesday, 21 May 2002

    The latest flare-up of the crisis between India and Pakistan over the disputed province of Kashmir not only threatens to undermine American-led efforts to uproot Islamic terrorism from southern Asia. It has brought the two nuclear-armed neighbours...

  • Museums need to care for their money as well as their exhibits
    Tuesday, 21 May 2002

    Any visitor to the British Museum would not recognise it as an institution in crisis. Thronging with visitors from all over the world, it ranks second only to Blackpool pleasure beach on the list of the nation's most popular attractions. Exhibits ...

  • Justice in the rough
    Tuesday, 21 May 2002

    The Golf Ball One has been freed. A small victory for common sense was delivered by the Court of Appeal when Mark Collinson's jail sentence for fishing for golf balls at Whetstone golf course, Leicestershire, was quashed. Admittedly, Mr Collinson ...

  • Dick Cheney: The country of the second chance
    Tuesday, 21 May 2002

    It's a privilege to receive this honorary degree from one of America's finest universities. Many of you will leave Michigan State today with definite plans of your own. Yet I'll wager that 10 years from now, many of you will find yourselves followin...

  • Paul Vallely: Doesn't this sound a bit too Christian for a bishop?
    Tuesday, 21 May 2002

    That great American comedian Lenny Bruce had the answer. How come, he would ask his audience rhetorically, when you go into the poorest part of town the grandest buildings inevitably belong to the Catholic Church? After all, it does claim to be fo...

  • I can't quite make my peace with pornography
    Tuesday, 21 May 2002

    "Velma" wrote to me yesterday, in her neat hand, to tell me that I was a pornographer. "You're the one for sex and anything to do with it," she told me, writing as I do for "porn magazines of filth unlimited in its absolute degradation". OK. (a) I ha...

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