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CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE
is a former editor-inchief of New Scientist is the director of Policy Exchange
Issue one hundred and twenty one April 2006
is a journalist based in
is the author of The Story of Film (Pavilion Books)
is a former special adviser to Javier Solana
ALASTAIR CROOKE NICK CROWE
was the drummer in the rock band Gay Dad
TONY D’SOUZA’s novel Whiteman will be published by Portobello Books in July
is the director of the Royal African Society
RICHARD DOWDEN ROBERT DRUMMOND STEPHEN EVERSON
is a psychiatrist
is writing a book on metaphysics and the mind is a contributing editor
MICHAEL IGNATIEFF is a visiting professor at the University of Toronto ROBERT JACKSON is a former minister for higher education ERIK JONES is a research associate in the international economics programme at Chatham House TIM JUDAH is the author of The Serbs (Yale University Press) TIM KING
For the ﬁrst time in history, women in developed societies can take up any occupation or career they please. This has brought enormous beneﬁts. But it has also had some less positive consequences— the death of sisterhood, a decline in female altruism, and growing disincentives to bear children.
is a writer living in France
18 Beyond the grave
was the founder and editor of that’s! magazine in China
MARK KITTO DAN KUPER
12 Tories remade
The Hague tribunal and Milosevic.
works for London Underground presents BBC4’s Art Safari is deputy editor
A leading David Cameron supporter responds to Robin Harris. INTERVIEW
13 Back to 1967
22 Craig Venter
is a criminal barrister
Hamas’s failure to recognise Israel is less of a problem than it seems.
The maverick who led the privatesector human genome sequencing programme has plans for clean energy.
is a professor of politics at Princeton University
14 Trust vs efﬁciency
is a freelance journalist and editor is director of Global Partners, www.global-partners.co.uk
Why is it that the NHS can deliver the goods yet still not command trust?
34 If torture works…
16 Farewell Ali
is professor of mathematics at Warwick University is director of the
Can we trace the Mississippi blues back to western Africa?
The debate over torture is not as simple as it seems. An unconditional ban may have a high price.
ESRC risk network
38 University challenges 17 Keep on whipping
GREG POWER ROBERT JACKSON
is a professor at King’s College London
The Power inquiry’s suggestion of reducing the power of whips is wrong.
British higher education cannot remain a nationalised industry. We are edging towards a mixed economy.
4 PROSPECT April 2006
44 After Berlusconi
April’s Italian election should see the defeat of Silvio Berlusconi. Then what?
50 That’s China!
Mexico comes to Hollywood.
My Chinese magazine empire was snatched from me by the state.
64 Private view
Rembrandt and the art of authorship. COLUMNS
10 Out of mind
ROBERT DRUMMOND & ALEXANDER LINKLATER
Jeremy Isaacs’s memoirs.
Alcoholism and free will.
72 Cultural tourist 19 Washington watch
Valery Gergiev’s air miles. Plus Under the radar.
Is Cheney on the way out?
77 Musical notes 27 Common law
ALEX MCBRIDE STEPHEN EVERSON
Is Mitsuko Uchida best on CD? WEB EXCLUSIVE Government minister David Lammy on social cohesion and national service
56 Sogbo’s wife
42 France profonde
The bailiffs are after José Bové.
What am I doing here, teaching African villagers about Aids and craving one of their women?
48 Out of Africa
A historic hospital.
66 The network biography
FORTHCOMING Fred Pearce asks if desalination can solve the world’s water problems Jane O’Grady considers some new books on the self Robert Cooper reviews David Runciman Harry Reid on “Anyone but England”-ism
THE NEXT ISSUE OF PROSPECT IS PUBLISHED ON 20TH APRIL
55 Brussels diary
The triumphs of John Monks.
Biography used to investigate the nature of individual talent; now it explores the social networks through which reputations are made.
80 Notes from underground
67 Split-screen Russia
Ticket clerk subculture.
Some new Russian ﬁlms glorify a mythical past, while others explore the nightmares of a decaying country.
6 Letters 8 News & curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 13 Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 78 The generalist DIDYMUS 79 The list
69 The threat from Europe
Like many Americans, Jeremy Rabkin sees danger abroad. Islamic terrorism? The rise of China? No—it’s Europe.
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