CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE
is a science writer
was special adviser to Robin Cook from 1997-2001 works for Javier
Issue one hundred and nineteen February 2006
Solana at the EU
MARK COUSINS is the author of The Story of Film (Pavilion Books) ALASTAIR CROOKE
is director of
is a senior research fellow at the IPPR
The great divide
is the director of the Royal African Society
RICHARD DOWDEN ROBERT DRUMMOND DAVID EDGERTON
is a psychiatrist
is a professor at
is putting together a volume of odd encounters under the title Madame Bovary in Zululand
CATHERINE FIESCHI is a senior researcher at Demos ROBERT HAZELL is director of the Constitution Unit at UCL DAVID HERMAN
Cinema, literature and other aspects of western culture are increasingly open to eastern inﬂuences. Not so western philosophy, which remains almost entirely sealed off from Asian traditions. Why is this and who is to blame?
is a contributing editor
is the author of For Lust of Knowing (Allen Lane) is author of The Serbs (Yale)
TIM JUDAH TIM KING
12 The rise of Hamas
26 Drinking the Kool-Aid
is a writer living in France
works for London Underground is a Financial Times journalist living in Paris
Hamas and the younger generation of Fatah radicals are uniting to transform Palestinian politics.
Was the Iraq adventure doomed to fail or did the US mess it up? A new crop of books suggests the right war was fought in theory but not practice.
14 Myths of appeasement
30 Digital exuberance
is director of foreign policy, Centre for European Reform
MARK LEONARD BEN LEWIS
presents BBC4’s Art Safari is deputy editor
Appeasement did not spring from military weakness. Britain was well armed in the 1930s.
of Prospect second novel, A Family Daughter, will be published in March
MAILE MELOY’s ANAND MENON is a professor at Birmingham University
15 Symbolic laws
Digital technology empowers consumers but it can threaten stability and community. We need a new ethic of inconvenience.
More and more legislation is about sending signals. What’s wrong with that?
34 The mystery of development
is author of Eastern Philosophy (Weidenfeld)
CHAKRAVARTHI RAM-PRASAD SEBASTIAN SMEE
16 Fall of orientalism
There are strict limits on what outsiders can do to help poor countries. People develop themselves with the help of functioning states.
is national art critic
for the Australian
Edward Said’s critique of western scholars has promoted public ignorance of Islam in the west.
is professor of mathematics at Warwick University is a novelist and writer
40 Beautiful madness 17 Cameron’s Europe
ANAND MENON ROBERT DRUMMOND & ALEXANDER LINKLATER
book A Royal Affair (Chatto) will be published in February
Tony Blair has failed to cure Britain of its neurotic relationship with Europe. Can Cameron do it?
Psychiatric drugs restored Nia’s sanity and destroyed her beauty. She doesn’t mind.
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46 Return of the constitution
The second phase of constitutional reform continues to send waves of change through Britain. Blair remains uninterested, but Gordon Brown is ready to take up the case.
69 In bed with the neocons
Oliver Kamm makes a brave but ﬂawed attempt to argue that you can be a left-wing British neoconservative.
10 Tillyard’s tales
70 He played for Arsenal
The joys of queuing for mozzarella.
18 Washington watch
Patrick Vieira’s life story shows that football has become the world’s most globalised industry.
Fetishising Roe v Wade.
39 France profonde
The triumph of memory over history.
Brokeback vs Geisha.
43 Letter from Serbia
65 Private view
The Serbs want Tito back.
54 The girlfriend 44 Out of Africa
RICHARD DOWDEN MAILE MELOY
The internationalisation of collectors.
Reinventing the African university.
Leo needs to know just the few, ﬁnal details of his daughter’s murder.
72 Cultural tourist
Runners and riders for the Royal Court. Plus Under the radar.
51 Lab report
Hwang’s shock waves.
62 Grayson Perry
Poliakoff, time and history. FORTHCOMING Alice Leader on teaching children to read newspapers
52 Brussels diary
Waiting for 2009.
Is the Turner-winning transvestite potter just engaging in celebrity transgression—or is there more?
80 Notes from underground
Strikes mean pay rises.
66 Revering Rembrandt
David Lammy in defence of national service Jonathan Power on what’s going on in Lula’s Brazil Geoff Dench explains the new east end of London
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6 Letters 8 News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 13 Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 73 Classiﬁeds 78 The generalist DIDYMUS 79 The list
Idealisation of Rembrandt on his 400th birthday is inevitable, as is the backlash. Neither help us see the work.
67 The Beatles laid bare
Bob Spitz’s illuminating 850-page Beatles biography is almost certain to become the standard work.
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