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CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE
REZA ASLAN is the author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam (William Heinemann)
BOB BISCHOF is vice chairman of the German-British Forum
RICHARD BOURKE lectures in history at Queen Mary, University of London
PAUL BROKS is the author of Into the Silent Land (Atlantic Books)
BARTLE BULL is an author and journalist
NICK CLEGG is Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam
LINDA COLLEY is professor of history at Princeton University
DAVID FLEMING is author of the forthcoming book The Lean Economy
DAVID HERMAN is a television producer and writer
CHARLES JENCKS is the author of The Iconic Building (Frances Lincoln)
DANIEL JOHNSON is writing a book about chess and the cold war
TIM KING is a writer living in France
BEN LEWIS ’s film about Wim Delvoye will appear in the series Art Safari on BBC4 later this year
MAGNUS LINKLATER is a columnist for the Times and Scotland on Sunday
DAVID LIPSEY is chair of the electoral reform group Make Votes Count
JOHN LLOYD edits the FT magazine
ALEX MCBRIDE is a criminal barrister living in London
BILL MCGUIRE is director of the Benfield hazard research centre at UCL and author of Surviving Armageddon (OUP)
MICHAEL MOORCOCK is the author of Mother London (Scribner)
FINTAN O’TOOLE is a columnist for the Irish Times
BOB ROWTHORN is a professor of economics at Cambridge University
KAMILA SHAMSIE ’s most recent novel is Broken Verses (Bloomsbury)
IAN STEWART is a professor of mathematics at Warwick University
DEYAN SUDJIC is the author of The Edifice Complex (Allen Lane)
NATASHA WALTER edited On the Move: Feminism for a New Generation (Virago)
PATRICK WEST is author of The Poverty of Multiculturalism (Civitas, forthcoming)
4PROSPECT June 2005
contents Issue one hundred and eleven June 2005
22Can we still believe in iconic buildings?
CHARLES JENCKS VS
Norman Foster’s “gherkin” in London, Frank Gehry’s Bilbao Guggenheim—is this the age of the iconic building?Or are they just expressions of political and architectural vanity?Two leading critics debate.
Jencks & Sudjic will also debate at the
Hay festival. See page 58 for details
OPINIONS 12Democracy ofbelievers
REZA ASLAN For a model that combines democracy and belief Iraq should look to Israel.
14No more uranium
DAVID FLEMING There is not enough uranium on the planet for a global nuclear industry.
BOB BISCHOF Germany is rightly worried that its model is being hollowed out.
16The blind voter
DAVID LIPSEY The case for electoral reform is stronger than ever.
17A bitter consensus
RICHARD BOURKE Because the violence is over Northern Irish voters are free to back hardliners.
ESSAYS 28Cold war chess
DANIEL JOHNSON The rise and fall of chess in the 20th century was intimately linked with the cold war. Deprived of the menace that characterised that era, chess is no longer the force it once was.
34Prejudice & evolution
NATASHA WALTER If the forward march of women has slowed, it is partly because of new scientific claims that remaining sex inequality is grounded in human nature. Most of the theories do not bear close examination.
BILL McGUIRE Mega-tsunamis, super-eruptions and cosmic winters—such events are not just science ﬁction. The tsunami has helped focus minds on the potential dangers. We must act now. www.prospect-magazine.co.uk
WITNESS 45Iraq’s rebel democrats
BARTLE BULL Muqtada al-Sadr’s populist Shia rebels, who last year battled with US forces in Najaf, are now deeply involved in politics. They provide a case study of a rebel movement tentatively embracing democracy.
MY STORY 54Dilemma in the dock
ALEX McBRIDE It is my ﬁrst case. I am defending two young men accused ofassault. Suddenly their interests diverge. What do I do?
COLUMNS 10Out ofmind
PAUL BROKS Music—solvent of the soul.
TUMBLER The Brits are going European.
TIM KING Maybe Blairism doesn’t lead to hell.
MANNEKEN PIS Farewell Denis—you knew too much.
PATRICK WEST The return of the football hooligan.
REGULARS 6Letters 8News & curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 17Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 18Mini interview NICK CLEGG 75Classiﬁeds 78The generalist DIDYMUS 79The list
68Blair’s slaggy prolespeak
JOHN LLOYD Piers Morgan regards politics as a branch of showbiz. And the politicians let him get away with it.
MICHAEL MOORCOCK In a parallel Westminster, my ex-lover is grooming herself for power.
REVIEWS 62The clank ofIrish bones
FINTAN O’TOOLE John Banville ignores the skeleton cupboard of Irish literature, preferring art and style to the nightmare of history. And that makes him Irish.
64A mortal nation too
LINDA COLLEY An inability to listen to others is common to the nationalism of small countries with troubled histories—like Israel. So why is it also true ofthe US?
BOB ROWTHORN By viewing economics as a cousin of biology, it is easier to see how small causes can have very big effects.
CULTURAL TOURIST 72Maestro ofthe Orkney isles
MAGNUS LINKLATER How did the Orkneys shape one of Europe’s most striking musical events? Plus news and listings.
COLUMNS 61Private view
BEN LEWIS Shit an’ tattoos.
KAMILA SHAMSIE Wake up and hear the kaﬁ.
DAVID HERMAN Marr’s triumph, Paxman’s disgrace.
David Willetts on the possible rebirth of Tory England
Joe Roeber on the arms industry
Stella Tillyard meets Alan Hollinghurst
Hans Kundnani on 1968 and Germany’s red-green rulers
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