CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE
PHILIP BALL is a science writer
HILARY BENN is secretary of state for international development
VERNON BOGDANOR is professor of government at Oxford University
FRANCES CAIRNCROSS is rector of Exeter College, Oxford
MARK COUSINS is the author of The Story of Film (Pavilion Books)
JASON COWLEY is a senior editor at the Observer
WILLIAM DAVIES is studying for a PhD in sociology at Goldsmiths College
ROBERT DRUMMOND is a psychiatrist
WILLIAM EASTERLY is professor of economics at New York University
JUSTIN FISHER is professor of political science at Brunel University
FRANCIS FUKUYAMA teaches at Johns Hopkins University
ANTHONY GIDDENS is a former director of the London School of Economics
JULIAN GOUGH is a novelist and writer
DAVID HERMAN is a television producer
AMY JENKINS is a novelist, screenwriter and creator of the programme This Life
ERIC KAUFMANN is a senior lecturer at Birkbeck College
TIM KING is a writer living in France
HANS KUNDNANI is writing a book about the 1968 generation in Germany
HANIF KUREISHI is the author of The Word and the Bomb (Faber)
BEN LEWIS presents BBC4’s Art Safari
MICHAEL LIND is the Whitehead senior fellow at the New America Foundation
ALEXANDER LINKLATER is associate editor of Prospect
JOHN LLOYD is a writer for the FT
ALLAN MASSIE is a journalist and writer
HUGH POPE is the author of Sons of the Conquerors (Duckworth)
MICHAEL PREST is a freelance writer
FREDERIC RAPHAEL is a novelist and screenwriter
ALEX RENTON won the 2006 Glenfiddich award for best food writer
EDWARD SKIDELSKY is a writer
IAN STEWART is a professor of mathematics at Warwick University
ERIK TARLOFF is a writer and journalist
4PROSPECT November 2006
contents Issue one hundred and twenty-eight November 2006
OPINIONS 12The Pope’s reason EDWARD SKIDELSKY The Pope was making a serious point.
13Japanese dilemma FRANCIS FUKUYAMA After North Korea’s test.
14Backward glance DAVID HERMAN Finally the 1980s gets some respect.
15Against community WILLIAM DAVIES The most overused word in politics.
16Self-hatred at the BBC JOHN LLOYD The broadcaster is feeling guilty.
18Remember Europe ANTHONY GIDDENS A plea to Gordon Brown.
DEBATE 20Is foreign aid working? WILLIAM EASTERLY vsHILARY BENN Is Britain’s aid department raising expectations it cannot meet?
26Breeding for God
In Europe, the fertility advantage of the religious over non-believers has historically been counterbalanced by secularisation. Not any more. Secularisation is in decline, and Islam continues to grow. Europe will start to adopt a more American model of modernity.
ESSAYS 32Turning to Turkey HUGH POPE For decades, middle easterners have seen Turkey as a western stooge. Now, with a more Islamic government in Ankara, relations are warming up.
36The world after Bush MICHAEL LIND The long 1990s are ﬁnally over, their utopian hopes beyond realisation. The neocon fantasy of US hegemony is discredited, and the neoliberal dream of a UN-led world is also doomed.
42Return ofthe Roman ALLAN MASSIE Novels, ﬁlms and documentaries about the Romans are hugely popular. We are still dimly aware that our culture grew out of classical civilisation.
BRIEFING NOTES 46Reforming party funding JUSTIN FISHER With an ofﬁcial review preparing to report, is it time to put a cap on individual donations and consider real state funding for political parties? www.prospect-magazine.co.uk
HIS STORY 50Weddings and beheadings HANIF KUREISHI You’ve never heard of me, but you’ve probably seen my work on the news.
WITNESS 54Swing district ERIK TARLOFF Can the Dems win back congress? Ijoined them in Washington state.
COLUMNS 10Matters oftaste ALEX RENTON Is this the end for foie gras?
25Washington watch TUMBLER Could Bloomberg run for president?
41Inefﬁcient markets MICHAEL PREST The crackdown on online gambling.
45France profonde TIM KING A self-portrait of France.
52Lab report PHILIP BALL Is carbon dioxide a pollutant?
57Brussels diary MANNEKEN PIS Verheugen’s red mist.
80Out ofmind ROBERT DRUMMOND &
ALEXANDER LINKLATER Depressed, dying and faithless.
REGULARS 6Letters 8News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 13Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 78The generalist DIDYMUS 79The list
68Illuminating opera VERNON BOGDANOR The philosopher Bernard Williams brought a rare vigour and intelligence to writing on opera.
FICTION 58In the jar JULIAN GOUGH Adrift at sea, submerged in olive oil, all my bodily needs are satisﬁed, and I can dream.
REVIEWS 64The critic as stalker FREDERIC RAPHAEL Fawning and voyeuristic, David Thomson’s paean to his screen idol fails to excite the co-author of the Eyes Wide Shut screenplay.
65The worldwide niche FRANCES CAIRNCROSS The internet is helping revive niche products. But will the power of the big hit be reduced?
67Child’s play HANS KUNDNANI Günter Grass’s revelations about his Nazi past will end the temptation to take his political pronouncements seriously—which is no bad thing.
COLUMNS 62Widescreen MARK COUSINS Israeli suicide myths.
71Between the lines JASON COWLEY It’s Hannibal time again.
72Private view BEN LEWIS Simon Schama versus Kenneth Clark.
77Smallscreen AMY JENKINS Dire political drama from the BBC.
Tim Winter explains why the Pope got it wrong on Islam
Henry Tricks on hedge funds
John Keeganexplains what constitutes a civil war
Paul Broks reviews Nicholas Humphrey’s book on consciousness
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