Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

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Recent Readings

Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade
"Rivals" looks at: How the power struggle between China, India and Japan will shape our next decade, will explore the legacies of history, the likely future trajectories of China, Japan and India, and the potential collisions and intersections between them which will shape the 21st century.

Bill Emmott, Allen Lane, 3 April 2008

Four falsehoods on UK immigration
An endorsement of the Lords' report on immigration
Martin Wolf, Financial Times, 3 April 2008

Immigration should be a political football
The evacuation of morality from the immigration debate has given rise to a dehumanised view of migrants as numbers on a spreadsheet.
Nathalie Rothschild, spiked, 2 April 2008

Is West Papua being eco-colonised?
A student writer believes greens are trying to preserve West Papua as an archaic backgarden for Westerners disillusioned by modernity.
Lee Jones, spiked, 2 April 2008

Engineering Greater Resilience or Radical Transhuman Enhancement?
Three types of human enhancement are proposed: 1) engineering traits of accepted value, 2) engineering traits of contested value and 3) radical transhuman enhancements.
Andy Miah, Studies in Ethics Law and Technology, April 2008

Five years on
The language landscape in 2007
John Canning, University of Southampton, April 2008

Europe: The State of the Union
The European Union is perhaps the least well understood political system in the world today. Europe: The State of the Union cuts through the jargon to offer a clear and concise assessment of this unique institution.

Anand Menon, Atlantic Books, 1 April 2008

Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind
Philosopher Julian Baggini pinpointed postcode S66 on the outskirts of Rotherham, as England in microcosm - an area which reflected most accurately the full range of the nation's inhabitants, its most typical mix of urban and rural, old and young, married and single.

Julian Baggini, Granta Books, 1 April 2008

The economics of violence: Growth with inequality
The World Bank claims that poverty in Asia has been halved between 1990 and 2003. But the story looks good only until you see the underbelly of this economic growth – growing inequality, violence and pollution.
John Samuel, infochange, April 2008

Wer macht den Sport kaputt?: Doping, Kontrolle und Menschenwürde
Vor den Olympischen Spielen in Peking laufen sich die Dopingexperten schon mal warm, die Diskussion läuft heiß: Mehr Kontrollen und mehr Verbote werden gefordert.

Martin Krauss & Rolf-Günther Schulze (Hg.), Verbrecher Verlag, April 2008

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Rape and the law: he said, she said?

"If you have not tried it, you miss the best annual collective thought provoking opportunities in Britain."
Vijaya Madhavan, business consultant and part time doctor

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