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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There is nothing quite like the hush that descends over a stadium when eight men are limbering up to do battle for the mythic title “fastest man on Earth”.
Matthew Syed, The Times, 19 July 2008
The biggest risks include nuclear war, biotech plagues, and nanotechnology arms races. The good news is that the biggest existential risks are probably decades away, which means we have time to analyze them and develop countermeasures.
Ronald Bailey, Reason magazine, 18 July 2008
A decade of regeneration policies has failed to stop the inequality of opportunity between towns and cities in the North and those in the South East increasing.
Tim Leunig and James Swaffield, Policy Exchange, 18 July 2008
Children are continuing to be targeted by junk food companies advertising their products over the internet or through "viral" promotions, despite a ban on television adverts promoting unhealthy food to the under-16s.
Jerome Taylor, The Indepdent, 16 July 2008
Tiffany Jenkins talks to James Cuno about looting, exporting and owning antiquities
Tiffany Jenkins, The Spectator, 16 July 2008
In last week's G2, Joe Queenan claimed new classical music is 'torture'. John Berry, artistic director of English National Opera, speaks for the defence
John Berry, Guardian, 15 July 2008
What’s so funny about Barack Obama? Apparently not very much, at least not yet.
Bill Carter, The New York Times, 15 July 2008
The UK economy is slothful rather than sound and too reliant on too few ‘essentials’; the credit crisis is symptomatic of deeper, structural problems facing the UK and Western economies; and these underlying problems are unlikely to be addressed in Britain by current government priorities.
Gavin Poynter, Rising East, July 2008
The call by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki for a timetable for the removal of American troops from Iraq presents an enormous opportunity. We should seize this moment to begin the phased redeployment of combat troops that I have long advocated, and that is needed for long-term success in Iraq and the security interests of the United States.
Barack Obama, New York Times, 14 July 2008
A guide to navigating the conflicting findings of medical research
The Observer, 13 July 2008
Caught in the Web - Jo Glanville
"I travel far to participate in the BOI; it’s a unique festival of free speech and debate that consistently combines energy, fearlessness and provocation with thoughtful, informed consideration of contemporary politics and culture."
Wendy Kaminer, US-based writer on law, liberty, feminism, religion, and popular culture