Issue: December 2013

Philosophy and Prostate Cancer

Is the knowledge of cancer worse than the cancer itself?

A History of Blood Hatred

How do racisms start? Francisco Bethencourt’s study of racial prejudices since the Crusades does its best to answer the culturally sensitive question

The Sublime and the Divine

'Michelangelo was the best-remunerated artist in Italy and, like Bacon and Freud, he died a rich man. There the resemblace ends'

Good By Stealth

The media presents Israel as a pariah but its recent efforts to provide aid to Syrian refugees belies its consistently negative image

A Real Arab Spring

Israel’s thriving and very much integrated Arab population confounds the perpetual accusation that it is somehow an 'apartheid state'

Major and Mobility

John Major is wrong. Far from the current Conservative-led cabinet being overwhelmingly privately educated it is in fact the most representative in history

Floreant Drones

Whatever's killing off our bees, it isn't touching our society drones: London private members' clubs are hives of activity

Higher Thoughts

What’s happened to Radio 4's Thought for the Day? An erstwhile spiritual haven has made way for a platform for please-all secularist banalities

Bah Humbug!

Have we all lost that Christmassy feeling?

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"