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I'm tribal about sport, not patriotic about Britain
Göteborgs-Posten, 12 August 2012

 

The mad circus and the sublime games
Göteborgs-Posten, 28 July 2012

 

Poetry of the Taliban
Göteborgs-Posten, I July 2012

 

Enemies of free speech
Index on Censorship, Spring 2012

 

Breivik's jihad
Expressen, 25 April 2012

 

Shawshank without the redemption
Bergens Tidende, 11 April 2012

 

Killing babies
Göteborgs-Posten, 18 March 2012

 

To name the unnameable
Pandaemonium, 22 January 2012

 

The terrorists that are and the terrorists that aren't
Bergens Tidende, 17 January 2012

 

Embryo research, scientific patents and Greenpeace
Göteborgs-Posten, 2 January 2012

 

A year of momentous change and of litle change
Bergens Tidende, 2 January 2012

 

Politics without democracy, democracy without politics
Bergens Tidende
9 November 2011

 

The last Crusade
New Humanist,
Nov / Dec 2011

 

Turning morality on its embryonic head
Bergens Tidende
23 October 2011

 

The morality of the euro crisis
Bergens Tidende
11 October 2011

 

Earthquakes, neutrinos and this thing called science
Bergens Tidende
4 October 2011

 

Myths and realities of 9/11
Bergens Tidende
9 September 2011

 

Moral poverty and the riots
Göteborgs-Posten
14 August 2011

 

The tragic ironies of Breivik's terror
Bergens Tidende
30 July 2011

 

The best way of dealing with xenophobia
New York Times
28 July 2011

 

Truth and power
Expressen
15 July 2011

 

No contact
Göteborgs-Posten
10 July 2011

 

Assimilation's failure, terrorism's rise
New York Times
7 July 2011

 

Arts for whose sake?
in Beyond Belief: Theatre, Freedom of Expression and Public Order
Index on Censorship, 2011

 

The science of seeing what you want to see
Göteborgs-Posten
24 June 2011

 

The price of a free press
Bergens Tidende
23 May 2011

 

Torture works? So oppose it
Expressen, 13 May 2011

 

Killed by American bullets, buried by Arab revolts
Göteborgs-Posten, 3 May 2011

 

Test tube truths
New Humanist, May 2011

 

Off with their (not so) symbolic heads
Göteborgs-Posten, 29 April 2011

 

Japan's two catastrophes
Bergens Tidende, 24 March 2011

 

No going back
Göteborgs-Posten, 24 February 2011

 

A revolt for whose benefit?
Expressen, 10 February 2011

 

The Muslim Brotherhood may gain power in Egypt by default
Comment is Free, 31 January 2011

 

The Islamic paradox
Bergens Tidende, 27 January 2011

 

What is education for?
Göteborgs-Posten, 31 December 2010

 

Just because they hunt witches doesn't mean we have to worship heroes
Göteborgs-Posten, 18 December 2010

 

The making of a moral nihilist
Expressen, 16 December 2010

 

We used to want to change society. Now we just want to coerce the poor.
Bergens Tidende, 24 November 2010

 

A faithful search for identity
Göteborgs-Posten, 14 November 2010

 

A Merkel attack on multicultrualism
Expressen, 27 October 2010

 

Picking up from where Labour left off
Bergens Tidende, 25 October 2010

 

The Swedish challenge
Expressen, 22 September 2010

 

Tony Blair's Journey
Bergens Tidende, 13 September 2010

 

The clash of civilizations at Ground Zero
Göteborgs-Posten, 21 August 2010

 

Hype, fear and Synthia
Göteborgs-Posten, 10 July 2010

 

Veiled values
Göteborgs-Posten, 13 June 2010

 

Death of the university?
Bergens Tidende, 27 May 2010

 

What realignment of politics means
Comment is Free, 1 May 2010

 

How to become a real Muslim
Göteborgs-Posten, 18 April 2010

 

Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?
Bergens Tidende, 9 April 2010

 

Multiculturalism undermines diversity
Comment is Free, 17 March 2010

 

The ghost of James Bulger
Bergens Tidende, 14 March 2010

 

I despise him. But that's no reason to ban him.
Independent, 6 March 2010

 

False reassurance
Bergens Tidende, 8 January 2010

 

Why we should not censor ourselves
Index on Censorship, 18 December 2009

 

The real debate begins where the science ends
Bergens Tidende, 13 December 2009

 

Toxic claims
Bergens Tidende, 24 November 2009

 

How the far right distorts the moral compass
Bergens Tidende, 29 October 2009

 

The new language of diversity
Channel 4 online, 26 October 2009

 

The prize for not being Dubya
Bergens Tidende, 11 October 2009

 

Who's afraid of the BNP?
BBC News Magazine, 28 September 2009

 

A work in progress
Independent, 20 July 2009

 

Burning the book
National Theatre programme for The Black Album
July 2009

 

Pimping Ida
New Humanist online, 23 May 2009

 

Shadow boxing
New Humanist, May / June 2009

 

'Take me to your leader'
Harry's Place, 23 April 2009

 

How to make a riot
Pickled Politics, 21 April 2009

 

After the fatwa, the free speech wars
spiked review of books, April 2009

 

Kureishi on the Rushdie Affair
Prospect, April 2009

 

Race obsession harms those it is meant to help
Sunday Times, 29 March 2009

 

Reinventing the sacred for a Godless age
butterfliesandwheels.com, 25 March 2009

 

A marketplace of outrage
New Statesman, 12 March 2009

 

Wilders shore of free speech endangered
The Australian, 16 February 2009

 

Exploding the fatwa myths
Comment is Free, 12 February 2009

 

The book-burning that changed Britain forever
Sunday Times, 1 February 2009

 

How Israel created its monster
Bergens Tidende, 10 January 2009

 

Shadow of the fatwa
Index on Censorship, December 2008

 

Even racists have rights
Bergens Tidende, 5 December 2008

 

Walking on eggshells
Comment is Free. 1 October 2008

 

Self-censor and be damned!
The Times, 29 September 2008

 

How the West was lost for free speech
The Australian, 26 September 2008

 

Out of bounds
Index on Censorship, Autumn 2008 (volume 37, issue4)

 

Identity is that which is given
butterfliesandwheels.com, 9 July 2008

 

Mistaken identity
New Humanist, July / August 2008

 

The race debate: nothing to do with race
The Times, 2 July 2008

 

Why both sides are wrong in the race debate
spiked review of books, July 2008

 

Law and the wives of others
The Australian, 28 June 2008

 

Racial divisions
Prospect online, June 2008

 

The science of race and the politics of ignorance
The Philosophers' Magazine, Issue 41 (2008)

 

Mitigating guilt or adapting to change?
Bergens Tidende, 17 April 2008

 

Islamophobia and Islamophilia
Weltwoche, 28 February 2008

 

The archbishop and the sharia
Bergens Tidende, 14 February 2008

 

Be careful what you think
Bergens Tidende, 27 December 2007

 

The paradox of immigration
Bergens Tidende, 26 Novmber 2007

 

'I care about the beauty of a page more than about freedom of speech'
Bergens Tidende, 25 October 2007

 

The blankness of being British
Bergens Tidende, 30 September 2007

 

Who owns knowledge?
Index on Censorship, Autumn 2007

 

Should science be colourblind?
Catalyst, September 2007

 

I'm sorry, I need to apologise
Bergens Tidende, 22 August 2007

 

Engaging with diversity
Bergens Tidende, 14 August 2007

 

Why do we still believe in race?
Catalyst, August 2007

 

Letter from London
Bergens Tidende, 5 July 2007

 

No bauble for free speech
Bergens Tidende, 29 June 2007

 

Humans and other animals
1000 Books to change your life, 2007

 

Don't incite censorship
Index on Censorship, June 2007

 

Mourning sickness in a culture of fear
Bergens Tidende, 24 May 2007

 

Ethical odyssey
RSA Magazine, February 2007

 

Thinking outside the box
Catalyst. January-February 2007

 

How green are my ethics?
Bergens Tidende, 23 January 2007

 

Merry Xmas from an atheist
Bergens Tidende, 23 December 2006

 

A leaving as morally bankrupt as the coming
Bergens Tidende, 6 December 2006

 

Free speech in a plural society
Eurozine, 23 November 2006

 

A velied debate
Bergens Tidende, 20 October 2006

 

Debating Singer
The Philosophers' Magazine, Issue 36, 4th quarter 2006

 

The theology of respect
Bergens Tidende, 22 September 2006

 

Amartya Sen's Illusions of identity
Prospect, August 2006

 

Who's tampering with the old game?
The Times, 22 August 2006

 

Too much respect
Prospect, March 2006

 

Multiculturalism and the road to terror
Handelsblatt, 3 January 2006

 

Born in Bradford
Prospect, October 2005

 

Multiculturalism fans the flames of Islamic extremism
The Times, 16 July 2005

 

Is this the future we really want? Different drugs for different races
The Times, 18 June 2005

 

Myths of the stranger at the gate
The Times, 7 March 2005

 

The Islamophobia myth
Prospect, February 2005

 

Too diverse?
Prospect, March 2004

 

The dirty D-word
The Guardian, 29 October 2003

 

How to stop worrying and learn to love playing God
The Age, 11 July 2003

 

Human conditions
Prospect, October 2002

 

Against multiculturalism
New Humanist, June 2002

 

All cultures are not equal
spiked-online, May 2002

 

The real value of diversity
Connections, Winter 2002

 

Don't panic
New Statesman, 8 October 2001

 

The moral clone
Prospect, May 2001

 

Let them die
Prospect, November 2000


Why black will beat white at the Olympics
New Statesman, 18 September 2000

 

Natural science
Prospect, August 2000

 

Debate with Peter Singer: Should we grant rights to apes?
Prospect, May 1999

 

Stone age man in a space age age world?
Prospect, August 1998

 

Annotated bibliography of nonsense
Independent on Sunday, 28 June 1998

 

An expression of the facts
Independent on Sunday, 1 February 1998

 

No platform or no democracy?
New Statesman, 6 September 1996