German politicians cautioned against taking self-censorship too far. … Read the rest
Archive for September 2006
Director’s staging has a scene with severed heads of Poseidon, Muhammad, Jesus and Buddha. … Read the rest
Slap in the face to all Iranians who have given their lives for freedom both in and outside of Iran. … Read the rest
Did you read this? I put it in News a few days ago. It’s Danny Postel’s openDemocracy comment on Hossein Derakhshan’s article, also in openDemocracy, about Ramin Jahanbegloo’s release from prison. It’s interesting. I thought Derakhshan’s article was quite worrying and depressing and discouraging, and Postel says that and a good deal more.
Derakhshan asserts that Jahanbegloo’s “confession” was authentic – Indeed even “the possibility of it being imposed on him by his interrogators” is, according to his logic, “rule[d] out”. The most obvious and immediate question involved is: how in the world could Derakhshan lay claim to such knowledge, let alone rule out the very possibility that Jahanbegloo’s “confession” was coerced or imposed?
Well, yes. One does … Read the rest
Workers, women, students demand basic rights from Ahmadinejad – and get bloody beatings for it.… Read the rest
Myths largely responsible for spread of polio into many countries where it was once stamped out.… Read the rest
Scientists say particulates are among the deadliest contaminants people are exposed to.… Read the rest
‘There is no security for anyone now in Kandahar,’ one woman said, sobbing through her veil.… Read the rest
Sam Zarifi of Human Rights Watch: ‘A lot of small rights which women gained are now being wiped out.’… Read the rest
Most marriages in Afghanistan are forced; most forced marriages are of girls under 16.… Read the rest
I’m reading Michael Bérubé’s What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts. John Holbo at the Valve sent it because they’re doing one of those Valve events on it in a few weeks. It is, to put it succinctly, very good. (That Alan Wolfe review is all the more irritating once one actually reads the book. It’s irritating independently of the quality of the book reviewed, because of certain qualities intrinsic to the review, but it’s also even more irritating because of the quality of the book.)
I thought I would share a bit with you, because it strikes me as being right on the money, and well worth saying. Pages 120-1. He’s been describing political affiliations among students – liberal, … Read the rest
Dammit! Damn, damn, damn.
A leading Afghan official working on women’s rights has been shot dead in the southern province of Kandahar…She had served as head of women’s affairs in Kandahar’s provincial government since the Taleban government was toppled by US-led forces in 2001. An eloquent public speaker, Safia Amajan was fierce in her criticism of what she saw as the Taleban’s repression of women. After the US-led invasion in 2001, the former teacher took charge of women’s affairs in Kandahar’s provincial government. In a conservative region where most families keep wives and daughters cloistered indoors, she was able to attract hundreds of women to schools and vocational courses. Her requests for secure official transport and personal bodyguards had not
If you are freedom-loving and anti-fundamentalist, you are with RAWA. Support and help us. … Read the rest
Way to change minds is to unpick blind obedience to a faith by replacing it with interrogative reason. … Read the rest
Sunni insurgents have largely taken control; local leaders believe they will establish a ‘Taliban republic.’… Read the rest
Section 377 of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan penal codes criminalizes love and sex between same-sex adults.… Read the rest
Appalled at murder of leading woman official working for gender equality in Kandahar. … Read the rest
Her requests for secure official transport and bodyguards were not granted by the government.… Read the rest
Why do people think there is a deity? (Small question. I’ll just knock off the answer in a few hundred words here. No biggy.) Partly (only partly) because of the thought that something must have created the universe – that there must be Mind behind it all. There is the regress problem – what created the mind then? – but many people simply find it more plausible to start with a mind than to start with a brute fact, or a Big Bang. Okay – but then you have to ask what kind of mind is it, and what kind of deity is it?
That’s one place you get the two-step. Mind in the form of an Intelligent Agent must … Read the rest