Archive for July 2008

China’s Missing Girls and Restless Boys *

Jul 5th, 2008 | Filed by

China has the largest gender imbalance in the world, with almost 20% more newborn boys than girls.… Read the rest



Students Disciplined for Refusing to Pray *

Jul 5th, 2008 | Filed by

Two students refused to kneel and ‘pray to Allah’ during a religious education lesson at state school.… Read the rest



Mail colmnist gets off at the wrong stop

Jul 4th, 2008 1:40 pm | By

Not again.

The systematic demonisation of Muslims has become an important part of the central narrative of the British political and media class; it is so entrenched, so much part of normal discussion, that almost nobody notices. Protests go unheard and unnoticed.

No it hasn’t; no it isn’t; no they don’t.

As a community, British Muslims are relatively powerless. There are few Muslim MPs, there has never been a Muslim cabinet minister, no mainstream newspaper is owned by a Muslim and, as far as we are aware, only one national newspaper has a regular Muslim columnist on its comment pages, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown of The Independent.

What does it mean to be powerless as a community? What is a community? … Read the rest



Peter Green on Herodotus *

Jul 4th, 2008 | Filed by

A broadminded, witty cosmopolitan, for whom the varieties of human custom were a source of fascination.… Read the rest



Denmark Happiest, Zimbabwe Least Happy *

Jul 4th, 2008 | Filed by

Survey finds personal freedom even more important to happiness than prosperity.… Read the rest



Lord Chief Justice Says Sharia OK *

Jul 4th, 2008 | Filed by

‘It was not very radical to advocate embracing sharia law in the context of family disputes.’… Read the rest



More Confusion *

Jul 4th, 2008 | Filed by

The religion is one thing, the people are another.… Read the rest



How to Confuse the Issue *

Jul 4th, 2008 | Filed by

Define ‘Islamophobia’ as hatred of Muslims then rail at anyone who is critical of Islam.… Read the rest



Muslim Woman Councillor Bullied by Men *

Jul 3rd, 2008 | Filed by

Imam notes ‘Because this is Britain, you cannot tell anyone what to do. I can tell my wife, but cannot tell other women.’… Read the rest



Two, three, many epistemologies

Jul 3rd, 2008 10:12 am | By

There was a call for papers on the Women’s Studies List yesterday, for a Women’s and Gender Studies conference in March 2009 in conjunction with an Association I hadn’t heard of before, called the Association of Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies. That’s a lot of things to be in one Association, especially when they’re all plural. Out in the conventional world of course there’s just epistemology, but this Association gets to have lots of them (of the Feminist variety). One wonders how that works. One also wonders what this Association is like.

FEMMSS (Feminist Epistemologies, Metaphysics, Methodology and Science Studies) continues to be concerned about the importance and difficulty of
translating knowledge into action and practice. Ours is

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Mike Tyson is pissed, man

Jul 2nd, 2008 8:26 pm | By

You did enjoy the ‘American Family Association’ story I hope. I know I did.

AFA apparently has implemented a policy of substituting “homosexual” whenever the word “gay” appears in wire stories that appear on its website. That resulted in a fantastic write-up of this weekend’s Olympic track and field trials, which were dominated by sprinter Tyson Gay.

Like so:

Tyson Homosexual was a blur in blue, sprinting 100 meters faster than anyone ever has…Homosexual qualified for his first Summer Games team and served notice he’s certainly someone to watch in Beijing. “It means a lot to me,” the 25-year-old Homosexual said. “I’m glad my body could do it, because now I know I have it in me.”…Wearing a royal blue

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Once a year

Jul 2nd, 2008 8:19 pm | By

I’m a sucker for sudden releases from captivity. Well who isn’t. I feel sheepish, because it’s so obvious, but what the hell. I’m a sucker for reunions, too. You get your release from captivity and your reunion together – well there you go. I’m glad Bettancourt is free, I’m glad she looks so much healthier than she did last November.

Funny, it was almost exactly a year ago – a year ago tomorrow – that Alan Johnston was suddenly released, and I was a sucker then too.

There are other captives though.… Read the rest



American Family Assoc Dislikes the Word ‘Gay’ *

Jul 2nd, 2008 | Filed by

So it substitutes ‘homosexual’ in wire stories. Sprinter Tyson Gay becomes Tyson Homosexual.… Read the rest



Betancourt Freed *

Jul 2nd, 2008 | Filed by

French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages have been rescued by government troops. … Read the rest



What the Games Reveal and Conceal About China *

Jul 2nd, 2008 | Filed by

China’s propagandists have studied the theories of ‘manufacturing consent’ by Lippmann and Bernays.… Read the rest



The Permanent Anti-feminist Backlash *

Jul 2nd, 2008 | Filed by

Arguments we thought were long-won have been re-opened, rights we thought were settled are under threat. … Read the rest



Offensive Puppy Postcard Claim Dismissed *

Jul 2nd, 2008 | Filed by

Mahmud Sarwar, trustee of Scottish Islamic and Cultural Centre, said chill, postcard is fine.… Read the rest



Tayside Police Apologize for Puppy on Postcard *

Jul 2nd, 2008 | Filed by

‘We did not seek advice from the diversity adviser. That was an oversight. We apologise for any offence.’… Read the rest



AU Disappointed With Obama Plan *

Jul 2nd, 2008 | Filed by

Rather than try to fix Bush ‘faith-based’ initiative, Obama would do better to shut it down.… Read the rest



Mugabe Aide Tells Critics to ‘Go Hang’ *

Jul 2nd, 2008 | Filed by

MDC said Friday’s one-man election had killed off any prospect of a negotiated settlement. … Read the rest