Mandela, Tatchell, Sen, Dawkins, Chakrabarti – along with some much odder choices.… Read the rest
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It’s scary when they start shooting up judges. Very scary, in the same way it’s scary (terrifying, actually) when there are Congressional representatives willing to try to pass legislation as grotesquely unconstitutional as the mockingly-named Constitution Restoration Act, and when an angry (and thoroughly corrupt) senator threatens judges from the floor of the Senate. It’s scary when theocrats start to target the judiciary, because in a secular state, the judiciary is the only institution that can block majoritarian moves to establish theocracy.
And they know that in Turkey. They are scared, and they’re pissed.
Tens of thousands of people have marched through the Turkish capital, Ankara, in protest at the killing of a judge by
‘This is the 11 September of the Republic of Turkey’ says Ertugrul Ozkok in ‘Hurriyet’.… Read the rest
Self-styled ‘soldier of Allah’ shot five judges over hijab ruling; protesters defend secularism.… Read the rest
Hirsi Ali’s views on universal human rights are getting her forced out of the Netherlands.… Read the rest
Euston Manifesto opposes double standards that overlook little items like genocide.… Read the rest
In politics you don’t know how many will agree with what you have to say until you’ve said it.… Read the rest
Past movements have fought oppression and injustice without randomly slaughtering people.… Read the rest
So I suppose right now somewhere in the middle of London (where is the ICA, anyway? I forget. Piccadilly? Bedford Square? next to Hatchard’s? I have no idea) some people (how many, I wonder? fifty? a hundred? two?) are listening to three or four guys talking about truth. I wonder what they’re saying about it. That it can be hard to get at, perhaps. That it’s in a well. That Bacon named an essay after it. That it’s not a bad thing to aim at, on the whole. That people who play certain public roles have a particular obligation to aim at it, and to avoid aiming at the other thing. That it’s just a matter of common sense, when … Read the rest
Women work up to 20 hours a day to pay recruitment fee and for housing and food.… Read the rest
And what Abramoff and DeLay did to block legislation that would have changed things.… Read the rest
Eurozine joins the list of signers.… Read the rest
Ahmadinejad and his ideological cohorts see Ramin as a symbol of ‘westoxication’. … Read the rest
Hirsi Ali stripped of citizenship overnight, to the fury of many.… Read the rest
The fanatics’ list of enemies is growing: girls who refuse hijab, longhaired boys, liberal professors.… Read the rest
The misconduct was deliberate and not a
matter of an occasional careless error.… Read the rest
Committee found Churchill had committed falsification, fabrication, plagiarism.… Read the rest
Interesting. The University of Colorado has released a report on its investigation of Ward Churchill. And?
Among the violations that the committee found Churchill had committed were falsification, fabrication, plagiarism, failure to comply with established standard regarding author names on publications, and a “serious deviation from accepted practices in reporting results from research.”
Uh – that’s bad. That’s what you don’t do. You know like when you go to the dentist? The dentist isn’t supposed to take the sharp things and jam them into the roof of your mouth on purpose. That’s contraindicated. Same thing with this. Academics aren’t supposed to falsify, fabricate, or plagiarize. It doesn’t matter whether they’re controversial or offensive or rowdy or longhaired; they don’t … Read the rest
Here’s some, shall we say, flexible thinking in action. Someone (the name sounds male so I’ll decide it is male, in order not to have to say s/he, which I do not like to say) admitting in the first words of a ‘review’ that he has not read the book he is reviewing, then blithely and absent-mindedly proceeding to discuss said book quite as if he had indeed read it and taken detailed notes. I can tell you he hadn’t and hasn’t and didn’t, though, because everything he says about it is flat wrong, and I know that on account of I co-wrote the book.
Behold his artless frankness at the beginning -
I can imagine, and i’ve heard