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New Statesman Poll of Top Heroes *

May 19th, 2006 | Filed by

Mandela, Tatchell, Sen, Dawkins, Chakrabarti – along with some much odder choices.… Read the rest


May 18th, 2006 5:35 pm | By

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

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Turkish Newspapers are Horrified *

May 18th, 2006 | Filed by

‘This is the 11 September of the Republic of Turkey’ says Ertugrul Ozkok in ‘Hurriyet’.… Read the rest

Tens of Thousands Protest in Turkey *

May 18th, 2006 | Filed by

Self-styled ‘soldier of Allah’ shot five judges over hijab ruling; protesters defend secularism.… Read the rest

Betrayal of the ‘Brown Memsahib’ *

May 18th, 2006 | Filed by

Hirsi Ali’s views on universal human rights are getting her forced out of the Netherlands.… Read the rest

Eve Garrard on Moral Values and the Left *

May 18th, 2006 | Filed by

Euston Manifesto opposes double standards that overlook little items like genocide.… Read the rest

Why the Left Needs to Get it Right *

May 18th, 2006 | Filed by

In politics you don’t know how many will agree with what you have to say until you’ve said it.… Read the rest

Norm Geras on Stating the Obvious *

May 18th, 2006 | Filed by

Past movements have fought oppression and injustice without randomly slaughtering people.… Read the rest

Real Time

May 17th, 2006 8:09 pm | By

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

More From Rebecca Clarren on the Marianas *

May 17th, 2006 | Filed by

Women work up to 20 hours a day to pay recruitment fee and for housing and food.… Read the rest

Misery in the Mariana Islands *

May 17th, 2006 | Filed by

And what Abramoff and DeLay did to block legislation that would have changed things.… Read the rest

Free Ramin Jahanbegloo *

May 17th, 2006 | Filed by

Eurozine joins the list of signers.… Read the rest

Rasool Nafisi: the Meaning of Jahanbegloo’s Arrest *

May 17th, 2006 | Filed by

Ahmadinejad and his ideological cohorts see Ramin as a symbol of ‘westoxication’. … Read the rest

Voltaire and Erasmus Are Pissed *

May 17th, 2006 | Filed by

Hirsi Ali stripped of citizenship overnight, to the fury of many.… Read the rest

Religious Militias Murder Gays in Baghdad *

May 17th, 2006 | Filed by

The fanatics’ list of enemies is growing: girls who refuse hijab, longhaired boys, liberal professors.… Read the rest

Summary of Churchill Report [pdf] *

May 17th, 2006 | Filed by

The misconduct was deliberate and not a
matter of an occasional careless error.… Read the rest

Ward Churchill Verdict *

May 17th, 2006 | Filed by

Committee found Churchill had committed falsification, fabrication, plagiarism.… Read the rest

Ward Churchill

May 17th, 2006 2:23 am | By

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

Why Bother To Read Books Before Reviewing Them?

May 16th, 2006 7:08 pm | By

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

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali Resigns *

May 16th, 2006 | Filed by

Will move to US.… Read the rest