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Michael Kazin Reviews Christopher Hitchens *

Aug 8th, 2005 | Filed by

Nearly all his writing full of sly observations as well as something to disagree with.… Read the rest

More on Eccentric Reportage

Aug 7th, 2005 11:12 pm | By

The Guardian on Dilpazier Aslam and his critics, part 2. Scott Burgess pointed out this article by Shiv Malik in the New Statesman.

What readers of the Guardian were not told was that Aslam is a member of the extreme Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir. Though it publicly dissociates itself from violence, Hizb ut-Tahrir is shunned by most British Muslims and banned from many mosques…My strongly held view is that members of such a group should not be allowed to write on this subject in the national press (just as the British National Party, which also claims to be non-violent, is very rarely given space), but if they do their connection should be made clear, preferably at the beginning of the

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Johann Hari on Multiculturalism *

Aug 7th, 2005 | Filed by

Multiculturalism demands tolerance and respect for reactionary traditions. … Read the rest

Salman Rushdie on Need for Reform in Islam *

Aug 7th, 2005 | Filed by

Closed communities are places where young men’s alienations can easily deepen.… Read the rest

Ni Putes ni Soumises *

Aug 7th, 2005 | Filed by

Neither sluts nor submissives: Fadela Amara offers respect instead.… Read the rest

Ian Buruma Talks to Ayaan Hirsi Ali *

Aug 7th, 2005 | Filed by

‘I have nobody to accuse me of being decadent, westernised, a traitor, a… slut.’… Read the rest

No, It’s Not About Boredom *

Aug 7th, 2005 | Filed by

Watching the left suck up to Islamism inspires anger and scorn, but not boredom.… Read the rest

Worries About Religious State Schools *

Aug 7th, 2005 | Filed by

Labour MPs worry religious schools may exacerbate religious divides.… Read the rest

Robin Cook Dies *

Aug 7th, 2005 | Filed by

Collapsed while hill-walking in Scotland.… Read the rest

A Staff Reporter

Aug 7th, 2005 1:02 am | By

Remember that peculiar article in the Guardian after it fired Dilpazier Aslam? It was two weeks ago now, but I want to mumble a few belated words.

Rightwing bloggers from the US, where the Guardian has a large online following, were behind the targeting last week of a trainee Guardian journalist who wrote a comment piece which they did not care for about the London bombings. The story is a demonstration of the way the ‘blogosphere’ can be used to mount obsessively personalised attacks at high speed.

That’s peculiar stuff. There were leftwing bloggers not from the US who criticized Aslam. And why call it ‘targeting’? (To make it sound illegitimate, that’s why.) And ‘did not care for’ is a … Read the rest

Galloway on Today [audio] *

Aug 6th, 2005 | Filed by

Typical measured, reasoned, cogent exposition of his views.… Read the rest

Whither Multiculturalism, Again? *

Aug 6th, 2005 | Filed by

Nick Cohen, Andrew Gilligan, Camilla Cavendish, Ann McEvoy on Radio 4.… Read the rest

The Hijab Does a Great Job Protecting Women *

Aug 6th, 2005 | Filed by

Which theory is the most rubbish, Burchill wonders.… Read the rest

Helen Elliott Talks to Martha Nussbaum *

Aug 6th, 2005 | Filed by

‘Claiming something based on fame and authority is death to the intellectual life.’… Read the rest

Argument Over Jared Diamond Displays Tics *

Aug 6th, 2005 | Filed by

Such as evaluation of arguments on political grounds.… Read the rest

Exciting New Scholarship

Aug 6th, 2005 2:55 am | By

Disability studies has hit town. Actually it did that a longish time ago – this reporter may be a little behind the times. I noticed a new ‘Disability studies’ section in the University bookstore several years ago, and there are jokes about the subject in the Dictionary, which we started writing three years ago.

Now disabled people have gotten into the business of problematizing: Disability studies has arrived in academia. Of course, the medical study of disability is long-standing, but the new approach establishes an interdisciplinary field on the model of women’s, queer, and ethnic studies…”Disability studies is us looking out at the world and seeing how that looks to us.” It also critiques “how disability is represented in all

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The Point of Scholarship

Aug 6th, 2005 2:04 am | By

Scott Jaschik at Inside Higher Education has an article about criticisms and criticisms of criticisms of Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel. It’s hard to tell without reading a great many academic blog posts (I read part of one and decided that was more than enough of that), but it all seems to have a whiff of self-righteous orthodoxy-sniffing about it. But since I haven’t actually read all those academic blog posts, I could be wrong about that. But in any case, Jaschik turned up one comment – by a commenter at Crooked Timber – that sounds like exactly the kind of thought that started B&W on its erratic but dogged course.

Both Savage Minds pieces seem to exhibit

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More Than a Cat-loving Philosopher? *

Aug 5th, 2005 | Filed by

Steven Best co-founded the North American Animal Liberation Press Office.… Read the rest

Olivier Roy on Born-again Killers *

Aug 5th, 2005 | Filed by

The quest for mythical, messianic, transnational liberation movements.… Read the rest

Is the BJP in Decline? *

Aug 5th, 2005 | Filed by

Is its main aim to win elections or to promote Hindutva?… Read the rest