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Still Two Cultures? *

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And if so, does it matter?… Read the rest

March of Religious Extremists in SE Asia *

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‘”Allah is great,” they shouted before killing two temple novices.’… Read the rest

Death Penalty for ‘Insults to Name of Prophet’ *

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Pakistan’s blasphemy law frequently manipulated to settle scores or rouse religious tensions.… Read the rest

‘Honour’ Killing Finished With Abortion *

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Father, brothers kill boyfriend, then send pregnant survivor to Spain for late abortion.… Read the rest

Umberto Eco Points out the Obvious *

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Many people find religion consoling. Who knew?!… Read the rest

Fear and Loathing in Lacania

Nov 28th, 2005 | By Filip Buekens

Abstract How do his interpreters explain and justify Jacques Lacan’s baroque and unintelligible rhetorical strategies in Ecrits and the Séminaires? Many philosophers, cultural critics and psychoanalysts begin their project of elucidating Lacan with explanations and justifications of their master’s obscure voice. I argue that all these arguments are either circular, unsound, inconsistent or – what is perhaps the worst feature they all share – that his readers are taken hostage: ‘Only if we take what he says as revealing the truth about the unconscious will we understand Lacan’ seems to be the conclusion of many scholars desperate to ‘understand’ Lacan. [1]

‘Parfaupe orecluspa nannanbryle anaphi ologi psysoscline ixipad anlana – égnia kune n’rbiol’ ô blijonter têtumaine ennounç…’ [2]

Countless readers … Read the rest

Human First

Nov 28th, 2005 2:06 am | By

You should listen to Radio 4′s Inside a Muslim School . It’s rather horrible.

It’s about a very small school in Blackburn, mostly girls with a few boys in the primary grades. The headteacher (who is a man) explains the dress code:

According to the Islamic principle, women should not show their hair. So if the hair is not covered properly, then we will ask them to do so. That’s why they have to wear scarves.

And outdoors, ‘veils’ as well, we find out later – although a lot of girls don’t. But right off the bat they get this nasty, creepy, prying, domineering, bordering on prurient stuff of a Boss Man telling little girls that their nasty dangerous hair … Read the rest

Defying Jirga-ordered Child Marriage *

Nov 27th, 2005 | Filed by

The village has two schools but they are used to keep cattle.… Read the rest

UN Warning on Kashmir Quake Relief *

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UN estimates that three million people are in need of immediate aid.… Read the rest

Archbishop of Wales on Patriarchal Religion *

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‘In all societies, women and girls are subjected to physical, sexual and psychological abuse.’… Read the rest

President of Royal Society Says a Few Words *

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Says Christian and Islamic fundamentalists threaten to create a blighted, blinkered world.… Read the rest

When is Free Speech Unfree?

Nov 26th, 2005 8:03 pm | By

This question does keep coming up. And up, and up. When is free speech free speech and when is it incitement to murder? (That’s only one version of the question, of course. It can be phrased other ways. When is free speech protected as such and when is it not because it is incitement to violence? That’s another version. There are more.)

Scott Jaschik has an article at Inside Higher Ed where the question seems to be in play, although it’s not absolutely clear whether the people involved in the matter actually phrased it that way. It’s also not clear whether that was avoidance or just lack of clarity – confusion, in short.

An adjunct English instructor at Warren Community … Read the rest

Scott McLemee on C Wright Mills *

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Mills thought jargon and ersatz ‘difficulty’ were academic closing of ranks by the mediocre.… Read the rest

Adjunct Resigns Over Controversy *

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Free speech issues in play.… Read the rest

Fundamentalism and Government Incompatible? *

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Even some Republicans think reality has its uses.… Read the rest

Vatican Drops Singer From Papa’s Pop Concert *

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Because? She was in anti-Aids campaign promoting use of condoms during Carnival last year.… Read the rest

The Passion of Christ for Children *

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Don’t forget, now – Aslan is Jesus.… Read the rest

Female Genital Mutilation Affects 3 Million a Year *

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Nearly half are in Egypt and Ethiopia.… Read the rest

Inside a Claustrophobic Underequipped School *

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‘Prayer punctuates the timetable’ and the girls wear black shrouds.… Read the rest

Need an Ethicist, not a Blathering Ulster Secretary *

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Can decision to give amnesty to ‘on the run’ terrorists be right? Government should seek a philosopher’s advice.… Read the rest