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Emily Bourgeois

Oct 18th, 2006 5:55 pm | By

Update: I now have the crucial bit: contact information. The name of the group is Masaka Children’s Fund. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and therefore donations are tax-deductible. Checks may be sent to:

Masaka Children’s Fund

c/o Loretta Thomas

7450 S. 114th Street

Seattle, WA 98178


I ran into a friend in the library yesterday afternoon. She’s a retired judge, an omnivorous reader, a novelist, and an activist (she did election monitoring in 2004, for instance). She told me she was thinking of going to Uganda for Thanksgiving. I probably looked quizzical, or surprised, or frightened; anyway, she explained: she has this friend, who has a house in Uganda where she shelters orphans and pays for their schooling – … Read the rest

Darwin Online Will be Launched October 19 *

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Never before has so much Darwin material been brought together in one place and made available free of charge.… Read the rest

Darwin’s Complete Works to Go Online *

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Cambridge makes the whole shooting match available for free.… Read the rest

Turkish Archaeologist Faces Trial *

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Wrote scientific article about hijab; prosecutor charged her with ‘inciting hatred based on religious differences.’… Read the rest

Interview with Stephen Law *

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We need citizens raised to think and question.… Read the rest

‘Faith’ Schools Must Cross Religious Barriers *

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By being secular schools? No, by having quotas for ‘other faiths’.… Read the rest

Nadia Jamal on Veils, Faces, and Different Rules *

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If the beach is good enough for men, it should be good enough for women too.… Read the rest

Older Students Still Required to ‘Worship’ *

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‘The Government’s refusal is an abuse of Human Rights,’ says Keith Porteous Wood.… Read the rest

Iran Bans Fast Internet Service *

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Iran filters more websites than any other country apart from China. … Read the rest

A C Grayling on Books on Friendships *

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Sages of quite different traditions extol friendship as the highest link in the social web.… Read the rest

More on Free Speech in the US *

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Launch party for Carmen Callil’s book cancelled because of comment about Israel.… Read the rest

Two Faces of Arab Intellectuals *

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Khalid al-Maaly on a carefully masked double standard.… Read the rest

Harry Kreissler Talks to Martha Nussbaum *

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‘I think it’s obvious that traditional religions have given women a second class status in pretty much every case.’… Read the rest

Hamid Dabashi Accuses Azar Nafisi *

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‘To me there is no difference between Lynndie England and Azar Nafisi,’ he told Z-net.… Read the rest

Without being co-opted

Oct 16th, 2006 11:31 pm | By

According to The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Hamid Dabashi, a professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University, read Seymour Hersh’s New Yorker article, about the Bush admin’s plans to whack Iran, with dismay.

The article prompted him to dust off an essay that he had written a few years before and publish it in the June 1 edition of the Egyptian English-language newspaper Al-Ahram. His target? Not President Bush or the Pentagon, but Azar Nafisi, author of the best-selling memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran…His blistering essay cast Ms. Nafisi as a collaborator in the Bush administration’s plans for regime change in Iran. He drew heavily on the late scholar Edward Said’s ideas about the

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Meet the authors

Oct 16th, 2006 5:50 pm | By

See Jeremy and Julian being silly – I mean having a serious (albeit brief) discussion of aesthetics, elitism, cuisine, jazz, preferences, and alphabetization.… Read the rest

Religion and Rationality

Oct 16th, 2006 5:38 pm | By

Martin Newland tells us plaintively that ‘these days people find it hard to accept that religion and rationality can co-exist.’ Well, maybe; some people; other people clearly find it very easy. And as for ‘these days’, I would say the social pressure is running more in the other direction ‘these days’ than it did, say, twenty years ago. But maybe by ‘these days’ Newland means ‘these past three hundred years’.

At any rate, he shows us how well religion and rationality can co-exist.

I am a Roman Catholic. As such, I believe that God took the decision to be born into a poor family in Roman-occupied Palestine. I believe that His short life on earth was spent setting down the

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David Thompson on the ‘Phobia’ Ploy *

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Once beliefs become identity, disagreement becomes racism, and silence falls.… Read the rest

Islamism in Europe *

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Artists and leftists warn that the rise of radical Islam threatens European liberalism.… Read the rest

Bush Advisors Called Evangelicals ‘Nuts’ *

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And goofy; but of course those are terms of endearment.… Read the rest