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Senior Vets Call for Slaughter of Bullock *

May 11th, 2007 | Filed by

British Cattle Veterinary Association said any risk of TB spreading was unacceptable.… Read the rest

Hindus Resist Slaughter of Welsh Bullock *

May 11th, 2007 | Filed by

The ‘sacred’ bullock has tested positive for TB.… Read the rest

Pope ‘Creates’ Brazil’s First Saint *

May 11th, 2007 | Filed by

Really?! Out of what, some woman’s rib?… Read the rest

BBC Reports Tasneem’s Arrest *

May 11th, 2007 | Filed by

But spells his name wrong.… Read the rest

AP Reports on Tasneem Khalil *

May 11th, 2007 | Filed by

Zafar Sobhan of the Daily Star said Khalil was being held without any charge or warrant.… Read the rest

Tasneem Khalil

May 10th, 2007 5:47 pm | By

Update: There are reports that Tasneem has been released, but so far they seem to be reporting each other, all reporting something Human Rights Watch said. It’s not absolutely clear how HRW knows – although Tasneem works for them, so they probably do know. Still, I’ll feel happier when some major media report it. But it’s the middle of the night everywhere but Seattle; no doubt by the time I get on the computer tomorrow there will be lots of major media reports.

This is terrible. I know Tasneem – well not know, exactly, but we’ve swapped emails, he’s a fan of B&W and sends me links to his excellent articles; I think of him as a friend in … Read the rest

Army Arrests Journalist Tasneem Khalil *

May 10th, 2007 | Filed by

“We are extremely concerned about Tasneem Khalil’s safety,” said Brad Adams of HRW.… Read the rest

Moses is so Cool *

May 10th, 2007 | Filed by

Okay, Jesus, whatever works for you, man.… Read the rest

Moses is sooooo Irritating *

May 10th, 2007 | Filed by

He is non-judgmental and holier-than-thou at the same time.… Read the rest

Moses Goes Pomo *

May 10th, 2007 | Filed by

He’s off to continue his quest to destabilise the univocity of meaning. Vroom vroom.… Read the rest

Some Expected the Pope to Be Diplomatic *

May 10th, 2007 | Filed by

But he thinks ‘an assertion of bedrock Christian values is the only way to stem the tide toward secularism.’… Read the rest

Implications of Irish Abortion Case *

May 10th, 2007 | Filed by

The ban on abortion reflects the historical influence of the Catholic church.… Read the rest

Pope Tells Brazil What to Do *

May 10th, 2007 | Filed by

Moments after arriving in Sao Paulo, the pope was fuming about abortion.… Read the rest

Bangladesh: Release Tasneem Khalil

May 10th, 2007 | By Human Rights Watch

(London, May 11, 2007) – Bangladesh’s military-backed care-taker government should immediately release Tasneem Khalil, an investigative journalist and part-time Human Rights Watch consultant, who was detained by security forces late last night, Human Rights Watch said today.

Khalil, 26, is a journalist for the Dhaka-based Daily Star newspaper who conducts research for Human Rights Watch. According to his wife, four men in plainclothes who identified themselves as from the “joint task force”came to the door after midnight on May 11 in Dhaka, demanding to take Khalil away. They said they were placing Khalil “under arrest” and taking him to the Sangsad Bhavan army camp, outside the parliament building in Dhaka.

“We are extremely concerned about Tasneem Khalil’s safety,” said Brad … Read the rest

Women Under Theocracy

May 9th, 2007 | By

The lives of most women in the industrialized world have improved enormously over the past hundred years, and especially so, in social, cultural, political, and human rights terms, over the past forty. But in the rest of the world, a great many women lead lives of misery and sometimes of plain horror. They are often considered and treated as the property of men: as children they are seen as burdens, to be married off as soon as possible, and as adults they are sex tools, reproductive machines, and domestic labour. When things go wrong – when sexual rumours are floating around, when the crops fail, when a child falls ill – they are scapegoats to be punished, often ferociously. They … Read the rest

Win a Copy of Stephen Law’s Book *

May 9th, 2007 | Filed by

Who can find the most irritating, sinister or downright funny use of ‘atheism is a faith position too’?… Read the rest

The Video Makes Woman-murder Okay *

May 9th, 2007 | Filed by

‘As the cell phone video of Do’a Khalil’s killing spread, the number of honor killings increased.’… Read the rest

More on Vigil for Du’a *

May 9th, 2007 | Filed by

Women of IKWRO remember Du’a.… Read the rest

IKWRO Seminar in Memory of Du’a Khalil Aswad *

May 9th, 2007 | Filed by

Discuss plan to pressure Kurdish authorities to protect women from killing and stoning.… Read the rest

Vigil for Du’a Khalil Aswad in Trafalgar Square *

May 9th, 2007 | Filed by

There will be a public seminar to discuss further action on the 18th May. All are welcome. … Read the rest