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Give it a Hanky and a Slap

Dec 16th, 2005 4:08 pm | By

A spectre is haunting the place. No doubt you’ve already read or heard about the Fulham cops.

…the author Lynette Burrows went on a BBC Five Live show to talk about the government’s new “civil partnerships” and expressed her opinion – politely, no intemperate words – that the adoption of children by homosexuals was “a risk”. The following day, Fulham police contacted her to discuss the “homophobic incident”. A Scotland Yard spokesperson told the Telegraph’s Sally Pook that it’s “standard policy” for “community safety units” to investigate “homophobic, racist and domestic incidents”…”It is all about reassuring the community,” said the very p.c. Plod to the Telegraph. “All parties have been spoken to by the police. No allegation of crime

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HRW Page on ‘Ministers of Murder’ *

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Human Rights Watch reports.… Read the rest



Human Rights Watch on ‘Ministers of Murder’ *

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Ahmadinejad has packed his government with officials responsible for serious human rights abuses.… Read the rest



Xian Right All Upset About Xmas Without X *

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White House pets saying ‘happy holidays’ is just too much.… Read the rest



Pamuk Trial Halted on First Day *

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Trials concerning freedom of thought should never happen in the first place and should not be prolonged.… Read the rest



Philip Roth Does Not Smile *

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‘Identity labels have nothing to do with how anyone actually experiences life.’… Read the rest



Iraqi Secularists Unite to Resist Islamism *

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Face uphill battle.… Read the rest



Museum Employees Fined for Blasphemy *

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Organizers of ‘Beware: Religion!’ exhibition were found guilty of arousing religious hatred.… Read the rest



All About Reassuring the Community *

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Writer expressed doubt about gay adoptions on BBC chatshow, was investigated by cops.… Read the rest



Women Forbidden to Use Public Transport *

Dec 15th, 2005 | Filed by

Women in northern Nigeria forbidden to ride on motorbike taxis; religious marshals enforce the law.… Read the rest



Mistake to Hop on Islamist Bandwagon *

Dec 15th, 2005 | Filed by

Trendy government is prepared to pursue communalist policy redolent of colonies. … Read the rest



Alternative? Alternative?

Dec 14th, 2005 6:13 pm | By

A little more on the Chronicle’s newsflash that Theory is hardly at all very much influential or mandatory or orthodox any more.

Meanwhile, at the University of California at Berkeley, Ian Duncan, a professor of English and the department’s chairman, reports via e-mail that “postcolonial, national/transnational, race and comparative ethnicities studies are flourishing” while New Historicism “does not exert the hegemony it did 20 years ago, although I think it’s fair to say it’s been digested by many of us and maintains a strong presence.”

And yet a lot of wacko people go on saying that Theorists seem to be interested in everything but literature – it’s staggering, isn’t it? Why would anyone think that? When postcolonial, national/transnational, race and … Read the rest



Can’t Contextualize Any More *

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For Holocaust denial by a head of state, the usual apologetics won’t work.… Read the rest



Pamuk to go on Trial for ‘Insulting Turkishness’ *

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High-profile prosecution has caused a stir in Brussels.… Read the rest



Political Islam a Challenge to French Secularism *

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Theocracy rears its head again.… Read the rest



Chris Mooney Reviews Tom Bethell *

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Bethell takes the political right’s ‘war on science’ to a whole new level. … Read the rest



Ahmadinejad Calls Holocaust a ‘Myth’ *

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Calls for Jews to move to Alaska.… Read the rest



Munira Mirza on Race Awareness Training *

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Diversity training may reinforce the sense of difference between people.… Read the rest



Hitchens Remembers Gene McCarthy *

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McCarthy’s 1968 campaign is one of the best correctives to the stupid cult of the Kennedy family. … Read the rest



‘Theory’ Such Old News, Says CHE, Yawning *

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Then gives pile of quotations showing opposite. Very ironic, very theoretical.… Read the rest