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Women Key to Stopping Aids Pandemic *

Aug 15th, 2006 | Filed by

‘To change the sexual behaviour of men is a question of generations. Women are dying now.’… Read the rest

Conservative Xian Idea of Civil Rights Cases *

Aug 15th, 2006 | Filed by

Xian group sues to turn public library into part-time church.… Read the rest

Civil Rights Hiring Changes in Bush Era *

Aug 15th, 2006 | Filed by

Permanently hiring lawyers with strong conservative credentials but little civil rights experience.… Read the rest

Fascists and Bush and All

Aug 15th, 2006 1:06 am | By

Okay, time to stop messing around. I’ve been putting it off, but it can’t be shirked any longer. I have to make fun of the whole article, all of it, not just selected highlights. I have to be thorough.

…this fascism of the masses, as was practised by Hitler
and Mussolini, has today been replaced by a system of
microfascisms – polymorphous intolerances that are
revealed in more subtle ways. Consequently, although the
majority of the current manifestations of fascism are less
brutal, they are nevertheless more pernicious.

Less brutal (there’s the not killing millions of people by shooting or overworking or gassing them for instance) but more pernicious? Really? More pernicious in what way? They don’t say. They … Read the rest

Parasitical Pleasure

Aug 14th, 2006 9:55 pm | By

It was above all the theater, the vulgar “art”, the grand guignol productions of the beer halls and the street. It was the provocation, the excitement, the frisson which Nazism was able to provide, in the brawling, the sweating, the singing, the saluting. Nazism, whether one wore brass knuckles and carried a rubber hose or simply played along vicariously, beating up communists and Jews in one’s mind, was action. Nazism was involvement. Nazism was not a party; Nazism was an event.
Eksteins, M., Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age, (Black Swan, London: 1990), 414.

Our office is in an incredible state. Dozens of people pass through every day and at any time

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Deleuzoguattarian Foucauldianism

Aug 14th, 2006 8:27 pm | By

The Deleuzoguattarian deconstruction of the evidence-based hegemonic post-positivist paradigm is being discussed in other places. It makes a nice chain – I got it from Tom P (he emailed me about it) who got it from Ben Goldacre. Alun at Archaeoastronomy got it from me, Martin Rundkvist at Salto Sobrius got it from Alun, PZ got it from Martin, and Orac got it from Martin and PZ and is planning to take it on.

The main author has a profile here.

For several years, he has been a clinical nurse in forensic psychiatry (both in hospitals and in the community) as well as in public health. His research interests focus primarily on the issue of the power

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New Party Founded in Egypt *

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Secular but nationalist.… Read the rest

Pharyngula on Microfascism *

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Health sciences are colonised by an all-encompassing research paradigm: post-positivism.… Read the rest

Uh Oh *

Aug 14th, 2006 | Filed by

A third of nurses fail basic arithmetic and English test. But they need to keep records of dosages…… Read the rest

Carlin Romano on a Book on Being Amish *

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The Amish offer only one opportunity to choose; the opportunity should be lifelong.… Read the rest

More on the Department of Vice and Virtue *

Aug 14th, 2006 | Filed by

HRW says the department could be used to silence critical voices, limit women’s and girls’ lives.… Read the rest

More on Sen on Identity and Violence *

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What makes us want to see the world in terms of us and them?… Read the rest

Things CNN Will Never Tell You About Religion

Aug 14th, 2006 | By R. Joseph Hoffmann

1. That there is no God.

2. That you will not live forever.

3. That Noah’s ark will never be found because it never existed.

4. That Christianity began as a violent first century messianic sect which learned to cope peaceably when its messiah didn’t show up.

5. That most fundamentalists are rather stupid, Muslims and Christians alike.

6. That most evangelical Christians cannot describe what they mean by “inerrant” – speaking of the Bible.

7. That the vast majority of Christians opposed to stem cell research think it means killing babies for their brains.

8. That biblical Israel ceased to exist in 720 BC, lasted for less than two hundred years, and that modern Israel didn’t exist again until … Read the rest

Halliday, Deutscher, Arendt

Aug 13th, 2006 10:31 pm | By

Another excellent article from Fred Halliday.

Amid the unconscionable violence, targeting of civilians, and appeals to unreason and ethnic identification that such modern wars entail, it is all the more necessary to retrieve the example of those who sought to defend core values that crossed boundaries of prejudice and narrow partisanship. I have already honoured one of those in this openDemocracy series of columns: the great French scholar of the Muslim world, Maxime Rodinson. Two more such figures were formative in articulating an internationalist position – one (Isaac Deutscher) within a Marxist framework, the other (Hannah Arendt) within a broadly liberal perspective.

And two very long-standing intellectual heroes and influences of mine.

Soon after the 1967 war, Deutscher gave

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Nick Cohen on Stupid Ideas *

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Such as the idea that the Islamist ‘threat’ is a phantom menace used to distract the credulous masses.… Read the rest

Gays Flee Shia Death Squads in Iraq *

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Section 111 of Iraq’s penal code has protections for murder ‘when people are acting against Islam.’… Read the rest

Controversial Berlin Exhibition on Forced Migration *

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Critics call exhibition an attempt to re-write history, with Germans as victims.… Read the rest

You’ve Got Mail

Aug 13th, 2006 2:30 am | By

So there’s this letter from what the BBC calls ‘Muslim groups’. It’s bizzarre.

Prime Minister, As British Muslims we urge you to do more to fight against all those who target civilians with violence, whenever and wherever that happens. It is our view that current British government policy risks putting civilians at increased risk both in the UK and abroad. To combat terror the government has focused extensively on domestic legislation. While some of this will have an impact, the government must not ignore the role of its foreign policy.

The government must not ignore the role of its foreign policy – and then what? Tell itself that unless it obeys (obeys whom?), hundreds or thousands of people will … Read the rest

Dry Bones

Aug 12th, 2006 9:41 pm | By

So the jargon has reached Kenya. The aggrieved irritated ‘uncomfortable’ fretful worried Christians know what to say.

Powerful evangelical churches are pressing Kenya’s national museum to sideline its world-famous collection of hominid bones pointing to man’s evolution from ape to human. Leaders of the country’s six-million-strong Pentecostal congregation want Dr Richard Leakey’s ground-breaking finds relegated to a back room instead of being given their usual prime billing…”The Christian community here is very uncomfortable that Leakey and his group want their theories presented as fact,” said Bishop Bonifes Adoyo, the head of Christ is the Answer Ministries, the largest Pentecostal church in Kenya. “Our doctrine is not that we evolved from apes, and we have grave concerns that the museum

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Return of the Undead

Aug 12th, 2006 9:08 pm | By

Some rather disheartening boilerplate on the merits of multiculturalism and identity and groups and communities from – surprise surprise – a university chancellor.

At the end of the day, the hope of these two kinds of projects – internal multicultural dialogue and external multicultural collaboration – is that we all come to value diverse groups, not just diverse individuals.

Well, as always, that depends on which groups we’re talking about, and what we mean by ‘value’, and what aspects of those diverse groups we are expected and hoped to value. It also depends on what happens when valuing groups is in tension with valuing individuals. What about individuals who want to leave or dissent from or change their groups, for … Read the rest