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Charles Gets Things Absolutely Wrong *

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Prince’s lack of scientific understanding would condemn millions of people to starvation.… Read the rest

3 Aid Workers, Driver Killed in Afghanistan *

Aug 13th, 2008 | Filed by

The women worked for the International Rescue Committee; gunmen shot up their cars in Logar province.… Read the rest

P Charles Talks Evidence-free Nonsense *

Aug 13th, 2008 | Filed by

‘Clever genetic engineering…guaranteed to cause the biggest disaster environmentally of all time.’… Read the rest

A wealth of implication

Aug 12th, 2008 6:10 pm | By

Not exactly.

Of course, the novel will be published sooner or later. Writing about Muhammad has become the shortest cut to media attention in the west. And of course semi-employed young men and women from religious Muslim backgrounds will be out on the streets, shouting.

Women? No they won’t. You don’t see them out there much – which is not surprising, since in ‘religious Muslim’ countries they’re not always encouraged to join in, if you get my drift. But they also, quite possibly, have better sense. It tends to be the young men who work themselves into stupid frenzies about this kind of thing. Rage boy, remember? Rage girl not so much.

[E]ven very religious Muslims cannot ignore the

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Mick Hume on Pre-emptive Grovelling *

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Fearful self-censorship in the name of liberal values is worth intellectual rioting.… Read the rest

Child Starved to Death for not Saying ‘Amen’ *

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Members of ‘Mind Ministries’ viewed the child, age 21 months, as a ‘demon.’… Read the rest

Professor’s Helpful Warning *

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Faegheh Shirazi, of UT’s Department of Middle Eastern Studies, understands decision not to publish.… Read the rest

Missing the Point *

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It’s not Spellberg’s fault, it’s Random House that made the decision.… Read the rest

Tabish Khair on the Spellberg Affair *

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80% of the people who died in riots over Rushdie or Motoons were Muslim. … Read the rest

Sisters unite and fight development

Aug 11th, 2008 5:53 pm | By

You know every now and then if you’re very good I give you a jolt from the Women’s Studies mailing list. I have one now, fresh in this morning. Someone wanting material for a course she’s going to teach.

course is a straight-up political science one on “democracy and
development,” but I’m looking to inject some feminism into it. I
think I’ve got some good stuff on the democracy side, but I’m looking

1) articles on women’s/feminist engagement with “development” as a
discourse, or resistance to development projects
2) a film about the conflict between democracy and development–that
is, struggles against state-sponsored development projects that come
from democratic autonomous movements. Off the top of my head, I’m

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Blame Everyone but Yourselves *

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Food has become the bollocks du jour, with no regard for accuracy whatsoever.… Read the rest

Fruitlessly Mocking Nutriwoo *

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The newspapers are so overrun with food pseudoscience there’s no point in documenting it any more.… Read the rest

Solidarity Against Western Colonialism *

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Feminists who think hijab is oppressive to women want to bomb them into submission. Yee-ha.… Read the rest

HRW Urges: Press Zimbabwe to End Abuses *

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HRW report ‘They Beat Me like a Dog’ describes killings, beatings and arbitrary arrests by ZANU-PF.… Read the rest

Debating Democracy Promotion in China *

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Daniel Bell and Michael Walzer on whether liberalization and democracy should be imported.… Read the rest

Total Politics Interviews Johann Hari *

Aug 10th, 2008 | Filed by

We’re all born involved in the political world, whether we like it or not. … Read the rest

Court Rejects Convert’s Renunciation of Islam *

Aug 10th, 2008 | Filed by

Lim sought ruling that she had the right to renounce Islam under Article 11 of the Malaysian Constitution.… Read the rest

Malaysian Court Rejects Bid to Leave Islam *

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Appellant not legally recognized because her Chinese name no longer existed after conversion to Islam… Read the rest

Threats of Violence Force Conference to Close *

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Kuala Lumpur: ‘protesters’ say forum on conversion would undermine Islam, threaten to storm building.… Read the rest

BBC on Jewel of Medina *

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Spellberg said she felt it was her duty to warn the press of the novel’s potential to provoke anger.… Read the rest