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One Eye is Enough for Anyone

Nov 20th, 2005 7:09 pm | By

Andrew Anthony has a piece on the niqab, a female face-covering that leaves only the eyes uncovered (presumably so that the woman wearing it doesn’t need an expensive trained dog in order to grope her way around).

Just a decade ago, this form of enshrouding was seen as an unambiguous sign of female oppression and feudal custom, but now it is frequently referred to as an expression of religious identity, individual rights and even, in some cases, female emancipation.

Yes but emancipation from what.

She says that she deliberated for a whole year before finally deciding to wear the niqab. ‘I think the main thing that was holding me back was my university degree. I was doing a lot

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‘Identity’ is Crowd-thought *

Nov 20th, 2005 | Filed by

Philip Pullman, Monica Ali, Philip Hensher and Salman Rushdie on religion, identity, communalism.… Read the rest



Corporate Sponsors Afraid to Back Darwin Exhibition *

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Creationists keep gaining influence in US.… Read the rest



Cover the ‘Pudendal’ Nature of Women *

Nov 20th, 2005 | Filed by

Which may be everything except one eye.… Read the rest



Judge Sentenced for Refusing to Work Under Crucifix *

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Says religious symbols have no place in court of law, cites constitutional provisions on human rights.… Read the rest



The Word ‘Community’ Trips off Many Tongues *

Nov 20th, 2005 | Filed by

It is the wholly artificial creation of a single entity by those who live outside it.… Read the rest



You Do All Think Alike, Don’t You?

Nov 19th, 2005 11:58 pm | By

So The Independent tells us Blair went to Leeds ‘to appease the Muslim community.’ Meaning what? He went to Leeds and found all the Muslims in the world gathered in one place so that he could appease them? He went to Leeds and found all the Muslims in the UK gathered in one place so that he could appease them? No, apparently not. He went to Leeds to take part in ‘a consultation exercise with young Muslims in the city’ so that he could – appease all the Muslims in the world or the UK by so doing. How does that work? Why does a consultation exercise with young Muslims in one city appease ‘the Muslim community’? What is this … Read the rest



Richard Evans Report a Key Element in Irving Trial *

Nov 19th, 2005 | Filed by

Distorted and mistranslated documents, discredited testimony, falsified historical statistics. … Read the rest



How Irving Fought and Lost *

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Judge in trial called him a falsifier of history.… Read the rest



Austria Considers Putting Irving on Trial *

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Irving sued Deborah Lipstadt in 2000 for calling him a Holocaust denier in 1994 book. … Read the rest



‘Deacon Joe’ Molested Nearly Every Boy *

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Catholic missionary in Alaska village ruined many lives. Church disavows responsibility.… Read the rest



Blair Seeks to Appease ‘the Muslim Community’ *

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By using phrase ‘the community’ three times in two short sentences.… Read the rest



Muslim Girls in France Get it From Both Directions *

Nov 19th, 2005 | Filed by

Racism, unemployment and deprivation, and harassment and violence in their own communities.… Read the rest



It Really Matters What is True

Nov 19th, 2005 2:37 am | By

Did you listen to that In Our Time with Julian and Anthony Grayling and Miranda Fricker? There was one bit near the end where it seemed to me Julian kind of pulled a fast one. I transcribed it. See what you think.

The thing about Rorty is that he does reject this idea of Truth with a capital T, as all the pragmatists do, and – but the thing is it’s not so much that he thinks it’s a philosophical mistake to think we can have that kind of truth, which represents the world – he does think that’s a mistake – but I think more importantly, he thinks it’s just not that important or relevant. And his attitude to

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Beady Eye for the Murdering Guy

Nov 18th, 2005 6:38 pm | By

So, it seems to be a good day for out-there pronouncements by bloodthirsty authoritarian men. For horrible glimpses into the nasty fetid power-ravenous controlfreak minds of tyrannical shits.

Osama’s pious little wet-dream is not much of a surprise, of course. No surprise at all really. But still worth a passing kick.

Osama bin Laden wants the United States to convert to Islam, ditch its constitution, abolish banks, jail homosexuals and sign the Kyoto climate change treaty…Alcohol and gambling would be barred and there would be an end to women’s photos in newspapers or advertising. Any woman serving “passengers, visitors and strangers”, presumably anyone from air stewardesses to waitresses, would also be out of a job.

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Thucydides for the Common Reader *

Nov 18th, 2005 | Filed by

Thucydides belongs on list of things to be sure to read before dying.… Read the rest



Todd Gitlin on the Authority of Anti-authority *

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Within any movement against improper authority there evolves an idea of proper authority… Read the rest



Steven Pinker on General Science Education *

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General education in science should stimulate a worldview grounded in our best understanding of reality.… Read the rest



What bin Laden Wants the US to Do *

Nov 18th, 2005 | Filed by

Convert to Islam, ditch constitution, abolish banks, jail homosexuals, sign Kyoto treaty. How touching.… Read the rest



Pinochet Says God Will Forgive the Mass Murder *

Nov 18th, 2005 | Filed by

‘Everything that I did, all that I carried out, all the problems I had, I dedicate to God.’ How touching.… Read the rest