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Motion on Middlebrook on Hughes *

Jul 21st, 2004 | Filed by

Compromised by lack of proper interest in the poems as such.… Read the rest



Which Sixties? *

Jul 21st, 2004 | Filed by

Hoggart’s? Benn’s? Wesker’s?… Read the rest



A Meeting to Discuss Shari’a Court in Ontario

Jul 21st, 2004 | By Homa Arjomand

Update: New material on the campaign against Shari’a Court in Canada

Report of Meeting with Marion Boyd Regarding Shari’a Court in Canada

On Thursday July 15, 2004, Homa Arjomand, Co-ordinator of the International Campaign Against Shari’a Court in Canada was called to a meeting with Marion Boyd regarding concerns about Shari’a court in Canada. Marian Boyd has been appointed by Premier Dalton McGuinty to review the 1991 Arbitration Act

This meeting lasted over three hours and many issues and case studies were presented:

Homa Arjomand emphasized the fact that The Ontario Arbitration Act 1991 has made it possible for the Islamic movement to make another attempt to attack both secularism and the women’s movement for equality. She stated that … Read the rest



Which Community?

Jul 21st, 2004 1:54 am | By

I’ve just been chatting with my colleague on the phone, and along with other things we discussed, we agreed that this post is a lot of nonsense – and nonsense of a kind that leaves us shaking our heads (yes, both of them) in baffled amazement.

Islamaphobia is often defined as slanderous untruths. I think there is an excessively narrow definition of Islamophobia at play here. It is not right that simply stating ‘the truth’ is sufficient to clear one of Islamophobia…One must take the content in the whole. If the overall impact is intemperate and insinuating, the overall conclusion is that it is oppressively anti-pluralistic. One must also take into account the context. If ‘truth’ about a community is

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Multiculti for the Old South *

Jul 20th, 2004 | Filed by

So this is where blather about identity and diversity gets you.… Read the rest



Carlin Romano on Literary Reading *

Jul 20th, 2004 | Filed by

Could newspapers and their cultural coverage have an influence?… Read the rest



Martha Nussbaum Interview *

Jul 20th, 2004 | Filed by

Communitarianism is rooted in idea of homogeneous groups defined as ‘normal’ – shame for the others.… Read the rest



Kennewick Man Case May be Over *

Jul 20th, 2004 | Filed by

Tribes have decided not to appeal to Supreme Court, so KM will not be reburied.… Read the rest



Funniest Book Review Ever

Jul 20th, 2004 12:00 am | By

Since OB was talking about books below, I thought I’d just quickly flag-up the funniest book review I’ve ever come across.

It’s here.

I vow that if I ever get a review like this, I’ll frame it and stick it by my bedside table. Along with the letter from the guy from Australia who wrote to tell me that one of my books was “A disgrace to publishing”!*

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Oh That Old Thing

Jul 19th, 2004 8:02 pm | By

This again. Will it never go away? (No, of course not, because it serves a purpose, however wrong-headedly.) The old ‘atheism is a belief just as theism is’ number. This time it’s in a thread on secularism at Harry’s Place, in which Harry points out how indispensable active secularism has become.

Once was a time when the National Secular Society gave the impression of being one of those curious leftovers from the 19th century, membership of which was the preserve of eccentrics who enjoyed rehashing their Oxbridge debates about theology. Sadly, given the times in which we live, it is now a much-needed organisation and one which I intend to join and urge others to do so. The weekly

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Ten Books That Shook the World

Jul 19th, 2004 6:34 pm | By

Now that’s an idea. There are all these lists all the time – Prospect’s list of the top intellectuals, the BBC’s list of Favourite Reads or whatever it was called, Norm’s lists of everyone’s favourite movies, three novels (was it?), rock groups (that last one actually incited my colleague to vote, though he usually thinks he’s too good for such frivolities) (that’s a tease, obviously), and so on. Now Norm has a new list, just his own this time, of

10 great books of my life (sort of). Though I’ve been thinking about the list for some time, I protect myself against assault by saying that these are not necessarily what I judge to be the 10 most important of

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Hansard Report on Blogging *

Jul 19th, 2004 | Filed by

New research shows that blogging can increase transparency and accessibility of parliamentarians.… Read the rest



Robert Owen Discovered the Moa *

Jul 19th, 2004 | Filed by

Reconstructed iguanadon & archaeopteryx, and disagreed with Darwin.… Read the rest



Insane People Run Across US *

Jul 19th, 2004 | Filed by

Ultra athletes run ultra far in ultra events thus demonstrating ultra lunacy.… Read the rest



Animal Research *

Jul 19th, 2004 | Filed by

Protests and vandalism make research using animals difficult.… Read the rest



Paul Foot *

Jul 19th, 2004 | Filed by

The Guardian obituary.… Read the rest



Who Does the Dying in Wars Against Tyrants? *

Jul 19th, 2004 | Filed by

And who does the dying if the tyrants stay? Eve Garrard looks at the difficulty.… Read the rest



No Other Nation Has Witheld Funds *

Jul 18th, 2004 | Filed by

The Netherlands and others have increased donations to compensate for US reduction of funds.… Read the rest



US Witholds Funds From UN Population Agency *

Jul 18th, 2004 | Filed by

Lack of evidence no bar to decision that will cost lives.… Read the rest



‘What is not possible is not to choose’ *

Jul 18th, 2004 | Filed by

Julian Baggini on the Kanto-Sartrean background of political emphasis on autonomy.… Read the rest