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In Madrid *

Mar 13th, 2004 | Filed by

‘Madrid knew it was witnessing the biggest mass-protest in Spanish history.’… Read the rest

Teacher Cleared of Assault in Hijab Case *

Mar 13th, 2004 | Filed by

Head of science at Bretton Woods School in Peterborough cleared by unanimous verdict.… Read the rest

One From Column A and One From Column B

Mar 12th, 2004 7:36 pm | By

This article on democracy and Islamism raises some interesting and vexing questions we’ve talked about before.

Nevertheless, recent books like Noah Feldman’s After Jihad and Graham Fuller’s The Future of Political Islam suggest that the Islamist movement may indeed be compatible with democracy. They find that while there are holdouts like Osama Bin Laden dead set against anything like democracy, there are many, perhaps even a majority of Islamists who favor free elections. Unfortunately, that’s about as far as the Islamists go when it comes to democracy. Free elections are OK, since they see that they would do very well in polling places across the region. However, it’s not at all clear that the Islamists have any interest in the

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A World More Attractive *

Mar 12th, 2004 | Filed by

Encyclopedia, library, news magazines, book reviews, Octavio Paz, Hegel.… Read the rest

Somalia Observes International Women’s Day *

Mar 12th, 2004 | Filed by

A campaign against Female Genital Mutilation has been launched throughout Somalia.… Read the rest

Bulging Eyes in Cartoons Mean What?! *

Mar 12th, 2004 | Filed by

Semioticians look at cartoons and discover what everyone already knows.… Read the rest

Teddy Adorno and Britney Spears *

Mar 12th, 2004 | Filed by

The Frankfurt School encounters the bare midriff.… Read the rest

Biography: Fact, Fiction, and How to Tell *

Mar 12th, 2004 | Filed by

Perhaps group biographies get at more of the truth than individual ones do.… Read the rest

When in Doubt, Say ‘Racism’ *

Mar 11th, 2004 | Filed by

Universities and teachers argue over new national pay framework.… Read the rest

Islamism and Democracy *

Mar 11th, 2004 | Filed by

Democracy is one thing, rights are another.… Read the rest

Confusion Over Fusion *

Mar 11th, 2004 | Filed by

Scientists fall out over fusion – again.… Read the rest

Bad News

Mar 10th, 2004 11:29 pm | By

Oh, damn. It’s only recently that I saw a bibliographical reference to Susan Moller Okin’s work (I think in one of Martha Nussbaum’s books, but I’m not sure) and read Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?, but I’ve certainly been leaning heavily on it ever since. I just think it’s an excellent book and argument, that points out a lot of things that get too easily overlooked. I haven’t read her other books but have made a mental note to do so. And now – well damn, that’s all. No more books. That’s a real loss.

And judging by this article it’s a global loss, and a loss that goes beyond the library, too. (Not that I think the library … Read the rest

Susan Moller Okin *

Mar 10th, 2004 | Filed by

Not one we could afford to lose.… Read the rest

The Yuk-factor and Neuroscience *

Mar 10th, 2004 | Filed by

Carl Zimmer on Bush’s Bioethics Council and how emotions work.… Read the rest

The Difference Between Sense and Nonsense *

Mar 10th, 2004 | Filed by

Freeman Dyson reviews a book on pseudoscience.… Read the rest

Leave Those Guinea Pigs Alone! *

Mar 10th, 2004 | Filed by

“Animal rights” activists appeal to the neighbours.… Read the rest

Anti-GM Hysteria Begins *

Mar 10th, 2004 | Filed by

Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, all the usual suspects, foam at the mouth.… Read the rest

Plain-talking Boots-wearing Reglar Guy

Mar 9th, 2004 11:56 pm | By

I take the ostrich approach about certain things. Maybe it’s because I’m conserving my irritation-energy in order to use it here – but some sources of irritation I just do my best to ignore. I would ignore people shouting into their cell phones (mobiles) in public if I could, but alas I cannot. I would ignore CNN news on the tv set at the airport if I could, but alas I cannot. I would ignore the nasty music playing in the supermarket and the bookstore if I could, but – you get the idea. But some things I do have control over, some on-off switches I do have access to, and I keep them firmly in the off position. I … Read the rest

Thomas Frank on the Elitism Myth *

Mar 9th, 2004 | Filed by

In which up is down, out is in, no is yes.… Read the rest

Stanley Milgram Admired ‘Candid Camera’ *

Mar 9th, 2004 | Filed by

Allen Funt believed he could reveal how people respond to societal pressures.… Read the rest