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Death Threats Against Mimount Bousakla *

Dec 6th, 2004 | Filed by

Socialist senator Mimount Bousakla in Belgium under police protection after death threats. … Read the rest

Between Right-wing Extremists and Islamic Fundamentalists *

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‘If you are a girl…It is always fear and fear and fear.’… Read the rest

Forthright Editorial on Prevention of Female Sport *

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Bangladesh Independent rebukes ‘a few bigoted elements.’ [scroll down]… Read the rest

Women Kept Out of Sport by Islamic Group *

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Another victory for the confinement and frustration of women.… Read the rest

Critical Whiteness Studies – the Introduction *

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High ratio of words to anything said. Repetition augments word count.… Read the rest

Researcher Removes Name From Prayer Study *

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Specialist takes name off controversial study of prayer’s effect on fertility.… Read the rest

George Kateb on Courage as Virtue *

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War, fear, shame; delight in seeing, comradeship, destruction.… Read the rest

Alan Ryan on Intellectual Courage *

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Aristotle, self-reliance, Hobbes, the problem of certainty.… Read the rest

Only Be Sure Always to Call it Please ‘Research’

Dec 5th, 2004 9:56 pm | By

Ever read any books about angels? No? No, I hadn’t either, but I’ve read bits of one now, and I must say, if you’re looking for a good laugh, books about angels (if this one is anything to go by, at least) are pretty damn funny. Books about Wicca are quite mirth-inducing, too.

With the angel book, I keep opening it at random, and the first thing I read is so absurd I find myself cackling before I’ve read ten words. I’m beginning to think that every single line of the book is packed full of unintentional humour. Shall I give you a taste? These are just random, mind – I haven’t actually searched out the most risible stuff.

The … Read the rest

Mbeki Lashes Out at Tutu *

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Personal attack on Tutu, an icon second only to Mandela, showed how hostile to criticism Mbeki has become. … Read the rest

Iran Concerned About Human Rights in Europe *

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EU protested arrest and harassment of journalists, staff of NGOs, religious minorities.… Read the rest

Reformist Journalists in Iran Cite ‘Brainwashing’ *

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Go to prison, come out, issue retraction. Hmm.… Read the rest

Writers Pick Top Xmas Books *

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Chekhov’s letters, Mumbo-Jumbo, the plot against America – all sorts.… Read the rest

After the van Gogh Murder *

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Colleague is convinced the killing was a careful attempt to stifle criticism of Islam. … Read the rest

Review of Taner Edis’ Ghost in the Universe

Dec 5th, 2004 | By Phil Mole

Taner Edis’ excellent book The Ghost in the Universe comes to us at a rather unique period for writing about science and religion. Never before have so many books tried to analyze the relationship between theological and scientific views of the world, and never before have so many utterly failed in the attempt. Often, writers distort something essential about both disciplines, and ignore the complexities at the heart of their relationship. Thus, although the bookshelves groan under the weight of volumes contributing to the debate, clear-minded analyses of the fundamental issues are harder than ever to find.

To better understand the achievements of Edis’ book, we should quickly survey some of the competing contributions. We find many theistic writers enlisting … Read the rest

Who Lives Happily?

Dec 4th, 2004 6:22 pm | By

Here we go again, again, again. It’s odd that this argument never seems to do any work, it just keeps recurring. It’s like listening to someone with a car stuck in the snow late at night, somewhere far down the hill – you just hear that rrrrrrr, rrrrrrrrrrrr, rrrrrrrrr over and over, as the wheels spin and never bite.

Chris at Crooked Timber links to an article in the Financial Times (by far the best he’s read on the subject, he says) on the anti-Muslim backlash in the Netherlands after the Van Gogh murder. All eager for the treat, I hastened to begin reading. Alas, one problem with the article leapt out at me in the first paragraph, and … Read the rest

Jesus Diet, Homeopathy, Same Thing *

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Nonsense is nonsense, whether evangelical or ‘alternative’.… Read the rest

Attempt to Censor Sequel to ‘Submission’ *

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Two Muslim families in Netherlands launch suit to prevent sequel to film critical of Islam. … Read the rest

US Congress Cuts Science Funding *

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Legislators earmarked more money for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Punxsutawney Weather Museum.… Read the rest


Dec 3rd, 2004 8:53 pm | By

Here’s the Economist getting into the act on the ‘US universities are leftist strongholds by a factor of 9 to 1’ issue, and like a lot of journalism that discusses the subject, leaving some important aspects out. At least I think so.

Evidence of the atypical uniformity of American universities grows by the week. The Centre for Responsive Politics notes that this year two universities—the University of California and Harvard—occupied first and second place in the list of donations to the Kerry campaign by employee groups, ahead of Time Warner, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft et al. Employees at both universities gave 19 times as much to John Kerry as to George Bush.

Yes but there might be reasons for that other … Read the rest