Flashback

Fashionable nonsense has been with us since the time that prehistoric man first transcribed Of Grammatology on to the walls of the Lascaux caves. Here we cast an eye back at some historical highlights.


The dangers of too much ‘detox’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The evidence supporting the whole ‘hydration industry’ is flawed. … Read the rest



Marieme Hélie-Lucas challenges the ‘coward Left’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Women in Algeria were slaughtered in the thousands by fundamentalist armed forces throughout the nineties, because they refused to be forcibly covered.… Read the rest



Afghanistan: a Just Intervention *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Chris Bertram asks why the British left reacted the way it did.… Read the rest



Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust marks FGM Zero Tolerance day *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

It is estimated that as many as 74,000 women in the UK have had FGM and that every year a further 7,000 are at risk. … Read the rest



Joel Achenbach on Carl Sagan *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

We have needed Sagan ever since Copernicus removed us from the center of the universe.… Read the rest



WHO/UNICEF/UNFPA statement on FGM *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Confirming the universally unacceptable harm caused by FGM, and issuing an unqualified call for the elimination of this practice in all its forms.… Read the rest



The new Taliban codex *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

It is forbidden to work as a teacher under the current puppet regime. Teachers must recieve a warning; next time, a beating; next, death.… Read the rest



Pragna Patel: Failed by religious law *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The sentiments expressed by the archbishop are indicative of those who call themselves “progressive” or “liberal” but who are often the most insidious. … Read the rest



Maryam Namazie on the veil *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The veil is a tool for the suppression and oppression of women.… Read the rest



Injustice in Malaysia *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Subjecting Hindu women to Sharia courts is not justice.… Read the rest



Scientist dismisses ‘detox’ diets *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Detox-based diets can include the use of tablets, socks, body wraps, diets, eating nettle root extract or drinking herbal infusions or “oxygenated” water.… Read the rest



‘Whoever changes religion – kill him’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Sura 40 says that those who reject the scriptures will have iron collars and chains placed around their necks, be dragged into scalding water and burnt in the fire.… Read the rest



Profile of Wangari Maathai *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

She rose to prominence fighting for those most easily marginalised in Africa – poor women. … Read the rest



Joanne Payton on Sati *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Across rural India, it’s easy to find people who revere sati as the ultimate demonstration of womanly honour, devotion and piety. … Read the rest



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WHO study on risks of FGM *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

WHO study shows FGM exposes women and babies to significant risk at childbirth.… Read the rest



Iran’s bloggers in censorship protest *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Hundreds of Iranian online journals have been protesting against media censorship by renaming their blogs after pro-reformist newspapers and websites that have been banned or shut down by the authorities.… Read the rest



Pope Says No to Gender-neutral God *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Anyone baptised using terms such as “Creator”, “Redeemer” and “Sanctifier” would have to be re-baptised using the traditional ceremony.… Read the rest



Swimming in Saudi Arabia *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Foreign woman demands to use pool in international hotel, succeeds.… Read the rest



Muslim-born woman detained for ‘rehabilitation’ from Hinduism *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Islamic officials seized her 15-month-old daughter from her Hindu husband, Suresh Veerappan, last month and handed the child to Revathi’s Muslim mother.… Read the rest