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.


Reading Karen Armstrong *

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History is for Karen Armstrong not so much putty as Playdoh.… Read the rest



Young Afghan women turn to suicide *

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Driven to desperation by forced marriages and abusive husbands, more and more are seeking release through self-immolation.… Read the rest



Dick Taverne rebukes Prince Charles *

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A democratic country cannot tolerate a monarch whose views command notice not because of expertise, but because of his birth.… Read the rest



Akbar Ganji on the View from Tehran *

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Political change in Iran is necessary, but it must not be achieved by foreign intervention.… Read the rest



From Chattel to Freewomen *

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Dr Mohini Giri works to rescue Indian widows from living death.… Read the rest



Bhutto Clan Leaves Trail of Corruption *

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The documents leave uncertain the degree of involvement of Benazir Bhutto but they trace the pervasive role of her husband.… Read the rest



Newspaper articles on child abuse in Ireland *

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Paddy Doyle has a large collection saved.… Read the rest



Research? hmm. Torture? go right ahead. *

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Ben Goldacre asks: Where’s your ethics committee now, science boy?… Read the rest



Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the Right to Offend *

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‘Today, the open society is challenged by Islamism’… Read the rest



The Candidate *

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The New Yorker on Obama in May 2004… Read the rest



Afghan women seek death by fire *

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Delegates from countries like Bangladesh, Iran, India and Sri Lanka – which have similar female suicide rates – discussed the problem at a conference in Afghanistan in November 2006.… Read the rest



Katha Pollitt on Palin the Affirmative Action Babe *

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There’s the fun of watching conservative pundits scramble to deny the obvious.… Read the rest



Marieme Helie Lucas on the fundamentalist political agenda. *

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Fundamentalists want to impose a religious identity on all citizens, by virtue of their birth place rather than by choice, thus denying freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of consciousness.… Read the rest



Emily Bourgeois helps children in Uganda *

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She houses, feeds, clothes and pays for the schooling of orphans in Uganda.… Read the rest



Brian Whitaker on Joseph Massad on ‘the Gay International’ *

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Gay rights are part of the Orientalist project.… Read the rest



Remember Hazlitt *

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Michael Foot, A C Grayling, Tom Paulin, Andrew Motion, Ian Mayes at ceremony to do that.… Read the rest



Flemming Rose on why he published the cartoons *

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This is a popular trick of totalitarian movements: Label any critique or call for debate as an insult and punish the offenders. … Read the rest



Debunking Edward Said *

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Ibn Warraq on a one-eyed view of the relationship between the Arab and Western worlds.… Read the rest



Got a complaint? Call 1-800-Human-Rights. *

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The Canadian Islamic Congress has a new partner in its censorship campaign: the state … Read the rest



Postmodernism and Fabrication of History *

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‘Historians are always making up figures,’ said Lyndall Ryan. Oh really?… Read the rest