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.


On Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Right from the start of the Cairo Declaration, it is made clear the world is divided into Muslims and infidels.… Read the rest



Cult Stud Suggests Put Down a Book Week *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

TV is popular culture, the working class likes it, so put down that book.… Read the rest



Primacy of the UDHR *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Universal means universal.… Read the rest



Would Steve Gould have signed the ‘Steves’ list? *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘There is no serious scientific doubt that evolution occurred or that natural selection is a major mechanism in its occurrence.’… Read the rest



LRA accused of selling food aid *

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ICC prosecutor says the rebels are using the money they make to rearm.… Read the rest



Afsan Chowdhury on the shadow citizens *

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Being gay in Bangladesh isn’t easy.… Read the rest



God v Science *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

What is so good about having faith when you don’t have evidence? What is the real advantage to that? Why is this something that we want to encourage?… Read the rest



George Scialabba on Jacoby, Bernstein and Multiculturalism *

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Books by a superb (albeit incorrigibly centrist) reporter and a radical social critic.… Read the rest



A chat with Rome’s Exorcist *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘If the pupils are looking up, the demons in possession are scorpions. If looking down, they are serpents.’… Read the rest



Kenan Malik interprets the Dispatches Muslim Survey. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The survey shows that Muslims do not form a single homogenous community.… Read the rest



Universal Human Rights and “Human Rights in Islam” *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam claims supremacy over the UDHR, based on divine revelation.… Read the rest



National Conference of Catholic Bishops on infants with anencephaly *

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It is never permitted to terminate the gestation of an anencephalic child as the means of avoiding psychological or physical risks to the mother.… Read the rest



Woman’s Hour on women in Afghanistan *

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Maternal mortality and female illiteracy rates are among the highest in the world.… Read the rest



James Harkin on The Threat to Reason *

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Enlightenment 2.0 makes for a rather toothless, muddled kind of liberation. … Read the rest



Brad DeLong on books as people *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘As long as I think of these as “texts,” they are dry and boring. But there is a key to making them exciting: to remember that they are not texts: they are people–people urgently trying to talk to me, to tell me something very important that they think I desperately need to know.’… Read the rest



M V Ramana on gay rights in South Asia *

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The strongly patriarchal nature of South Asian societies ensures even worse treatment for lesbians than for gay men.… Read the rest



Natasha Walter on women in Afghanistan *

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“Every day women are sacrificed for their family or tribe,” Nilab Mobarez tells me angrily. … Read the rest



Chomsky and Foucault *

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Debate human nature.… Read the rest



The Power of One: An Interview With Shukria Barakzai *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Shukria Barakzai, founder and editor of a newspaper for Afghan women, was named Worldpress.org’s 2004 International Editor of the Year. … Read the rest



Hearings into child abuse at Goldenbridge *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Chills the blood.… Read the rest