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.


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



Injustice in Malaysia *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Akbar Ganji on the View from Tehran *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Natalie Angier on the matriarchal myth. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Despite evidence that contradicts the story of a prelapsarian gynecocracy, and a glaring lack of evidence to support it, many people continue to subscribe to it. … Read the rest



Universal Human Rights and “Human Rights in Islam” *

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



Goldenbridge orphanage *

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She was regularly beaten, left to sleep in her own urine, had her teeth knocked out, was hospitalised after a beating when she tried to break out of the orphanage.… Read the rest



Hearings into child abuse at Goldenbridge *

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Chills the blood.… Read the rest



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

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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



Marieme Helie Lucas on the fundamentalist political agenda. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Fauziya Kassindja fled Togo to escape FGM *

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She was to be mutilated at the behest of a man who wanted to make her his fourth wife.… Read the rest



Friendly Feudalism: the Tibet Myth *

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Young Tibetan boys were regularly taken from their peasant families and brought into the monasteries to be trained as monks. Once there, they were bonded for life. … 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



Religious police prevented schoolgirls from escaping fire *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Saudi Arabia’s religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress; fifteen died.… Read the rest



A Conversation with Akbar Ganji and Martha Nussbaum [audio] *

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Iran’s most prominent political dissident talks to the philosopher.… Read the rest



Spanish women’s groups sue imam *

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His book gives advice on wife-beating. Not too hard, not on the tender bits; do it right.… Read the rest



Aids Denialists [pdf] *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

AIDS denial plays a corrosive role in the health policies of many countries, but nowhere has the damage been as extreme or as enduring as in South Africa.… Read the rest



Syed Soharwardy’s complaint to AHRC *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

against the publishers of Jewish Free Press and the Western Standards for sighting [sic]hate against Muslims… Read the rest



Hanan Dover notes that homosexuality is haram in Islam. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

‘The acceptance of one’s God-given sex is a form of surrender to God or sumission to Allah.’… Read the rest



Saudi Arabia: more female graduates, no more jobs. *

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Only 16% of Saudi women work, mostly teaching in segregated classrooms.… Read the rest