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.


Natasha Walter on women in Afghanistan *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Chomsky and Foucault *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Friendly Feudalism: the Tibet Myth *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Woman in burqa horrified by woman in chador *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Just look how she dresses, the bridge of her nose visible for all the world to see.’… Read the rest



Women’s lives in Afghanistan *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

More than 60% of marriages are forced; 57% of women marry under the age of 16.… Read the rest



18 good ideas *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Tahir Aslam Gora suggests an outline for the new Islam.… Read the rest



Belief in hell *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

79.7% in Ireland, 74.6% in the US, 58.3% in the UK.… Read the rest



Richard Carrier: Why I am not a Christian *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

God is silent and inert, the evidence is inadequate, and the universe is not the one predicted.… Read the rest



The Religious Policeman on the ‘Muslim Offense Level’ *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Reasons not to talk about stampedes where “several” poor Third-World Muslims died.… Read the rest



John Stachel on recurrent hostility to Einstein *

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Relativity has been attacked in the name of US pragmatism, German idealism, English Hegelianism, French Bergsonianism (by fellow Jew Henri Bergson!), Soviet “diamat” (dialectical materialism) and Nazi “Deutsche Physik”… Read the rest



Women constantly under threat in Afghanistan *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The state cannot protect women and ensure that they can go about their work safely. … Read the rest



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

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

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



Murdered Journalists *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Government and military officials are suspected of plotting, ordering, or carrying out more than a quarter of journalist murders over the past 15 years, CPJ’s analysis shows.… Read the rest



Rape victims are guilty of zina; their rapists go free. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Four male witnesses of good standing are required to prove rape. Charging rape is proof of zina – by the woman only.… Read the rest



Barbie looks better with no legs *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Why does someone want both her legs off, ‘fairly high’ above the knee?… Read the rest



Researcher denied funds for assuming evolution *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Peer-review committee said he hadn’t provided ‘adequate justification for the assumption in the proposal that the theory of evolution, and not intelligent-design theory, was correct.’… Read the rest



The Catcher in the Rye is a crap book. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Execrable prose and jejune narcissism – not a good combination.… Read the rest