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.


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



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



Rape in Congo *

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Countless women in DRC have been raped and mangled, then shunned.… Read the rest



Anthony Grayling and Keith Ward *

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God didn’t do it, he wasn’t there at the time, and besides he’s sorry.… Read the rest



Interview with Mukhtaran Mai *

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In their hearts these people were with us, but they were scared to show this. … Read the rest



A History of Neglect *

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Paddy Doyle’s timeline of Irish Industrial Schools and failed attempts to reform them.… Read the rest



Shazia Qayum is spokeswoman for the Forced Marriage Unit. *

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She was locked in a room for a year for refusing a forced marriage, spent five years living in shelters hiding from her family.… Read the rest



Confessions of a Lonely Atheist *

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Natalie Angier unimpressed by Bush’s assumption that prayer is some sort of miracle Vicks Vapo Rub for the national charley horse.… Read the rest



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