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.


April 2002 HRW report on Gujarat riots *

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We Have No Orders To Save You.… Read the rest



The Power of One: An Interview With Shukria Barakzai *

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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



Pope Says No to Gender-neutral God *

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Anyone baptised using terms such as “Creator”, “Redeemer” and “Sanctifier” would have to be re-baptised using the traditional ceremony.… 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



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



Cambridge Mosque press release [on mosque site] *

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Cites sorrow and anger, demands apology for insult to honour of prophet. … 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



Michelle Goldberg on the Dover trial *

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Emboldened by their growing political power, religious conservatives are once again storming the barricades of science education. … Read the rest



Women constantly under threat in Afghanistan *

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



Little help available for minors fleeing FLDS *

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Service providers cannot help them because they’re minors and runaways. … Read the rest



Charles Murray is Deeply in Love With Sarah Palin *

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The last thing we need are more pointy-headed intellectuals running the government.… Read the rest



Afsan Chowdhury on the shadow citizens *

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



Joel Achenbach on Carl Sagan *

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We have needed Sagan ever since Copernicus removed us from the center of the universe.… 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



Massimo Puglicci reads Stanley Fish on atheism *

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Another demonstration that atheism is simply not permissible.… Read the rest



God v Science *

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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



WHO/UNICEF/UNFPA statement on FGM *

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Confirming the universally unacceptable harm caused by FGM, and issuing an unqualified call for the elimination of this practice in all its forms.… Read the rest



Reading Karen Armstrong *

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



Katha Pollitt talks to Der Spiegel *

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Feminism created a new normal. … 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