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.


Saudi women’s rights activist Wajeha al-Huwaider banned *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

To mark international women’s day 2004, International Pen Writers in Prison Committee focused on al-Huwaider.… Read the rest



Alan Wolfe admires Rick Warren *

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Because he tells a Jewish woman she will go to hell.… Read the rest



Constitution? What constitution? *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Article 37 of Maryland’s constitution provides that “no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God”… Read the rest



Nebraska 1997: Multiculturalism meets child marriage *

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The use of cultural evidence risks a dangerous balkanization of the criminal law.… Read the rest



Carl Sagan on Pseudoscience *

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On NPR’s Science Friday in 1996, the rising popularity of pseudoscience and the importance of critical thinking.… Read the rest



Who should be able to stop a forced marriage? *

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Bridget Prentice and Jasvinder Sanghera discuss on Woman’s Hour.… 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



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



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