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.


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



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 *

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



18 good ideas *

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



Belief in hell *

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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 *

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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’ *

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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 *

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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] *

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



Hanan Dover notes that homosexuality is haram in Islam. *

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



Murdered Journalists *

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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. *

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



Marieme Hélie-Lucas challenges the ‘coward Left’ *

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Women in Algeria were slaughtered in the thousands by fundamentalist armed forces throughout the nineties, because they refused to be forcibly covered.… Read the rest



The dangers of too much ‘detox’ *

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The evidence supporting the whole ‘hydration industry’ is flawed. … Read the rest



Afghanistan: a Just Intervention *

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Chris Bertram asks why the British left reacted the way it did.… Read the rest



Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust marks FGM Zero Tolerance day *

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It is estimated that as many as 74,000 women in the UK have had FGM and that every year a further 7,000 are at risk. … 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



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



The new Taliban codex *

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It is forbidden to work as a teacher under the current puppet regime. Teachers must recieve a warning; next time, a beating; next, death.… Read the rest