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Welcome to our archive of news stories relevant to the project of fighting fashionable nonsense. The stories are drawn from the electronic pages of the world’s media. On this page, you’ll find links to those stories that have been featured on Butterflies and Wheels during the current year. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to separate archives of stories from previous years.

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A note about links

Inevitably links go out of date. We suggest, therefore, that you make hard-copies of the stories that particularly interest you.


Kevin Clash resigns *

Nov 20th, 2012 | Filed by

Clash has played Elmo on “Sesame Street” for decades. He was profiled in a documentary last year, “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey.”… Read the rest



Anjem Choudary plans to “declare a fatwa” on Malala *

Nov 19th, 2012 | Filed by

It’s not a death sentence, he says generously.… Read the rest



Ars Technica on the arrest of Mabus/Markuze *

Nov 19th, 2012 | Filed by

Among the conditions of his parole were that he stay off social networks. He didn’t.… Read the rest



The murder of Guinea’s treasury director Aissatou Boiro *

Nov 19th, 2012 | Filed by

She was investigating a high-level corruption case involving the alleged embezzlement of more than 13 billion Guinean francs (US$1.8 million) from public funds.… Read the rest



Details of Halappanavar inquiry team announced *

Nov 19th, 2012 | Filed by

The Government was fully aware of the anger and upset over the death of Ms Halappanavar seen during protest marches over the weekend.… Read the rest



Iran considers law restricting women’s right to travel *

Nov 19th, 2012 | Filed by

The draft law stipulates that single women up to the age of 40 must receive official permission from their father or male guardian in order to obtain travel documents.… Read the rest



Censorship of social media in India *

Nov 19th, 2012 | Filed by

A young woman was arrested in Bombay today for asking on Facebook why the city was observing a city-wide shut down to commemorate the death of Bal Thackeray… Read the rest



Republicans still say No to Violence Against Women Act *

Nov 18th, 2012 | Filed by

House GOP leaders aren’t yielding to a bipartisan coalition of Senate leaders demanding they extend the protections of the Violence Against Women Act.… Read the rest



Athens: producers of “Corpus Christi” charged with blasphemy *

Nov 18th, 2012 | Filed by

Golden Dawn and the Orthodox church unite to repress all the things.… Read the rest



Female genital chopping in Indonesia *

Nov 18th, 2012 | Filed by

Far from scaling down, the problem of FGM in Indonesia has escalated sharply.… Read the rest



Rallies in Dublin, Galway in memory of Savita Halappanavar *

Nov 17th, 2012 | Filed by

Well not in memory of – in protest at the circumstances of.… Read the rest



Egypt: Islamists want to destroy pyramids and Sphinx *

Nov 16th, 2012 | Filed by

“All Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols, as we did in Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statues,” said a jihadist lunatic.… Read the rest



Rita Banerji on Diwali as a celebration of misogyny *

Nov 15th, 2012 | Filed by

Sita’s years in exile are paradoxically reflective of the lives of thousands of women in India’s slums and villages today.… Read the rest



Katha Pollitt on “when pro-life kills” *

Nov 15th, 2012 | Filed by

If you think it couldn’t happen in the United States, you haven’t been paying attention.… Read the rest



Sarah Ditum on Ireland’s way with abortion *

Nov 14th, 2012 | Filed by

The Irish government has defied public opinion and enforced an ultra-conservative constitution that places the foetus’ life on an equal footing with the woman’s.… Read the rest



Time to put pressure on Irish politicians *

Nov 14th, 2012 | Filed by

Successive governments have steadfastly refused to introduce legislation that would allow women access to life-saving medical abortion.… Read the rest



Ireland: woman denied an abortion dies in hospital *

Nov 14th, 2012 | Filed by

Savita Halappanavar was denied a termination despite asking for one several times following her miscarriage diagnosis because the fetus still had a heartbeat.… Read the rest



Jessica Ahlquist as an atheist hero at Skepticon *

Nov 13th, 2012 | Filed by

It’s tough being an atheist in school. It helps to know there are others.… Read the rest



Shannon Rupp has a modest proposal *

Nov 13th, 2012 | Filed by

The Chilliwack school board should not say no to bible giveaways, they should say yes and charge a fee.… Read the rest



Uganda will pass anti-gay bill this year *

Nov 13th, 2012 | Filed by

Some Christian clerics at a meeting of anti-gay activists asked the speaker of parliament to pass the law as “a Christmas gift.”… Read the rest