A blood feud between two tribes was settled by a Jirga that decided to hand over as many as 13 young girls to settle the dispute.… Read the rest
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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As many as 2,713 cases of violence against women have been reported in southern Punjab since January 2012, a research by the Awaz Foundation Centre for Development states.… Read the rest
3 boys went next door and cut the head off Farkhana, age 17.… Read the rest
By which they mean anything they dislike.… Read the rest
Journalist and activist Raheel Raza founded MFT to amplify the liberal Muslim voice.… Read the rest
She was 15. They saw her talking to a boy. The father beat her up, and both parents poured acid over her.… Read the rest
There’s this scene with a belly dancer, see, and the music is a song that mentions Fatima. Blasphemy!… Read the rest
It’s pink.… Read the rest
“As long as I live, I will keep fighting for the rights of women. Rape and cruelty happens everywhere, but here there is no justice for women when they fight.”… Read the rest
Tearing up a bible at a rock concert is “the crime of offending religious sensibilities.”… Read the rest
”There’s a reason why you don’t hear women on commercial talkback radio,” he said. ”No one wants to hear the whiny sound of a female voice. Us blokes get enough nagging at home!”… Read the rest
Women were ordered to be killed for conspiring against the religion by their ideological predecessors, so is it entirely the Taliban’s fault for following precedent?… Read the rest
Thousands of secularists protested at a banned rally in Ankara against what they see as an increasingly authoritarian and Islamist government.… Read the rest
Israel. Teh gaze. Abortion. Hard Left Fascism. Teh gaze. Don’t forget teh gaze.… Read the rest
When you find yourself captivated by someone talking to you about science in a way that makes you feel everything’s wonderfully simple, go look for the big old mess.… Read the rest
Higher-caste men gang-raped a Dalit girl, took pictures and passed them around. Her father saw them and killed himself.… Read the rest
As politicians squabble about sexism in modern Australia, action on violence against women must be more visible and better-coordinated.… Read the rest
At least seven people have been killed and dozens injured in the suicide bombing in northern Nigeria.… Read the rest
Gary Glitter has been arrested on suspicion of sex offences by police investigating Jimmy Savile abuse claims.… Read the rest