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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Inevitably links go out of date.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.

Broadcast journalist’s open letter to Dear Mr Misogynist *

Oct 30th, 2012 | Filed by

”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

Kunwar Khuldune Shahid on blaming the ideology, part 2 *

Oct 30th, 2012 | Filed by

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

Turkish police fire tear gas at secularist march *

Oct 30th, 2012 | Filed by

Thousands of secularists protested at a banned rally in Ankara against what they see as an increasingly authoritarian and Islamist government.… Read the rest

Here comes the hurricane theodicy *

Oct 30th, 2012 | Filed by

Israel. Teh gaze. Abortion. Hard Left Fascism. Teh gaze. Don’t forget teh gaze.… Read the rest

Carl Zimmer in praise of the big old mess of science *

Oct 29th, 2012 | Filed by

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

India: a rape, Dalits, silence, intimidation *

Oct 28th, 2012 | Filed by

Higher-caste men gang-raped a Dalit girl, took pictures and passed them around. Her father saw them and killed himself.… Read the rest

A fragmented approach to eliminating violence against women *

Oct 28th, 2012 | Filed by

As politicians squabble about sexism in modern Australia, action on violence against women must be more visible and better-coordinated.… Read the rest

Church bombed in Kaduna, Nigeria *

Oct 28th, 2012 | Filed by

At least seven people have been killed and dozens injured in the suicide bombing in northern Nigeria.… Read the rest

The Savile investigation expands *

Oct 28th, 2012 | Filed by

Gary Glitter has been arrested on suspicion of sex offences by police investigating Jimmy Savile abuse claims.… Read the rest

Pessimism on Greece and Golden Dawn *

Oct 27th, 2012 | Filed by

What has depressed much of Greek society – from the liberal centre right to the liberal left – is the rapid rise of Golden Dawn.… Read the rest

Malala’s father is optimistic about her future *

Oct 27th, 2012 | Filed by

Doctors at Queen Elizabeth hospital said she was still weak but stood every chance of making a good recovery.… Read the rest

Malala is making great progress *

Oct 26th, 2012 | Filed by

Dr Dave Rosser gives a press conference, and so does her father Ziauddin Yousufzai. “Can she sit her exams?” “Yes, probably.”… Read the rest

Malala is speaking; no signs of brain damage *

Oct 26th, 2012 | Filed by

Her parents are now in Birmingham to be with her.… Read the rest

Mass. Supreme Court will hear “under God” pledge case *

Oct 26th, 2012 | Filed by

The plaintiffs claim daily classroom affirmation that the nation is “under God” violates state constitutional prohibitions against religious discrimination.… Read the rest

Shehrbano Taseer on Malala Yousafzai *

Oct 25th, 2012 | Filed by

A repressive mindset has been allowed to flourish in Pakistan because of the madrassa system set up by power-hungry clerics.… Read the rest

Popehat won’t be taking Mo the Rutabaga to the UK *

Oct 24th, 2012 | Filed by

Don’t let your home become a place where the petty and the wicked use “blasphemy” and “offense” as an excuse to silence dissent.  Fight back.… Read the rest

Two “honor” killings in Pakistan *

Oct 24th, 2012 | Filed by

In one, a brother killed his sister; in the other, an uncle killed his niece. Both were said to have been in an “objectionable situation.”… Read the rest

Nick Cohen reads Joseph Anton *

Oct 24th, 2012 | Filed by

The honourable left-wing response was then and is now to fight back and support Muslims and ex-Muslims around the world who want to resist theocratic politics.… Read the rest

LSE student atheist society and ex-Muslims *

Oct 24th, 2012 | Filed by

People of a Muslim background face unique difficulties in abandoning their religion, both in predominantly Muslim countries and in Europe.… Read the rest

Slate: Rebecca Watson on speaking out and rape threats *

Oct 24th, 2012 | Filed by

“It wasn’t until I started talking about feminism to skeptics that I realized I didn’t have a safe space.”… Read the rest