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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

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Mali: girls gets 60 lashes for talking to men *

Oct 16th, 2012 | Filed by

The Islamists told her to stop talking to men, but she didn’t stop, so they assaulted her.… Read the rest

Malala’s likely future *

Oct 16th, 2012 | Filed by

Given the severity of the injury, there is a strong possibility there may be some higher-level cognitive deficits.… Read the rest

Maria Hagberg on violence against women *

Oct 16th, 2012 | Filed by

Religious leaders should not be in charge of human rights but rather men and women who are striving for an equal society.… Read the rest

Malala flown to UK for treatment *

Oct 15th, 2012 | Filed by

The panel of doctors recommended that Malala be shifted abroad to a UK center which can provide integrated care to severely injured children.… Read the rest

The many other Malalas *

Oct 14th, 2012 | Filed by

Those pushing this struggle forward are not foreign. They are people like the teachers assassinated simply for going to work.… Read the rest

Doctors say Malala is making steady progress *

Oct 14th, 2012 | Filed by

“She is making slow and steady progress which is in keeping with expectations,” the Pakistani military said in a statement released Sunday.… Read the rest

Greece: fascists beat people up while police watch *

Oct 14th, 2012 | Filed by

The spectacle of fascists physically attacking people whose moral agenda they disapprove of has become routine in today’s Greece.… Read the rest

Amanda Marcotte on whose consent matters *

Oct 13th, 2012 | Filed by

The belief that men deserve a veil of privacy that makes it easier to harass, beat, and rape women is ingrained in our society.… Read the rest

Indonesia: teenage rape victim expelled *

Oct 13th, 2012 | Filed by

14-year-old was grabbed and held captive for a week, and repeatedly gang-raped. Back at school she was publicly chastised by her principal and expelled.… Read the rest

Mali: Islamists are compiling a list of unmarried mothers *

Oct 12th, 2012 | Filed by

Guess why.… Read the rest

Manchester man jailed for wearing “offensive T shirt” *

Oct 11th, 2012 | Filed by

Barry Thew, 39, was arrested wearing the top with the words “one less pig perfect justice” hours after the deaths of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.… Read the rest

Katha Pollitt suggests some actual debate questions *

Oct 11th, 2012 | Filed by

Any plans to end child poverty? How about racial equality? Why lock up so many people? What about civil liberties? Separation of church and state?… Read the rest

Malala transferred to Rawalpindi for treatment *

Oct 11th, 2012 | Filed by

One of the two other girls shot with Malala is out of danger, the other remains in a critical condition.… Read the rest

Madonna dedicates a song to Malala at concert *

Oct 11th, 2012 | Filed by

She tshouted “Support education! Support women!” to loud cheers from the crowd.… Read the rest

Pakistan: Christian boy arrested for “blasphemy” *

Oct 11th, 2012 | Filed by

Some nonsense about “blasphemous content” in text messages blah blah. Mob attacks house, sets fire to contents, family flees.… Read the rest

Dawn reports Malala Yousefzai out of danger *

Oct 10th, 2012 | Filed by

The Interior Minister Rehman Malik says doctors confirm she is out of critical condition but also says next few days are crucial.… Read the rest

Is office harassment a thing of the past? *

Oct 10th, 2012 | Filed by

Not only is classic workplace sexual harassment still going on, but technology has created new forms such as abusive emails, including rape threats and death threats.… Read the rest

Gillard explains about sexism and misogyny *

Oct 10th, 2012 | Filed by

The opposition leader Tony Abbott has demonstrated it repeatedly, she says.… Read the rest

Tarek Fatah on “honor” killings and verse 4:34 *

Oct 10th, 2012 | Filed by

Another father who allegedly became outraged at his wife and daughters for dishonouring him and his religious and cultural beliefs.… Read the rest

Fury in Pakistan over attack on Malala Yousafzai *

Oct 9th, 2012 | Filed by

It has been condemned by most of Pakistan’s major political parties and human rights groups including the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Amnesty International.… Read the rest