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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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Australia: broadcaster says says women rantrant *

Sep 2nd, 2012 | Filed by

Alan Jones today accused women of “destroying the joint” as he widened his attack on Julia Gillard to take in other female public figures.… Read the rest



Imam charged with framing girl for “blasphemy” *

Sep 2nd, 2012 | Filed by

The imam was arrested after his deputy and two others told a magistrate he added pages from the Koran to the burnt pages brought to him by a witness.… Read the rest



Jessica Valenti on mandatory motherhood *

Sep 1st, 2012 | Filed by

No matter how many platitudes are thrown around, this is the party that wants
motherhood not to be a choice, but to be enforced.… Read the rest



Witch camps in Ghana *

Aug 31st, 2012 | Filed by

In Ghana, outspoken or eccentric women may be accused of witchcraft – and
forced to live out their days in witch camps.… Read the rest



Australia: priest charged with hiding sex crimes *

Aug 31st, 2012 | Filed by

He was also charged with assaulting two boys by caning them after they allegedly  reported being sexually assaulted by another priest.… Read the rest



Striking miners charged with murder of colleagues shot by police *

Aug 31st, 2012 | Filed by

State prosecutors charged the miners under the apartheid-era “common purpose”
doctrine.… Read the rest



Priest tells Catholic newspaper children are seducers *

Aug 31st, 2012 | Filed by

The priest has a PhD in psychology from Columbia University and hosts a television talk show on the  Eternal Word Television Network.… Read the rest



Peanuts thrown at black camerawoman at RNC *

Aug 31st, 2012 | Filed by

The two white people said “this is what we feed animals.” They were quickly expelled from the convention. The camerawoman said it could happen anywhere.… Read the rest



Men shave woman’s hair, parade her in streets *

Aug 30th, 2012 | Filed by

They said she was having “illicit” sex.… Read the rest



Lawyer for blasphemy-accuser offers threats *

Aug 30th, 2012 | Filed by

A lawyer representing the man who accused a Pakistani Christian girl of blasphemy has claimed that if she is not convicted, she could be murdered.… Read the rest



Gujarat riots: BJP former minister convicted *

Aug 29th, 2012 | Filed by

Former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani of the BJP is among 32 people convicted in one of the worst incidents of mob violence, in Naroda Patiya.

 … Read the rest



Soraya Chemaly on ways women get burned *

Aug 28th, 2012 | Filed by

Literally.… Read the rest



Everyday sexism: it’s not a rarity *

Aug 28th, 2012 | Filed by

The message sent by the normalised, prevalent street harassment in our society is
that women are there for men to treat as they wish.… Read the rest



Giles Fraser says circumcision is a precondition of freedom *

Aug 28th, 2012 | Filed by

Parents must be free to snip infant penises for religious reasons because “to be inducted into a community of values is a precondition” of freedom.… Read the rest



Company launches India’s first “vagina tightening cream” *

Aug 28th, 2012 | Filed by

Company claims it empowers women. Wut?… Read the rest



Carol Blue on Hitchens, an impossible act to follow *

Aug 27th, 2012 | Filed by

We stood around his bed and reclined on plastic upholstered chairs as he made us into participants in his Socratic discourses.… Read the rest



Ron Lindsay on Atheism+ *

Aug 27th, 2012 | Filed by

Social justice is great. After all, who’s against social justice? It’s when one starts to fill in the details that disagreements arise.… Read the rest



Pakistan: doctors examine girl in “blasphemy” case *

Aug 27th, 2012 | Filed by

Rimsha’s lawyer said that when he saw her in jail over the weekend she wept and
begged to be released.… Read the rest



Afghanistan: Taliban behead 17 at party *

Aug 27th, 2012 | Filed by

“I can confirm that this is the work of the Taliban,” the Helmand provincial governor’s spokesman told AFP.… Read the rest



Afghan actress Sahar Parniyan gets death threats *

Aug 26th, 2012 | Filed by

Parniyan used to perform in Afghan TV shows with Benafsha who was murdered during Eid. She’s been told she’s the next target to be assassinated.… Read the rest