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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Inevitably links go out of date.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.


Syrian refugee women sold to men *

Mar 25th, 2013 | Filed by

“The Saudis usually ask for 12-year-olds.”… Read the rest



Man jailed for killing a teenager by setting him on fire *

Mar 24th, 2013 | Filed by

A gay teenager with Asperger’s makes new friends, invites them to his birthday party, is bullied to death.… Read the rest



Imams meet to talk about domestic abuse *

Mar 17th, 2013 | Filed by

There are pressures which may lead women to believe that leaving their husband is wrong, because it is their duty to be obedient.… Read the rest



Another gang-rape in India *

Mar 16th, 2013 | Filed by

A Swiss couple were camping during a cycling trip when they were attacked by seven or eight men. The man was beaten and tied up while the woman was raped.… Read the rest



Cardinal says child rape is not a crime but an illness *

Mar 16th, 2013 | Filed by

“Now don’t tell me that those people are criminally responsible.” Therefore the church should conceal and protect their activities?… Read the rest



UN body agrees declaration on violence against women *

Mar 16th, 2013 | Filed by

A proposed amendment by Egypt, that would have allowed states to avoid implementing the declaration if they clashed with national laws, religious or cultural values, failed.… Read the rest



Violence against women: legal reform is not enough *

Mar 16th, 2013 | Filed by

Making women’s wellbeing secondary to “harmony in the home” and treating violence as a private matter are two obstacles to progress.… Read the rest



Soraya Chemaly on Steubenville and systematic tolerance for rape *

Mar 14th, 2013 | Filed by

Shame-based double standards make people think that girls who drink themselves blotto deserve what they “get“.… Read the rest



Allen Esterson on Maintaining Scholarly Standards *

Mar 14th, 2013 | Filed by

It is now quite widely believed that Mileva Maric, Einstein’s first wife, played an active role in Einstein’s early scientific work.Read the rest



Leo Igwe giving a talk in London March 25 *

Mar 13th, 2013 | Filed by

Nigeria’s most prominent humanist, and a human rights activist, will be giving a ground-breaking talk on ‘Breaking the Taboo of Atheism in Black Communities’.… Read the rest



Segregation at UCL is no exception to the rule *

Mar 11th, 2013 | Filed by

Student Rights reports that several events at London universities have been advertised as “fully segregated.”… Read the rest



Gender segregation collects the girls for easy access *

Mar 11th, 2013 | Filed by

Three men arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and false imprisonment at an Islamic girls’ school have links with the school, police said.… Read the rest



The Guardian on gender segregation at UCL event *

Mar 11th, 2013 | Filed by

University College London said reports of segregation at the debate hosted by the Islamic Education and Research Academy on 9 March were worrying.… Read the rest



Skeptical Science on gender segregation at UCL event *

Mar 11th, 2013 | Filed by

Attendees were rather astonished to discover upon arrival that two doors had been set up, one strictly for females and the other for males.… Read the rest



UCL on gender segregation at iERA event *

Mar 11th, 2013 | Filed by

We do not allow enforced segregation on any grounds at meetings held on campus.… Read the rest



Walkout in UCL over Gender Segregation at iERA event *

Mar 10th, 2013 | Filed by

The Islamic Education and Research Academy is an extreme Islamist organization, whose staff includes Islamist hate preachers such as Hamza Tzortzis and Yusuf Chambers.… Read the rest



Mob destroys Lahore neighborhood over “blasphemy” *

Mar 9th, 2013 | Filed by

The mob attacked the houses in the provincial capital following allegations of blasphemy against a Christian man.… Read the rest



South Dakota law will allow teachers to carry guns *

Mar 8th, 2013 | Filed by

The law’s backers say it will prevent mass school shootings.… Read the rest



Global Malala Day to call for girls’ education *

Mar 8th, 2013 | Filed by

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, now a United Nations envoy for education, said the event would take place on Malala’s 16th birthday on 12 July.… Read the rest



Leo Igwe on humanist funerals in Nigeria *

Mar 8th, 2013 | Filed by

For humanists, a funeral ceremony is not a rite of passage for the deceased. A funeral is a celebration of a life lived, a life which has ended.… Read the rest