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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.

We’re always pleased to hear about news stories that you think should be featured on Butterflies and Wheels. Just send an email here, if you want to point one out to us.

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Inevitably links go out of date.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.


Tired of Endless Religious Babble? *

Oct 29th, 2006 | Filed by

‘Let’s stop describing these tax-funded establishments as faith schools. They are superstition schools.’… Read the rest



Double Sids is Rare but so is Double Murder *

Oct 28th, 2006 | Filed by

Ben Goldacre notes a well documented piece of flawed reasoning known as ‘prosecutor’s fallacy.’… Read the rest



Hitchens Interviewed *

Oct 28th, 2006 | Filed by

‘It’s very important to these people that they still have their oppositionalist credentials. I think it’s narcissistic.’… Read the rest



Murderous New Abortion Ban in Nicaragua *

Oct 28th, 2006 | Filed by

Women’s rights groups in Nicaragua plan to file an injunction to stop a new law banning all abortions.… Read the rest



Nicaragua Declares Women Expendable *

Oct 28th, 2006 | Filed by

Nicaragua votes in new abortion ban, even in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.… Read the rest



Italian MP Gets Inspiration from B&W *

Oct 27th, 2006 | Filed by

At least, according to Islamophobiawatch, which cites an article by Maryam Namazie.… Read the rest



German Muslim MP Receives Death Threats *

Oct 27th, 2006 | Filed by

Ekin Deligoez received threats after she urged women to unveil; is under police protection.… Read the rest



No One Can Sack Me, Hilali Says *

Oct 27th, 2006 | Filed by

‘[L]et them smoke hashish. It’s a free country, it’s none of our business. But it is our right to tell our women.’… Read the rest



Moses Joins the Reading Group *

Oct 27th, 2006 | Filed by

He doesn’t quite get it though.… Read the rest



Cheney Calls Waterboarding a No-brainer *

Oct 27th, 2006 | Filed by

‘We don’t torture. That’s not what we’re involved in.’ But waterboarding is fine.… Read the rest



The Mufti Wasn’t Kidding, Psychiatrist Notes *

Oct 27th, 2006 | Filed by

‘The mufti meant exactly what he said, and those views are widely held,’ says Tanveer Ahmed.… Read the rest



Statement and Petition on Homeopathy Regs [pdf] *

Oct 26th, 2006 | Filed by

The new regulations on homeopathic products compromise standards of evidence.… Read the rest



Australian Cleric Likens Women to ‘Meat’ *

Oct 26th, 2006 | Filed by

‘If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside and the cats come and eat it, whose fault is it?’… Read the rest



Wangari Maathai on ‘Fresh Air’ *

Oct 26th, 2006 | Filed by

Founder of the Green Belt Movement, which has planted over thirty million trees across Kenya.… Read the rest



Fury in Australia at ‘Uncovered meat’ Comments *

Oct 26th, 2006 | Filed by

‘I had only intended to protect women’s honour,’ Sheikh Hilali said. Women not much mollified.… Read the rest



Danish Court Rejects Motoons Defamation Suit *

Oct 26th, 2006 | Filed by

Not enough reason to believe the cartoons were intended to be insulting or harmful to Muslims.… Read the rest



Cleric Suggests Swaying Women Cause Rape *

Oct 26th, 2006 | Filed by

‘You get a judge without mercy and he gives you 65 years…but the problem all began with who?’… Read the rest



New Law on Domestic Violence in India *

Oct 26th, 2006 | Filed by

Every six hours, a young married woman is burned, beaten to death or driven to commit suicide, officials say.… Read the rest



Father Refuses Life-saving Surgery for Daughter *

Oct 26th, 2006 | Filed by

Father took advice of traditional healers to veto op but law intervened: child will get surgery. … Read the rest



Lords to Debate Annulment of Homeopathy Bill *

Oct 26th, 2006 | Filed by

New regulations permit homeopathic products to make evidence-free medical claims.… Read the rest