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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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Elephant Recognises Herself in Mirror *

Oct 31st, 2006 | Filed by

Showing self-awareness seen before only in humans, great apes and bottlenose dolphins.… Read the rest

Christopher Shea on Reading Nafisi at Columbia *

Oct 30th, 2006 | Filed by

Some observers question the intellectual merit of the brand of literary criticism Dabashi practices.… Read the rest

Review of The God Delusion *

Oct 30th, 2006 | Filed by

Perceptive recognition of excess respect for religious beliefs, regardless of content.… Read the rest

Romano on Young-Bruehl on Why Arendt Matters *

Oct 30th, 2006 | Filed by

Hint: ‘the banality of evil’ is not all.… Read the rest

Jihad in 1857 *

Oct 30th, 2006 | Filed by

Educated Delhi Muslims rejected the west and the gentle Sufi traditions of late Mughal emperors.… Read the rest

Garry Wills on Faith-Based Everything *

Oct 30th, 2006 | Filed by

Faith-based war, law enforcement, education, medicine, and science. … Read the rest

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

Woman Burned in Bus Torching in Marseille *

Oct 29th, 2006 | Filed by

High unemployment, discrimination, youth alienation from mainstream society cited.… Read the rest

The Nose Stud Case *

Oct 29th, 2006 | Filed by

Schoolgirls and religious clothing an issue in Durban, too.… Read the rest

Bishop Cross at ‘Appeasement’ of Homosexuality *

Oct 29th, 2006 | Filed by

Fellow bishops not pleased with ‘rogue bishop.’… Read the rest

Atheists Top Book Charts by Teasing Deity *

Oct 29th, 2006 | Filed by

Publishers eager to replicate success of Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian.… 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