An 18-year-old girl who was gang-raped last month committed suicide after a police officer pressed her to drop the case and marry one of her attackers.… Read the rest
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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The office of the Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG) has been vandalized and robbed, potentially putting gay Ugandans at risk.… Read the rest
She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain.… Read the rest
Hey it’s better than putting her in a burqa, right?… Read the rest
“Allah doesn’t like it,” said Abou Dardar of Ansar Dine. “We are in the process of smashing all the hidden mausoleums in the area.”… Read the rest
The CIA may have used a vaccination programme (though not of polio) to find bin Laden, but polio still needs to be eradicated.… Read the rest
Doctors say only five percent of her intestines had been left inside her when she arrived at the medial facility on Sunday.… Read the rest
Women health workers held protests in Karachi and Islamabad. “We go out and risk our lives to save other people’s children from being permanently handicapped, for what?”… Read the rest
Because when in doubt, let the woman die.… Read the rest
Up until now the government has not enacted legislation to give certainty to doctors as to when terminations can be carried out and under what circumstances.… Read the rest
Four women killed, one man injured for helping the “infidel” campaign against polio. At least 35 children in Pakistan have been infected this year.… Read the rest
A woman is sentenced to 100 lashes with an electrical cord for giving water to a male visitor.… Read the rest
The woman was travelling with a male friend on Sunday night when they were attacked. They were brutally beaten, stripped and thrown out of the vehicle.… Read the rest
It’s got pictures of people on it. Carmen Miranda would be jealous. Oh and btw same sex marriage threat to peace blah.… Read the rest
Kuwaiti MPs approved a death penalty for Muslims who curse God, the Koran, all prophets and Mo’s wives. Non-Muslims get a minimum of 10 years.… Read the rest
“I have not set myself up to be a role model for women, but it does seem to be more of an issue than it used to be,” cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Brenda Milner explains.… Read the rest
Waleed Alhusseini spent ten months in a Palestinian jail for having kept an atheist blog.… Read the rest
“We eventually had to give up of getting any support from student societies because it was seen as simply too controversial.”… Read the rest
“We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”… Read the rest
Four-week-old Goodluck Caubergs bled to death.… Read the rest