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Gurharpal Singh on the Real Losers from Behzti *

Dec 28th, 2004 | Filed by

This is a multiculturalism which promotes religion and stifles dissent.… Read the rest

Rushdie Disgusted Ministers Did Nothing *

Dec 28th, 2004 | Filed by

‘Bookshops and theatres are full of things that would upset an interest group.’… Read the rest

Physics Envy, Biology Envy, Quantum Flapdoodle *

Dec 28th, 2004 | Filed by

Cartesian dreams fade in the face of the complexities of biology.… Read the rest

Popularity at School: the Hardest Work There Is *

Dec 27th, 2004 | Filed by

Smart kids don’t have time or attention for it; whence the nerd.… Read the rest

Rushdie Horrified at Closure of Behzti *

Dec 27th, 2004 | Filed by

And at response of government ministers.… Read the rest

Early Warning System Could Have Saved Thousands *

Dec 27th, 2004 | Filed by

Governments discussed, but failed to act.… Read the rest

Death Toll at 12,300 *

Dec 27th, 2004 | Filed by

Officials in LA tried to warn of tsunami; 15 minute walk would have meant safety.… Read the rest

Disaster? What Disaster? Hey, What’s the Score?

Dec 26th, 2004 7:50 pm | By

Well happy Boxing Day. Nothing like a gigantic global disaster to perk things up.

I’ve just been ranting at Crooked Timber about the bizarre shortage of coverage on US television. Silly me, I thought that what with the number of countries affected, the vast geographic sweep from Somalia to Indonesia, picking up the Maldives, southern India, Bangladesh, Burma, and Thailand on the way, and the immense number of people known killed already which is sure to rise astronomically once the counting gets going – that even here in the notoriously uninterested provincial triviality-obsessed US, people would be mildly interested. But if they are, you would never know it from looking at tv news. India and Indonesia might as well be … Read the rest

Death Toll Expected to Rise Sharply *

Dec 26th, 2004 | Filed by

The wave swept all settlements on the coast in northern Aceh province.… Read the rest

At Least 2200 Killed in Indonesia *

Dec 26th, 2004 | Filed by

Tidal waves and flooding are lethal.… Read the rest

More Than 2000 Killed in South India *

Dec 26th, 2004 | Filed by

Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on southern coast hit by massive waves.… Read the rest

Countries Hit *

Dec 26th, 2004 | Filed by

From Somalia to Indonesia.… Read the rest

Sri Lanka and India Hardest Hit *

Dec 26th, 2004 | Filed by

Tsunamis, some 30 feet high, washed away fishermen, tourists, cars.… Read the rest

Tsunami in Asia Kills More Than 7000 *

Dec 26th, 2004 | Filed by

World’s strongest earthquake in 40 years generates a wall of water.… Read the rest

MMR Parents Get Legal Aid to Sue Drug Companies *

Dec 26th, 2004 | Filed by

Plunge in vaccination rates for children, measles epidemic feared.… Read the rest

Whose Community?

Dec 26th, 2004 2:07 am | By

Index on Censorship is a strange outfit. We’ve had occasion to notice that before, last month after the murder of Theo van Gogh, when Rohan Jayasekera was more critical of van Gogh than of his murderer. And now there’s a comment on the censorship of Behzti that also says some peculiar things – peculiar at least for an organization called Index on Censorship.

This in the subhead, for instance:

The decision of one group of Sikhs to lobby for changes to a play written and performed by members of their own community in their town is one thing. Their refusal to rule out violence and consequently force its closure is quite another.

They go on to condemn the censorship, … Read the rest

Journalistic ‘Balance’ versus Science *

Dec 25th, 2004 | Filed by

One can always find someone to give the ‘opposite’ view, however ill-founded.… Read the rest

Death Penalty Confirmed for Leyla Mafi *

Dec 24th, 2004 | Filed by

Iranian judicial officials deny that Mafi has mental age of 8.… Read the rest

Stoning of Hajieh Esmailvand Put on Hold *

Dec 24th, 2004 | Filed by

Iranian authorities have temporarily stayed stoning while case is studied by judiciary pardons commission.… Read the rest

A Little Book of Bollocks *

Dec 24th, 2004 | Filed by

Tessa Jowell compiles a list of jargony governmentese.… Read the rest