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Three Women Speak Out Against Sharia *

Aug 13th, 2005 | Filed by

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Homa Arjomand and Irshad Manji spoke at Toronto conference.… Read the rest

Where Women Risk Their Lives to Run for Office *

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Since 2001 four women councillors have been killed in Frontier province. … Read the rest

Cheap Labour Necessary to Heathrow *

Aug 13th, 2005 | Filed by

‘Without them the airport cannot function.’… Read the rest

Pavan K Varma Reviews The Argumentative Indian *

Aug 13th, 2005 | Filed by

Freedom to interrogate has congealed into unquestioning acceptance of orthodoxy.… Read the rest

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Killed *

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Assassination blamed on Tamil Tigers, threatens cease fire.… Read the rest

Tradition and Honour

Aug 13th, 2005 4:03 am | By

You want tradition? Here’s some tradition.

In this quiet northern valley, tucked into the Himalayan foothills, tradition and threats have forced Shad into an electoral profile so low it is almost invisible. She will never leave this high-walled compound to canvass votes, never knock on a single door…And even if Shad wins a seat in Lower Dir, an arch-conservative corner of North West Frontier Province, there is no guarantee the local Pashtun men will allow her to occupy it.

They don’t like the idea, you see. It’s not the tradition.

Since 2001 four women councillors have been killed in Frontier province. The latest victim died in June. Zubeida Begum, a veteran women’s rights campaigner, was shot nine times at

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Roy Hattersley

Aug 12th, 2005 8:40 pm | By

Roy Hattersley in the Guardian.

At one level, the attack on multiculturalism is no more than a refined, middle-class version of “Paki-bashing”. Yet people who ought to know better have joined in the chorus of intolerance. To demand that Muslims abandon their way of life – what they eat, how they dress, which way they choose their husbands and wives – is to make a frontal assault upon their faith. Islam is a total religion. People who go to church on Christmas Eve and think that makes them Christians may not realise that devout Muslims believe that the Qur’an should inform their whole lives.

Well, I don’t go to church on Christmas eve and I don’t aspire either to … Read the rest

Ehsan Masood on Hizb-ut-Tahrir *

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Many parents, asked about the ban, are likely to wonder what took Blair so long.… Read the rest

Olivier Roy on the Confusion of Issues *

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The real goal of Islamist terrorism is destruction of political integration.… Read the rest

Starry Booker Prize Longlist *

Aug 12th, 2005 | Filed by

Barnes, McEwan, Rushdie, Ishiguro, Smith A, Smith Z, Coetzee, Mantel, Banville.… Read the rest

Richard Dawkins Urges: Start Shouting *

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Millions of atheists out there are too frightened to come out and admit it.… Read the rest

Sam Harris on the Politics of Ignorance *

Aug 12th, 2005 | Filed by

Trojan Horse of ID has entered the city, scary religious imbeciles are now spilling out.… Read the rest

Strident Shmident

Aug 11th, 2005 4:28 pm | By

Well, we’re doomed anyway. There are Pakistan’s nukes, and Iran’s potential nukes, and, Karl tells me, Saudi Arabia’s potential nukes – my head hurts. And that’s not to mention North Korea whose nukes are probably pointed directly at my desk. And never even mind all that because with that Siberian peat bog the size of Germany and France combined melting and releasing billions of tons of methane – warming will be drastically speeded up and there is nothing we can do about it. Floods, droughts, crop failures, famines, migrations of peoples, food wars…(And there’s that pandemic lurking, don’t forget that.)

So maybe it would make sense to just shrug and start eating a lot of ice cream while awaiting the … Read the rest

‘Teach the Controversy’ *

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Evolution as the theory of a powerful elite that suppresses legitimate dissent.… Read the rest

The Republican War on Science *

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Chris Mooney’s new book. … Read the rest

Enough With the Retreads of Frankenstein Myth *

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Enough caricatures of mad-scientists wanting powers reserved only for God.… Read the rest

Chris Mooney on the Discovery Institute *

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ID hawkers say public schools should ‘teach the controversy’ they themselves have manufactured.… Read the rest

Climate Warming as Siberia Melts *

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The entire western Siberian sub-Arctic region has begun to melt.… Read the rest

The Thaw Will Speed Global Warming *

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Knock-on effects could make temperatures around the world rise faster and faster.… Read the rest

There Are No Brakes You Can Apply *

Aug 11th, 2005 | Filed by

Frozen peat bog in Siberia is melting, will release billions of tons of methane.… Read the rest