Fashionable nonsense has been with us since the time that prehistoric man first transcribed Of Grammatology on to the walls of the Lascaux caves. Here we cast an eye back at some historical highlights.


Woman in burqa horrified by woman in chador *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Just look how she dresses, the bridge of her nose visible for all the world to see.’… Read the rest



Saudi women’s rights activist Wajeha al-Huwaider banned *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

To mark international women’s day 2004, International Pen Writers in Prison Committee focused on al-Huwaider.… Read the rest



Inca children were fattened-up before sacrifice *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The Inca were imperialists too, and the treatment of such peasant children may have served to instil fear and facilitate social control over remote mountain areas.… Read the rest



On Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Right from the start of the Cairo Declaration, it is made clear the world is divided into Muslims and infidels.… Read the rest



Rape victims are guilty of zina; their rapists go free. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Four male witnesses of good standing are required to prove rape. Charging rape is proof of zina – by the woman only.… Read the rest



Dabashi interview *

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Very nasty stuff… Read the rest



The Cardinal’s concern for children. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Documents seen by the BBC suggest the archbishop ignored the advice of doctors and therapists who warned that Hill was likely to re-offend.… Read the rest



Murdered Journalists *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Government and military officials are suspected of plotting, ordering, or carrying out more than a quarter of journalist murders over the past 15 years, CPJ’s analysis shows.… Read the rest



Rape in Congo *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Countless women in DRC have been raped and mangled, then shunned.… Read the rest



Natalie Angier on the matriarchal myth. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Despite evidence that contradicts the story of a prelapsarian gynecocracy, and a glaring lack of evidence to support it, many people continue to subscribe to it. … Read the rest



Universal Human Rights and “Human Rights in Islam” *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam claims supremacy over the UDHR, based on divine revelation.… Read the rest



Maryam Namazie on the veil *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The veil is a tool for the suppression and oppression of women.… Read the rest



AI asks bloggers to support free speech *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Human rights group also wants web log writers to highlight the plight of fellow bloggers jailed for what they wrote in their online journals.… Read the rest



Kenan Malik interprets the Dispatches Muslim Survey. *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

The survey shows that Muslims do not form a single homogenous community.… Read the rest



Injustice in Malaysia *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Subjecting Hindu women to Sharia courts is not justice.… Read the rest



Akbar Ganji on the View from Tehran *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Political change in Iran is necessary, but it must not be achieved by foreign intervention.… Read the rest



Fauziya Kassindja fled Togo to escape FGM *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

She was to be mutilated at the behest of a man who wanted to make her his fourth wife.… Read the rest



Friendly Feudalism: the Tibet Myth *

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Young Tibetan boys were regularly taken from their peasant families and brought into the monasteries to be trained as monks. Once there, they were bonded for life. … Read the rest



Swimming in Saudi Arabia *

Apr 10th, 2010 | Filed by

Foreign woman demands to use pool in international hotel, succeeds.… Read the rest



Goldenbridge orphanage *

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She was regularly beaten, left to sleep in her own urine, had her teeth knocked out, was hospitalised after a beating when she tried to break out of the orphanage.… Read the rest