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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A note about links

Inevitably links go out of date. We suggest, therefore, that you make hard-copies of the stories that particularly interest you.

Cleric murders wife for refusing to wear a niqab *

Aug 26th, 2013 | Filed by

He left a note calling his action the best way to “punish his wife for rebelling against Allah’s orders.”… Read the rest

Turkey’s main opposition leader lambastes PM over media freedom

Jul 25th, 2013 | Filed by

The Turkish Journalists Union said dozens of reporters were fired for their coverage of anti-government protests.… Read the rest

Marte Dalelv is free to return to Norway *

Jul 22nd, 2013 | Filed by

Her sentence has been dropped and she has her passport back.… Read the rest

Jinan Younis started a feminist society at school *

Jun 20th, 2013 | Filed by

‘We were told that our “militant vaginas” were “as dry as the Sahara desert”, girls who complained of sexual objectification in their photos were given ratings out of 10.’… Read the rest

Republican-led House passes bill restricting abortion *

Jun 19th, 2013 | Filed by

The bill would ban abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, when – Republicans claim – a fetus begins to feel pain.… Read the rest

Turkish police use water cannons to clear park *

Jun 15th, 2013 | Filed by

At least 29 people were injured in clashes as police sealed off Taksim Square and took Gezi Park.… Read the rest

Leo Igwe on Nigeria’s anti-gay marriage bill *

Jun 15th, 2013 | Filed by

The provisions in this bill are not in accordance with Nigeria’s human rights obligations and commitments locally and internationally.… Read the rest


Jun 8th, 2013 | Filed by

Some Alabama pastors say Boy Scout troops will not be allowed to meet in their churches after the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay members.… Read the rest

A nightmare story from the Burzynski clinic *

Jun 4th, 2013 | Filed by

The case of Amelia S. tipped skeptics off to a pattern in the stories that patients at the clinic were telling, that their worsening symptoms were signs of improvement.… Read the rest

“Beatriz” has been given a C-section *

Jun 4th, 2013 | Filed by

She is now in stable condition in intensive care.… Read the rest

Panorama on the Burzynski clinic *

Jun 3rd, 2013 | Filed by

Why has Burzynski been allowed to sell an unproven and experimental treatment for 30 years?… Read the rest

Minnesota Senate passes same-sex marriage bill *

May 13th, 2013 | Filed by

Democratic Governor Mark Dayton has said he will sign the bill on Tuesday. The law would take effect August 1.… Read the rest

Vaccination rates are plummeting in Sydney *

May 10th, 2013 | Filed by

Measles swept through south-western Sydney last year, with 172 young children falling ill. It was the worst outbreak in a decade.… Read the rest

Saudi Arabia launches first anti-domestic violence ad *

May 10th, 2013 | Filed by

Thank the king for tiny tiny tiny favors.… Read the rest

Dr. Avijit Roy on the dire situation for free expression in Bangladesh *

May 6th, 2013 | Filed by

If the bloggers are kept against their will, Bangladesh will be well on its way to being a fundamentalist autocracy.… Read the rest

Hackney Citizen on Leo Igwe’s talk “The ‘taboo’ of atheism in black communities” *

May 3rd, 2013 | Filed by

Meeting this funny and generous man, you could nearly forget the incredibly serious nature of his work.… Read the rest

Girls who have sex should not be punished with unintended pregnancies *

May 3rd, 2013 | Filed by

Last week Obama pledged his continuing support for women’s reproductive rights. Five days later his administration betrayed both reproductive rights and science.… Read the rest

Justice Department appeals judge’s ruling on morning after pill *

May 3rd, 2013 | Filed by

The ruling directed the FDA to make the morning-after birth control pill available to females of all ages without a prescription.… Read the rest

Afghanistan: woman shot dead by her father over “honor” *

May 1st, 2013 | Filed by

The killing came after three religious leaders issued a fatwa that Halima should be killed publicly, after her father sought their advice about his daughter’s elopement.… Read the rest

Martin Robbins on the cost of writing on the internet *

Apr 30th, 2013 | Filed by

Abuse is something that all writers just seem to be expected to accept as “the price”, as if simply having a platform makes you a legitimate target.… Read the rest