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Ophelia Benson

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Jul 11, 2012, 8:15:20 PM7/11/12
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Hello. It's a hot afternoon and time for another B&W update.
 

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Iraqi women face court-ordered virginity tests
Because a woman is required to be a virgin at marriage, and if she's not her male relatives might kill her.
Filed: July 2, 2012

Kenya: 15 people killed in attacks on churches
Witnesses told AFP that bodies lay scattered in the blood-spattered churches as scores of wounded were rushed to hospital.
Filed: July 2, 2012

Iran: programmer sentenced to death for random reason
He was sentenced after one of his web programs was used to post pornographic images without his knowledge.
Filed: July 2, 2012

More on the bad science of Ireland’s ‘Youth Defence’
There are hundreds of young Irish people outraged at Youth defence, from all walks of life, making their voices heard. There is hope for Ireland.
Filed: July 2, 2012

Ireland: student newspaper examines Youth Defence
Many have questioned how Youth Defence, an organisation that purports to be funded by Irish supporters, can afford to fund large-scale publicity campaigns.
Filed: July 3, 2012

The barmaid gave up on reading the Koran
Mo says she can't tell how crappy it is until she's read the whole thing.
Filed: July 4, 2012

Pakistan: mob burns a man alive for burning a Koran
They poured petrol on him and set him on fire.
Filed: July 4, 2012

Pakistan: man beaten by mob two days ago
He was accused of "blasphemy" so a rage-mob beat him up.
Filed: July 4, 2012

Report on women’s rights in Indonesia
A report on the implementation of CEDAW in Indonesia, 2007- 2011.
Filed: July 4, 2012

PNG: women still held back by traditional attitudes
It's not a level playing field.
Filed: July 4, 2012

Vatican and USCCB get more reactionary every day
In April the Vatican accused the Leadership Conference of Women Religious of "radical feminism." Strange bedfellows.
Filed: July 4, 2012

Jezebel on “guy on the internet”
If you tell Guy On The Internet you've got a cool party going, he's totally on board. He's a tool like that. That is what we're seeing with these newest waves of misogynist mumbling.
Filed: July 4, 2012

Protests at South Korea’s plan to hunt whales
The World Wildlife Fund said there was no evidence for claims by South Korean fishermen that whales were depleting coastal fish stocks.
Filed: July 5, 2012

Helen Lewis on online harassment of women
There is for instance the interactive "game" inviting players to "beat up Anita Sarkeesian." As you click the screen, her face is turned to pulp.
Filed: July 6, 2012

Pakistan lynching a reminder of danger in blasphemy laws
Amnesty International today demanded that members of a mob who lynched a man accused of breaching Pakistan's blasphemy laws be brought to justice as a matter of urgency.
Filed: July 6, 2012

Ohio Supreme Court agrees to hear creationist appeal
A teacher was fired for teaching creationism in science class, has appealed on First Amendment grounds.
Filed: July 6, 2012

Texas Republicans say No to critical thinking in schools
"Higher Order Thinking Skills focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."
Filed: July 7, 2012

Taliban shoots woman in the head for “adultery”
A blue bundle huddles in the dirt, a man shoots her five times at close range with an automatic rifle, to cheers of jubilation from the 150 or so men watching.
Filed: July 8, 2012

Shoot-the-woman porn
The video shows the woman being riddled with bullets at close range, in front of a cheering crowd of men. Cheering.
Filed: July 8, 2012

Saudi woman seeks asylum in UK
The daughter of King Saud doesn't want to live in Saudi Arabia.
Filed: July 8, 2012

Brian Cox on the Higgs boson and science funding
"We've spent more money in one year on bailing out the banks than we've spent on science in Britain since Jesus."
Filed: July 8, 2012

Being a freethought parent
The religion bit is easy. It is far harder to teach children that everyone is equal when all that they see around them is a very unjust world.
Filed: July 9, 2012

FLDS patriarch tortures a kitten to death, sheriff laughs
The live kitten, trapped up to the shoulders in concrete, was found on the property of Isaac Wyler; it died shortly after being rescued. Warning: picture.
Filed: July 10, 2012

The religious Right, the bible, and slavery
The religious right doesn’t ignore Bible passages about slavery altogether; it uses them to support anti-worker, anti-union policies.
Filed: July 10, 2012

Jakarta Globe on intolerance in Indonesia
“They have secular views on human rights, which of course will always be different from ours,” said Indonesian Council of Ulema deputy chairman.
Filed: July 10, 2012

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There you are - catch you next week.
 
OB

Ophelia Benson

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Jul 20, 2012, 6:47:40 PM7/20/12
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Hello - it's time for another B&W update. I've clearly let any kind of schedule lapse, so they just show up when they show up. Every ten days or so is probably about right. It's not as if you were setting your watch by them, is it.
 

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Indonesia Supreme Court chief tells Merkel atheists are free
And everyone has a good laugh.
Filed: July 11, 2012

A new documentary on the world of “purity balls”
The women who take virginity pledges and go to purity balls are promising that their bodies aren’t their own, but instead belong to their fathers and future husbands.
Filed: July 11, 2012

Pakistan: activist for tribal women murdered
Farida Afridi broke all barriers and relentlessly worked for women’s development. So naturally guys on motorcycles shot her.
Filed: July 11, 2012

Why do women MPs in Pakistan oppose women’s rights?
"I want a woman MP who understands my multiple marginalisations as a woman in the Pakistani society."
Filed: July 11, 2012

One Law for All letter to Trevor Phillips
Sharia family law has been described as “wholly incompatible” with human rights and democratic principles by the House of Lords.
Filed: July 12, 2012

Pakistan: prominent university lecturer shot
Two prominent educationists, who are also human rights activists and feminists, came under attack when they returned to Pakistan from the US.
Filed: July 12, 2012

Why are most policy experts male?
In a society that values women more for their bodies than their brains, female underrepresentation in the smarty-pants professions is the entirely predictable result.
Filed: July 12, 2012

Catholic church’s fading influence in Poland
The giant Jesus statue didn't stem the tide after all.
Filed: July 12, 2012

Outrage over destruction of Timbuktu shrines
Islamists destroyed two more tombs in northern Mali this week. "This is an assault not just on Mali but on the heritage of all Africans," said US State Department.
Filed: July 12, 2012

Tosh and the rape joke
Threatening women with rape, making light of rape, and suggesting that women who speak up be raped is not edgy or controversial. It’s the norm.
Filed: July 12, 2012

Afghan women protest public murder of women
The protest on July 11 follows the public execution murder of a young married Afghan woman in Parwan Province who was accused of adultery.
Filed: July 13, 2012

Prominent female Afghan politician killed
Hanifa Safi died after a bomb attached to her car exploded as she left her home in Laghman province. Her husband and daughter were injured.
Filed: July 13, 2012

Uttar Pradesh village orders women to stay home
Council leaders in Asara village have reportedly barred women under 40 from shopping alone and from using mobile phones outside.
Filed: July 13, 2012

Germany rushes to protect right to mutilate infant penises
"It is clear this cannot be put on the back burner. Freedom to practise religion is a cherished legal principle," Merkel's spokesman said.
Filed: July 13, 2012

Alex Aan sends a message from prison
He thanks his supporters around the world, saying he would feel alone without our support and love. Atheist Alliance International will forward messages to him.
Filed: July 14, 2012

Ethiopian blogger Eskinder Nega jailed for 18 years
Eskinder was arrested after publishing an article questioning arrests under anti-terrorism legislation, especially that of government critic Debebe Eshetu.
Filed: July 14, 2012

Imam sexually assaulted two children
An Imam from Wellingborough has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two children while he was employed to teach them about the Koran.
Filed: July 14, 2012

China censors Michelangelo
They pixelated Apollo's pee-pee.
Filed: July 14, 2012

Higgs boson physicist shunned in Pakistan
The name of Pakistan's only Nobel laureate is removed from textbooks because he was an Ahmadi.
Filed: July 14, 2012

Movies: girls can be brave, but women get punished
The only time self-actualized young women can earn more applause than anxiety is when they occupy a truly alternate universe.
Filed: July 15, 2012

Most bishops’ conferences miss deadline on abuse guidelines
But hey, if you drop out a whole large continent, almost half were on time.
Filed: July 15, 2012

Bishop on riots and “structural sin”
“Christian beliefs about sin prevent them from dividing the world between good and evil in ways which ignore the complexity of moral contexts.” lolwut
Filed: July 15, 2012

Creationist footprints in the Giant’s Causeway visitor centre
Young Earth creationism is dispiriting. It's not just that it's wrong, but that it needs such a mountain of futile effort to maintain even the shadow of plausibility.
Filed: July 15, 2012

Another wild attack on secularism
"The Freedom From Religion Foundation is, itself, a religion of self-exaltation and secularism, and a very aggressive one at that."
Filed: July 16, 2012

Pall of uncertainty over NGO’s work after Afridi murder
The murder of rights activist Farida Afridi in Khyber Agency has driven the already dwindling number of female social workers towards more uncertainty.
Filed: July 16, 2012

Wearing hijab is the most liberating experience ever
"My experience working as a Faiths Act Fellow for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and dealing with interfaith action brought me more appreciation of various faiths."
Filed: July 16, 2012

Stereotypes about women in science
Useful? Helpful? The way to get women into science? No.
Filed: July 16, 2012

Toronto street imam wants law to force women to “cover up”
Convert to Islam says rapes "are continuously happening because of Canadian laws, which give too much freedom to women" in how they dress.
Filed: July 17, 2012

Talking about rape jokes
The bro-code reaction speaks to uncomfortable fault lines around gender politics and unexamined power that comedians rarely like to acknowledge.
Filed: July 17, 2012

Afghanistan: are reported poisonings mass psychogenic illness?
“Patient Zero” turned out to be a girl suffering from epilepsy. She apparently experienced a seizure while fetching water from the school’s well, which triggered mass panic.
Filed: July 17, 2012

The hijab is not a symbol of freedom
For far too many women the hijab is an obligatory article of indenturement that permits no choice; to them, it is a symbol of systematic oppression.
Filed: July 17, 2012

54% of Americans would vote for an atheist as president
Which is an improvement, but atheists still win the "would not vote for" poll at 43%, edging out Muslims at 40%.
Filed: July 18, 2012

Ghaffar Hussain talks to Alom Shaha
Many of us find it impossible to believe in god and it can be liberating and life-enhancing to fully embrace this lack of belief and live our lives without religion.
Filed: July 18, 2012

German pharmaceuticals pay journo to smear Ernst
A newspaper accuses the companies of funding the journalist to denigrate critics of homeopathy, especially Edzard Ernst.
Filed: July 18, 2012

Giles Fraser stands up for coercion
Liberals think informed choice is a basic right, therefore Fraser regards "the liberal mindset as a diminished form of the moral imagination."
Filed: July 18, 2012

Will the Catholic church be forced to take responsibility?
A landmark hearing at the Supreme Court in London will consider who is responsible for compensating victims of child abuse by Catholic priests.
Filed: July 19, 2012

Lack of evidence that popular sports products work
A team at Oxford examined 431 claims in 104 sport product adverts and found a "worrying" lack of high-quality research, calling for better studies to help inform consumers.
Filed: July 19, 2012

That's it - until whenever.
 
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