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Ophelia Benson

Sep 11, 2013, 8:51:52 PM9/11/13
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Oh hi -
It's been awhile, mostly because I've gotten very slack about updating the News section. But what I lack in news I make up for in blog, so...er...here you go.

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Justice Department appeals judge’s ruling on morning after pill
The ruling directed the FDA to make the morning-after birth control pill available to females of all ages without a prescription.
Filed: May 3, 2013

Girls who have sex should not be punished with unintended pregnancies
Last week Obama pledged his continuing support for women’s reproductive rights. Five days later his administration betrayed both reproductive rights and science.
Filed: May 3, 2013

Hackney Citizen on Leo Igwe’s talk “The ‘taboo’ of atheism in black communities”
Meeting this funny and generous man, you could nearly forget the incredibly serious nature of his work.
Filed: May 3, 2013

Dr. Avijit Roy on the dire situation for free expression in Bangladesh
If the bloggers are kept against their will, Bangladesh will be well on its way to being a fundamentalist autocracy.
Filed: May 6, 2013

Saudi Arabia launches first anti-domestic violence ad
Thank the king for tiny tiny tiny favors.
Filed: May 10, 2013

Vaccination rates are plummeting in Sydney
Measles swept through south-western Sydney last year, with 172 young children falling ill. It was the worst outbreak in a decade.
Filed: May 10, 2013

Minnesota Senate passes same-sex marriage bill
Democratic Governor Mark Dayton has said he will sign the bill on Tuesday. The law would take effect August 1.
Filed: May 13, 2013

Panorama on the Burzynski clinic
Why has Burzynski been allowed to sell an unproven and experimental treatment for 30 years?
Filed: June 3, 2013

“Beatriz” has been given a C-section
She is now in stable condition in intensive care.
Filed: June 4, 2013

A nightmare story from the Burzynski clinic
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.
Filed: June 4, 2013

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.
Filed: June 8, 2013

Leo Igwe on Nigeria’s anti-gay marriage bill
The provisions in this bill are not in accordance with Nigeria’s human rights obligations and commitments locally and internationally.
Filed: June 15, 2013

Turkish police use water cannons to clear park
At least 29 people were injured in clashes as police sealed off Taksim Square and took Gezi Park.
Filed: June 15, 2013

Republican-led House passes bill restricting abortion
The bill would ban abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, when - Republicans claim - a fetus begins to feel pain.
Filed: June 19, 2013

Jinan Younis started a feminist society at school
'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.'
Filed: June 20, 2013

Marte Dalelv is free to return to Norway
Her sentence has been dropped and she has her passport back.
Filed: July 22, 2013

Turkey’s main opposition leader lambastes PM over media freedom
The Turkish Journalists Union said dozens of reporters were fired for their coverage of anti-government protests.
Filed: July 25, 2013

Cleric murders wife for refusing to wear a niqab
He left a note calling his action the best way to “punish his wife for rebelling against Allah’s orders.”
Filed: August 26, 2013

On blasphemy, wielding both standards and stories
Michael DeDora on using personal stories of persecution as well as arguments to enlighten.
Filed: August 26, 2013

Finally, polyandry gets a chance
A woman in Kenya refused to choose between her two partners, so they agreed to share.
Filed: August 26, 2013

Syria: MSF says symptoms suggest a neurotoxic agent
Medecins Sans Frontieres says hospitals it supports in Syria treated about 3,600 patients with "neurotoxic symptoms", of whom 355 have died.
Filed: August 27, 2013

Scalzi on what a feminist looks like
The right way to use the meme generator.
Filed: August 27, 2013

The Guardian on John Scalzi the internet troll-slayer
This weekend, he again turned the tables on a troll who seemed to think calling Scalzi a feminist would be an insult.
Filed: August 27, 2013

David Robert Grimes on six stubborn myths about cancer
"Cancer rates are rising" - true, but that's because we're living longer.
Filed: August 30, 2013

Malala Yousafzai opens the new Library of Birmingham
Addressing the public, Malala said she was feeling very proud the building had been designed by a woman and the city was now her second home after her "beloved Pakistan".
Filed: September 3, 2013

Bangladesh: 4 atheist bloggers charged with “defaming Islam”
“They have been indicted...with defaming Islam, the Prophet Mohammed and other religions through their Internet writings. They spread malice against all religions,” the judge said.
Filed: September 10, 2013

New in "Articles"

Skepticism and Freethought in Lagos
By Leo Igwe
Our country Nigeria needs a freethinking and skeptical climate to generate the ideas we need to tackle the problems we face.
Filed: May 3, 2013

Breaking the Taboo of Atheism in Black Communities
By Leo Igwe
Breaking the taboo of atheism has become a social imperative, a moral and intellectual duty with promises of peace in our troubled world, and of liberation and emancipation of people in black communities from the shackles of ignorance, dogmas, superstitions, intellectual hostage, mental slavery, irrational fears and blind faith.
Filed: May 4, 2013

A Week in A ‘Witch’ Camp in Ghana
By Leo Igwe

Filed: June 2, 2013

The Invisibility of Gender in the debate on Race and Violence
By Adele Wilde-Blavatsky
If we actually started to recognise and acknowledge the gender element inherent in most crimes of violence, on an individual as well as societal level, then attitudes towards how girls and boys are being socialised by gender from an early age could start to be addressed.
Filed: July 26, 2013

Private: Avenues to the Institutions
By Marie-Thérèse O'Loughlin
It was also very painfully perplexing discovering that my mother had been present at the court hearing, and had given consent to my incarceration.
Filed: August 26, 2013

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