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Ophelia Benson

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Dec 14, 2012, 6:28:43 PM12/14/12
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Oh hai - I'm a bit behind-hand with this. Beg pardon. Since we last spoke I went to a CFI-Canada conference in Ottawa. It was fantastic and the CFI-Ottawa and CFI-Canada people are also fantastic.
 
And now, a month's worth of B&W.
 

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Censorship of social media in India
A young woman was arrested in Bombay today for asking on Facebook why the city was observing a city-wide shut down to commemorate the death of Bal Thackeray
Filed: November 19, 2012

Iran considers law restricting women’s right to travel
The draft law stipulates that single women up to the age of 40 must receive official permission from their father or male guardian in order to obtain travel documents.
Filed: November 19, 2012

Details of Halappanavar inquiry team announced
The Government was fully aware of the anger and upset over the death of Ms Halappanavar seen during protest marches over the weekend.
Filed: November 19, 2012

The murder of Guinea’s treasury director Aissatou Boiro
She was investigating a high-level corruption case involving the alleged embezzlement of more than 13 billion Guinean francs (US$1.8 million) from public funds.
Filed: November 19, 2012

Ars Technica on the arrest of Mabus/Markuze
Among the conditions of his parole were that he stay off social networks. He didn't.
Filed: November 19, 2012

Anjem Choudary plans to “declare a fatwa” on Malala
It's not a death sentence, he says generously.
Filed: November 19, 2012

Kevin Clash resigns
Clash has played Elmo on “Sesame Street” for decades. He was profiled in a documentary last year, “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey.”
Filed: November 20, 2012

Mabus arrested and released
He was arrested for violating the terms of his release, and released after agreeing to a series of conditions. Do we detect a pattern here?
Filed: November 20, 2012

Acknowledge ‘Almighty God’ or go to jail
The law states, “The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God."
Filed: November 21, 2012

BBC Newsday talks to Leo Igwe
African Humanists gather next week in Ghana to look at ways to promote an African "Enlightenment". BBC Newsday's Akwasi Sarpong spoke to Leo Igwe.
Filed: November 21, 2012

Why she voted “no” to women bishops
To be called to be a bishop is not to be called to be a CEO but to be a father to the church family. That's why.
Filed: November 22, 2012

Steven Moxon explains that women are incapable
He tells a parliamentary committee that women are biologically unfit to rise to the top in business.
Filed: November 22, 2012

Women in Ireland are third class citizens
Campaigners in Ireland have vowed to keep demonstrating until something concrete is done on this issue.
Filed: November 22, 2012

Saudi women are electronically tracked when they travel
Saudi women’s male guardians now receive text messages on their phones informing them when women in their custody leave the country.
Filed: November 22, 2012

Football, “corrective rape” and murder in South Africa
On November 9th, Sihle Sijoki, a female football player, was fatally speared in the chest. She was attacked because she was a lesbian.
Filed: November 22, 2012

Iranian blogger dies in police custody
Sattar Beheshti died after being held on charges of "actions against national security on social networks."
Filed: November 23, 2012

Muslim radio presenter says gay people should be tortured
Also that non-Muslims are "filth."
Filed: November 24, 2012

Stop Uganda’s kill the gays bill
No, they haven't dropped the "kill them" part. News reports on that got it wrong.
Filed: November 25, 2012

Ron Lindsay on shunning fellow atheists and skeptics
The list of individuals that CFI has been advised not to have any dealings with is long.
Filed: November 25, 2012

Catholic officials knew all about a teacher’s abuse
A nun walked in on a rape and simply reminded the teacher not to lock the door.
Filed: November 25, 2012

Nirupama Pathak wanted to marry a boy of a lower caste
She was found dead in her bedroom. The police have arrested her mother on suspicion of murder, while the family contends that the death was a suicide.
Filed: November 25, 2012

Manchester infant bled to death after circumcision
The court heard that up to three children a month are admitted to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital because of bleeding after home-based circumcisions.
Filed: November 26, 2012

Nick Cohen on the liberal press and Deeyah
Had her tormentors been Norwegian neo-Nazis or the BNP, Deeyah would have become an anti-racist hero. They are Islamists, so the liberal media said nothing.
Filed: November 28, 2012

Irish bishops issue statement on death of Savita Halappanavar
So sad. So so so so sad. Nothing to do with us. So so so sad.
Filed: November 28, 2012

Jen Gunter on the ignorance of the Irish bishops
The statement from the Irish Catholic Bishops is medically nonsensical, contradictory, and immoral.
Filed: November 28, 2012

Bristol University’s Christian Union bans women from speaking
Unless they are accompanied by their husbands.
Filed: December 4, 2012

Bristol University’s Christian Union is being investigated
"UBU has an equality policy which explains that we prohibit discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership" and more.
Filed: December 5, 2012

Woman prevents her son from getting cancer treatment
"She wants to work with [the doctors] but the medical profession want to do it all their way," says her mother.
Filed: December 7, 2012

Kolkata man beheads his sister
He told police he had killed his sister for “running off with a lover and dishonouring the family”, say sources.
Filed: December 8, 2012

Infant male circumcision is genital mutilation
Just as we call sex without consent 'rape', circumcision without consent or reasonable justification should be called 'mutilation'.
Filed: December 8, 2012

Karachi: 12-year-old Mehzar Zehra shot by the Taliban/SSP
Mehzar Zehra was being driven by her father, a government servant, to her school a few miles away, when gunmen fired at them, killing her father and wounding her.
Filed: December 8, 2012

The long decline
The US now has the highest percentage of low-wage workers—those who earn less than two-thirds of the median wage—of any developed nation.
Filed: December 9, 2012

Haiti’s silenced victims
Despite new laws, few women will ever report a rape because of the prevailing social norms that blame victims for their own assault.
Filed: December 9, 2012

Harassing feminists into silence…in Pakistan
Any female professional in Pakistan who is active on Twitter will find herself vilified and harassed online simply because she is a woman who works.
Filed: December 9, 2012

Katha Pollitt on Ross Douthat
According to UNICEF, in France the child poverty rate is 8.8 percent; in Sweden it’s 7.3 percent. In the United States, by contrast, it’s a staggering 23.1 percent.
Filed: December 9, 2012

Silencing women’s rights activists in Turkey
Leading Turkish women’s rights activist and lawyer Canan Arin was unlawfully detained on 23 June 2012 for speaking out against child marriages.
Filed: December 10, 2012

Grand Rabbi Teitelbaum blames the victim
“A Jewish daughter has descended so low,” he said. “There hasn’t been such a disgusting saga in (the history of religious) Jewry.”
Filed: December 11, 2012

Nepal: girl, 16, set on fire for refusing marriage demand
Enragd by her rejection of his repeated proposal to elope with him for marriage, Babu Khan, 23, set Shiwa Hasmi on fire while she was asleep in her house. She died.
Filed: December 13, 2012

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Mummy bloggers – the retail industry’s secret weapon?
By Aisha Isabel Ashraf
Discussion has taken place in Britain for some time now about the commercial sexualisation of children. Not just about the obvious things like underage Facebookers and kids accessing porn on the internet, but the altogether more stealthy marketing that panders to a child’s desire to appear adult.
Filed: November 27, 2012

Polk County Sheriff Investigating Cyberstalker of Atheist Activist
By John Kieffer
North Carolina laws make it a Class 2 misdemeanor “for a person to electronically mail or electronically communicate to another repeatedly for the purpose of abusing, annoying, threatening, terrifying, harassing, or embarrassing any person.”
Filed: December 7, 2012

The Necessity of Humanism in Africa
By Leo Igwe
Humanists can help Africans by providing a place and a space where they can think freely without the fear of god or fear of acts of god.
Filed: December 13, 2012

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There you go. Happy solstice.
 
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