Being Used As Line-Sitters For the Boys On a Field Trip Because They’re Jewels, See

From this article: No fairy tales or singing for pupils The head and his deputy at a Muslim free school were allegedly bullied out of their posts by religious hardliners Worse than the not allowing singing (except faith songs), or stringed instruments (why the hell are stringed instruments un-Islamic?), or the headscarves for non-Muslim teachers, […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Death on the Nile

Mark Steyn: The Princess and the Brotherhood For nine decades, Egypt has fled modernity. For my part, I would bet Egypt’s fate will be largely driven by its fiscal ruin. Morsi is a good example of what happens when full-blown Islamic rule is put into effect in a country without the benefit of oil. He’s […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

On Antis and Phobias

I’ve noticed something! Last night I was reading this, tucked up in bed, in my phone, via Twitter (Daniel Finklestein tweeted it): New Statesman – Mehdi Hasan: The sorry truth is that the virus of anti-Semitism has infected the British Muslim community It’s a shameful fact that Muslims are not only the victims of racial […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Not With a Bang But By Numbers

Hoooo-boy: NRO – Mark Steyn: President of the Future Unfortunately the rest of us have to live in Obama’s present. In the America over which Barack Obama has the tedious chore of actually presiding, second-quarter GDP growth was revised down from 1.7 percent to 1.3 percent — or, in layman’s terms, from “barely detectable” to […]

Categories: Politics

Religion in Africa

There are some interesting numbers in this: Vatican Insider – Africa: Christians outnumber Muslims The figures revealed at [a conference in Morocco], today, Christians account for 46, 53% of the African population compared to the 40, 46 % represented by Muslims and the 11, 8% represented by traditional African religions. The study states that among […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Sex! Crime! Islam! It’s Interesting I Swear!

I already posted this on Twitter, but it needs a spot in the external memory drive: The Independent – Asian grooming: why we need to talk about sex Special Report day two: Our investigation into the background to the Rochdale child abuse ring concludes by exploring its cultural and religious implications, by Paul Vallely As […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Did Somebody Say “War On Women”

Foreign Policy.com – Why Do They Hate Us? The real war on women is in the Middle East. By Mona Eltahawy Some may ask why I’m bringing this up now, at a time when the region has risen up, fueled not by the usual hatred of America and Israel but by a common demand for […]

Categories: War and Peace

Mark Steyn’s Speaking Tour

I’ve had this open for a few weeks and it’s worth finally linking to: The Spectator (Australia) – Silence this infidel Mark Steyn’s recent appearances in Australia remind us why he’s a world leader in defending free speech, by Rowan Dean

Categories: People and Current Events

The Leaning Tower of 12th Century Religious Tolerance in Afghanistan

And when I say “leaning,” I mean “woah holy crap somebody prop that thing up or get out of the waaaay”: The 12-Century Wonder and Mystery of Afghanistan Built back in 1190s by the once great Ghorid empire, this enigmatic and intricately-ornamented ancient “skyscraper” stands like a missile pointing at the stars – a 65-meter […]

Categories: Art and Literature

I Don’t Think This Is a Burqa

I think it’s a Saudi niqab. But anyway: The Corner – Mark Steyn: Dance of the Post-Modern Veils Basically, a woman gets 6 months for lying that a policeman did something racist and Islamophobic to her (ripping off her veil). Bad enough. But now the charges have been dismissed because no one can prove it […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Female Drivers (For Freedom)

This is quite good (£): The TImes – The freedom of the road is a feminist issue, by Janice Turner

Categories: People and Current Events

Wafa Sultan Rides Again

I think we all remember this lady: Curtsy: Wheat & Weeds, who helpfully transcribes the important bit: Don’t take anything for granted. I don’t. I enjoy every single moment of my American life. Just walking down the street by myself without being accused of being a whore is a bliss for me. Just chatting with […]

Categories: People and Current Events

More Shouting Than Hannity & Colmes

Memri TV – Pakistani Actress Defies Mullah Accusing Her of Immoral Behavior on an Indian Reality TV Show I can’t get used to hearing Pakistani people saying the word “Pakistan”. I’m so used to English words for countries having no relation to the word in that country’s language, but Pakistan is pretty much… Pakistan. The […]

Categories: Entertainment

The Arab It’s-Still-February

Uh ohs: Google executive Wael Ghonim, who emerged as a leading voice in Egypt’s uprising, was barred from the stage in Tahrir Square on Friday by security guards, an AFP photographer said. Ghonim tried to take the stage in Tahrir, the epicentre of anti-regime protests that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, but men who appeared to […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Puns, Meet Your River in Egypt

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Excellent line to look out for: “Yes I do not think they’re in that league” BOO YARGH. On everything else: “If you look at history and remember, I’m a historian, MOST revolutions lead not to happy-clappy democracy but periods of internal turmoil, periods […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs