Posts Tagged: Politics

Blair didn’t feel free to admit to his religion

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The Telegraph has an interesting article about how Tony Blair didn’t feel free to express his religion in public for fear of being seen as a “nutter”: Mr Blair complained that he had been unable to follow the example of US politicians, such as President George W. Bush, in being open about his faith because… Read more »

If you’re British, please sign this petition

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The recent ordeal (which I’ve blogged about here and here,) of a young woman who was sentenced to state-sponsored brutality after being gang-raped is just one example of the shocking barbarity of the Saudi regime. It is unacceptable that the UK counts any nation with such a poor human-rights record as an ally, so please… Read more »

Saudi rape victim has her punishment increased

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Last year I blogged about a Saudi woman who’d been gang raped, and then charged by the authorities for being in the same car as a male friend who was not her husband (before the rape.) Initially, she was sentenced to 90 lashes (yes, corporal punishment.) She appealed that sentence (as well as the lenient…

Georgian riot police storm independant TV station

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This hasn’t had much news coverage here, but the Georgian government is in the process of violently cracking down on anti-government protests. The president, Mikhail Saakashvili, has declared a state of emergency and issued a declaration banning demonstrations and protests of all kinds. Riot police have been deployed and used tear-gas, water cannons and rubber… Read more »

28 days was already too long

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So, the British government wants to extend the length of time they’re allowed to hold terror suspects without charge from 28 to “about 50″ days. When questioned, the Security Minister, Lord West, acknowledged that a previous attempt to increase the limit to 90 days was “far too long”. Apparently we’re to believe that three months… Read more »

No ID, please: we’re British

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The UK government has issued guidelines to science teachers, detailing what they should teach about ID and other forms of creationism. The answer, thankfully, is: “pretty much nothing.” Well, except possibly to point out that it’s not science. Now all we need them to do is get rid of the faith schools, and we’ll be… Read more »

Idiots liberate pet rabit

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The interwebs are just full of stories that would be funny if they weren’t depressing at the moment. It’s not quite as extreme as claiming that condoms give you AIDS, but this theft of a Kindergarden’s pet rabbit does fit the bill. Not just because some poor rabbit has just had it’s quality (or duration)… Read more »

Illegal books

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Yes, you read that right. In the UK is now officially illegal to own the wrong book. A teenager — who may or may not have terrorist sympathies, I don’t think it’s really relevant — has been arrested, tried, and found guilty, not for anything he’s done, or even for anything he’s planned to do,… Read more »

Student smokes Cannabis! Pictures at nine!

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Can someone please tell me why on Earth things like this are still considered front-page news? So she smoked cannabis at University; so what? I never did, but you know what? That made me pretty weird. Well over half the students I knew smoked the stuff, and a significant number continued into their adult lives,… Read more »

On George W Bush

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I have been called a lot of things, but never a great Satan. I wish the Iranian people well and only hope their experience with an inept, rigid ideologue president goes better than ours. – Oliver Stone

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