Selected Reading (31/08/09)

August 31, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment
  • In their wisdom, the editors of Standpoint have decided to make feminists this month’s object of opprobrium. Nick Cohen & Clive James have both contributed very similar articles accusing feminism of turning a blind eye to Islamic misogyny. I’ll try to type my own tuppenceworth about this issue tomorrow.
  • In Red Pepper, Joanna Cabello writes about environmentalism in Peru.
  • Joshua Foust responds to General Stanley McChrystal’s assessment of the failing war in Afghanistan.
  • As some crazy Texans keep banging the drum for secession, Patrick Barry points out how dire the consequences would be.
  • After gobbling up Marvel, Disney now owns practically the entire cartoon universe.
  • After the recent furore over rape in Iran’s prisons, two leading Iranian human rights campaigners point out that, sadly, it’s nothing new.
  • After the brief flap over Portillo’s endorsement of Charles ‘Bell Curve’/’Underclass’ Murray, I thought I’d take the opportunity to post this excoriating review by the late Stephen Jay Gould.
  • And Brad Plumer notes a few non-crazy ways to re-engineer the climate.
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