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  • 6 years ago
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    We've been here before - not least the appalling and (genuinely) misogynistic behaviours, which led to young Malala Yousafzai winning a Nobel.

    I remember the last time - back when the Taliban were making women's lives hell on earth there, wanting the worldwide community of women who gave a damn - ie most of them - to organise the sh*t out of a global campaign focussed on this, rather than, say, the servant problem, the right anti-ageing moisturiser, campus politics and so forth.

    I don't mean to demean the feminist cause, but this stuff tends to make me angry and upset. Please accept any apologies you may feel entitled to as offered in good faith.

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    The 8th photo, a blue angel flying through Golden Gate, reminded me of my father's exploit, now known as The Tower Bridge Incident. Many fewer cameras to hand in those days, so only an artist's recreation

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  • 6 years ago
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    Thanks, just shared on Facebook.

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    Thanks for this, I'd missed it. I greatly admire Houellebecq - in the translations I've read, at least. That a former software engineer is considered by many to be France's greatest living writer has a certain irony, but he writes in the clean and spare fashion of doctors or artists, say.

    As to his provocative engagement with Islam, and some people's claims that he's Islamophobic, I'm with Maajid Nawaaz, a British former jihadist, of Pakistani heritage, who now heads up the [Quilliam Foundation] (http://www.quilliamfoundation.org/) on counter-extremism. In response to those - and there are depressingly many - who wish to shut down critical discussion of Islam and Islamism, not infrequently by making claims of underlying racism, Nawaaz argues that we must speak the thing aloud or we'll suffer what he calls ["the Voldemort effect"] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0-vcSoKcj8). The opening of that last video clip, incidentally, has the most chilling juxtaposition of speaking for the right to speak and attempts to close it down.

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    Please allow me to introduce myself...

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