Category: News

So Misbah could come back, after all

From a life of luxury in Pakistan to a modest house in Blackburn: Molly, a teenager torn between two cultures | Mail Online “Molly”, real name Misbah Rana, is the girl who ran away...

How much can we blame al-Awlaqi?

So, Roshonara Choudhary, the stupid woman who tried to murder the MP, Stephen Timms, has received a 15-to-life sentence. Today, the Guardian (and probably other papers) printed transcripts of her interviews with the police...

Getting others’ hands dirty

Last week, there was an inquest into the suicide of a young woman, Kerrie Wooltorton, who drank poison and called an ambulance, supposedly because she did not want to die alone. The 26-year-old had...

Media shame over Dugard frenzy

When a slavering press brands kidnap victims such as Jaycee Lee Dugard ‘sex slaves’, it shames them | Hadley Freeman | Comment is free | The Guardian This article attacks the media for the...

With friends like this …

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Jackson friend claims paternity “Mark Lester, a former child star and long-time friend of Michael Jackson, says he could be the father of one of the late pop star’s...

Why illegal dumping is no joke

BBC News: Families win birth defect battle This is about a group of families who sued the local council in Corby, an old steel town in the east Midlands, for birth defects caused by...

The obligatory Jackson post

Since so many other Muslims seem to be blogging about Michael Jackson’s death, I thought I might as well, as the papers have been full of coverage, with the Guardian and then the Observer...

Alcohol and rape story was distorted

PR and prejudice: why rape story erred (from the Guardian) Ben Goldacre writes a regular column, Bad Science, which is often dedicated to debunking stupid newspaper stories based on distortions of statistics and science....

Let Biggs rot

I agree with Jack Straw’s decision not to let Ronnie Biggs go free. He has served, in total, a third of his sentence, and the parole board, despite recommending his release (on the grounds...

Rose-tinted, fluffy-rimmed spectacles, anyone?

Just as one man’s freedom fighter is another’s terrorist, one man’s cute, fluffy endangered species is another’s vermin. Last week Prince Charles called for an eradication drive against the evil grey squirrel, an “invasive”...