April 2007

Global Warming Denial

Archived Stop Press article

John Briggs of Loughborough was fined £5000 yesterday at Loughborough Magistrates' Court. He was charged under the new EU directive to counter racicm, xenophobia and rationalism.

Mr.Briggs claimed that it was ridiculous to be allowed to say that Stalin never hurt a fly but not to be able to say that global warming was not mainly caused by man.

The magistrate, Ms.Djxeblinski, dismissed this argument as silly and counter to the European spirit.

(Peuters News Agency)

Emancipation of Women

The secret statistics of female genital mutilation

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instruments are often crude It is hard to find out official statistics regarding FGM but it certainly happens and the figures are growing according to the agencies dealing with it. It has been illegal since 1985.This law has been evaded by parents taking their daughters abroad but the 2004 Female Genital Mutilation Act makes this illegal also and punishable by up to 14 years' imprisonment.

The then Home Secretary, David Blunkett, said he expected to see prosecutions as a result of the new law and that all concerned organisations must: "be brave enough to take it head-on" and "Where doctors come across this kind of mutilation they have a duty to take action in reporting it". To date there has NEVER been a prosecution. Two doctors who offered to perform the operation were merely struck off but subsequently re-instated.