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Kenya Uses USA To Justify Authoritarian Law

In Kenya, the national legislature has passed the Security Laws Amendment Bill. The law allows the government to imprison people for lengthy periods without criminal charge, and to conduct surveillance against Kenyans without any search warrant or other court approval.

Among the justifications for this action: The United States has imprisoned people for years without […]

Journalist To Be Executed For Blasphemy In Mauritania

In Mauritania, a journalist has been sentenced to death for the crime of blasphemy. The journalist, named Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, wrote an article that was critical of social inequality in Mauritania, and included a criticism of some of the decisions made by Mohammed, the central prophet of Islam, the dominant religion of Mauritania.

The […]

Searching for McDonald’s in a Strange Land

The McDonald’s Corporation invites me to search for locations of its restaurants by street, town or country.

Let’s search for Belgium.


I must wipe off the remnants of this solitary jingoism, this isolationist melange, this je ne sais quoi. I shall search for France.

France cannot […]

Varanasi Priests Show The Power Of Religion

Let us speak of the power of faith.

This week, in the city of Varanasi, India, two Hindu priests met on the street and got into an argument about who had the most followers. They soon started yelling at each other. Then, one of them pulled out a gun and shot the other one dead, […]

Gadhimai Challenge: Which Pictures Are From The Ritual Slaughter?

This last weekend saw the Gadhimai festival in southern Nepal, an annual Hindu event that involves the ritual slaughter of hundreds of thousands of animals.

Many people express outrage that such an event can take place… and then go off to a chicken BBQ, or a fish fry, or to cook themselves a nice […]

Human Rights that Aren’t So Universal: Modern Slavery and the World Cup

“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”

This is Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document passed by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. On December 10 of 2014, a vigil will be held […]

Irregular Times Donation: Doctors Without Borders

Here at Irregular Times, you may have noticed our many articles dripping with skepticism about the so-called “Ebola crisis” in the United States. There simply is no Ebola crisis in the United States — there are a few people who have been infected and a stellar public health infrastructure that has successfully kept Ebola from […]

Americans’ Ebola Panic Reveals Afrophobia with No Sense of Scale

This morning, J. Clifford reports that people have called for the cancellation of flights from West Africa in order to stop Ebola, but refuse to take far simpler steps that would save many more lives. J. Clifford’s point is valid, but there are even more irrational reactions to Ebola surfacing in America.

Yesterday, someone at […]

School Me In Scottish independence

In a little bit more than a day from now, Scotland will vote about whether to become a country independent from the United Kingdom. I have no earthly clue why this matters.

I am an American completely unschooled in the injustices between the British nations.

What is there, besides independence itself, that the Scots wish […]

Drunken Monkeys Rampage Around The World

In Kenya, drunken monkeys, given alcohol by people stopping by the side of the highway between two nature preserves, have become so aggressive that locals are afraid to venture outside their homes. “They eat our goats, and we have been unable to plant food for the last three years,” one explains.

The problem isn’t unique […]

A Downed Jetliner, A World War?

I spent most of today traveling and unaware of events, so when my son piped up with the merry question “Are you read for World War 3?” I answered with a glib, “is it really scheduled for tomorrow? Good thing I didn’t bother with that haircut.”

Then I read the news. Cut the jokes; the […]