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Friends in high places!

Alan Travis in the Guardian, ‘The establishment’s tendency to cover up its own scandals is on full display in the latest releases from Whitehall’s cupboard of secret “too hot to handle” files. The “top secret and strictly personal” files, known … read more

Murdoch’s pet

Graham Ruddick in the Guardian, ‘The government has refused to deny that Rupert Murdoch asked Theresa May to reappoint Michael Gove to the cabinet or face a bad press in his newspaper titles, insisting that cabinet roles are selected on … read more

Algerian Scholar Ali Merad

Ali Merad, the Algerian historian who spent much of his professional life in France,  passed away in Lyons on 23 May 2017 at the age of 86. Ali Merad was born in Laghouat, Southern Algeria, in 1930, completing his graduate … read more

“We are in this hell of a mess”

Chris Patten, former Tory Party chairman, in the Guardian, ““I think it’s the worst time since Suez, though maybe even worse than that because Suez was the end of an era, the end of our colonial aspirations . . . … read more

Macron’s faux pas

Eliza Anyangwe in the Guardian, ‘France’s newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron, when asked in a press conference at the G20 summit in Hamburg why there was no Marshall plan for Africa, explained that Africa had “civilizational” problems. He added that … read more

Palestine Exhibtion: Popular event

The Palestine Exhibition at Queen Elizabeth II Centre  in  Westminster was filled to the capacity on Saturday, 9th September, the first of a two-day event organised by Friends of Al Aqsa.  A keynote was an address by Professor Tariq Ramadan, … read more

A bold step in fraught times

In September 2015, Citizens UK, under the leadership of its Executive Director Neil Jameson,  took the forward-thinking step of establishing a Citizens Commission on Islam, Participation and Public Life. Between October 2015 and January 2017, the Commission – headed by … read more

Muhathir’s turn-round!

Randeep Ramesh in the Guardian, ‘. . . In a remarkable political U-turn ahead of a general election next year, Mahathir now says that his former protege Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s most famous political prisoner and its most charismatic public figure, … read more

Modi finds alliance

BBC reports, ‘ Narendra Modi will become the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel when he arrives on Tuesday. Mr Modi, who recently said India and the Jewish state share a “deep and centuries-old” connection, is expected to agree … read more

Human rights in Bangladesh

Human rights lawyer Michael Pollack writes in the letter pages of the Guardian, Bangladesh high commissioner Nazmul Quaunine defends his government’s human rights record and claims the Guardian is wrongly reporting the situation in Bangladesh (Letters, 27 June). I disagree. … read more