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The Hero, Snowden

Shami Chakrabarti, writing in The Guardian, ‘This thoughtful intervention [by David Anderson QC, reviewer of terrorism legislation]  brought new hope to us and others, for the rebuilding of public trust in surveillance conducted with respect for privacy, democracy and the … read more

Ebrahim Moosa: Letter to Policy Makers

It is time for the United States to hit the reset button when it comes to dealing with Muslim communities around the world. Waging a cultural war against Muslim societies is not the answer; it only aggravates the situation. The … read more

AbdoolKarim Vakil: What is our vision?

Extract from ‘British Values and the British Muslims’, published in Open Democracy, June 2014 …The fact is, Muslims are disproportionately the object of news coverage, and inversely proportionally able to inform and shape the public conversation. We are the most … read more

Miles Copeland remembered: The Game of Nations

The Game of Nations

Gareth Smyth writes in the Guardian: ‘… The “flagship” of Israel’s search for Middle Eastern allies was Trident, an intelligence alliance with Turkey and Iran from the late 1950s. With Iran this lasted until the 1979 Revolution, and with Turkey until … read more

BDS Movement begins to bite

Chris McGreal reports in The Guardian, ‘The American gambling magnate and major Republican party donor Sheldon Adelson is hosting a closed-door meeting of pro-Israel billionaires and activists at his Las Vegas casino this weekend, to combat the burgeoning movement on … read more

Torture Civilisation


Justin Carissimo reports in the Independent, ‘A Guantanamo Bay inmate has alleged that the Central Intelligence Agency has used sexual abuse and more forms of torture than what were previously disclosed. Majid Khan, a former inmate turned government-cooperating witness, told Reuters … read more

Turkish election: High Stakes

The Wall Street Journal reports, ‘… the latest polls suggest the party [Peoples’ Democratic Party, or HDP] could squeak past the 10% electoral threshold needed to get representation in Turkish parliament, enough to deny Mr. Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted Justice and Development … read more

More on ‘Stakeknife’

Owen Bowcott in The Guardian: …As evidence emerges, the scale of the security forces’ penetration of the province’s paramilitary organisations grows ever more astonishing. One informed source has estimated that by the end of the Troubles as many as 90% … read more