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RICU in focus

RICU remains in the news… Nafeez Ahmed in medium.com/insurge-intelligence, 30 May 2017, ‘. . . Earlier that year [2016] , I’d been commissioned by the London-based national hate crime charity Tell Mama UK to investigate the trans-Atlantic network dynamics of the far right. The investigation uncovered alarming evidence that the British Tory government had fostered…

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WoT & the deeper malaise

John Pilger in Counterpunch.org.31 May 2017, ‘In the current election campaign, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has made a guarded reference to a “war on terror that has failed”. As he knows, it was never a war on terror but a war of conquest and subjugation. Palestine. Afghanistan. Iraq. Libya. Syria. Iran is said to be…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

Mark Townsend et al in the Guardian (May 28, 2017), ‘Detectives [in the aftermath of the Manchester atrocity] are also analysing database algorithms designed to spot terrorist tradecraft and terabytes of chatter that record the various aliases and movements of “subjects of interest”. Much of this requires UK officials liaising bilaterally with European police forces…

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Torture – a shared value?

                  Saad Hasan in trtworld,com, 19 May 2017, ‘ . . . “My initial source didn’t have the exact details,” he [Pakistan’s veteran jounalist Masood Anwar] told TRT World in a recent interview. “I knew there had to be someone among the ground handling staff who could have…

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In these sceptered isles . . .

Every now and then, a scrutiny of the Catholic press provides indications of a super-sensitivity – but perhaps it is glib to dismiss these as a  post-Reformation sense of victimhood! For example, it is incredible that the first Catholic to hold the chair of divinity at the University of Cambridge since the bloody and dramatic events of the 16th Century,…

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Archives’ sorry tales

An unhappy catalogue of lost (or concealed) archives…. Steve Kerensky in a letter to the Guardian, 19 April 2017 It is hard to see why Tariq Ali (Top 10 books about the Russian revolution, 12 April) still celebrates the epic scale of Lenin’s programme of rape, torture and murder. Just as hard to understand is that…

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The Begum of Bhopal: wise judgement

From a report appearing in the Azad of Lucknow, 20 March 1891 … in Bhopal a Hindu woman, who had an intimacy with a Musalman, appeared before the Qazi and expressed a desire for her conversion to the Muhammadan religion. The Qazi reported the matter through the Prime Minister to Her Highness the Begam, who…

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A timely encounter!

Thanks to The Tablet for this story: “Pope Francis was being driven through St Peter’s Square when he spotted a group enthusiastically waving the Argentinian flag. Ordering the popemobile to stop, he chatted to his fellow countrymen and took some sips from the traditional cup of mate tea that they offered him. Afterwards, his security…

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Right to Sue!

Asianimage.co.uk reports on the successful claim for damages made by Muhammad Ali Harrath, founder  of Islam Channel, over an article posted on a website operated by Stand For Peace Ltd, which contained the so-easily-made accusation these days –  supporting ‘terrorism’.  Perhaps shoddy journalism by SfP was to blame – relying on a partial reading of a piece in the…