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Torture – a shared value?

                  Owen Bowcott in the Guardian, 27 June 2016, ‘Munyaka is one of 40,000 Kenyans who are suing the UK government for compensation over the injuries and losses suffered during official repression of the Mau Mau insurgency. Despite paying out £19.9m to 5,228 Kenyans who suffered abuse…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

“In the UK, more than 3,000 British extremists are being monitored by police and MI5. Of these, 350 are under close surveillance. The numbers are very similar in France and the United States.” Robert Verkaik in the Independent, 18th June 2016. “The number of women and children arrested on suspicion of terror-related offences has soared in…

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WoT & the deeper malaise

Patrick Cockburn in the Independent, ‘. . . there is still very little understanding among Western leaders about what happened in Afghanistan after 2001 and in Iraq after 2003. Whatever the humanitarian justifications for foreign intervention there, the wars rapidly transmuted into neo-imperial ventures not much different from those undertaken during the high days of…

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Fly on the wall

The hard pressed Patrick Sookhdeo Dr Sookhdeo –  founder of the Barnabas Fund charity – may well be an expert on Christians in Muslim countries. However, his rallying call has been sensationalist and more to do with Britain –  ‘the Muslims are taking over’ – whether it be because of halal meat or minarets! He is a bearer…

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Archives’ sorry tales

An unhappy catalogue of lost (or concealed) archives…. Nicole Longpré writing in the blog of the Journal of the History of Ideas, Historians of the twentieth century in particular are frequently confronted with the barrier of the closed file: information that archivists, politicians, or others have deemed too sensitive to be read by the general…

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RICU in focus

RICU remains in the news…  Ian Cobain, Alice Ross, Rob Evans and Mona Mahmood reporting in the Guardian, 2 May 2016: One Ricu initiative, which advertises itself as a campaign providing advice on how to raise funds for Syrian refugees, has had face-to-face conversations with thousands of students at university freshers’ fairs without any students realising…

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Terrorism Laws – crows come home to roost?

The misuse of Britain’s hastily conceived anti-terrorism/counter-terrorism laws and security regimes is now affecting society as a whole… a climate of suspicion permeates, with an impact on individual and collective behaviour. Rob Evans and Vikram Dodd in the Guardian, 28th April 2016, ‘A  secretive police unit tasked with spying on alleged extremists intent on committing serious…

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Censorship is OK for some!

So there are limits to freedom of expression after all! But not if it applies to Muslims. If Muslims protest, then it becomes a battle to preserve artistic freedoms and the rights of expression, regardless of the insult caused. However, censorship is widespread… USA Rania Khalek in electronicintifada.net, ‘The publisher McGraw-Hill Education is destroying all…

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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

    28th December 2015 Robert Fisk in the Independent, ‘The news from Afghanistan is very bad. No one says that, of course. President Ghani has a “national unity government” that “supports a strong partnership with the United States”, according to Barack Obama two months ago. Sure, Kunduz was captured by the Taliban – but…

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Islamophobia Dossier 2015

Most recent: Bow  violence; clumsy headline in broadsheet; Woking graffiti.  Three part dossier:  FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS,  THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  AND FINALLY THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE For 2014 Islamophobia log, click here For 2013 Islamophobia log, click here For 2012 Islamophobia log, click here For 2011 Islamophobia log, click here…