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Syria/Iraq – a time for cool heads

A blog which started in April 2014 with concerns about young British men journeying to Syria with a variety of intentions – from charity work to the pursuit of adventure – has now to contend with a more serious development: the emergence of videos by adventure-seeking mavericks and useful idiots pledging allegiance to militia groups in the…

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Islamophobia – the Facts, Part V

  Updated 8th July – Katie Hopkins THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS, THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK AND FINALLY THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE Islamophobic talk inevitably leads to anti-Muslim hate crimes – it is time an irresponsible media and populist politicians recognise how their loose talk demonising Muslims and suggestions that…

That Special Relationship

    What is the nature of the special relationship between Britain and the US? “Britain’s special relationship with the US is so special only one side knows it exists” – Helmut Schmidt July 2014   In a remarkably frank articulation of London’s subservience to Washington, William Hague said in response to the Isis advances: ‘We…

Blair – the tired/tiring record

July 2014 One of the attractions for Blair in working with the United Arab Emirates and al-Sisi is apparently that the latter two have turned against the Muslim Brotherhood. Blair is a profound Islamophobe and hates the Muslim religious Right, even though he has been perfectly happy to shill for the Christian religious Right. Al-Sisi…

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Lessons for socio-political activists

              “The death sentence does not scare me and I am not terrified to spend the rest of my life in jail, because I aspire to reach the highest level of jihad by following Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) saying that the best of jihad is to say a word of…

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Dodgy Padres!

Wobbly church fathers,monks and rabbis! Blessed are the poor in spirit,     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3) No wonder the Pope has been embarrassed by the actions of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in charge of the Holy See and its administration under Pope Benedict XVI . This church leader has apparently decided to…

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Censorship is OK for the lascars

So there are limits to freedom of expression after all! But not if it applies to Muslims. New York’s famed Metropolitan Opera cancels ‘Death of Klingoffer’       New York’s Metropolitan Opera have cancelled an international simulcast of John Adams’ opera The Death of Klinghoffer due to “an outpouring of concern” that it “might…

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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

                        3rd June 2014 Sgt Bergdahl had joined the army when it was short of soldiers to send to Afghanistan as part of the “surge” in the number of combat brigades there. With too few men, it had started to issue “waivers” to recruits…

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Immigration – Britain cannot do without!

          All our Yesterdays! Ian Jack, reviewing Chapman Pincher’s biography in the London Review of Books (5 June 2014) quotes an encounter the veteran journalist had with Harold Macmillan in the 60s: A sad, otherwordly conversation with Macmillan occurs when he asks the retired prime minister why he didn’t foresee that…

Extremists – what us?

“Every year the American historian William Blum publishes his ‘updated summary of the record of US foreign policy’ which shows that, since 1945, the US has tried to overthrow more than 50 governments, many democratically elected; grossly interfered in elections in 30 countries; bombed the civilian populations of 30 countries; used chemical and biological weapons;…