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Hit for a Six!

Shaikh AbdulQadir – Vote Yes! Times have moved on since the murabitun squat in Warwick Avenue, the old days of RootJihad and the traumatic moment when the Norwich community disbanded and the illumaniti went on their separate paths. But the Shaikh today retains his sharp and subversive insights: Now that Parliament has been shattered into…

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Islamophobia – the facts – 2014

Updated 15th September – Mosque damage, Rotherham- THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE. Three part dossier:  icon-angle-double-right FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS,  icon-angle-double-right THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  icon-angle-double-right 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…

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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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Torture – a shared value?

                    “At least two al-Qaeda suspects were brought to the ‘point of death’ during “real torture” by CIA officials following the 9/11 attacks, a security source has claimed…The US Senate is planning to publish a 3,600-page document – dubbed the Torture Report – spelling out what…

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Immigration – Britain cannot do without!

            “Foreign students should be excluded from the government’s target for cutting non-EU immigration, the former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine has urged.[...] His remarks were supported by Labour’s shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna. “Government immigration policy and rhetoric has already done immense damage to higher education – one of the…

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Lessons for socio-political activists

                Egyptian security forces intentionally killed at least 817 protesters during last August’s Rabaa massacre, in a premeditated attack equal to or worse than China’s Tiananmen Square killings in 1989, Human RightsWatch (HRW) has argued in a report. The 195-page investigation based on interviews with 122 survivors and witnesses has found Egypt’s…

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An English spiritualist’s Yezidi encounters

John G Bennett (died 1974) travelled widely in the regions now lying between the Turkish-Iraqi-Syrian borders in the early 1950s, visiting tekkes, zawiyas and other sacred sites, later settling in England to establish the Coombe Springs sanctuary for spiritualist studies. Saturday 31st October 1953 After Nimrud, we had an experience of quite a different order when we went…

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Dodgy Padres!

Wobbly church fathers,monks and rabbis! The Churches during the National-Socialist era Charles Marsh’s recent biography on the heroic Pastor Bonhoeffer provides some insights on the less laudable responses of the Churches to the Nazis in 1930s Germany. Christian teachings “could be commandeered in the service of Germany, especially when the German theological establishment prsumed the…

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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…  The current British definition of terrorism is so broadly drawn that it could even catch political journalists and bloggers who publish material that the authorities consider dangerous to public safety, said the official counter-terrorism watchdog [David Anderson…

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Gaza: merely a retaliation?

Ilam Pappe was brilliantly incisive in his recent contribution to Electronic Intifada: The present genocidal wave has, like all the previous ones, also a more  immediate background. It has been borne out of an attempt to foil the Palestinian decision to form a unity government that even the United States could not object to [...]…