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Dodgy Padres!

Wobbly church fathers, monks and rabbis! No Drivers Please! The leaders of an Orthodox Jewish sect in north London have reportedly declared that women should not be allowed to drive in a letter sent out to the community. Rabbis from the Belz Hasidic sect in Stamford Hill have said women driving cars contravenes “the traditional rules of modesty…

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Fly on the wall

United States of America v Babar Ahmad, United States District Court Statement of the Prosecutor, June 2006: …From in or about sometime in 1997…Specifically, AHMAD provided, through the creation and use of various internet websites, email communication, and other means, expert advice and assistance….designed to recruit and assist the Chechen Mujahideen and the Taliban, and…

WoT & the deeper malaise

Paul Krugman in the NYT, 18th May 2015: ‘…America invaded Iraq because the Bush administration wanted a war. The public justifications for the invasion were nothing but pretexts, and falsified pretexts at that. We were, in a fundamental sense, lied into war. The fraudulence of the case for war was actually obvious even at the…

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Watching the BBC

Frances Stonor Saunders, writing about the left-wing academic Eric Hobsbawm, also provides new insights on the vetting of BBC staff in the 1980s: ‘Vetting of sensitive posts was presented as a perfectly sensible policy, a national security matter, and insofar as the practice was discussed at all, it was not controversial. Yet it provided legitimacy…

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Islamophobia Dossier 2015

12th May 2015, BNP teacher’s tirade  – 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 For 2010 Islamophobia…

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Extremists – what us?

Frances Stonor Saunders in the London Review of Books: “…What was the smell of Abteilung 1A/Gestapo files that found their way into the Central Registry at MI5’s Mayfair headquarters? The Reichstag fire? The book burnings? The crematoria? For what were these files, these endless lists and card indexes, if not the pennies for feeding the…

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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

                      Then and now – what the experts said at the outset of this disastrous venture that has led to such loss of blood and treasure: – that Afghanistan met the ‘just war’ criteria! General Guthrie – ‘Orientals’ preferred treachery and deceit as the best ways to…

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Lessons for socio-political activists

Reflections on the Arab Spring, the challenges besetting Muslim communities, the crisis of the nation-state project, the Sisi Conspiracy… Talal Asad’s reflection in http://criticalinquiry.uchicago.edu/, Some years later, well after the July 3rdmilitary coup, looking back at the January uprising, it becomes apparent that there never was a “revolution” because there was no new foundation. There…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

  Peter Salmon reports in undercoverresearch.net : In the course of that hearing [when authorities at the University of Southampton successfully banned a conference deemed to be critical of Israel]  it emerged two documents had been provided to the University, one an otherwise innocuous event risk assessment from Hampshire Police. The second was an undisclosed weekly round-up…

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Syria/Iraq – a time for cool heads

  Ian Black, Middle East editor of The Guardian, reports, ‘Peter Ford[former British Ambassador to Damascus]  has accused the prime minister of demonising President Bashar al-Assad and, as a result, encouraging young British Muslims to become jihadis. Ford, who retired from the diplomatic service in 2006, attacked Cameron for supporting the armed Syrian opposition and…