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Dodgy Padres!

Wobbly church fathers, monks and rabbis! Men of Harlech, would you win a name in story! mirror.co.uk reports on a Welsh padre, ‘In a shocking [FB] post, Reverend Father David Lloyd branded people who dismissed video posts from  Britain First and Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) as “idiots” . . . Father…

Islamophobia Dossier 2016

Three part dossier, with 6 year history. Recent updates: Finsbury Park mosque, 27th May, abuse; Tory’s statement on Sadiq Khan  FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS,  THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  AND FINALLY THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE For 2015 Islamophobia log, click here For 2014 Islamophobia log, click here For 2013 Islamophobia log, click here For…

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Lessons from Egypt

Reflections on the Arab Spring, the challenges besetting Muslim communities, the crisis of the nation-state project, the Sisi Conspiracy, the undermining of the Muslim Brotherhood… Muhammad Mansour in foreignaffairs.com It appears that Sisi now views liberals as more of a threat than Islamists. His strategy to weaken the liberal opposition began in 2013 when the government…

Extremists – what us?

UK Christian Concern’s Chief Executive and member of the General Synod, Andrea Williams, has spoken against the practice [of Zen meditation classes within the York Cathedral precinct], stating that it is “deceptive” to mix the teachings of two very different belief systems. “The idea that we can pick and choose practises from other religions is found…

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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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Torture – a shared value?

  Spencer Ackerman in the Guardian, 11 May 2016, ‘A federal judge has sharply rebuked the Pentagon for the process by which it concealed hundreds of Bush-era photos showing US military personnel torturing detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, suggesting Barack Obama may have to release even more graphic imagery of abuse.’ click here. ‘The naked…

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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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Metrics of Domestic Security

  “The number of women and children arrested on suspicion of terror-related offences has soared in the past year, official figures revealed today.A record number of terror suspects were under the age of 18, with a total of 16 children held by police in 2015, according to the Home Office statistics.A total of 280 suspected…