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Fly on the wall

Goalkeepers needed, not Gatekeepers The Baroness has a particular problem with the Muslim Council of Britain, which surfaces in her recent article in the Observer (24 January 2015): ‘my criticism, which I have on numerous occasions discussed with it, is that it continues to produce a leadership that is neither equipped to represent, nor is genuinely…

Islamophobia – the facts – 2015

Updated 23rd January – Abuse in schools – 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…

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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…               …In Egypt, the government showed its gratitude for [late King] Abdullah’s staunch support for the current Egyptian regime by declaring seven days of mourning, four days longer than the mourning periods in…

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Dodgy Padres!

Wobbly church fathers,monks and rabbis! Foul-mouthed Buddhist monk A south-east Asian Buddhist monk has provoked outrage by calling a United Nations special envoy a “b****” and a “whore”. Burmese monk Ashin Wirathu made the remarks about South Korean envoy Yangee Lee, who toured Myanmar last week to access the dire situation of the nation’s persecuted…

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Extremists – what us?

Ian Cobain in the Guardian, 22nd January 2015: Britain’s intelligence agencies engaged in a series of previously-unknown joint operations with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s government, and used the information extracted from rendition victims as evidence during partially-secret court proceedings in London, according to an analysis of official documents recovered in Tripoli since the Libyan revolution. 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…  James Ball in the Guardian, 19th January 2015: …Senior editors and lawyers in the UK have called for the urgent introduction of a freedom of expression law amid growing concern over safeguards proposed by ministers to meet…

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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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A call for a global conversation

A blog posting  by Rumman Ahmed. Recently, the noted British Muslim community leader and faith-based activist, Dr M. A. Bari,  has written an insightful article ‘Healing the ills of the Muslim ummah’s public life‘  where he outlined three priority areas for Muslims across the ummah to address. All three are of utmost importance, and I…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

  Nick Cohen in the Guardian: …Last week, Canterbury’s Christ Church University revealed that the Kent constabulary had demanded the names of everyone at a debate on fracking. The university is a respectable institution. Its panel included geologists, councillors and engineers. Perhaps their friends and families know something I don’t, but they looked like respectable…

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Islamophobia – the facts – 2014

Updated 19 December – Daily Mail’s convert headline THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS – Three part dossier:  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…