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Hit for a Six!

Ayad Madani and al-Sisi   Egypt today is facing repression: ‘In a presidential decree, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has rendered all public property – including power stations, universities, roads and bridges – as “equivalent to military facilities”. The decree means that any defendant accused of committing a crime on public property could be tried in…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

With acknowledgement to 5Pillarz.com – Rapper Mizan’s experience: ‘ I also noticed the inclusion of Muslim artists in various PREVENT related organisations. One notable event was organised by a PREVENT intervention in Hounslow called IMPACT (Intervention for Muslim Progression and the Advancement of Community Tolerance) where the director said that he was coerced in to organising an event…

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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

                      28 October 2014 The Guardian editorial: …the evidence suggests that [British] army officers, in particular, were so keen to demonstrate their relevance and usefulness that they took on tasks they knew might prove beyond their capacity, casting aside their normal caution. They chose to…

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 October 2014 Michael Clarke of RUSI: …the British took responsibility for Helmand in 2006. It was a move dictated as much by…

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Extremists – what us?

Pilger remembers who schemed against Australia’s Prime Minister Gough Whitlam: ‘Although not regarded as on the left of the Labor party, Whitlam was a maverick social democrat of principle, pride and propriety. He believed that a foreign power should not control his country’s resources and dictate its economic and foreign policies… Whitlam demanded to know if…

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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…  “BBC Uses Anti-Terror Spy Powers to Track Down People Who Haven’t Paid Their License Fee”. Scriptonite Daily website, 22nd October 2014. The Sun has made an official complaint about the Metropolitan police’s use of anti-terror laws to…

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Lessons for socio-political activists

                Egypt’s neo-Pharaohs –  Ahdaf Soueif writing in the Guardian: “Since 30 June 2013, some 40,000 people have been arrested and 16,000 of them remain in prison. The majority probably belong to the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, of whom some will have committed acts of violence; most will…

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Islamophobia – the facts – 2014

Updated 1st October – Muslim boy attacked in Southend – THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE. 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 their loose…

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Syria/Iraq – a time for cool heads

Home Secretary Theresa May’s Tory Conference speech – on Britons travelling to Syria: The threat we face from ISIL is made even greater by the fact that there are at least 500 British nationals who have gone to Syria and Iraq, many of them to fight. Where they have dual nationality, I have the power to…

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Censorship is OK for some!

So there are limits to freedom of expression after all! But not if it applies to Muslims. If Muslims protest, then it becomes a battle to preserve artistic freedoms and the rights of expression, regardless of the insult caused. Catholic theologian banned A female Catholic theologian has been banned by the Archbishop of St Andrews…