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Islamophobia Dossier 2017

Altrincham mosque knife attack, 24 September; East Belfast graffiti;  Preston Mosque, 15 September; Lurid alarmist headline in The Times – Andrew Norfolk and a response from Shenaz Bunglawala; Trevor Kavanagh’s article on the ‘Muslim problem’, 13 August; Bookshop threat sentencing, 3 August; Norwich attack, 25 July; Southampton scare attack, 20 July; Glasgow graffiti, 19 July;…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

Ryan Gallagher in intercept.com (23 September 2017),  ‘Between 2009 and 2016, British authorities carried out 400,058 “examinations” of people under Schedule 7 — an average of about 50,000 per year, or 137 every day. But few of these individuals were arrested or charged with a crime. Through the same seven year period, according to government statistics,…

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Lessons from Egypt

Demise of Muhammad Akif WaelHadara in Middleeasteye.net, ‘ According to his family, he was diagnosed with cancer last year, and despite declining health, was held, nearly incommunicado, by the Egyptian regime. Akef was widely celebrated for refusing to be nominated for a second term as the Brotherhood’s guide, vacating the post in 2010 after the election…

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Extremists – what us?

Israel Middleeastmonitor.com reports, ‘The Council of Catholic Churches in Jerusalem yesterday condemned the attack by “Jewish extremists” on one its houses of worship and called on the Israeli government to do more to curtail the escalating violence against Christians in the holy land. Wednesday’s attack on St. Stephen Church in occupied Jerusalem resulted in the…

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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

20 September 2017 Simon Jenkins in the Guardian, ‘An intriguingly frank debate on Afghanistan took place last week at the Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall. With commendable frankness, present and past soldiers, diplomats and politicians reviewed Theo Farrell’s Unwinnable, a devastating account of the Afghan saga, in which every British military failure down the…

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The Energies of anti-Semitism have been transferred . . .

Ritchie Robertson reviewing ‘The End of Jewish Modernity’ by Enzo Traverso (Pluto Press), Traverso argues, that at least in Western Europe, anti-Semitism has dwindled A good test case, he avers, is the worldwide excitement aroused by the much publicized conduct of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accused in 2011 of sexually assaulting a hotel maid. A century earlier,…

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‘Stakeknife’ to account

Henry McDonald in the Guardian,  ‘An alleged British secret agent in the IRA who is accused of being linked to at least 20 murders while working for military intelligence could be charged with perjury for denying in court he was a spy, a senior UK police officer has told the Guardian. Stakeknife, whose real name…

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Torture – a shared value?

                  Robyn Wilson in the Independent, 15 August 2017, ‘. . . Like hundreds of other men on that island (Andoman and Nicobar Islands, off the coast of the Bay of Bengal), years of Sushil’s life here would be filled with torture, hunger and loneliness. They would be…

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RICU in focus

RICU remains in the news… Posted by CAGE, 9 August 2017, ‘. . . The witness statements in the Dr Butt’s case provided by Paul Willis from the EAU and Matt Collins from RICU provide an unprecedented look into the workings of the Home Office. These units help determine who is an “extremist”  in the…

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Pakistan’s water resources scenario

It is not just cricket and the Nawaz Sharif corruption drama that should focus Pakistanis’ attention. Hamish Pritchard, writing in Nature (11 May 2017) warns, The high mountains of  Asia – encompassing the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush, Karakoram, Pamir Alai, Kunlun Shan, and Tian Shan mountains – have the highest concentration of glaciers globally, and…