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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

22nd September 2016 Robert Mendick,  Ben Farmer and Tom Morgan in the Daily Telegraph, ‘. . . new figures obtained by the Telegraph show that more than 550 historic allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan are now under investigation by a special police unit set up by ministers. It means investigators are now examining claims of…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

The Guardian reports, ‘MI6, which employs 2,500 people at present, deals with intelligence-gathering and operations abroad, while MI5 is responsible for security within the UK. The government announced last year that the security services would be given 1,900 additional staff – and MI6 is the main beneficiary. BBC’s Newsnight put the rise in staff for MI6…

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Extremists – what us?

UK Siobhan Fenton in the Independent, 20th September2016: Teachers at Christian fundamentalist schools in Britain allegedly performed exorcisms on pupils, beat children in religious rituals and “groomed” girls for marriage, according to former students who say they have decided to speak out now after years of suffering in silence. The former pupils told The Independent such…

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Islamophobia Dossier 2016

Three part dossier, with 6 year history. Recent updates: Edinburgh Mosque arson attempt; horrific Bletchley attack on woman – see ‘Abuse, Physical Damage, Violence’ section THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE  THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS   For 2015 Islamophobia log, click here For 2014 Islamophobia log, click here For 2013 Islamophobia log, click here…

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WoT & the deeper malaise

Robert Fisk in the Independent, 15 September 2016, ‘For if the Saudi identity of the whole operation [9/11] had been acknowledged from the start, how could the US and the country led by a prime minister whose name I find it difficult to utter, have claimed so imperiously that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq – not Saudi Arabia…

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Torture – a shared value?

                  Spencer  Ackerman in the Guardian, 11 September 2016, ‘Bush was, for the first time, acknowledging the existence of the program that Senate intelligence committee staff investigator Daniel Jones would later expose as taking power drills to the heads of captured men; making them stand with their…

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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. However, censorship is widespread… UK Self-censorship at the Catholic Herald, reported by Roy Greenslade in the…

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Fly on the wall

Quilliam Foundation’s own goal! Has the  ‘world’s first counter-extremism think tank set up to address the unique challenges of citizenship, identity, and belonging in a globalised world’ lost its touch? QF seems to have misjudged its response to a recent Parliamentary Committee report  investigating counter-terrorism. In the past there has been inordinate reliance within Establishment on QF’s…

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The Honey Traps

Martin Evans and Ben Farmer in the Daily Telegraph, ‘. . . [Anjem] Choudary was eventually prosecuted after swearing an oath of allegiance to Isil and posting YouTube videos in which he praised the murderous group. But there have been questions about why it took the authorities so long to prosecute Choudary, with some suggesting the…

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Archives’ sorry tales

An unhappy catalogue of lost (or concealed) archives…. Marc Parry on the Mau Mau investigations by Caroline Elkins, ‘. . . Many documents relating to the detention camps were either absent or still classified as confidential 50 years after the war. She discovered that the British had torched documents before their 1963 withdrawal from Kenya.…