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Lessons from Egypt

Nature.com report: According to data obtained by the Egyptian human-rights group Association of Free Thought and Expression, more than 2,000 university students and professors in Egypt have been detained by security forces since July 2013 (Nature, 9 June 2016)  Reflections on the Arab Spring, the challenges besetting Muslim communities, the crisis of the nation-state project,…

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Islamophobia Dossier 2016

Three part dossier, with 6 year history. Recent updates:  The Fatima Manji furore- see ‘Abuse’ section THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE  THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS  THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK For 2015 Islamophobia log, click here For 2014 Islamophobia log, click here For 2013 Islamophobia log, click here For 2012 Islamophobia log, click here For 2011…

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Dodgy Padres!

Wobbly church fathers, monks and rabbis! Child abuse not taken up under Bishop Nazir Ali’s watch Michael Nazir Ali was appointed Bishop of Rochester in 1994, resigning after 15 years of service, in order  ‘to work with Muslim converts to Christianity in Britain’ (Daily Telegraph, 28 March 2009) and collaborating with Patrick Sookhdeo of the Barnabas Fund,…

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Extremists – what us?

US The former Republican Speaker of the House, who has endorsed Trump and is being considered as his running mate in the election, told Fox News: “Western civilisation is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background and if they believe in Sharia they should be deported”. click…

Revolving Doors

There seems to be a seamless progression of public servants and politicians pursuing lucrative second careers…and vice versa. Some Post-Chilcot revelations: ‘ Jack Straw (former Home Secretary & Foreign Secretary) . . . has worked as a well-paid consultant to a commodities firm ED&f Man'; ‘Geoff Hoon (former Defence Secretary) . . . in May 2011, he…

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Torture – a shared value?

                  Owen Bowcott in the Guardian, 27 June 2016, ‘Munyaka is one of 40,000 Kenyans who are suing the UK government for compensation over the injuries and losses suffered during official repression of the Mau Mau insurgency. Despite paying out £19.9m to 5,228 Kenyans who suffered abuse…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

“In the UK, more than 3,000 British extremists are being monitored by police and MI5. Of these, 350 are under close surveillance. The numbers are very similar in France and the United States.” Robert Verkaik in the Independent, 18th June 2016. “The number of women and children arrested on suspicion of terror-related offences has soared in…

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WoT & the deeper malaise

Patrick Cockburn in the Independent, ‘. . . there is still very little understanding among Western leaders about what happened in Afghanistan after 2001 and in Iraq after 2003. Whatever the humanitarian justifications for foreign intervention there, the wars rapidly transmuted into neo-imperial ventures not much different from those undertaken during the high days of…

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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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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…