Islamophobia Dossier 2016

Three part dossier, with 6 year history. Recent updates:  abuse after Referendum vote  – see ‘Abuse’ section  FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS,  THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  AND FINALLY THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE For 2015 Islamophobia log, click here For 2014 Islamophobia log, click here For 2013 Islamophobia log, click here For 2012 Islamophobia…

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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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Extremists – what us?

Israel Rabbi Shlomo Mlma, chairman of the Council of Rabbis in the West Bank settlements, has issued an advisory opinion in which he allowed Jewish settlers to poison water in Palestinian villages and cities in the West Bank. According to Israeli anti-occupation organisation “Breaking the Silence”, the call for poisoning Palestinian water aim to push…

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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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Lessons from Egypt

Reflections on the Arab Spring, the challenges besetting Muslim communities, the crisis of the nation-state project, the Sisi Conspiracy, the undermining of the Muslim Brotherhood… Rachel Aspden’s book, ‘Generation Revolution: On the Front Line Between Tradition and Change in the Middle East’ An extract from the Guardian, 2nd June 2016, ‘ . . . But…

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Dodgy Padres!

Wobbly church fathers, monks and rabbis! Men of Harlech, would you win a name in story! mirror.co.uk reports on a Welsh padre, ‘In a shocking [FB] post, Reverend Father David Lloyd branded people who dismissed video posts from  Britain First and Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) as “idiots” . . . Father…

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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…

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RICU in focus

RICU remains in the news…  Ian Cobain, Alice Ross, Rob Evans and Mona Mahmood reporting in the Guardian, 2 May 2016: One Ricu initiative, which advertises itself as a campaign providing advice on how to raise funds for Syrian refugees, has had face-to-face conversations with thousands of students at university freshers’ fairs without any students realising…