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Fly on the wall

Ed Miliband at the Muslim News Awards The chief guest at The Muslim News’ annual awards for excellence on 25th March was the Leader of the Opposition, Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP. His address was sincere and direct, referring too to his own experiences as a first-generation Briton – his parents were Polish Jewish immigrants seeking a…

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Syria/Iraq – a time for cool heads

A change in British policy? Britain is to provide military training to ‘Syrian moderate opposition forces’, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the UK would send around 75 military trainers and headquarters staff to provide instruction in the use of small arms, infantry tactics and medical skills. The training, which…

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Islamophobia Dossier 2015

Updated 26th March – Vandals in Glasgow graveyard; Cambridge mother abuse; Bromley planning protest  – Three part dossier:  FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS,  THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  AND FINALLY THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE For 2014 Islamophobia log, click here For 2013 Islamophobia log, click here For 2012 Islamophobia log, click here For 2011…

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Lessons for socio-political activists

Reflections on the Arab Spring, the challenges besetting Muslim communities, the crisis of the nation-state project, the Sisi Conspiracy…                 Jack Shenker in the Guardian, 16 March 2015: ‘… it is true that, under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Egypt is very much open for business. New investment and bankruptcy…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

Sean O’Neill and Deborah Haynes in The Times, March 13 2015: There were 517,326 authorisations for communication data to be analysed under the Regulation of Investigating Powers Act (Ripa) – a rise of almost 3,000 on 2013.  Police forces and law enforcement agencies accounted for 459,919, while the three intelligence agencies were granted 50,582 authorisations.…

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Extremists – what us?

Jamie Merrill in the Independent, 10th March 2015:  Campaigners asked the Information Rights Tribunal to intervene and force the Foreign Office (FCO) to release the full text of a 1977 document detailing the conversation between British officials and Ian Henderson, a British military officer who ran the police force in the Sunni-ruled state for 30…

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Torture – a shared value?

                  “Gordon Brown today insisted that the UK did not support or condone torture” – in 2009. However Jamie Merrill and colleagues in the Independent (1st March 2015), now reveal: “According to a well-place intelligence source, the discovery of a printer cartridge bomb on a UPS cargo…

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Dodgy Padres!

Wobbly church fathers,monks and rabbis! Patrick Sookhdeo Dr Sookhdeo has been styled as ‘Professor Patrick Sookhdeo, Visiting Professor, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom’ –  for some inexplicable reason, the DA has seen him as an expert on Muslim matters. Other UK institutions with Security expertise have also conferred him with gravitas – such as Cranfield,…

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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

                      Then and now – what the experts said at the outset of this disastrous venture that has led to such loss of blood and treasure: – that Afghanistan met the ‘just war’ criteria! General Guthrie – ‘Orientals’ preferred treachery and deceit as the best ways to…

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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…  Joshua Rozenberg in the Guardian, 5th February 2015: Police will be forced to seek the permission of a judge if they want to retrieve the phone and email records of journalists. The ruling comes after the prime…