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Extremists – what us?

Wales Pupils at St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School in Flint receive a free bus pass if they live more than three miles from the school and are Catholic. However non-Catholics have to pay for the council-run bus, or for a more expensive pass on a school-run minibus. click here. UK A former MI5 officer is…

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Fly on the wall

What so discomfits Trevor Phillips about British Muslims? Now and again, the Anglo-Guyanese race relations pundit Trevor Phillips feels bound to make himself known. As astutely observed by an erstwhile buddy, Ziauddin Sardar, in The Times on 29 January My old friend and colleague Trevor Phillips seems to be a bit desperate for attention. Why…

Islamophobia Dossier 2016

Three part dossier, with 6 year history. Recent updates:  Abuse in Swansea; Trevor Phillip’s clumsily-expressed view of Muslims; Teacher abuse allegation; clumsy talk from the Prime Minister Bristol Mosque abuse; Right wing extremists in Luton pour abuse; The Telegraph’s and Daily Mail’s alarmist headlines, Muslim taxi driver abused, PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamicisation of the West)…

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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… The Muslim News website, report from Muhammad Sabry Egyptian authorities have frozen the assets of 1,370 members of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group since late 2013, according to an Egyptian…

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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…  Owen Bowcott in the Guardian, 16th January 2016, ‘A key clause in the Terrorism Act 2000 is incompatible with the European convention on human rights, the master of the rolls, John Dyson, has said as part of…

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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… Israel bans novel It is a literary love story between an Israeli…

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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

    28th December 2015 Robert Fisk in the Independent, ‘The news from Afghanistan is very bad. No one says that, of course. President Ghani has a “national unity government” that “supports a strong partnership with the United States”, according to Barack Obama two months ago. Sure, Kunduz was captured by the Taliban – but…

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Islamophobia Dossier 2015

Most recent: Bow  violence; clumsy headline in broadsheet; Woking graffiti.  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 Islamophobia log, click here…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

  “… data released by the National Police Chiefs Council has revealed that of the 3,288 referrals to Prevent in the first half of the year, just 280 – or 8.6% – came from within the Muslim community, or from family, friends and faith leaders. Nearly 2,200 referrals were made by public bodies outside policing, such…

Revolving Doors

There seems to be a seamless progression of public servants and politicians pursuing lucrative second careers…and vice versa. ‘Alistair Darling, the former Labour chancellor of Britain, has been appointed to the board of directors at Morgan Stanley. Darling will take up his role at the financial services firm in January… The news comes a day after it was…