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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… a climate of suspicion permeates Rob Evans and Vikram Dodd in the Guardian, 28th April 2016, ‘A  secretive police unit tasked with spying on alleged extremists intent on committing serious crimes has been monitoring leading members of the…

Islamophobia Dossier 2016

Three part dossier, with 6 year history. Recent updates:  High Wycombe mosque attack; Cameron’s smear on Sadiq Khan – the mocking, alarmist talk  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,…

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Fly on the wall

London’s Obama moment! Though the chief guest at this year’s ‘Awards for Excellence’ annual ceremony organised by The Muslim News was the Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, it was Sadiq Khan, standing for the London Mayoral election on 5th May as the Labour candidate, who stole the show,…

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Extremists – what us?

Israel Documents detailing Israel’s alleged defence exports to Rwanda during the country’s civil war and genocide in the 1990s are to remain sealed, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled. Two years ago Professor Yair Auron and attorney Eitay Mack submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Israel’s defence ministry to discover the nature 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… Ahdaf Soueif reviewing Jack Shenker’s book The Egyptians . . . So we are back in what Shenker calls “Mubarak country”, but with everything heightened a couple of notches – the…

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Torture – a shared value?

                  ‘The naked imagery of CIA captives raises new questions about the seeming willingness of the US to use what one medical and human rights expert called “sexual humiliation” in its post-9/11 captivity of terrorism suspects. Some human rights campaigners described the act of naked photography on…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

  “The number of women and children arrested on suspicion of terror-related offences has soared in the past year, official figures revealed today.A record number of terror suspects were under the age of 18, with a total of 16 children held by police in 2015, according to the Home Office statistics.A total of 280 suspected…

WoT & the deeper malaise

Michael Burleigh in the Evening Standard, ‘It is salutary to be reminded of how hard-fought-for institutional checks on “imaginative” intelligence materials delivered from domestic and foreign agencies were artfully circumvented to make the false claim (dutifully reported within hours by this newspaper) that Saddam Hussein’s battlefield artillery shells were really ballistic missile warheads that could…

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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… USA Rania Khalek in electronicintifada.net, ‘The publisher McGraw-Hill Education is destroying all…

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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…