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Metrics of Domestic Security

[Baroness] Jenny Jones in the Guardian (February 2017), ‘While an elected Green, I was put on the Metropolitan police’s domestic extremism database, along with Green MP Caroline Lucas, Green councillors and several journalists. When left to themselves, the police instinctively keep their definitions loose, cast their net wide and overstep their powers. Even though I…

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Extremists – what us?

UK Christian extremism on display – will it be called Christianist violence (apro pos the much bandied  ‘Islamic violence’?). Of course not, because it will be said that one should take a holistic view of a religion’s teachings! Here is an unsavoury story close to home: apparently a Church lay activist, one John Smyth QC, ordered boys at…

Quick to serve!

The Prime Minister has been rightly castigated for not being forthright in criticising Trump’s ban on nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entry to the US for 90 days (Executive order, 27 January 2017). According to press reports, she may even have been informed about the country ban in advance of meeting President Trump.…

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Islamophobia Dossier 2017

Three part dossier, with 7 year history. Recent updates: THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE  THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS For 2016 Islamophobia log, click here 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 Islamophobia log,…

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Lessons from Egypt

Fantasy time in the Sisi entourage! From Al-Ahram, reflecting the Sisi regime’s analyses: ‘. . . the Obama administration worked to promote the Muslim Brotherhood and leverage it into power in several Arab countries after having reached certain deals with Muslim Brotherhood leaders on issues that were crucial to Washington, above all Israeli security and…

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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, with an impact on individual and collective behaviour. PREVENT and infringement of liberties, reported in the Guardian, 20 January 2017, ‘One of the UK’s most prestigious universities has warned students and staff…

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First World Corruption

Remember Halliburton’s role in Nigeria in the 1990s, when huge sums were funnelled to accounts of officials in order to obtain construction contracts? Now Richard Millard in the Daily Mail reports (16 January 2017) on the corrupt actions of a company closer to home, ‘Rolls-Royce has agreed to pay a record £671million to British, US and…

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WoT & the deeper malaise

Samuel Osborne in the Independent, ‘George W Bush’s administration saw Iraq as “unfinished business” and had their “minds made up from day one,” a former CIA analyst has said . . . “You know, they had their minds made up from day one. And then after 9/11, that’s when the death warrant for Saddam Hussein was…

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De Gaulle & Churchill: The Shame.

When the Allies were victorious in World War II, much was owed to Afro-American GIs and colonial subjects serving in the British Army. Yet the treatment received was shocking: . . . the liberation of Paris on 25 August 1944 was seen as a “whites only” victory . . . The leader of the Free…