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Fly on the wall

Oh for a good editor! The OIC, a coordinating organisation of 57 Muslim nation-states with its HQ in Jeddah and a former Saudi information minister, Iyad Madani, as Secretary General, is  not short of a bob or two. A recent issue of its house journal has an article by a Talal Al-Daous, a departmental director dealing with Muslim minorities and also…

Islamophobia – the facts – 2015

Updated 4th March – The Times front page hatred-inspiring headline  – 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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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…                 Egypt’s Mekameleen TV channel released a new leaked audio recording exposing how the UAE supported and funded the military regime in Egypt and helped them and other civilian…

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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…

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Extremists – what us?

Mark Nicol in the Mail on Sunday, 25th January 2015: Thirteen former SAS soldiers are facing possible criminal charges over an alleged ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy against the IRA 30 years ago, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Senior police officers are investigating claims that the elite troops executed terror suspects in cold blood in a series…

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A call for a global conversation

A blog posting  by Rumman Ahmed. Recently, the noted British Muslim community leader and faith-based activist, Dr M. A. Bari,  has written an insightful article ‘Healing the ills of the Muslim ummah’s public life‘  where he outlined three priority areas for Muslims across the ummah to address. All three are of utmost importance, and I…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

  Nick Cohen in the Guardian: …Last week, Canterbury’s Christ Church University revealed that the Kent constabulary had demanded the names of everyone at a debate on fracking. The university is a respectable institution. Its panel included geologists, councillors and engineers. Perhaps their friends and families know something I don’t, but they looked like respectable…