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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

18 April 2017 BBC’s Afghanistan Correspondent reports, ‘. . . I took the road from Kabul to Helmand via Kandahar in mid-March – a precarious 10-hour bus journey. In recent months the main road leading to the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, has been in and out of government control . . .Amid the instability, locals…

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Archives’ sorry tales

An unhappy catalogue of lost (or concealed) archives…. Steve Kerensky in a letter to the Guardian, 19 April 2017 It is hard to see why Tariq Ali (Top 10 books about the Russian revolution, 12 April) still celebrates the epic scale of Lenin’s programme of rape, torture and murder. Just as hard to understand is that…

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The Begum of Bhopal: wise judgement

From a report appearing in the Azad of Lucknow, 20 March 1891 … in Bhopal a Hindu woman, who had an intimacy with a Musalman, appeared before the Qazi and expressed a desire for her conversion to the Muhammadan religion. The Qazi reported the matter through the Prime Minister to Her Highness the Begam, who…

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A timely encounter!

Thanks to The Tablet for this story: “Pope Francis was being driven through St Peter’s Square when he spotted a group enthusiastically waving the Argentinian flag. Ordering the popemobile to stop, he chatted to his fellow countrymen and took some sips from the traditional cup of mate tea that they offered him. Afterwards, his security…

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Islamophobia Dossier 2017

Post Westminster attack Islamophobia – see ‘The Abuse . . .’ 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…

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Lessons from Egypt

Sisi Regime’sPublic Relations expenditure Ruth Michaelson in the Guardian, ‘…. While Egypt’s government has employed the Glover Park Group since 2013 to massage its image, in January Egypt’s General Intelligence Service hired Washington lobbyists Cassidy and Associates as well as the PR firm Weber Shandwick. Foreign Agent Registration Act filings show that the firms will…

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Right to Sue!

Asianimage.co.uk reports on the successful claim for damages made by Muhammad Ali Harrath, founder  of Islam Channel, over an article posted on a website operated by Stand For Peace Ltd, which contained the so-easily-made accusation these days –  supporting ‘terrorism’.  Perhaps shoddy journalism by SfP was to blame – relying on a partial reading of a piece in the…

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Extremists – what us?

Greece A woman has been injured by a parcel loaded with explosives that was posted to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) offices in Paris . . . The attack bore all the hallmarks of a Greek anarchist group known as the Conspiracy of Fire Cells (Synomosia Pyrinon Tis Fotias), which claimed responsibility for another package…

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Torture – a shared value?

                  Iain  Cobain in the Guardian, 15 March 2017, ‘. . .The operation, codenamed Aston, was considered something of a triumph for MI6 and British special forces . . . The two prisoners were held initially at a secret detention facility at Baghdad airport that British troops…