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Islamophobia Dossier 2015

14th April, pigs heads, UKIP statements  – 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 For 2010 Islamophobia…

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Syria/Iraq – a time for cool heads

  Ian Black, Middle East editor of The Guardian, reports, ‘Peter Ford[former British Ambassador to Damascus]  has accused the prime minister of demonising President Bashar al-Assad and, as a result, encouraging young British Muslims to become jihadis. Ford, who retired from the diplomatic service in 2006, attacked Cameron for supporting the armed Syrian opposition and…

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Fly on the wall

The Power of the Media Mogul! However much the talk of democratic values, the reality is that for British politicians, the views and  interests of their electorate are not as paramount as we think. The intrepid Seumas Milne explains the long-established Tory agenda to emasculate the BBC: ‘In the autumn of 1986, Thatcher installed Marmaduke Hussey…

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Dodgy Padres!

Wobbly church fathers, monks and rabbis! Rather extreme! “I observe how the poison of materialism, secular humanism and enlightenment rationalism have sapped the spirit of the Scottish people and I cry, ‘can these bones live?’ – from Rev. David Robertson’s Easter Message. click here. Patrick Sookhdeo Dr Sookhdeo has been styled as ‘Professor Patrick Sookhdeo, Visiting Professor,…

WoT & the deeper malaise

Declassified memos show that on the day of the September 11 attacks, defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld asked aides to evaluate a plan to “hit SH @ same time” as Osama bin Laden. By November 2001, Rumsfeld was producing page-long outlines on the Iraq invasion with bullet points including “How start?” Bush began meetings in December…

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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…                 Jack Shenker in the Guardian, 16 March 2015: ‘… it is true that, under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Egypt is very much open for business. New investment and bankruptcy…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

Sean O’Neill and Deborah Haynes in The Times, March 13 2015: There were 517,326 authorisations for communication data to be analysed under the Regulation of Investigating Powers Act (Ripa) – a rise of almost 3,000 on 2013.  Police forces and law enforcement agencies accounted for 459,919, while the three intelligence agencies were granted 50,582 authorisations.…

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Extremists – what us?

Jamie Merrill in the Independent, 10th March 2015:  Campaigners asked the Information Rights Tribunal to intervene and force the Foreign Office (FCO) to release the full text of a 1977 document detailing the conversation between British officials and Ian Henderson, a British military officer who ran the police force in the Sunni-ruled state for 30…

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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…