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Dodgy Padres!

Wobbly church fathers, monks and rabbis! The Lehava movement From The Tablet (15 August 2015): ‘The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land filed a complaint with Israeli police last week against Rabbi Bentzi Gopstein and the anti-assimilation Lehava movement, following remarks the Rabbi made about the burning of churches in Israel. At a…

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Islamophobia Dossier 2015

21st August, abusive notice, Muhsin Khan succumbs to fatal injuries;  20th August, Nelson violent attack;  19th August, Stockport violent attack- Three part dossier:  FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS,  THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  AND FINALLY THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE Like the Witches of Pendle of yesteryear, Muslims are a convenient scapegoat today. For 2014…

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Fly on the wall

Bedfellows at the Westminster Institute The Westminster Institute, in its website, presents itself as a body seeking ‘to promote individual dignity and freedom for people throughout the world by sponsoring high-quality research, with a particular focus on the threats from extremism and radical ideologies’. Among its luminaries – with a particular track record in Muslim-bashing…

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Extremists – what us?

Zimbabwe Mugabe said the missing skulls were those of leaders of “the first chimurenga”, an uprising against white settlers in the late 19th century, that included the spirit mediums Mbuya Nehanda and Sekuru Kaguvi, who were hanged from a tree in 1898. “The first chimurenga leaders, whose heads were decapitated by the colonial occupying force, were…

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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… Julian Borger of the Guardian reports on 13th August 2015: Last month David Cameron invited Sisi for bilateral talks in the UK, but Sisi has put off the visit due to fears that he or other…

Metrics of Domestic Security

  Evening Standard (27 July 2015) reports, ‘… a total of 1,069 Londoners have been referred to the government’s “Channel” counter-extremism programme since the start of 2012.  That means that the capital accounts for about a quarter of the 4,000 referrals to the programme nationwide since then…  Since September last year, 400 Channel referrals were made…

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Archives’ sorry tales

An unhappy catalogue of lost (or concealed) archives…. Britain The Royal Household’s closed files: A still frame that captures the princess in a gesture that strikes us now as abhorrent still resonates, even if in 1933 it was commonplace in the often anti-Jewish upper classes to make light of Hitler’s antisemitism. No wonder the royal archivists at…

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Torture – a shared value?

                  Libya rendition update: ‘According to the documents discovered after the fall of Gaddafi, five men were subjected to control orders on the basis of intelligence assessments that are now alleged to have been based in part on information extracted during Libyan interrogation of the two opposition…

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Syria/Iraq – a time for cool heads

  The Government’s mixed signals on Syria revealed in the Bherlin Gildo case, as reported in The Guardian, ‘ The prosecution of a Swedish national accused of terrorist activities in Syria has collapsed at the Old Bailey after it became clear Britain’s security and intelligence agencies would have been deeply embarrassed had a trial gone ahead… His…

WoT & the deeper malaise

Paul Krugman in the NYT, 18th May 2015: ‘…America invaded Iraq because the Bush administration wanted a war. The public justifications for the invasion were nothing but pretexts, and falsified pretexts at that. We were, in a fundamental sense, lied into war. The fraudulence of the case for war was actually obvious even at the…