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Extremists – what us?

Israel John Brown in 972mag.com, 5 December 2016, ‘Israel’s Supreme Court last month rejected a petition to reveal details of Israeli defense exports to the former Yugoslavia during the genocide in Bosnia in the 1990s. The court ruled that exposing Israeli involvement in genocide would damage the country’s foreign relations to such an extent that…

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A reflective Churchman

The ever-reflective former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams responded as follows to a question on Darwin and the conundrum of human evolution put to him by Nick Spencer of the Christian think tank Theos, One of your key points is that human beings “live in an environment where intelligible communication is ubiquitous – where there is…

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Islamophobia Dossier 2016

Three part dossier, with 6 year history. Recent updates: Bolton Town Centre, anti-mosque protest – see ‘Abuse, Physical Damage, Violence’ section THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE  THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS   For 2015 Islamophobia log, click here For 2014 Islamophobia log, click here For 2013 Islamophobia log, click here For 2012 Islamophobia log, click…

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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. Report in thecanary.co, November 2016, ‘An extraordinary decision by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has equated anti-fracking protesters with extremism and terrorism. And that…

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A Personal Impression: Celebrating a special people

The Palestine Book Awards ceremony in London on Friday, 18th November, required the judges panel to select from 40 titles – when this annual event commenced five years ago, there were only a handful to consider. The increase is testimony to both the determination of a growing number of writers to make Palestine a centre…

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WoT & the deeper malaise

Robert F Kennedy writing in politico.eu, ‘. . . A 1997 U.S. Department of Defense report found that “the data show a strong correlation between U.S. involvement abroad and an increase in terrorist attacks against the U.S.” Let’s face it; what we call the “war on terror” is really just another oil war. We’ve squandered…

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The Slip Up

The OIC Secretary General has fallen on his sword for his slip up when calling on the Tunisian President  Beji Caid Essebsi to the podium at a recent conference:  “Mr President Beji Caid al-Sisi. Essebsi. Sorry. This is a big mistake.” However Iyad Madani then tried some humour: I’m sure your fridge has more than water, Your…

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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

3rd  November 2016 Sune Rasmussen in the Guardian, ‘As many as 30 civilians were killed in an airstrike on Thursday morning called in to protect US and Afghan troops involved in heavy fighting with the Taliban near Kunduz . . . Early on Thursday, villagers who tried to transport the dead civilians to the city…

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Lessons from Egypt

El-Baradei’s statement about events in July/August 2013 middleeastmonitor.com reports, November 2016, ‘. . . The armed forces called on the representatives of all the political forces to come to a meeting on the afternoon of 3 July 2013. It was believed that this was aimed at discussing the explosive situation on the ground in response…

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Fun and Faction

Fly on the wall – some Fun and Faction Downing Street ,Thursday 20 October, 8 a.m. Prime Minister’s breakfast meeting with her PPS. PM: Patch me to Parker. Now. PPS sets up secure line to Thames House: PM for the DG. Now. PM: Parker, have you seen today’s Guardian? Parker:  PM, I read the Telegraph…