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WoT and the deeper malaise

                    John Naughton in the Observer, 29 December 2013:”…The ‘war’ on terror is …a rhetorical device aimed at engineering consent for a particular political strategy. But it was enough to provide legislative cover for the acquisition by the US intelligence-gathering agencies of warlike powers, which included…

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Baroness Cox, any advice?

…there was little surprising or revealing about the external dimensions of the conflict imposed upon Sudan….the national dialogue conference (Khartoum, November 1989) noted the part played by the pre-Independence British administration in separating the two parts of Sudan from each other, using and exploiting the South as a missionary ghetto, and leaving it backward and…

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British Library’s Flikr collection

            From the Russo-Turkish battles of the 1870s, when Britain supported the Ottomans. Queen Victoria sought to mediate, sending Munshi AbdulKarim’s friend Rafiuddin Ahmed on a secret mission. The Muslim world rallied around, raising funds and supporting the work of the Red Crescent.              …

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Solidarity with Chowdhury Mueenuddin

          Support from the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales, Saleem Kidwai OBE: “I had the pleasure in working with Chowdhry Mueenuddin, he is a real gentleman, he has been an innocent victim of blind justice by a politically motivated judge and the judicial system….(See blog postings below). Also …

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Remembering Stakeknife

Our liberal democratic dispensations have a darker side. Alongside the carrot there is a very big stick that comes down with great force on those deemed to be the ‘enemy’ by the political-military elite. Read books like Paxman’s ‘The English’ and there is a sense of a nation bound by cricket’s rules of fair play,…

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Excellent responses to Lord Pearson’s Islamophobia

Lord Pearson of Rannoch and former leader of UKIP, the respectable face of the British Right, has a track record of outrageous remarks on Islam and Britain, for example “the Muslims are breeding 10 times faster than us…”. Together with Baroness Cox, he hosted Geerth Wilders’ visit to Parliament in March 2010, describing the Dutch…

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An evening at the 2013 Palestine Book Awards

  Among the distinguished guests at the 2013 Palestine Book Awards  at the Paddington Hilton in London on 14 November was the redoubtable veteran journalist Abdel Bari Atwan, who received the lifetime achievement award for his journalistic and literary work. Atwan stepped down as editor in chief of Al Quds Al Arabi earlier this year. He…

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The earnest Bishop

Bishop Nazir-Ali is at it again – decrying moves in Britain to make London a centre of Islamic Finance. According to a newspaper report following the World Islamic Economic Forum 2013, that was addressed by the Prime Minister as well as the Prince of Wales, the Bishop believes that proposals to make Britain the first…

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RICU in focus

RICU remains in the news… The Foreign Office’s Information & Research Department (IRD) played a significant role in Western news and cultural media management from 1948-1977. It financed a publishing house ‘Ampersand’ and at one time employed a staff of 300. A secret Foreign Office memo in February 1948 described its establishment as a response…

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The ‘shy’ killer

There is a marked discrepancy in the media’s treatment of killer and mosque bomber Pavlo Lapshyn and the way the Muslim ‘threat’  is highlighted by British populist politicians and media. In the case of Lapshyn, here is very much the ‘lone operator’. The Police, so preoccupied with hunting ‘Muslim terrorists’,  were amazingly slow in picking…