The grooming of Agent Badat?

Salaam’s Inventory of Arrests section has been tracking this young man’s adventures for some years. He first came to notice in November 2003 when he was charged for terrorism offences. The Home Secretary of the time David Blunkett did not wait for a court hearing to declare: “it is the belief of the security and special…

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Archives’ sorry tales

An unhappy catalogue of lost (or concealed) archives…. Britain Records relating to the British Army’s help in Operation Bluestar (Amritsar 1984) destroyed! Martin Horwood (Cheltenham, Liberal Democrat) Given the distress that is felt by the Sikh community and its desire for clarity on the events at Sri Harmandir Sahib, it is obviously very regrettable that…

WoT & the deeper malaise

Dossier started in  October 2008 (Regularly updated)  There is a growing awareness of a deeper malaise….the botched and dishonest War on Terror (WoT) is a saga of authoritarianism, war mongering, political opportunism, commercial interests, manipulation and a means of deflecting attention from real social challenges… Eric Margolis in Commondreams.com: “Back in the Cold War, almost…

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Islamophobia – the Facts, 2013

FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS, THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK AND FINALLY THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE ———————————————————–  THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS 23rd December 2013 Sussex lecturer  Dr Rumy Hasan in OpenDemocracy: “…if it were the case that Europe was becoming a hot-bed of ant-Muslim racism/Islamophobia, why are so many Muslims from around…

Rumy Hasan and the Census

The University of Sussex academic Rumy Hasan has recently made a bizarre observation linking the increase in Muslim population in Britain as recorded in the 2011 Census with the phenomenon of Islamophobia: A blunt truth needs pointing out: if it were the case that Europe was becoming a hot-bed of ant-Muslim racism/Islamophobia, why are so…

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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.              …