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An English spiritualist’s Yezidi encounters

John G Bennett (died 1974) travelled widely in the regions now lying between the Turkish-Iraqi-Syrian borders in the early 1950s, visiting tekkes, zawiyas and other sacred sites, later settling in England to establish the Coombe Springs sanctuary for spiritualist studies. Saturday 31st October 1953 After Nimrud, we had an experience of quite a different order when we went…

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Gaza: merely a retaliation?

Ilam Pappe was brilliantly incisive in his recent contribution to Electronic Intifada: The present genocidal wave has, like all the previous ones, also a more  immediate background. It has been borne out of an attempt to foil the Palestinian decision to form a unity government that even the United States could not object to […]…

Blair – the tired/tiring record

July 2014 One of the attractions for Blair in working with the United Arab Emirates and al-Sisi is apparently that the latter two have turned against the Muslim Brotherhood. Blair is a profound Islamophobe and hates the Muslim religious Right, even though he has been perfectly happy to shill for the Christian religious Right. Al-Sisi…

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SOAS academic’s take on Maudoodi

  Jan-Peter Hartung, Senior Lecturer in the Study of Islam at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London,  has recently published a book on the thought of the founder of Pakistan’s Jamaat Islami, Maulana Maudoodi (he prefers the spelling Mawdudi). For Salaam’s reviewer, it typifies the “malevolent but useful gaze of…

We Did It! Assassinations…Regime change…

  “Relatives of unarmed rubber plantation workers killed by British troops in Malaysia said on Wednesday they would appeal to the supreme court after three senior UK judges said they had “forged the first link in the chain” in their campaign for an independent inquiry into the massacre.” Richard  Norton-Taylor in the Guardian, 19 March…

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Simon Woolley rocks!

On Wednesday 5 March an extraordinary meeting of minds took place at the office of Operation Black Vote in Bethnal Green.  The theme was ‘The Power of the Black Vote’ and it aimed at creating a coalition of activists to put ‘race equality back on the agenda’.  The message: that it was essential for the…

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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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…