Peers

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…

Democracy

Democracy as we define it!

Even before anti-Morsi coup! The French encouraged the Algerian generals to subvert the FIS victory in 1991…the US plotted to do something similar in Turkey against Erbakan’s democratically elected Refah Party in 1996-97 The Zaman newspaper reports, “The parliamentary Commission to Investigate Coups and Military Memorandums is due to investigate a claim that the military…

Hit for a Six – the first tranche

Our tart MPs So this notoriously Muslim-hostile MP Denis Macshane has had to resign – for “deceiving” Parliament’s expenses authority [November 2012]. Ironical for someone with a PhD in Economics! Where else has this gentleman been economical with the truth? Perhaps in his comments on Muslims in Britain and their institutions: ” The sanctimonious Muslim…

Islamophobia

Apologies for being Islamophobic

There are many factors contributing to the global phenomenon of Islamophobia – often based on crude stereotypes and prejudices. Powerful media interests and political alliances (such as between Likudites/neo-cons collaborating to demonise Islam and Muslims) rarely backdown. However there are instances where a sense of decency or pressure leads to a backdown…..often too rarely Denmark,…

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Wind of change at OIC?

  A veteran Muslim activist writes exclusively for Salaam Blogs, “A wind of change is blowing again in the Muslim world’s organization of foremost importance – the OIC. As the current incumbent of the office of the secretary general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu (69) clears the desk after completing his two terms stint as the head of…

Afghanistan

Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part IX

Part IX of a ten-part series…                 31st December 2012 Emma Graham-Harrison in the Guardian: The only clue that a base that dominated Pashengar village for years had been abandoned for good was the midnight rumble of a convoy of trucks. In the morning, locals found guards gone,…