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Metrics of Domestic Security

  The Amnesty website reports, ‘The IPT (Investigatory Powers Tribunal) admitted in a short email that GCHQ has been unlawfully intercepting and storing our communications. How could the IPT make such a fundamental error? How had they failed to notice for over a week? Why had our communications been under surveillance? When did this happen? How did…

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Islamophobia Dossier 2015

2nd July 2015, Clumsiness at elite hotel – Three part dossier:  FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS,  THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  AND FINALLY THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE Like the Witches of Pendle of yesteryear, Muslims are a convenient scapegoat today. For 2014 Islamophobia log, click here For 2013 Islamophobia log, click here For 2012 Islamophobia…

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Syria/Iraq – a time for cool heads

  The Government’s mixed signals on Syria revealed in the Bherlin Gildo case, as reported in The Guardian, ‘ The prosecution of a Swedish national accused of terrorist activities in Syria has collapsed at the Old Bailey after it became clear Britain’s security and intelligence agencies would have been deeply embarrassed had a trial gone ahead… His…

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Watching the BBC

Frances Stonor Saunders, writing about the left-wing academic Eric Hobsbawm, also provides new insights on the vetting of BBC staff in the 1980s: ‘Vetting of sensitive posts was presented as a perfectly sensible policy, a national security matter, and insofar as the practice was discussed at all, it was not controversial. Yet it provided legitimacy…

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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

                      Then and now – what the experts said at the outset of this disastrous venture that has led to such loss of blood and treasure: – that Afghanistan met the ‘just war’ criteria! General Guthrie – ‘Orientals’ preferred treachery and deceit as the best ways to…

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Islamophobia – the facts – 2014

Updated 19 December – Daily Mail’s convert headline THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS – Three part dossier:  FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS,  THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  AND FINALLY THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE   Islamophobic talk inevitably leads to anti-Muslim hate crimes – it is time an irresponsible media and populist politicians recognise how…

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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…

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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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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, buildings blown up and, scattered around what had…

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Islamophobia – the Facts, Part IV – (Jan – Dec 2012)

  FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS, THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK AND FINALLY THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE See this link for 2013 incidents http://blogs.salaam.co.uk/article.php?story=20130104115419261 For Part I prior to July 2010 click http://blogs.salaam.co.uk/article.php?story=2009111015080338 For Part II prior to July 2011 click http://blogs.salaam.co.uk/article.php?story=20120206154535430 For Part III prior to Jan 2011 click http://blogs.salaam.co.uk/article.php?story=201102091042579 Mark Townsend…