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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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Islamophobia Dossier 2015

12th May 2015, BNP teacher’s tirade  – Three part dossier:  FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS,  THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  AND FINALLY THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE For 2014 Islamophobia log, click here For 2013 Islamophobia log, click here For 2012 Islamophobia log, click here For 2011 Islamophobia log, click here For 2010 Islamophobia…

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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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Metrics of Domestic Security

  Peter Salmon reports in undercoverresearch.net : In the course of that hearing [when authorities at the University of Southampton successfully banned a conference deemed to be critical of Israel]  it emerged two documents had been provided to the University, one an otherwise innocuous event risk assessment from Hampshire Police. The second was an undisclosed weekly round-up…

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Syria/Iraq – a time for cool heads

  Ian Black, Middle East editor of The Guardian, reports, ‘Peter Ford[former British Ambassador to Damascus]  has accused the prime minister of demonising President Bashar al-Assad and, as a result, encouraging young British Muslims to become jihadis. Ford, who retired from the diplomatic service in 2006, attacked Cameron for supporting the armed Syrian opposition and…

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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…