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Syria/Iraq – a time for cool heads

A blog which started in April 2014 with concerns about young British men journeying to Syria with a variety of intentions – from charity work to the pursuit of adventure – has now to contend with a more serious development: the emergence of videos by adventure-seeking mavericks and useful idiots pledging allegiance to militia groups in the…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

  Official data to be released on Tuesday will show that the details of 1,281 people were referred to the government’s “Prevent” scheme, up from 748 the year before, with officers citing the civil war in Syria as the main reason for the increase…Since 2007, 1,450 children aged 18 and under have been referred to…

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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

                        3rd June 2014 Sgt Bergdahl had joined the army when it was short of soldiers to send to Afghanistan as part of the “surge” in the number of combat brigades there. With too few men, it had started to issue “waivers” to recruits…

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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,…

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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…

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Shameful sacrilege

    Worse than Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, Sam Bacile’s film on the Prophet, peace be on him, is a politically-inspired, Islamophobic venture to denigrate Islam. This dossier tracks responses to the film and its consequences. Tariq Ali in Radio Free Europe, 5th October 2012: ” The question you have to ask is why these cartoons…

Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part VIII

Afghanistan met General Guthrie’s ‘just war’ criteria! Sir John Keegan, military historian, thought ‘orientals’ preferred treachery and deceit as the best ways to overcome an enemy! Veteran Catholic economist donning Neo-Con plummage, Michael Novak, rationalised “that a limited and carefully conducted war to bring about a change of regime in Afghanistan was morally obligatory.” Read…

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Islamophobia – the facts, PART II

Muslim-bashing in the media: “the British press has a long history of megalomaniacal, reactionary and criminal proprietors. Some, such as Conrad Black, ended up in prison or, in the case of Robert Maxwell, would have done if he hadn’t died. Others, such as the migrant-and-Muslim-baiting pornographer Richard Desmond, merely emphasise how narrow and dysfunctional media…