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Extremists – what us?

The trial this week of a Rwandan genocide suspect in a Paris courtroom is a well-earned victory for the French human rights groups who lobbied so hard and so long for justice. The milestone trial signals the end of France as a safe haven for génocidaries. But more than this, the trial is likely to…

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Archives’ sorry tales

An unhappy catalogue of lost (or concealed) archives…. Britain Records relating to the British Army’s help in Operation Bluestar (Amritsar 1984) destroyed! Martin Horwood (Cheltenham, Liberal Democrat) Given the distress that is felt by the Sikh community and its desire for clarity on the events at Sri Harmandir Sahib, it is obviously very regrettable that…

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British Library’s Flikr collection

            From the Russo-Turkish battles of the 1870s, when Britain supported the Ottomans. Queen Victoria sought to mediate, sending Munshi AbdulKarim’s friend Rafiuddin Ahmed on a secret mission. The Muslim world rallied around, raising funds and supporting the work of the Red Crescent.              …

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Remembering Stakeknife

Our liberal democratic dispensations have a darker side. Alongside the carrot there is a very big stick that comes down with great force on those deemed to be the ‘enemy’ by the political-military elite. Read books like Paxman’s ‘The English’ and there is a sense of a nation bound by cricket’s rules of fair play,…

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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…

90 years on – the Treaty of Versailles

On 28th June 1919 the victors of World War I exacted their retribution on the defeated Germans and Ottomans. Britain, led by the Hellenophile Prime Minister Lloyd George, set up a new world order with disastrous consequences: stoking ambitions for a ‘Greater Greece’ leading to death and destruction on the Turkish mainland; humiliating terms imposed…

Iran, 1907 & 2007

The Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907 and Foreign Secretary David Milliband 2007…. In September 1907 the text of the Anglo-Russian Convention was doing the rounds in Western capitals. It declared that “the signatory Powers undertake to acknowledge and respect the integrity and independence of Persia…”. But then in a semantic somersault continued: “….and delimit their spheres…

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Casa Blanca, 1907

From the Church Times, 9 August 1907: “The bombardment by the French of Casa Blanca, anticipated though it has been……may be as the letting out of the waters – the beginning of a strife which may set in battle array the opposed forces of Christendom and Islamism. Publicists of repute have frequently of late years…

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Fancy That! Mr Bright – we are all ‘bad’ Muslims

Martin Bright in ‘When Progressives Treat with Reactionaries –  the British State’s flirtation with radical Islamism‘  laments the dominance of ‘political Islamism’ that has ‘crowded out’ the ‘liberal voices’. He is much exercised by ‘political Islamism’ and its attachment to the Shariah, seeing ‘signs of hope’ in ‘the Sufi majority, which has traditionally avoided politics’.…