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 – ┬áthe British State’s flirtation with radical Islamism‘ ┬álaments 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’.…