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Simon Woolley rocks!

On Wednesday 5 March an extraordinary meeting of minds took place at the office of Operation Black Vote in Bethnal Green.  The theme was ‘The Power of the Black Vote’ and it aimed at creating a coalition of activists to put ‘race equality back on the agenda’.  The message: that it was essential for the…

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An evening at the 2013 Palestine Book Awards

  Among the distinguished guests at the 2013 Palestine Book Awards  at the Paddington Hilton in London on 14 November was the redoubtable veteran journalist Abdel Bari Atwan, who received the lifetime achievement award for his journalistic and literary work. Atwan stepped down as editor in chief of Al Quds Al Arabi earlier this year. He…

An evening with Royalty

Prince Charles’s voice of moderation and understanding charmed Muslims gathered at a gala dinner organised by Islamic Relief on 17th December 2009 Prince Charles was immaculate, in a black suit and bow tie, with a navy blue silk handkerchief in a fluted arrangement emerging from his left breast pocket. “May God bless you, Sir”, with…

An hour with the Archbishop

It is not often that an Archbishop of Canterbury visits the Trade Union Congress. The Church of England is sometimes described as the Conservative Party at prayer – but its present head is sufficiently his own man to be respected across the political spectrum. Dr Rowan Williams delivered the first keynote address of the day…

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The Alhambra literary fair

Jamila Sherif at the Alhambra literary fair [with accounts of Tariq Ramadan and Adhaf Soueif The 4-day literary Hay Festival at the Alhambra 3-6th April was a unique and highly enjoyable cultural event which included lectures, discussion, poetry recitals, bookstalls, book signings, film showings and music concerts. Granada once again became a great cultural meeting point reminding…

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Not my cup of tea

  Ms Anona chokes on her tea – Finding a Suitable Boy – encounter 2 Not long after the boy with the Orange hair disaster my mum recieved a call from a family friend, an Aunty who I hold in very high regard. For the sake of this blog. let’s refer to the aunty on…

Headscarf encounters

  Salaam’s new blogger Ms Anona starts her account PART 1 Since the age of about 21 I’ve been feeling a slight underlying pressure to get married. It’s not so much that any of my family has ever forced marriage in my face…well not till recently! But more the fact that as a young Asian…

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Discovering 2PAC Shakur

Cricklewood Blogger’s link with gangsta rap is a tenuous one, but the story begins with an event organised by the local youth charity, Amal Trust. In the last fortnight he has learnt about Bloods and Crips, and this man they call 2PAC Shakur. The first induction was at Amal Trust’s happy and raucous Eid Party…

Le Grand Voyage is a 2004 film written and directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi

Remarkable film of father & son on road to Mecca

If director Ismail Ferroukhi intended that ‘Le Grande Voyage‘ should be a story where the journey is just as important as the destination, then he has achieved this with distinction…. Le Grand Voyage – a trip worth taking This remarkable film captures the relationship between a disaffected son and father on a road trip from…