Censorship is OK for the lascars

So there are limits to freedom of expression after all! But not if it applies to Muslims. “Penguin Books India has agreed to withdraw from sale all copies of a book that takes an unorthodox view of Hinduism, and will pulp them as part of a settlement after a case was filed against the publisher.…

WoT & the deeper malaise

Dossier started in  October 2008 (Regularly updated)  There is a growing awareness of a deeper malaise….the botched and dishonest War on Terror (WoT) is a saga of authoritarianism, war mongering, political opportunism, commercial interests, manipulation and a means of deflecting attention from real social challenges… Eric Margolis in Commondreams.com: “Back in the Cold War, almost…

Rumy Hasan and the Census

The University of Sussex academic Rumy Hasan has recently made a bizarre observation linking the increase in Muslim population in Britain as recorded in the 2011 Census with the phenomenon of Islamophobia: A blunt truth needs pointing out: if it were the case that Europe was becoming a hot-bed of ant-Muslim racism/Islamophobia, why are so…

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WoT and the deeper malaise

                    John Naughton in the Observer, 29 December 2013:”…The ‘war’ on terror is …a rhetorical device aimed at engineering consent for a particular political strategy. But it was enough to provide legislative cover for the acquisition by the US intelligence-gathering agencies of warlike powers, which included…

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Baroness Cox, any advice?

…there was little surprising or revealing about the external dimensions of the conflict imposed upon Sudan….the national dialogue conference (Khartoum, November 1989) noted the part played by the pre-Independence British administration in separating the two parts of Sudan from each other, using and exploiting the South as a missionary ghetto, and leaving it backward and…

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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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Solidarity with Chowdhury Mueenuddin

          Support from the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales, Saleem Kidwai OBE: “I had the pleasure in working with Chowdhry Mueenuddin, he is a real gentleman, he has been an innocent victim of blind justice by a politically motivated judge and the judicial system….(See blog postings below). Also …

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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,…