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The ‘shy’ killer

There is a marked discrepancy in the media’s treatment of killer and mosque bomber Pavlo Lapshyn and the way the Muslim ‘threat’  is highlighted by British populist politicians and media. In the case of Lapshyn, here is very much the ‘lone operator’. The Police, so preoccupied with hunting ‘Muslim terrorists’,  were amazingly slow in picking…

Democracy

Democracy as we define it!

Even before anti-Morsi coup! The French encouraged the Algerian generals to subvert the FIS victory in 1991…the US plotted to do something similar in Turkey against Erbakan’s democratically elected Refah Party in 1996-97 The Zaman newspaper reports, “The parliamentary Commission to Investigate Coups and Military Memorandums is due to investigate a claim that the military…

Hit for a Six – the first tranche

Our tart MPs So this notoriously Muslim-hostile MP Denis Macshane has had to resign – for “deceiving” Parliament’s expenses authority [November 2012]. Ironical for someone with a PhD in Economics! Where else has this gentleman been economical with the truth? Perhaps in his comments on Muslims in Britain and their institutions: ” The sanctimonious Muslim…

Islamophobia

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,…

oic

Wind of change at OIC?

  A veteran Muslim activist writes exclusively for Salaam Blogs, “A wind of change is blowing again in the Muslim world’s organization of foremost importance – the OIC. As the current incumbent of the office of the secretary general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu (69) clears the desk after completing his two terms stint as the head of…

Afghanistan

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,…

Islamophobia

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…

Sacrilege

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…

Britain’s Formal Apologies

        Political leaders are to be commended when they acknowledge the State’s responsibilities for misdemeanor and criminality. However the process seems selective – some events merit contrition, but not others…   David Cameron apology over Hillsborough cover-up, September 2012: “Mr Cameron told the House of Commons the panel found the safety of…

Charton Street Market

London Scenes

Charton Street comes to life on Fridays when it is blocked off from the traffic and market stalls line up both sides of the street. It is busiest around mid-day – Bangladeshi matrons in hijab, younger Mums with their push chairs, Somali school girls, workers from the local offices. There are council flats all around…