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…

Hazel Blears

Political Engagement is not for You!

One would have thought that Muslim participation in electoral politics would be welcomed as a sign of engagement and interest in the national conversation. However some would prefer Muslims to remain docile; the ‘best Muslims’ are those who stay out of politics…see former Labour Cabinet Minister Hazel Blears’s statement below….. May 2012 “An analysis of…

Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part VIII

Afghanistan met General Guthrie’s ‘just war’ criteria! Sir John Keegan, military historian, thought ‘orientals’ preferred treachery and deceit as the best ways to overcome an enemy! Veteran Catholic economist donning Neo-Con plummage, Michael Novak, rationalised “that a limited and carefully conducted war to bring about a change of regime in Afghanistan was morally obligatory.” Read…

Islamophobia

Islamophobia – the facts, PART II

Muslim-bashing in the media: “the British press has a long history of megalomaniacal, reactionary and criminal proprietors. Some, such as Conrad Black, ended up in prison or, in the case of Robert Maxwell, would have done if he hadn’t died. Others, such as the migrant-and-Muslim-baiting pornographer Richard Desmond, merely emphasise how narrow and dysfunctional media…

Wikileaks and Muslims in Britain – archive

DISCLOSURES: 3rd Feb 2011 SUBJECT: CONSERVATIVE PARTY LEADER ON AFGHANISTAN/PAKISTAN 9th April 2009 SUBJECT: REPORTS THAT BRITAIN IS IMPORTING PAKISTANI IMAMS ARE EXAGGERATED, 24th April 2008 SUBJECT: PROPOSALS FOR AMBASSADOR’S CT FUND 18th April 2008 SUBJECT: ANTI-EXTREMIST CAMPAIGN TO REVERSE UK RADICALISATION, 5th Jan 2008 SUBJECT: EUR SENIOR ADVISOR PANDITH AND S/P ADVISOR COHEN’S VISIT…

No Breasts Please! We are Muslim

At one time, the Western stereotype of the Oriental Muslim was the debauched, sensuous crazy person – now it seems there has been a 180 degree turn… CASE STUDY 1 – DENMARK “Want to immigrate to Denmark? Then you need to be able to handle to look at a pair of naked women’s breasts, at…

Big Society needs Small Brother

The more Salaam Blogger hears of the Big Society idea, the more he feels like exclaiming ‘The Emperor has no clothes’. If you read the small print the Big Society is basically about the minimisation of the Government’s public sector spending. And who gets hit worst by this? Those sections of the population that are…

A tale of two dames

On 18th June 2010 the British Muslim community learnt from the columns of the Daily Telegraph that the Home Secretary had issued a banning order on the well-known Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik of India, thus preventing him from taking up speaking engagements in Britain. The reasons given were his ‘unacceptable behaviour’, so that his…

Islam Expo clears its name

Stephen Pollard’s polemics have landed the Spectator magazine in trouble? And who is this gentleman? He is the one who once said: “Americans have bled to free Iraq, and we won’t hesitate now to use overwhelming force to stop a few cowards from ruining what our own dead helped to achieve…” Can anyone with such…