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Samosas, Drinks and the EDL

  • July 12, 2011
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There was a bad result for the English Defence League (EDL) in my hometown of Cambridge on Saturday.   Some 200 EDL members attempted to march down Mill Road to protest outside the Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque in Mawson Road.    They were met by a counter-demonstration of 2,000 people, and prevented from reaching the mosque by a police cordon.

Mill Road has always been an ethnically and racially diverse area, with a high population of students and young people.  Keynote speaker MEP Richard Howitt told the Cambridge News how ‘As we all walked along...

Muslims Wearing Things: An Antidote to Bigotry

  • May 29, 2011
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Question: What do these photographs have in common?

 

Answer:   All of them are pictures of Muslims, and they can be found on the wonderful website Pictures of Muslims Wearing Things – a brilliantly imaginative antidote to the obsession with Muslim dress codes that has become a staple of contemporary Islamophobia.  It was created last...

Multiculturalism is Bad for You

  • April 22, 2011
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Superb article by  Liz Fekete at the Institute of Race Relations on the European-wide convergence between mainstream conservatives and the extreme-right in their attacks on multiculturalism.   Her central thesis is that, at a time of economic crisis

In singling out multiculturalism as a threat to national identity, the leaders of Europe’s centre-right parties are using...

Cameron Lets the Dogs Out

  • April 15, 2011
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Put yourself in David Cameron’s shoes.   May council elections are just around the corner and your Coalition government is taking a relentless political kicking.   Your cuts agenda is not only looking cruel but also incompetent, and now even the Royal College of Nursing has taken the unprecedented step of a no confidence vote...

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