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Yemen: stirring the cauldron

Yemen: stirring the cauldron

  • April 11, 2015
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What exactly has to happen in order to demonstrate once and for all that war and militarisation are not the solutions to the many problems that the Middle East faces?

The casualty estimates and death tolls from the countries our armies and special forces have fought or intervened in don’t seem to do the trick.  Neither the US nor the British governments pay much attention to those, and the US military doesn’t even bother to count dead bodies except its own.

State implosion and fragmentation, sectarian conflict and collapse – none of this seems to make...

After Cage: 10 Steps to Prevent Radicalization

After Cage: 10 Steps to Prevent Radicalization

  • March 09, 2015
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I’m grateful to the British media and political establishment for the rigorous, balanced, and honest debate that has taken place over the last week, which has enlightened me about the true objectives of the Muslim advocacy organization Cage.

I now understand that Cage’s purpose was not to defend Muslims who have been unjustly imprisoned or harassed...

Solidarity with Cage

  • February 28, 2015
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What do the British media and government do, when presented with the possibility that the transformation of a British Muslim into the latest ‘face of terror’ may have been partly due to his treatment at the hands of the security forces?     Essentially 4 things: a) Completely ignore any evidence that might support such...

Copenhagen: it’s Not About Free Speech

Copenhagen: it’s Not About Free Speech

  • February 16, 2015
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Whatever motivated Omar el-Hussein to attack a debate on free speech in Copenhagen, it’s probably safe to say that neither he nor the murderers of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists n had spent much time thinking through issues around freedom of expression, secularism and the place of religion within the public sphere.   It’s also doubtful...

Chapel Hill: Stop Calling it ‘Terrorism’

Chapel Hill: Stop Calling it ‘Terrorism’

  • February 14, 2015
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Were the Chapel Hill murders a hate-crime or an ‘ordinary’ crime in which the religious identity of the victims was not a factor?  Within hours of the killings, leading voices amongst the American conservative/’counterjihad’ movement were already denying or playing down any suggestion that the three victims were killed because they were Muslims.

At Frontpage Magazine...

The Chapel Hill Murders

The Chapel Hill Murders

  • February 12, 2015
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There are times when one feels numbed into a stupefaction by the horrors that churn through the mass media on an almost daily basis.   But the murders of the three North Carolina Muslim students Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha two days ago on a North Carolina...

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