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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 typically rigorous, balanced, and honest debate that has taken place over the last week, which has now 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 may have been unjustly imprisoned or harassed as a result of the post-9/11 directives of the war on terror, but that its members are in fact closet jihadists and fellow-travellers with al-Qaeda.

Admittedly I had my doubts about whether Cage might be...

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

  • 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 and the Copenhagen had spent much time thinking through issues around freedom of expression, secularism and the place of religion within the public sphere.   It...

Chapel Hill: Stop calling it ‘terrorism’

  • February 14, 2015
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Within hours, the Chapel Hill murders were subjected to competing arguments about whether the tragedy was a ‘hate-crime’ against Muslims or an ‘ordinary’ crime in which the religious identity of the victims was not a major factor.     The case against was presented at its most extreme by leading voices amongst the American conservative/’counterjihad’...

The Chapel Hill Murders

  • February 12, 2015
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There are times when one feels numbed into a stupefied sense of inevitability by the routine flow of horrors that churns 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...

ISIS: sadism as strategy

  • February 09, 2015
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Ever since it began its astonishing rampage through central Iraq last year, the organization known as Daesh/ISIS has demonstrated a propensity for extreme violence and cruelty that has made its predecessors looked comparatively mild by comparison.     At times ISIS almost appears to engaged in some kind of competition with itself, to surpass each...

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