Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Egypt – What Can I Say?

// August 16th, 2008 // 9 Comments » // Blog

It seems the government of Egypt still feels indebted to the Children of Israel, for all that nasty slavery business back in the day of Moses, peace be upon him. Which means they are now willing to do anything to make it up to them; including helping to maintain the oppression of another group of innocents, by denying the transport of essential medical supplies into Gaza via their border with Israel.

Well, better late than never, eh guys? {shakes head}

Taken from a press release written by “EGYPT LET THE Scottish VAN CROSS TO GAZA NOW & End the Siege” Facebook group:

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Warning: Thought Explosion Imminent

// July 8th, 2008 // 4 Comments » // Blog

Alhamdulillah, lots to talk about; even more to think about. It has been an eventful evening.

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Another Dispatches Documentary

// July 6th, 2008 // 4 Comments » // Blog

But this time it might be more fair to Muslims, inshā’Allāh.


Monday 7 July 2008 at 8pm on Channel 4

Dispatches: It Shouldn't Happen to a Muslim

On the third anniversary of the 7/7 London Bombings, political commentator and journalist Peter Oborne investigates whether these attacks and the fear of terrorism has fuelled the rise of violence, intolerance and hatred against British Muslims. He discovers that for many in the Muslim community, Britain is becoming a very frightening place. Dispatches meets a range of British Muslims who now live in daily fear, some because their homes are constantly vandalised, others because they or family have suffered devastatingly violent attacks.

An exclusive ICM opinion poll commissioned for Dispatches reveals the extent to which Muslims have experienced hostility, abuse and prejudice since 7/7. The same poll also reveals the general public's attitudes towards Islam and relations with Muslims.

Since the bombings there has understandably been much press coverage of the attacks and other terrorist incidents. Oborne investigates whether this coverage has had the side-effect of portraying Islam and British Muslims in a relentlessly negative fashion, leading to the demonization of a diverse group of two million people, most of whom have nothing to do with terrorism.

Dispatches commissioned a sophisticated study of press coverage from Cardiff University's School of Journalism. The research examined articles published in the British press over the last eight years and their depiction of Muslims and Islam. The troubling results of the study are revealed in the film.

Oborne also investigates the sources and accuracy of a rash of press stories that have entered the public consciousness – such as a London council 'banning Christmas' out of deference to Muslims and a 'Muslim hate mob' wrecking a house rented to returning soldiers from Afghanistan.

Oborne concludes that in today's climate the media say things about Islam and Muslims they would never say about other groups. When he replaces the word' 'Muslim' in some recent headlines with 'Jews', 'Blacks' and 'Gays' and shows them to members of the public, they find those headlines deeply offensive.

In his first interview since leaving the Metropolitan Police, the man who headed anti-terror operations on 7/7 and afterwards, former assistant commissioner Andy Hayman talks about the poor relations between Muslims and the security services.

There will also be an opportunity to put your questions to Peter Oborne in a live web chat that will take place on the Channel 4 website after the Dispatches programme finishes at 9pm on Monday 7th July.

I think I'm going to have to record it, cos I'll be attending a talk with Suhaib Webb around that time, inshā’Allāh. I missed a course that he was running this weekend in London, cos I had guests. {sad face}

But all things for a reason, eh? Alhamdulillah.

Podcast Review Series

// May 4th, 2008 // No Comments » // Blog

I have posted my first podcast review for Ijtema. Check it aat, innit.

Plus a big “what the hey?” at the election of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London. And a huge “May God save us all” at the election of a British National Party rep to the London Assembly. They needed 5% of the total vote to get in – they got 5.33%.

Not cool, people. Not cool at all.

It really makes me wonder what Londoners have been smoking lately – and how desperate certain members of the white population must be to vote for a bunch of bigoted racist scum, like the BNP?

At this rate, I may consider spending the next four years back in Leicester.

Counter-Terrorism Bill – Great Quote

// April 2nd, 2008 // No Comments » // Blog

TheyWorkForYou.com notified me of a recent House of Commons debate on the Counter-Terrorism Bill. Browsing through I was particularly tickled by the following speech made by Robert Marshall-Andrews, Labour MP for Medway (I especially liked the bit I highlighted in bold):

In the past six months, we have heard a great deal about Britishness—indeed the former Attorney-General was put in charge of it, perhaps as a consolation, but more likely as a punishment for his term in office. In truth, that was wholly unnecessary. We do not need to be taught about Britishness, or about flags and ceremonies. Britishness has many great attributes at its root, but civil liberties are not one of them. Civil liberties are not an attribute of being British. They are the defining characteristic of our nation. They are what we are.

That is not hyperbolic; I mention it simply because what comes from it is the enormously high burden and standard of proof required in this House if any Government attempt in any way to circumscribe or check those liberties. My first point, which has been made extraordinarily well already, is that there is no evidence whatever to vote for the Bill—none. Hopeful statements of desiderata are not evidence. Statements from senior police officers saying, “I would really like this,” or, “I would really, really, really like this,” or, “It would be very useful,” or, “I need this,” are not evidence. Evidence is what needs to be put before the House, and there is none, so the Bill must not be voted for.

Read the rest of his statement here… 

Benazir Bhutto: RIP

// December 27th, 2007 // 9 Comments » // Blog

I didn't believe what I was reading when I clicked on the MuslimMatters bookmark in my feedreader: Benazir Bhutto has been murdered in a savage terrorist attack. This is a tragedy for the entire country; not due to the loss of a controversial political leader, but due to the destruction of civil diplomacy, liberty and justice.

May Allāh have mercy on the soul of our sister in Islam; may Allāh have mercy on the citizens of Pakistan.

MM: Benazir Bhutto killed in Terrorist Attack

Ranting on Ijtema

// November 12th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

I've received a semi-complaint by a lovely reader, enquiring when i was going to post something the rest of you guys can read! Well, i did today, but it's over at Ijtema: The Muslim Bashing Must End.

I'm getting pretty fed up with Muslim-on-Muslim bashing. No, i'm not referring to the Shia versus Sunni violence prevalent in Iraq, nor the Sufi versus Salafi rhetoric found on countless forums and blogs spread across the net. Rather, I am referring to this kind of talk:

“Oh, the Muslims are so stupid…”

“Oh, the Muslims are so lazy…”

“Oh, the Muslims are so backward…”

Blah! Blah! Blah!

All from the mouths of everyday Muslims.

Don't you guys get it?

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT YOURSELVES.

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I look forward to your comments, inshā’Allāh. And yes, i was quite annoyed when i wrote the entry – can you tell? {grin}

Please also check out the latest MuslimMatters entry written by bro Amad, about saying Neo to Giuliani!

This is a campaign to bring all Americans together, liberals and conservatives towards a common cause: keeping, what Tom Hayden calls, the most dangerous candidate, out of the White House! If you don't like George Bush's policies, then you should know that Giuliani is far more of a threat to world peace than Bush ever was.

The non-US readers may think, “So what? This doesn't concern me!”, but it really does. America is not called a “super-power” for nothing. The least you can do is keep abreast of US affairs, even if you cannot directly influence them. Please read the entry, and sign up to the campaign if you agree with the sentiment.

Comments on this entry are closed – please leave your valued thoughts at the entries highlighted above!

Anti-Americanism – House of Lords Debate

// October 10th, 2007 // 2 Comments » // Blog

Just read an interesting speech by Lord Saatchi on Anti-Americanism, which i C&Ped below… the full debate can be found here.

My Lords, I am most grateful to the usual channels for arranging this debate, and I thank noble Lords who are here to speak today. I am looking forward to the contributions of distinguished speakers and, with great anticipation, to hearing the responses of my noble friend Lord Howell and the Minister. I also thank the House of Lords Library and the Politeia think tank for their help with preparatory research for this evening's debate.

Americans today may be perplexed and confused about the way in which America is perceived in the world. They may feel like Josef K in Kafka's The Trial. Noble Lords will recall the opening lines:

“Someone must have laid false accusations against Josef K because one morning he was arrested without having done anything wrong”.

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Superiority Of Western Values

// October 4th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

This looks interesting:

Intelligence Squared Presents:

RELUCTANCE TO ASSERT SUPERIORITY OF WESTERN VALUES

Date: Tuesday 9th October 2007
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Venue: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

This month's debate will put discuss the statement: We should not be reluctant to assert the 'superiority' of Western values. As usual we will have a distinguished panel of guests who will speak 'for' or 'against' the motion.

For the motion: Douglas Murray, David Aaronovitch, Ibn Warraq
Against the motion: Tariq Ramadan, William Dalrymple, Charles Glass

The debate will be chaired by Edward Lucas and will be available by web-cast the following afternoon on our website. Tickets are £20 each. All welcome to participate.

For more information and bookings please contact:
Tel: 020 7494 3345
E-mail: info[at]intelligencesquared[dot]com
Website: www.intelligencesquared.com

Seeking The Middle Ground

// September 10th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

[Warning: another entry inspired by Facebook!]

I recently joined a new group on Facebook, titled: “A Muslim dummies guide to British political parties and what their policies actually mean for Muslims“. The aim is – and i quote:

“A confused.com sort of comparison site for each of the parties in terms of where exactly they stand on specific issues compared to the others. If rumours of a snap autumn election are to be believed then we need to be paying much more attention to all the new policies appearing each week. It is getting quite tough to compare on many issues, so please help fill in the missing info so we can fairly show what each party is doing in specific areas of concern to us.”

I welcomed the creation of such a group. Even though i am not in a position to contribute much to the discussions, at present, i am all for learning new things, especially that which concern me as a British citizen. However, i do have one niggling worry in the back of my mind. Whenever Muslims start discussing politics, and especially party politics, it is almost guaranteed that the same old, fiery debate will kick in: to vote or not to vote? That is the question (apparently).

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