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Muslim woman was doused in alcohol on train in Islamophobic attack, study reveals

6 hours 27 min ago

Incident one of many in study of hate crime that lays bare UK Muslims’ reluctance to report abuse and lack of support from wider public

A Muslim woman was showered in alcohol in a violent Islamophobic attack on a train as other passengers silently watched on, researchers have revealed.

The incident was one of many hate attacks on Muslims uncovered in a study by criminologists Imran Awan of Birmingham City University and Dr Irene Zempi of Nottingham Trent University. The full report, commissioned by Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks), will be unveiled in parliament on Tuesday.

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Fringe radicals won't undermine Australia's love of multiculturalism unless we let them

16 hours 56 min ago

Violence in the name of Islam, and anti-Muslim protests, could be seen as a sign of a fracturing society. Let’s keep our perspective; our public debate is actually improving

As Australians we typically think of ourselves as relaxed and welcoming people. So it has been sad to see so many police deployed in Bendigo and Parramatta during the past week or so. It’s not often that we need police out in force to keep the peace.

Thankfully, anti-Muslim protests have not led to any major or serious violence. Police managed to prevent the clashes with anti-racism protestors that have occurred in the past.

Related: Fighting hatred with hatred at Reclaim Australia rallies is a failure of progressive politics | Brad Chilcott

We know from experience that our multicultural society is robust enough to repudiate hatred and intolerance.

Related: Hell will freeze over before I pull out of Reclaim Australia's rally | George Christensen

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Extremism must be tackled without demonising Muslims, cleric tells Q&A

12 October, 2015 - 20:36

Sheikh Wesam Charkawi says problems of identity among young Muslims must be dealt with by the whole community

Violent extremism can be tackled without demonising Muslim communities, in the same way the causes of domestic violence are being addressed without demonising all men, an Islamic cleric has said.

Also on Monday’s Q&A, a former neo-Nazi shared a first-hand account of the appeal of extremism, describing how “all of sudden the world is no longer complex, it’s literally black-and-white”.

Related: Muslim community split in response to violence committed in name of Islam

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Nadiya Hussain: despite winning Bake Off, I am a mother above all else

12 October, 2015 - 19:33

After a tough start in the tent, the 30-year-old from Leeds came into her own and became an accidental ambassador for British Muslims

Being a role model for British Muslims was something the Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Jamir Hussain never expected, but being a stay-at-home mother is the identity she feels most at ease with.

Hussain told the Guardian: “Growing up, I didn’t see that many Muslims on TV, and we don’t see many now. But essentially I am a mother, and that’s the job I know best. For me it’s important to instil ... in my children ... that they can do whatever they like and they don’t have to be held back – no matter what their religion and colour, they can achieve what they want through hard work. That’s the message I want to send my children. And it’s nice to be able to do the same for a wider audience: if I have, amazing.”

Related: Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain: ‘I wasn’t thinking about representing Muslims, I was thinking about my bakes’

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Saudi prince says kingdom will remain in charge of hajj after deadly stampede

12 October, 2015 - 01:48

Turki al-Faisal says pilgrimage is a “matter of sovereignty”, following accusations of mismanagement of the event

Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal has rejected the idea of sharing the administration of the annual hajj pilgrimage with other Muslim nations, saying Riyadh considers it “a matter of sovereignty” and a “privilege”.

The senior member of the Saudi royal family spoke to The Associated Press in the wake of mounting criticism of last month’s disastrous crush of pilgrims outside the holy city of Mecca, which killed over 1,400 people, according to an AP count.

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Nawal El Saadawi: ‘Do you feel you are liberated? I feel I am not’

11 October, 2015 - 07:30

As her books are reissued here, the formidable Nawal El Saadawi, medical doctor, author, campaigner against female genital mutilation and for 45 years the voice of Egyptian feminism, is coming to the UK. At 83, she is as combative as ever…

Nawal El Saadawi, the great Egyptian feminist and writer, lives on the 26th floor of a biscuit-coloured Cairo tower block about half an hour by car from Tahrir Square. Built in the 1990s, it seems much older, its forbidding brutalist exterior sprayed with wonky satellite dishes and precarious air conditioning units, its stifling lift threatening at every floor to judder permanently to a halt.

“No, I am not rich,” she notes, waving an arm in the gloom of her book-lined sitting room, which is shuttered against the noonday heat. But then, since when were dissident writers in it for the money, especially in Eygpt, where copyright is, to put it mildly, tricky to enforce? “Publishers have always taken from me!” she says, her voice rising indignantly. “But still, I am privileged even though I’m poor. I am in the 5%. I have an apartment and air conditioning. Some people in Egypt live in graves, and they’re the lucky ones. Some don’t even have a grave.”

[In prison] one of the prostitutes smuggled an eye pencil to me, and I wrote my memoirs with it on toilet paper

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Hobart pro-diversity supporters outnumber anti-Islam protesters five to one

11 October, 2015 - 00:58

About 10 people turned up to Franklin Square for a United Patriots Front rally on Saturday, compared with about 50 counter-protesters

An anti-Islam rally in Hobart fizzled in the face of opposition from rival pro-diversity supporters who outnumbered the protesters five to one.

About 10 people turned up to Franklin Square for a United Patriots Front rally on Saturday, compared with about 50 counter-protesters, ABC News reported.

Related: Pro-diversity and anti-mosque protesters rally in Bendigo

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Protesters decry Islam outside Phoenix mosque: 'They want to take over'

10 October, 2015 - 23:34

Islamic Community Center of Phoenix sees gathering of more than 120 demonstrators on either side of the issue, many carrying weapons

Demonstrators squared off outside a Phoenix mosque amid a heavy police presence on Saturday, during the highest-profile of a series of anti-Islam rallies that were planned to be staged nationwide.

Related: US Muslim leaders brace for protests with potentially armed demonstrators

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Turkey is in shock – but many will have seen this attack coming

10 October, 2015 - 18:38

As Turkey comes to terms with the worst terrorist outrage in its history, the dealings of Tayyip Erdoğan’s government will come under scrutiny

The blame for the horrific bomb attacks in Ankara that killed 86 people at a rally involving Kurdish peace activists is likely to fall on Islamic State terrorists operating across Turkey’s long border with Syria and Iraq. But the proximity of Turkish general elections, due on 1 November, is certain to raise suspicions among opposition parties that dark forces supportive of the hardline government led by president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may be involved.

Isis‎ is in open conflict with Kurdish nationalist fighters in both northern Iraq and Syria. Last July a suicide bomber or bombers, reportedly of Turkish origin, attacked a pro-Kurdish peace rally in Suruç in the south-east of the country. On that occasion, 37 people were killed.

Related: Ankara attacks: innocent hearts beating for peace are brutally stopped

Related: Turkey terror attack: scores killed in twin Ankara blasts

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Pro-diversity and anti-mosque protesters in standoff in Bendigo park

10 October, 2015 - 05:29

A heavy police presence keeps rival demonstrations apart in Bendigo as hundreds gather, either to oppose a mosque development or support it

Related: Anti-mosque protesters 'bringing hate and bigotry' to Bendigo, says premier

Rival protest groups have converged on a park in central Bendigo, Victoria, where a standoff was under way on Saturday afternoon.

Related: Victoria police will guard mosques after warnings about rightwing protests

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The day I met the other victims of extremism: boys brainwashed to kill | Stan Grant

10 October, 2015 - 01:20

Most of the victims are Muslims – and as I saw as a war correspondent in Pakistan, the killers are often mere children turned against their own

In the mountains of Pakistan I met young men who would have killed me. They would have slit my throat, put a bullet in my brain, caved in my skull with a rock. After I was dead they would have severed my head from my body and displayed it as a warning to all.

Related: The stigmatisation of Muslims as 'could-be terrorists' has produced a toxic social order | Randa Abdel-Fattah

Related: Parramatta shooting: speculation is plentiful but the facts are few

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Muslim community split in response to violence committed in name of Islam

9 October, 2015 - 22:32

The problem with blowback against Ben Carson? 'People take him too literally'

9 October, 2015 - 20:07

The Republican presidential candidate has come under fire after a slew of incendiary comments touching on everything from 9/11 to the Holocaust. Can it be that it was all so simple as a misreading of his intent?

Ben Carson has a way with words. With the exception of Donald Trump, who has more practice, Carson is the most quotable presidential candidate in the current Republican field.

Related: Ben Carson claims Jewish people might have stopped Holocaust if they had guns

He’s trying to provoke discussion in an area that he thinks has not been appropriately discussed up to that time

Related: Ben Carson's healing hands and bedside manner have GOP donors dreaming

Ben’s used to dealing with people who are just about as informed, in a highly specialized field, as he is

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Doubts over David Cameron’s equality claims | Letters from Jonathan Lynn and others

9 October, 2015 - 19:11

David Cameron’s pitch for the centre ground was also reflected in his reference to the poor outcomes of care leavers (A watershed moment? Deeds not words will decide, 8 October). In doing so he was following in the footsteps of Tony Blair, who in his first term of office introduced legislation and a raft of policy measures. Paradoxically, under Blair, Brown and Cameron’s coalition, though leaving-care services improved, there has been very little change in outcomes, as central and local government services failed to address three fundamental issues that blight care leavers’ adult lives.

First, too many young people move around the care system – a third of young people leaving care at 16-plus have between five and 10 placements. Second, very few young people do well at school and in their GCSEs – only about 7% go on to university. And third, young people leave care at a younger age than other young people – half of 20- to 24-year-olds in the UK are living with a parent, whereas most young people leave care between 16 and 18.

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US Muslim leaders brace for protests with potentially armed demonstrators

9 October, 2015 - 18:14

Communities across the US worry over a gathering storm this weekend dubbed the Global Rally for Humanity: ‘There is so much misunderstanding’

Muslim leaders of mosques in some 20 cities in the US, including Phoenix and Oklahoma City, are preparing for anti-Islam demonstrations scheduled for Friday and Saturday by a loose group of potentially armed rightwing protesters.

Various Facebook pages are promoting the protests and calling on followers to go to any mosque, Muslim establishment or Islamic organization and voice their opinion on Saturday, 10 October.

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Hajj stampede death toll raised to 1,453

9 October, 2015 - 14:09

Latest figure for tragedy at religious site outside Mecca, compiled by the Associated Press, is nearly twice official Saudi estimate

A fresh tally of casualties killed in a stampede near Mecca last month has raised the death toll to 1,453, making this year’s incident the deadliest recorded during the hajj.

The figure, compiled by the Associated Press, was gathered from officials and statements by 19 countries whose citizens were declared dead at the pilgrimage.

The figure is substantially higher than official Saudi figures. The kingdom’s government had placed the death toll at 769 during the stampede near Mina, a religious site outside the holy city, where religious rites are conducted as part of the pilgrimage.

The incident sparked a diplomatic row. Iran, which announced that 465 of its nationals were killed, blamed its regional rival, Saudi Arabia, for failing to protect worshippers at Islam’s holiest sites and condemned its leadership.

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The ‘Muslim penalty’ in the workplace can be overcome | Miqdaad Versi

9 October, 2015 - 12:58
A Demos report highlights what really holds British Muslims back professionally, and how government and communities can act to help future generations

Amid the tub-thumping rhetoric on security and madrasas earlier this week, the prime minister also rightly spoke about the need to end discrimination and “finish the fight for real equality”. A report released today by the cross-party thinktank Demos highlights how British Muslims are strongly under-represented in the “top professions” compared to the population at large, and refers to the “Muslim penalty” that exists across ethnic groups in the labour market.

Related: Cameron accuses Corbyn of 'Britain-hating ideology' in conference speech

More than half the British population see Muslims as a threat

Related: It’s time the media treated Muslims fairly | Miqdaad Versi

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Malcolm Turnbull bins Team Australia and dials down the rhetoric | Lenore Taylor

9 October, 2015 - 09:53

Tony Abbott divided Australians into ‘us’ and ‘them’ but the new PM’s recasting of these roles could help make the country – in all its diversity – a little bit safer

Malcolm Turnbull has binned “Team Australia” and we have so many reasons to say “good riddance”.

Tony Abbott liked to use the term, which portrayed the Australian community as a pre-existing “team” which migrant communities had to show they wanted to join, an “us” deciding on membership applications from a “them”.

Related: Tony Abbott's 'death cult' act is already wearing thin | Richard Ackland

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Muslims who don't like Australia should 'get out' – Parramatta mosque chairman

9 October, 2015 - 07:06

‘We do not need scumbags in the community,’ Neil El-Kadomi says after first sermon since 15-year-old Farhad Jabar shot police employee Curtis Cheng

The chairman of the Parramatta mosque, where a teenager prayed before shooting dead a police employee, has said Muslims who reject Australian values should “get out”.

Related: Malcolm Turnbull urges Australians to show 'mutual respect' in battle against extremism

Related: Parramatta shooting: speculation is plentiful but the facts are few

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