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Gilbert & George: 'The rightwing press may be unpleasant but they're polite'

6 hours 40 min ago

As a mammoth retrospective of the London duo’s 45-year career opens at Mona in Tasmania, the partners in art and life reflect on mullahs, vicars, homophobic journalists and the sure-fire way to spot a leftie

My meeting with Gilbert & George kicks off with a confession. I had a very strong reaction to their art.

“It was noticeable,” George says, with a wry smile. “You went up in smoke.”

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We want our art to: bring out the bigot from inside the liberal and conversely to bring out the liberal from inside the bigot.

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Gods are artificial, made by human beings to terrorise the humans beings

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Of course we watch TV. What do you think, we're weird or something?

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Sydney Muslims feel at home despite very high racism exposure, survey finds

6 hours 42 min ago

Survey of 600 Muslims finds they are three to five times more likely to experience extreme levels of bigotry compared with other Australians

Muslims in Sydney are three to five times more likely to experience “very high rates of exposure to racism” compared with Australians in general, a study shows.

But about 97% of the nearly 600 Muslims surveyed said relations between them and non-Muslims were friendly and that they felt “a very strong sense of belonging”, the report’s key author, professor Kevin Dunn, said.

Related: Muslims feel inadequately protected by the Racial Discrimination Act – report

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MP says 'tyranny of political correctness' stops debate on Islam and extremism

7 hours 41 min ago

Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly responds to motion, put by LNP backbencher George Christensen, calling for action against radical Islam

The “tyranny of political correctness” is preventing a frank conversation about the role of Islam in extremism, Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly has said, as conservative members of the Coalition strengthen their rhetoric on anti-radicalisation.

Kelly was speaking to a motion put by LNP backbencher George Christensen, which called for action against radical Islam in Australia.

Related: Why do Islamist groups in particular seem so much more sadistic, even evil? | Kenan Malik

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Donald Trump: I was '100% right' about Muslims cheering 9/11 attacks

29 November, 2015 - 18:56

Republican presidential candidate says he won’t take back remarks despite fact-checkers having debunked them

Donald Trump insisted on Sunday he was “100% right” when he said he saw Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center – even though fact-checkers have debunked his claim.

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Josh Frydenberg says grand mufti had 'graphic failure' of leadership

29 November, 2015 - 08:09

Liberal minster criticises Ibrahim Abu Mohammed’s response to the Paris attacks, but Labor calls for MPs to try to unite, rather than divide

Australia’s grand mufti sought to cover up his “graphic failure” in leadership shortly after this month’s deadly Paris attacks, the resources minister, Josh Frydenberg, said.

Related: Five things Australia's grand mufti may or may not have said about the Paris attacks

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Donald Trump: 'Worldwide, Muslims were going wild' after 9/11 attacks

28 November, 2015 - 22:44

Republican presidential candidate reframes comments after saying Muslims in Jersey City cheering following attacks on World Trade Center

The Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday reframed his claim that he saw Muslims in Jersey City cheering the attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan on 11 September 2001, by asserting the sentiment was shared worldwide.

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Why Republican frontrunners get away with harsh anti-Muslim rhetoric

28 November, 2015 - 17:26

Muslims are a small voting bloc - so leading GOP candiates get away with making inflammatory statements against Islam

Some leading Republican presidential candidates seem to view Muslims as fair game for increasingly harsh words that they might use with more caution against any other group, for fear of the political cost. So far, such strategy is winning support from conservatives influential in picking the nominee.

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After Paris, Luton wages its own battle for hearts and minds of homegrown radicals

28 November, 2015 - 16:29
In the Bedfordshire town labelled as a centre of extremism, police chiefs and Muslim leaders are fighting to challenge the lure of Isis

Just off Dunstable Road, obscured behind the scaffolding for yet another extension, is the redbrick frame of what was once the biggest purpose-built mosque in Europe. Inside, after midday prayers, Mohammed Shafait is wondering why the government is belittling his mosque’s efforts to counter extremism.

“They don’t want to know. They should know our intentions by visiting and working with us, but no,” says the president of Luton Central Mosque in Bury Park, home to the majority of the town’s 50,000 Muslims.

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Several die in Nigeria suicide attack near Kano

27 November, 2015 - 17:32

At least 21 killed and many wounded after suicide bomber targets Shia Muslim procession in Dakasoye

A suicide bomber has killed at least 21 people at a Shia Muslim procession in northern Nigeria.

The attack happened in the village of Dakasoye, about 13 miles (20 km) south of Kano, during a march by followers of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

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Fellow poets protest Saudi death sentence facing Ashraf Fayadh

27 November, 2015 - 11:28

Carol Ann Duffy, Paul Muldoon and Adonis among writers signing PEN letter calling on Saudi courts to free Palestinian poet convicted of apostasy, and to allow freedom of expression

Poets from around the world are lining up in solidarity with the Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, with the Syrian poet Adonis, Ireland’s Paul Muldoon and Britain’s poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy among the signatories to a letter laying out how “appalled” they are at the death sentence he has been handed by Saudi Arabian authorities.

Fayadh was sentenced to death last week for renouncing Islam, a charge which he denies. Evidence used against him included poems from his collection Instructions Within, which is banned in Saudi Arabia, as well as his posts on Twitter, and a conversation he had in a coffee shop in Abha which was said to be blasphemous. He was given 30 days to appeal the sentence.

Related: Cultural figures and rights groups call for release of poet facing execution

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I know Isis fighters. Western bombs falling on Raqqa will fill them with joy | Jürgen Todenhöfer

27 November, 2015 - 06:00

Militants in Syria dream of a big showdown with the US and Europe. There are other ways to defeat them

Since the Paris attacks, western politicians have been walking open-eyed into a trap set by the terrorists – just like they did after 9/11. They retaliate with bombs, even though bombs are one of the main reasons why we are facing terrorism in the first place: because bombs predominantly kill innocent people, and thus help to create fresh recruits for the terrorist cause.

As I learned from spending time interviewing Islamic State members in Syria and northern Iraq, George W Bush’s “war on terror” turned out to be a classic terrorist recruitment programme of this kind. In 2001 there were roughly a couple of hundred terrorists in the mountains of the Hindu Kush who posed a threat to the international community. Now, after the war on terror has claimed what some estimate to be as many as one million Iraqi lives, we are facing some 100,000 terrorists. Isis was created six months after the start of the invasion: it is Bush’s baby.

Related: Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq | Seumas Milne

A bombing strategy will above all hit Syria’s population. This will fill Isis fighters with joy

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The story of a radicalisation: 'I was not thinking my thoughts. I was not myself'

26 November, 2015 - 14:52

Maysa, a teenager from Brussels, was a music fan and a ‘ray of sunshine’ at school. But a chance encounter on social media had changed her within a year

Maysa watches the streets of Brussels through the bus windows. Cafes, a town hall, shops, offices, pavements grey in the November rain. Her thoughts are elsewhere.

“I was so nearly there, just hours from leaving. I was there in my head: in Syria, with Islamic State,” the 18-year-old says.

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The Times admits story on the Sun's jihadi poll was 'misleading'

26 November, 2015 - 13:06

Correction in News UK’s serious newspaper undermines its red-top stablemate as Ipso announces that it has launched investigation following 2,600 complaints

The Times has undermined its red-top stablemate by admitting that its story about a controversial Sun poll run, which stated that “one in five Muslims sympathises with IS”, was misleading.

In its “corrections and clarifications” column on Thursday it stated:

“We reported the findings of a Survation poll of 1,000 British Muslims... Asked ‘How do you feel about young Muslims who leave the UK to join fighters in Syria?’, 14% of respondents expressed ‘some sympathy’ and 5% ‘a lot of sympathy’.

The survey did not distinguish between those who go to fight for Islamic State and those who join other factions in Syria, and it did not ask about attitudes towards Isis itself. Our headline, ‘One in five British Muslims has sympathy for Isis’, was misleading in failing to reflect this.”

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Pope Francis urges dialogue between religions on first day of African tour

26 November, 2015 - 08:44

Bridging divisions between Muslims and Christians is main theme of pontiff’s three-nation tour of continent

Dialogue between religions is essential to teach young people that violence in God’s name is unjustified, Pope Francis has told faith leaders in Kenya on the first full day of his African tour.

The country has seen a spate of attacks by Islamist militants, including al-Shabaab’s 2013 attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall and this year’s assault on Marissa university.

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Every faith spawns its fables and myths. The trick is to puncture them | Simon Jenkins

26 November, 2015 - 08:00
A tale of 12th-century monks peddling sanctity for cash holds a lesson for today’s fearful Christians

The truth is out and in the headlines. Back in 1184 the monks of Glastonbury fabricated an edifice of myth about their monastery’s past for pecuniary gain. No, Christ did not come with his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, to “walk on England’s green and pleasant land”. No, Joseph never brought the holy grail to the Somerset Levels. No, the churchyard thornbush was not his staff, let alone the crown of thorns. And no, the burial pit is not that of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. It was all made up by canny monks with a Disneyland fixation.

We might wonder how many academics does it take to disprove a load of cock-and-bull. The answer is 31, if they come from the Reading University archaeology department. And they probably got a grant for it. I am tempted to accuse them of cruelty to hippies and new age nutters. Everyone “knows” the holy grail was taken from Glastonbury to Strata Florida after the dissolution, and then hidden in Nanteos Mansion outside Aberystwyth. It was seen there by Wagner when composing Parsifal. It now resides in a Hereford bank vault. A facsimile of the chewed and broken cup sits on my desk. Very holy it is too. Any more nonsense from Reading and I shall sue.

Related: Islamophobia plays right into the hands of Isis | Owen Jones

Paris has unleashed a rhetoric in western capitals evoking holy war, retribution and revenge

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Anti-Islam group publishes addresses of Muslims and 'Muslim sympathisers'

25 November, 2015 - 21:58

Bureau of American Islamic Relations, which staged armed protest outside a Texas Islamic centre last week, adds to racial tensions in wake of Paris attacks

An anti-Islam group which staged an armed protest outside a Dallas Islamic centre has posted names and addresses of Muslims and “Muslim sympathisers” on its Facebook page, adding to growing tensions in north Texas following the Paris terror attacks.

The group, which calls itself the Bureau of American Islamic Relations, staged an armed protest outside an Islamic centre in the Dallas suburb of Irving last Saturday. “We’re here protesting Syrian refugees coming to America, protesting the Islamisation of America,” David Wright, a spokesman, told local FOX4 News.

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The Sun did not spin its headline | Letter from Stig Abell

25 November, 2015 - 19:35

It is perhaps not surprising that the Guardian chose to get angry at the Sun’s poll in your editorial on Wednesday. It is ironic, though, that the Guardian makes play of complaints to the newspaper industry regulator Ipso, an organisation it has itself declined to join.

Contrary to your assertions, no facts were “brazenly doctored” in the Sun’s reporting of the poll. The question about sympathy for Muslims “who leave the UK to join fighters in Syria” was clearly – by its context and ordinary meaning – a reference to those fighting for Islamic State, and was chosen by the polling company. Indeed, a similar poll by Sky News in March, using the same question, was interpreted across the board in exactly the same way.

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Rubio's charged but nuanced rhetoric on national security excites GOP voters

25 November, 2015 - 19:24

Foreign policy experience takes on new significance for Iowa conservatives after the Paris attacks, as the Republican presidential candidate emphasizes his vitriol on the ‘clash of civilizations’ is directed at Isis, not Muslims

On a blustery afternoon in eastern Iowa, Marco Rubio’s voice grew stern as he sounded a warning one week after deadly terrorist attacks struck Paris.

“We face the rapid spread of radical jihadists,” the Republican presidential candidate told his audience at a town hall held in a hotel just off the interstate “We find ourselves today in clash of civilizations between these radical animals, who believe that anyone who does not share their interpretation of their faith, that they have a God-given obligation to slaughter them.”

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George Galloway: if I was Jeremy Corbyn I'd want me to be London mayor

25 November, 2015 - 19:03

The Respect Party candidate says he agrees with Jeremy Corbyn’s policies yet is relentlessly attacking the Labour contender for City Hall. Why?

My question for George Galloway was this: “Which potential outcome of the mayoral election do you think would please Jeremy Corbyn most? A victory for George Galloway or a victory for Sadiq Khan?”

Historical perspective matters here, as do recent political events. Galloway is, famously, a former Labour MP who was expelled from the party in 2003 for bringing the party into disrepute in the way he had conducted his opposition to British participation in the Iraq war. The insubordinate Dundonian dubbed the proceedings that sealed his fate “a show trail” and retaliated by winning the London East End parliamentary seat of Bethnal Green and Bow in the 2005 general election for the newly-formed Respect Party after a bitter battle with Labour’s Oona King.

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Islamophobia plays right into the hands of Isis | Owen Jones

25 November, 2015 - 17:57
Since the Paris attacks, anti-Muslim prejudice has grown, promoted by the media. That’s exactly what Islamic State wants

When a Muslim optician told me of the hate crime committed against her, it was her flippancy that shocked me most. She was driving to work when a man parked his van in front of her. When she objected, he yelled: “You’re a fucking Muslim – leave the country.” But her tone was one of casual resignation: it was just one of those things, an unfortunate occurrence to be met with a weary shrug. She didn’t respond, because she felt she would simply reinforce a narrative of being “an aggressive Muslim”. It didn’t end there. Later, at work, a couple had to be persuaded to let her see to them – again, because she was a Muslim.

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This Mail cartoon about refugees ... recalls some of the paper's darkest days prior to WW2

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