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Police focus on Libya amid reports of arrest of Salman Abedi's brother

24 May, 2017 - 20:31

Hashem Abedi, 18, who lives in Libya, has reportedly been arrested by a Tripoli militia, which suspects him of Isis links

Police and the security service are focusing upon the Libyan connections of the Manchester suicide bomber as they attempt to locate others involved in the attack that killed 22 concert-goers and injured more than 60 others.

Salman Abedi travelled to see his mother, father, younger brother and sister in Libya last week but Whitehall sources said they suspected there were also what they termed “nefarious purposes” behind his visit to Tripoli.

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Didsbury mosque distances itself from Manchester bomber

24 May, 2017 - 19:37

Manchester Islamic Centre and mosque attended by Salman Abedi call bombing ‘act of cowardice’ and urge anyone with information to contact police

A mosque attended by Salman Abedi and members of his family has called for anyone with information about the bombing to contact the police and attempted to distance itself from the attacker.

In a strongly worded statement, Didsbury mosque and Manchester Islamic Centre called the bombing an act of cowardice and insisted it had worked peacefully at the heart of the community for half a century.

Scene at Didsbury mosque today. pic.twitter.com/bsOKnt42YM

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Roots of the hate-filled thinking behind the Manchester bombing | Letters

24 May, 2017 - 18:43
Ayesha Malik on our common enemy, Dr Rufus Duits on seeing the attack as an act of gender violence, Malcolm Fowler on the rule of law, Karen Laurence on promoting peace instead of war, and Elizabeth Noyes on the role of schooling

The news of the horrifying terror attack in Manchester sent me reeling down memory lane. In Pakistan, where I was born and raised, such attacks have sadly become commonplace. On my daily commute to work, I would often witness anxious mothers escorting their toddlers through fortified walls into nurseries and schools. And as disturbing as it felt, this was increasingly becoming the new norm in the country.

It was quite inconceivable to imagine that these horrors that have besieged the hearts and minds of young Pakistanis would one day terrify youngsters in the UK. To think that a ghastly suicide attack would take place on British soil targeting young children was preposterous. Today, we have a lot of questions to answer about how we got here.

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Muslim leaders in Manchester report rise in Islamophobic incidents

24 May, 2017 - 18:17

Senior members of Muslim community say they have received reports of abusive behaviour since Manchester Arena attack

Muslim leaders in Manchester have expressed concern about a number of Islamophobic incidents in the city, from verbal abuse to criminal damage to mosques.

Senior members of the Muslim community say that they have received reports of abusive behaviour since the attack on Manchester Arena earlier this week.

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Salman Abedi: why Manchester bomber fits profile of other terrorists

24 May, 2017 - 17:52

While experts stress there is no ‘typical’ extremist, details of the 23-year-old’s life show parallels with other Islamist attackers

Now details of the life of Salman Abedi, the Manchester Arena bomber, are slowly emerging, many analysts will be struck by how many key aspects of his life are familiar from the profiles of previous terrorists. Officials and experts stress that there is no single path to extremist violence, but there are common factors in the background of others who have committed such appalling acts in recent years.

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Manchester is wearing its wound with pride: it’s where the light gets in | Remona Aly

24 May, 2017 - 17:02
With countless acts of solidarity, kindness and empathy across racial and religious lines, the city is showing that hate can never defeat compassion

I will never forget my first gig. It was back in the late 90s. I was 16 and charged with teenage adrenalin at the thought of seeing Bryan Adams live at Wembley. The lights went out, the crowd roared loud, and we sang the Summer of ‘69 at full throttle, our carefree hearts beating in time with the music.

The gig at Manchester Arena will be something many remember for the rest of their lives, for reasons that chill the spine.

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Katie Hopkins reported to police after 'final solution' Manchester attack tweet

23 May, 2017 - 18:54

Complaints made to Metropolitan police amid widespread condemation following newspaper columnist’s now-deleted tweet

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Related: The rule of law applies to everyone. Even Manchester hate peddlers like Katie Hopkins | Hugh Muir

The newspaper columnist Katie Hopkins became the subject of a police review after the Manchester bombing on Monday, as questions were raised about the limits the press can go to when reporting the fallout from terrorist attacks.

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Standing united after the attack in Manchester | Letters

23 May, 2017 - 18:48
Readers respond to Monday night’s explosion at the Manchester Arena

There is very little that can compensate for the loss suffered by some of the parents and the trauma of others. Our hearts, minds and souls are with those who have suffered this mindless criminality. They will need all the support that is available and that can be given to them. We need to do this for them. The shock of such events is greater than words can express.

It is nigh impossible to comprehend the mindset of persons who can carry out such attacks, targeting innocent people, and in this case very young children. How can any sane human justify in their mind such atrocious acts? Some people have attributed this propensity to social outcasts or people who feel marginalised by society, adopting an ideology that tends to give them a path to a better afterlife which they could not find here. Are they going to be disappointed.

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Trump vows to meet 'history's great test' by conquering extremism

21 May, 2017 - 20:47

Addressing leaders of 40 Muslim nations in Saudi capital, US president moves away from anti-Islamic rhetoric of campaign

Donald Trump has attempted to stake a claim as a figure who can mobilise the Muslim world against extremism, using his much-anticipated speech on Islam as a rallying call for global cooperation rooted in reform, trade and faith.

Related: Who better to lecture Muslims than Islam expert Donald Trump? | David Shariatmadari

Iran—fresh from real elections—attacked by @POTUS in that bastion of democracy & moderation. Foreign Policy or simply milking KSA of $480B? pic.twitter.com/ahfvRxK3HV

جواب ترامپ و بقیه

از اینستای ارشاد نیکخواه pic.twitter.com/Teid2ghUjm

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Students walk out of Mike Pence commencement speech at Notre Dame

21 May, 2017 - 19:22
  • Valedictorian urges classmates to ‘stand against scapegoating of Muslims’
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Dozens of graduates and family members silently stood and walked out of Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, as Mike Pence began his address.

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Who better to lecture Muslims than Islam expert Donald Trump? | David Shariatmadari

21 May, 2017 - 16:55
The US president once demanded 10 years’ worth of free oil from the Saudis. But after an emollient speech in Riyadh, all that was forgotten

If there’s anything consistent about the Trump White House so far, it’s that people get appointed to positions for which they are totally unsuited. More than that: they’re frequently the worst possible candidates for the role. That starts with the president himself, of course – less presidential than your average radio phone-in ranter. It was evident in the appointment of Michael Flynn, a man allegedly in hock to the Russian state, as national security adviser; of multiple Goldman Sachs alumni to oversee financial regulation; and of Jeff Sessions, who regards the film Reefer Madness as accurate social commentary, as the top law-enforcement official in the land.

Related: Saudi leaders hail Trump visit as ‘reset of regional order’

Siding with Saudi Arabia and antagonising Iran in order to weaken jihadism won’t work

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Master of None's nuanced portrayal of Muslim life is a refreshing change

16 May, 2017 - 11:00

Aziz Ansari’s hit Netflix comedy provides a much-needed, bacon-eating, Tinder-using, liberal-minded antidote to tired terrorist stereotypes

Ah, television! It is a many wondrous thing. It gives us stories of love and loss, and home makeovers, and dogs and crime and nerds and competitive vocalists. In the sea of offerings, nestled snugly between shows about fantasy kingdoms battling for dominance and gripping programs about wedding-dress shopping, are shows like Homeland and 24 that trade in terror. They can both be wildly entertaining – except that they might do more to perpetuate stereotypes than offer simple escapism.

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John Safran: 'In Australia we don't get religion'

16 May, 2017 - 05:00

An awkwardness about engaging in religious debates leaves the country open to the rise of extremism, the author says – a topic his new book tackles head on

John Safran has made a career of taking a sharp stick to the slumbering bear of Australian identity politics. So it’s not a surprise to learn that he has been reporting his way through the rise of our extremist fringe. His new book, Depends What You Mean By Extremist, is a whirlwind tour through Australia’s increasingly visible radical and reactionary demimonde, from early Reclaim Australia rallies in 2015 to the return of Pauline Hanson in 2016.

Safran gets stoned with the United Patriots Front; attends a sermon by the Catch the Fire Ministries’ pastor, Daniel Nalliah; hangs out with the Muslim convert and firebrand preacher Musa Cerantonio (who has since been arrested and charged for allegedly attempting to join the Islamic State); and trains with a local sort-of-recruiter for the Israeli defence forces, Avi Yemini.

Related: John Safran with the far right: fear and loathing in suburban Melbourne

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Nearly 50% are of no religion – but has UK hit ‘peak secular’?

14 May, 2017 - 00:04
Study shows overall decline in faith while immigration keeps numbers higher in London

The secularisation of Britain has been thrown into sharp focus by new research showing that for every person brought up in a non-religious household who becomes a churchgoer, 26 people raised as Christians now identify as non-believers.

The study also shows that inner London is the most religious area of the country, mainly because of its large Muslim and migrant communities. The least religious areas are the south-east of England, Scotland and Wales. People identifying as non-religious are typically young, white and male – and increasingly working class.

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Al-Qaida tempts Yemen recruits with quiz offering AK-47 as top prize

11 May, 2017 - 20:38

Militants are advertising a contest focused on Al-Qaida’s extreme interpretation of Islam in the build-up to the holy month of Ramadan

Al-Qaida is attempting to recruit new members in Yemen by holding a quiz, with an AK-47 assault rifle as top prize, according to local residents and media.

Militants have been touring the south-west city of Taiz in the build-up to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, putting up posters advertising the contest, residents reported.

Related: 'A more dangerous long-term threat': Al-Qaida grows as Isis retreats

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Paul Nuttall stands by Ukip MEP who called Islam a death cult

11 May, 2017 - 10:24

Party leader dismisses MEP Gerard Batten’s comments as a mistake in terminology and says he has not challenged him about them

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The Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, says he is standing by a senior MEP in the party who described Islam as “death cult”.

Ukip’s Brexit spokesman, Gerard Batten, prompted outrage by saying non-Muslims should have a “perfectly rational fear” of a faith he characterised as a “death cult” steeped in violence in a blogpost in March.

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Four Muslim women allegedly punched outside university in Sydney

11 May, 2017 - 06:20

Four assault charges laid after University of Technology students were allegedly assaulted by woman

Four Muslim women have allegedly been assaulted in Sydney in an attack described by New South Wales police as “bias-motivated”.

The women were allegedly punched outside the University of Technology in Ultimo on Wednesday, leaving one victim with a bloodied mouth.

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