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BNP links up with Infidels and NF in Bolton anti-mosque campaign

Loon Watch - 19 July, 2014 - 21:27

Stop-the-Astley-Bridge-Mosque-Bolton-with-NWI-protest-ad BNP links up with Infidels and NF in Bolton anti-mosque campaign

The far-right group the North West Infidels, which originated in a split in the English Defence League, will be holding a demonstration in Bolton next month against the planned so-called “super mosque” in Astley Bridge. There is an existing campaign based on the Facebook page Stop the Astley Bridge Mosque Bolton, which has already organised several anti-mosque protests, and as you can see they are now enthusiastically promoting the Infidels’ demonstration.

The Stop the Astley Bridge Mosque Bolton campaign is led by Bryn Morgan (aka Morgan Jones) who is an activist in the British National Party. It was also a bit of a giveaway that the campaign’s Facebook page originally featured the same banner that had appeared earlier on a BNP protest against the expansion of a mosque in Farnworth. The Bolton News went so far as to describe one of the Stop the Astley Bridge Mosque Bolton demonstrations, not inaccurately, as a “BNP rally”. In short, there is no question that the BNP has played a leading role in the campaign.

It might seem odd that the BNP is promoting an event organised by a white supremacist, neo-Nazi group like the Infidels. Central to Nick Griffin’s “modernisation” strategy, which he implemented after ousting John Tyndall as BNP leader in 1999, was a policy of hiding the party’s fascist ideology and presenting an “image of moderate reasonableness” to the public, with the aim of attracting electoral support. During the following period, and indeed until quite recently, the BNP would have steered clear of any public involvement with an organisation like the Infidels. But times have changed.

The European elections in 2009 represented the high water mark of the BNP’s political fortunes, with the party adding two MEPs to its fifty-odd councillors and London Assembly member. Although this fell well short of the achievements of the Front National in France, whose example had inspired Griffin’s “modernisation” strategy, the BNP’s electoral gains far exceeded anything previously accomplished by the extreme right in the UK. On top of this, Jim Dowson’s Belfast-based fundraising operation had provided the party with financial resources it had never enjoyed before.

Unfortunately for the BNP, success went to Griffin’s head. His arrogant and authoritarian behaviour antagonised political colleagues, provoking a spate of resignations, while serious financial problems also arose due to his reckless overspending. The result was the loss of many of the BNP’s leading figures, a mass exodus of members and the virtual collapse of the party’s organisation on the ground. With its difficulties compounded by an upsurge of support for UKIP, which siphoned off most of the racist vote, the BNP entered an extended crisis.

Even before the election results were announced on 25 May, it was clear that the party’s chances of retaining its seats in the European Parliament were non-existent, while it had already lost its seat on the London Assembly and its presence on local councils had been almost completely eradicated. The road to electoral success, which the “modernisation” strategy had been developed to pursue, was closed to the BNP for the foreseeable future.

Griffin’s solution would appear to be a retreat back to the sort of party Tyndall led – a smaller, more select organisation of fascists and hardcore racists, which will contest elections as a means of raising the party’s profile and winning new members but without any expectation of actually getting its candidates elected. Involvement with other far-right groupings of a more extreme character is therefore no longer to be avoided for fear of alienating voters. On the contrary, these organisations are now seen as a potential source of recruits to the BNP.

In line with this approach, when the BNP held an anti-mosque rally in Hemel Hempstead in May they billed it as a “unity demo” and extended an invitation to “all patriot groups” to participate. A week later, when Nick Griffin attended a BNP protest in Bolton against the Farnworth mosque, he happily stood alongside the National Front, who had turned out to support the demonstration, presumably at the invitation of the local BNP.

Within the BNP, Bryn Morgan has acted as an enthusiastic proponent of far-right unity. He gave a speech on that subject at a party meeting in St Helens in May, immediately following the BNP’s defeat in the European elections, in the course of which he helpfully provided some details about his own political background. “I’ve stood with various different factions prior to being involved with the BNP”, he told the audience. “It’s no secret that I stood with the English Defence League, I stood with the North West Infidels. I stood with various factions that tried to take a fight to the left wing, to the Muslims, out on the streets.”

(In addition, EDL News has reported on Morgan’s support for the National Front, who he urged to hold a demonstration in Bolton on the grounds that the town was “overrun with immigrant scum of every description”, and for the paramilitary British Counter Homeland Offensive group, whose declared aim is to organise “physical street resistance against anyone or anything that seeks to take or destroy our country”. If Morgan is well placed to argue for unity among the various fragments of the far right, it is because he seems to have been involved with most of them himself.)

Whereas association with groups like the Infidels had previously been rejected as damaging to the BNP’s electoral credibility, Morgan told the St Helens meeting that it was now necessary to actively engage with such “patriotic street movements” in order to persuade them that the BNP is the party that can provide them with a political voice. He continued:

“Unity is the only way forward. If we can’t get unity amongst the right wing, if we can’t get unity amongst ourselves, we’re absolutely wasting our time. Because that’s the one thing that the Muslims do have over us, that’s the one thing the Asian community does have over us, and even the blacks. At the end of the day they will all pull together, they will all fight as a united front against ourselves.”

In response, Morgan argued, the BNP should build its own united front, by engaging in joint activity with groups like the Infidels and the National Front, whose political objectives it shared: “We may be under a different banner but we’re all singing from the same hymn sheet at the end of the day. We all do have a common goal. The sooner we can put aside the petty differences, the petty squabbles, the history that’s gone on, the better.”

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The Death Toll In The Central African Republic Is Worse Than Previously Thought

Loon Watch - 19 July, 2014 - 20:50

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A Muslim family seeks refuge in a church in the Central African Republic.

(h/t: S. Kadri)

The Death Toll In The Central African Republic Is Worse Than Previously Thought

By Will Freeman (ThinkProgress)

Last winter, thousands of Muslim families living in the Central African Republic abandoned their homes and fled across the border into neighboring Chad and Cameroon in just one month. According to a new report by Doctors Without Borders released on Wednesday, one in three didn’t make the crossing intact.

Instead, they lost family members in a severe bout of anti-Muslim violence that engulfed the nation last December when predominately Christian militias launched what they viewed as reprisal attacks against Muslims living in the capital of Bangui last December. With the death toll now far exceeding past estimates and militants on both sides continuing to terrorize the civilian population with impunity, the country’s civil war is continuing to spiral out of control.

Families living in a refugee camp in Sido, Chad told Doctors Without Borders — also known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) — about the 2,599 relatives they had to leave behind. Nearly eight percent of their total numbers never had the chance to complete the route of tens of thousands of Muslims who fled Bangui under the protection of a Chadian military convoy in January. 250 were killed while trying to complete the escape.

For refugees who cross the border today, the situation is even more bleak. Chad officially closed its borders to refugees in May, forcing those still fleeing violence in the CAR to search for poorly guarded spots to cross over. Others, after trekking for weeks without sufficient food or water, come under fire when they attempt to leave persecution in their home country behind. Still, for many Muslims, taking such a risk may be the only option. According to Doctors Without Borders, 1,700 took the risk of crossing the border into Sido in June alone.

Muslims who remain in western the CAR are now trapped in isolated ghettos protected only by international forces. Largely cut off from the outside world and continually harassed by armed bandits, living conditions in these communities are rapidly deteriorating. Most are too afraid to even go outside. While the border with Cameroon remains open, its government is lagging on supplying enough aid to accommodate the new arrivals, many of whom suffer malnourishment after enduring weeks of displacement.

CAR’s current crisis began after the predominately Muslim rebel coalition known as the Seleka swept into Bangui and overthrew the CAR’s longstanding president, Francois Bozize, in April 2013. While the Seleka initially promised democratic reform, their practice of granting supporters a blank check to loot and pillage ushered in months of destruction and terror for civilians. Local militias known as the anti-balaka — or anti-machete — began retaliating against the Seleka’s abuses, but their self defense quickly devolved into a situation that has been called “ethnic cleansing” campaign against CAR’s Muslims. Over the past year, the tide turned against the Seleka and the anti-balaka militias gained the upper hand. With the CAR’s weak interim government lacking any real power, anti-Muslim violence and reprisals from the remaining Muslims has become the norm. Some 390,000 people have now fled the CAR and over one million have been driven from their homes.

“The shocking levels of violence documented in our study should not leave the impression that the worst is over,” said MSF’s president Dr. Mego Terzian. While the international agency has been working in the CAR for over a decade to combat disease and improve public health, since the civil war teams of medics have been working in the capital and across the country to treat thousands of wounded. MSF Doctors continue to work in communities even as anti-Muslim violence walls off the few thousand who remain.

“The bare minimum that can be done for this population that has suffered incredible violence, lost family members, and been uprooted from their homes, is to provide them with humanitarian assistance” added Dr. Terzian. But food shortages continue to affect refugees of the conflict, and according to the U.N., 2.2 million people within the cou ntry remain in dire need of aid.

Not all recent developments spell disaster. The U.N. announced Thursday that a 2,500-strong peacekeeping force with join French and African forces working to limit sectarian violence in two months. While the head of U.N. peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, said the international deployment will ensure “significantly superior” levels of security, for the time being perpetrators of atrocities on both sides still go unchecked by the law. Last week, Amnesty International demanded that those guilty of human abuses be punished in a report detailing the most notorious offenders.

“Those responsible for leaving hundreds of thousands of innocent people with nowhere to hide from their murderous violence must be given nowhere to hide from justice,” said Christian Mukosa, Amnesty International’s Central African Republic researcher. “Only by ending impunity can the cycle of violence that has gripped CAR be stemmed.”

Will Freeman is an intern with Think Progress.

Canadian Muslims Attacked After Leaving Mosque

Loon Watch - 19 July, 2014 - 00:59

Hamilton_Police Police investigating attack as possible hate crime

(Inside Halton)

Two McMaster engineering graduates were attacked on their way home from a late prayer session at the Downtown Mosque early Thursday morning.

Hamilton police are probing the incident as a possible hate crime.

The Muslim community is “shaken” by the attack, especially since it happened during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) said in a press release Thursday night.

“Such hateful and cowardly acts are abhorrent to all Canadians who stand united in condemning all crimes motivated by xenophobia and hatred,” said Ihsaan Gardeen, NCCM executive director.

Twin brothers Moustafa and Mahmoud Elgamal were riding their bikes along Bay Street North, near Cannon Street West around 12:30 a.m., said Sayed Tora, the mosque’s imam. He spoke to the 20-year-olds shortly after the incident happened.

A group of about 10 to 12 people gathered at a corner began yelling and mocking them, Tora said.

He said the brothers didn’t respond and kept riding. That’s when three of the men ran toward them and hit them from behind.

Detective Carmen Pietroniro said one suspect pulled out a pocket knife and another yelled a “racial epithet.”

Pietroniro said he was still trying to sort through exactly what was said, but the remarks targeted a particular race.

Mahmoud suffered a severe wound on the right side of his face and lower lip, as well as cuts on his right foot, Tora said.

Moustafa fell off his bike and has a concussion and deep wound on his left knee.

Both victims were taken to hospital as a precaution and released.

Pietroniro said police have identified two suspects — males in their late teens. No charges have been laid. The investigation is ongoing.

The suspects and victims were not known to each other.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-546-5678 or Crime Stoppers at 905-522-8477.

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France bans pro-Palestinian protests

Loon Watch - 19 July, 2014 - 00:04

French Palestine Rally

Anyone caught defying a French ban on pro-Palestinian protests is subject to stiff penalties, including steep fines and up to three years in prison.

French officials cited security concerns as a justification, after thugs from the French Jewish Defense League (LDJ) violently attacked pro-Palestinian protesters in an apparent attempt to silence them. Instead of safeguarding the democratic rights of protesters, the French government has rewarded LDJ violence with a decisive victory, using the law as a vehicle to achieve what street violence could not.

France bans pro-Palestinian protests

Cross post from Mideast Eye

PARIS – France’s socialist government provoked outrage on Friday by banning protests against Israeli action in Palestine. It is the only government in the western world to enact such a restriction and one of the few in the world to stop public outcries of support for the cause.

In what is viewed as an outrageous attack on democracy, Socialist Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said mass demonstrations planned for the weekend should be halted.

Cazeneuve said there was a “threat to public order”, while opponents said he was “criminalising” popular support for the Palestinian people.

Thousands were set to march against the ongoing slaughter in Gaza, calling for an immediate end to hostilities in which civilians including many children have been killed.

But Cazeneuve said that he feared that there might be a repeat of the fights between “ultra” Jewish vigilantes and pro-Palestinians, which broke out after a demonstration last Sunday.

Referring to the main Paris march, Cazeneuve said: “I consider that the conditions are not right to guarantee security.”

He welcomed a legal procedure instigated by the Paris police to ban the march, despite it already being widely advertised.

Cazeneuve also advised other prefects across France to examine planned marches on a “case by case” basis, and to ban “if appropriate”.

But Michele Sibony, of the Jewish Union for Peace, said: “By outlawing free speech by pro-Palestinian demonstrators, France puts itself in a unique position in the world and Europe.”

And Youssef Boussoumah, of the Party of the Indigenous of the Republic (PIR) said: “France is criminalising any show of solidarity with the Palestinian people.

“This is an absolute outrage, it is a continuation of attempts to muzzle the Palestinian people and to get them and their supporters in France to surrender absolutely to Israel’s oppression.”

Sylvie Perrot, another pro-Palestine activist from Paris, said: “Fascist states stop people demonstrating against wars – it is beyond belief that French Socialists are following their example.”

There has been a similar reaction on Twitter, where people expressed their anger with the decision.

Translation: “I am under shock demonstrating for Palestine in France is forbidden !!!!!! Where are we? Where is democracy????”

Anyone who turns up for what will amount to an illegal demonstration faces up to a year in prison, and a 15,000 euro fine.

If they hide their faces to avoid being identified, this sentence can be increased to three years, and a 45,000 fine.

Even those who publish details of an illegal rally on social media face up to a year in prison, and a 15,000 euro fine. This can be increased to seven years and a 100,000 fine if the postings lead to violence.

On Friday night lawyers for a number of groups hoping to campaign on behalf of Palestine on Saturday lodged an appeal against the ban in a Paris court.

There were false claims made last week that synagogues in Paris had been targeted by pro-Palestinian demonstrators, with worshipers trapped inside by the protesters. However, videos subsequently came to light showing armed vigilantes from a group called the Jewish Defence League (LDJ) baiting demonstrators into fights.

No LDJ members were arrests, despite evidence emerging that they were fighting and smashing up property in full view of the police.

Six pro-Palestine protestors were arrested for a variety of public order offences, although controversy has marred the arrests as the protesters insist they were nowhere near the Paris synagogues in question. 

A judicial enquiry is set to be launched into the false allegations made about the synagogue attacks. The synagogues were undamaged in the clashes.

- See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/france-bans-pro-palestinian-protests-1232695839#sthash.Vcrw4X7S.dpuf

Findings of the Kershaw report into Birmingham's 'Trojan horse' schools

The Guardian World news: Islam - 18 July, 2014 - 23:30
Report suggests governors were disruptive but council failed to respond and Ofsted did not 'identify dysfunction'

A number of "key individuals, predominantly men of Pakistani heritage ... are encouraging and promoting certain Islamic principles in schools in the Birmingham area, and the evidence suggests a pattern of these individuals moving between schools in the area". This included governors, deputy headteachers, teaching staff, trustees and parents, with some swapping between roles or holding a number of different posts across several schools.

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Convert, pay tax, or die, Islamic State warns Christians

The Guardian World news: Islam - 18 July, 2014 - 23:19
Insurgents issue ultimatum to Iraq's dwindling Christian population to abide by 'dhimma' contract or face the sword

Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq's dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a statement issued by the Islamic State (Isis) and distributed in the militant-controlled city of Mosul. The al-Qaida offshoot that led last month's lightning assault to capture swathes of northern Iraq said the ruling would come into effect on Saturday.

In the statement, Isis said Christians who wanted to remain in the "caliphate" declared earlier this month in parts of Iraq and Syria must agree to abide by terms of a "dhimma" contract a historic practice under which non-Muslims were protected in Muslim lands in return for a special levy known as "jizya". "We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword," the announcement said.

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Fears of Islamophobia gave activists free rein in Birmingham schools

The Guardian World news: Islam - 18 July, 2014 - 20:45
Scathing report prompts call for rethink of schools oversight as MP threatens to name council officials who took no action

A group of fundamentalist "activists", mostly men of Pakistani origin, infiltrated the management of at least 10 schools in Birmingham, sometimes breaking the law in order to introduce Muslim worship and sex segregation, according to a highly critical report.

Their activities were unimpeded by council officials who were fearful of allegations of Islamophobia, whoand who forced ousted teachers to sign gagging clauses rather than treating their complaints seriously as whistleblowers, Ian Kershaw, the authority's independent adviser, concluded.

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The Trojan horse plot shows we must clarify religions place in state schools | Usama Hasan

The Guardian World news: Islam - 18 July, 2014 - 17:17
Isolationist and xenophobic tendencies must be challenged robustly and not accepted as part of faith or cultural practice

In my youth I was a member of a UK organisation that called itself The Movement to Reform the Muslim Youth. Back then, we regrettably had an extremist mindset that was characterised by dreams of global domination for Islam. These would involve the re-establishment of a caliphate and the enforcing of a narrow, sectarian, xenophobic and puritanical theology.

This organisation went on to become Jimas, which has since come a long way and now embraces an ecumenical and inclusive philosophy. However, it also gave birth to a more reactionary offshoot that maintained the ultra-conservative Islamism and the original name of the organisation, led by Tahir Alam from Birmingham until its closure in 1995.

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Poll: Americans Like Jews Most, Muslims Least

Loon Watch - 18 July, 2014 - 12:27

Anti-Muslim Hate USA

A recent Pew Poll revealed that Jews are viewed most warmly by Americans. Muslims hit rock bottom, just below atheists.

How Americans Feel About Religious Groups

Cross posted from Pew Forum

Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public. When asked to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100 – where 0 reflects the coldest, most negative possible rating and 100 the warmest, most positive rating – all three groups receive an average rating of 60 or higher (63 for Jews, 62 for Catholics and 61 for evangelical Christians). And 44% of the public rates all three groups in the warmest part of the scale (67 or higher).

Buddhists, Hindus and Mormons receive neutral ratings on average, ranging from 48 for Mormons to 53 for Buddhists. The public views atheists and Muslims more coldly; atheists receive an average rating of 41, and Muslims an average rating of 40. Fully 41% of the public rates Muslims in the coldest part of the thermometer (33 or below), and 40% rate atheists in the coldest part.

These are some of the key findings from a Pew Research Center survey conducted May 30-June 30, 2014, among 3,217 adults who are part of Pew Research’s new American Trends Panel, a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults.

Both Jews and Atheists Rate Evangelicals Negatively, but Evangelicals Rate Jews Highly

Attitudes among religious groups toward each other range from mutual regard to unrequited positive feelings to mutual coldness. Catholics and evangelicals, the two largest Christian groups measured here, generally view each other warmly. White evangelical Protestants give Catholics an average thermometer rating of 63; Catholics rate evangelicals at 57. Evangelicals also hold very positive views of Jews, with white evangelical Protestants giving Jews an average thermometer rating of 69. Only Jews themselves rate Jews more positively. But that warmth is not mutual: despite evangelicals’ warm feelings toward Jews, Jews tend to give evangelicals a much cooler rating (34 on average).

Christians and Jews Are Rated More Favorably by Older Americans Than by Younger People; Other Non-Christian Faiths Are Rated More Positively by Younger People

Christian groups and Jews receive higher ratings from older Americans (those ages 65 and older) than from younger Americans. By contrast, other non-Christian groups receive their highest ratings from younger Americans. Adults under the age of 30, for instance, give Muslims a neutral rating of 49, on average, whereas older adults give Muslims significantly more negative ratings (42 among those ages 30-49, 36 on average among those 50-64, and 32 among those 65 and older).

These patterns may partly reflect that there are more Christians among older Americans than among younger people. In Pew Research surveys conducted this year, fully 85% of Americans ages 65 and older describe themselves as Christians, compared with just 59% among adults under 30 (32% of whom identify as religious “nones”).

Jews Rated Most Positively by Whites; Evangelicals and Muslims Viewed More Favorably by Blacks than Whites

Jews receive their most positive ratings from whites, who give them an average rating of 66. Jews also are rated favorably by blacks and Hispanics (with each group giving Jews an average rating of 58). Evangelicals also are rated positively by all three groups, with their highest average rating coming from blacks (68). Muslims receive a neutral rating from blacks (49 on average), but they are rated more negatively by whites (38). Hispanics’ ratings of Muslims fall in between (43).

These findings may reflect the racial and ethnic composition of religious groups. Many blacks describe themselves as born-again or evangelical Christians, for instance, and 23% of Muslims in the U.S. are black, according to the Pew Research Center’s 2011 survey of Muslim Americans. Fully 94% of U.S. Jews are white, according to the Pew Research Center’s 2013 survey of U.S. Jews.

Politics and Religion: Partisans’ Views of Religious Groups
Republicans and those who lean toward the Republican Party tend to rate evangelicals very positively (71 on average). They also express warm feelings toward Jews (67 on average) and Catholics (66). The warmth Republicans feel for evangelicals may reflect the fact that many Republicans and Republican leaners are themselves evangelicals. Among those who are not evangelical Christians, evangelicals receive an average rating of 62. Mormons receive a neutral rating from Republicans and Republican leaners (52 on average), while Buddhists receive a rating of 49 and Hindus a rating of 47. Republicans and Republican leaners view atheists and Muslims much more negatively than they view other religious groups.

Democrats and Democratic leaners express warm feelings toward Jews (average rating of 62) and Catholics (61). Buddhists also are rated favorably (57 on average) by Democrats. Evangelicals receive an average rating of 53 from all Democrats and Democratic leaners, but this drops to 45 among those who are not evangelicals themselves. With the exception of Jews, all of the non-Christian groups asked about receive warmer ratings from Democrats and Democratic leaners than they do from Republicans.

Familiarity With People of Different Faiths

Fully 87% of U.S. adults (including 85% of non-Catholics) say they personally know someone who is Catholic. And seven-in-ten people (including 63% of non-evangelicals) say they know someone who is an evangelical Christian. Because Catholics and evangelical Christians are such large groups, it is to be expected that most people would know someone from these groups.

Most Americans also say they know someone who is Jewish (61%) or an atheist (59%), even though these groups are much smaller than Catholics and evangelical Christians; roughly 2% of U.S. adults identify religiously as Jewish, and a little more than 2% identify as atheists. Other small groups are less familiar to most Americans. For example, 44% of Americans say they know someone who is Mormon, and 38% say they know someone who is Muslim. Mormons constitute about 2% of the U.S. adult population, and Muslims roughly 1%. Roughly one-in-four adults or fewer say they know a Buddhist (23%) or Hindu (22%); these groups each account for roughly 1% or less of the overall population.
Knowing someone from a religious group is linked with having relatively more positive views of that group. Those who say they know someone who is Jewish, for example, give Jews an average thermometer rating of 69, compared with a rating of 55 among those who say they do not know anyone who is Jewish. Atheists receive a neutral rating of 50, on average, from people who say they personally know an atheist, but they receive a cold rating of 29 from those who do not know an atheist. Similarly, Muslims get a neutral rating (49 on average) from those who know a Muslim, and a cooler rating (35) from those who do not know a Muslim.

Read the full report here.

The Trojan horse inquirys draft report shows Michael Gove had to go | Hugh Muir

The Guardian World news: Islam - 18 July, 2014 - 10:01
It was Goves determination to shake up the educational blob that allowed ideologues to target Birmingham schools

A eureka moment. We spent 48 hours trying to understand why the prime minister was so easily able to abandon his friend, Michael Gove, and to park him not as party chairman, where he would have a primary role to drum up votes for the Tories, but as chief whip with internal responsibilities. We will be seeing him everywhere, in the flesh and on TV, and hearing him on the radio, it was said. After todays damning draft report on the alleged infiltration on his watch of Birmingham schools by ideologues and zealots, one wouldnt bet too much on him being omnipresent.

For the draft report, leaked to the Guardian, makes it clear that in his zeal to attack the blob, as he called the teaching establishment, he crafted and then lauded structures that paved the way for the virtual capture of a clutch of schools by extremists. Not terrorists. The review finds no evidence of terrorist proslytising or links to terrorist activity. But it claims to have unearthed ample evidence that schools were targeted by groups whose allegiance was to the propagation of their own particular strand of Sunni Islam and antipathetic to the beliefs and values of everyone who existed outside their own circle.

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Friday Links | July 18, 2014

Muslimah Media Watch - 18 July, 2014 - 07:00
July 11 was World Population Day, and for this occasion IPS featured an article on early marriage and teen pregnancy in Pakistan. Meanwhile rights activists in Pakistan are fighting a losing battle to end child marriages, which affects both girls and boys. The BBC speaks to several female Kurdish fighters, who are taking on ISIS [Read More...]

Trojan horse inquiry: 'A co-ordinated agenda to impose hardline Sunni Islam'

The Guardian World news: Islam - 17 July, 2014 - 19:21
Investigation finds Islamist plan would have confined pupils in Birmingham schools to 'intolerant monoculture' if left unchecked

An investigation ordered by the government has found a "sustained, co-ordinated agenda to impose segregationist attitudes and practices of a hardline, politicised strain of Sunni Islam" on children in a number of Birmingham schools.

A draft of the report, marked as sensitive, states: "Left unchecked, it would confine school hildren within an intolerant, inward-looking monoculture that would severely inhibit their participation in the life of modern Britain."

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Leaked report reveals 'aggressive Islamist agenda' in Birmingham schools

The Guardian World news: Islam - 17 July, 2014 - 19:21
Exclusive: Draft report from 'Trojan horse' inquiry uncovers evidence of coordinated plan to impose hardline Sunni Islam

Trojan horse inquiry: 'A coordinated agenda to impose hardline Sunni Islam'

A damning report into extremist infiltration of Birmingham schools has uncovered evidence of "co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos into some schools in the city".

The conclusion emerges from a leaked draft of a report, commissioned by the former education secretary Michael Gove and written by Peter Clarke, the former head of the Metropolitan police's counterterrorism command, which is due to be published in the next 24 hours.

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British Jihadis' threat to UK is exaggerated, says report

The Guardian World news: Islam - 17 July, 2014 - 16:48
British Jihadis are motivated by wanting to topple Bashar Assad dictatorship in Syria says group critical of British counterterrorism policy

Government and security officials have greatly exaggerated the dangers of British men fighting in Syria and returning to stage terrorist attacks in the UK, a report claims.

Most British "Jihadis" are motivated by wanting to topple the brutal dictatorship of Bashar Assad, says the report by Cage, a group critical of British government counterterrorism policy.

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Jihad, justice and the American way: is this a model for fair terrorism trials? | Sadhbh Walshe

The Guardian World news: Islam - 17 July, 2014 - 15:19

The government stokes fear and fails to understand the Muslim world. But inside at least one courtroom remains an unusual precedent: context can be served

Plus: Briton Babar Ahmad gets 12 years for aiding Taliban

Sitting and waiting in US District Court here on Wednesday, you got the undeniable sense that something unusual was about to happen.

Here was the end of a terrorism trial with two men who had already pled guilty the British citizen Babar Ahmad to providing material support for terrorism by way of administering a website that called on Muslims to devote themselves to jihad, which he did, and the British-born Talha Ahsan to helping him, despite being a mailman for the site for five months in 2001 but both of whom still looked nervous in that familiar shackle-and-jumpsuit uniform of so many Muslim foreigners in this country over the past 13 years.

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