Monthly Archives: October 2008

Hizb ut Tahrir has been successful in its complaint to the Press Complaints Commission against The Sunday Times for the publication of an article which contained a number of inaccuracies about the group.

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  Michael Burleigh, author of Blood and Rage, wrote in the Daily Mail yesterday surpassing Martin Amis in his push for enhanced legal restrictions to the civil liberties of Muslims.

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David Edgar writes in Comment is Free on the dynamics of the British Muslim identity and the exploration of a Muslim lifestyle compatible with religious belief and modernity. As British Muslims mature and move beyond culturally rooted forms of religious practice to one that adapts the core tenets of the faith to contexts that widely differ in modern societies, they are ‘mov[ing] from youthful militancy towards a very different kind of engagement’, Edgar writes.

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The 2008 survey on local election candidates by the Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre, commissioned by the Improvement and Development Agency, has found that local councillors in the UK of Asian British background comprise 0.7 per cent of the total number of local councillors with no other ethnic group exceeding 0.2 per cent.

According to the survey, more than two out of three local election candidates in 2008 were men and nine in 10 candidates described themselves as either white British or Irish.

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Media Workers Against the War will host a half day conference on Saturday 15 November in London on ‘Islam, war and the media’.

The conference will involve workshops on Islamophobia, alternative media and movement, photojournalism and the war on terror and war, the crisis and the media.

Further details, including a list of confirmed speakers, can be found here.


  Leo McKinstry writes in his Daily Express column on the Justice Minister’s parliamentary response to decisions by Shari’a tribunals and their approval by English courts on confirmation of consent orders claiming the move is an ‘appeasement of militant Islam’.

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For those of you that missed the ENGAGE presentation on media awareness and political participation at the Global Peace and Unity event at the weekend, you can view it here.

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The Rev. Stephen Griffith MBE from Woking in Surrey writes to the Independent today saying:

The Security Minister’s warning about radicalised young Muslims needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Recent research, and Anshuman Mondal’s new book, Young British Muslim Voices, suggests that rather than being dangerous anti-British radicals, most young practising Muslims are community-minded democrats who contribute enormously in terms of “social capital” to wider British society. It really is time we stopped encouraging this hysterical talk and saw our Muslim neighbours as simply that: neighbours. Maybe if civil servants and ministers actually met ordinary people, they would see a very different world.

In an article in today’s Times, the paper claims that ‘specialist advice is being given to Scotland Yard on how to reduce tensions between police and Muslims during the London Olympics because of growing concerns about the Games clashing with the holy month of Ramadan’.

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  Birmingham City Councillor Salma Yaqoob said during an interview on Radio 4’s Today programme that money being distributed by local councils as part of the Government’s Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) scheme was “being used as a gravy train for those willing to toe the Government line, regardless of effectiveness on the ground.”

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