Monthly Archives: November 2008


   

Today’s front page of the Daily Express confidently announces that ‘Brits’ were behind the massacre in Mumbai.

Elsewhere, David Toube, from the anti-Muslim website Harry’s Place launched a thread speculating whether the Mumbai terrorists were ‘British-born’ based on an early report from the Press Asssociation. ‘I really hope that this report is not true,’ says Toube.  

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Writing in the Daily Telegraph yesterday, Amir Taheri offered his own explanation for the terrible slaughter in Mumbai:

“…it looks as if the perpetrators were trying to imitate the tactic of ghazwa, used by the Prophet against Meccan caravans in his decade-long campaign to seize control of the city. The tactic consists of surprise no-holds-barred attacks simultaneously launched against a caravan or settlement with the aim of demoralising the enemy and hastening his capitulation.”

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  A Luton based religious pilgrimage company has been wound up in the High Court following an investigation by Companies Investigation Branch.

Go4 Hajj & Umrah Tours Limited organised religious pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, known as Hajj. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, a trip that every Muslim must undertake at least once in their lives and takes place at a specific period during the Islamic calendar. In 2007, this period was between 17 and 21 December.

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A new study produced by the Young Foundation and the London Development Agency and written by Zamila Bunglawala, looks at British Muslim women and the labour market.

The study finds that 51% of second generation British Muslim women are inactive in the labour market compared to 17% of second generation Hindu women and that 13% of Muslim women are unemployed compared to 4% of Hindu and Sikh and 3% of white women.

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  Edward Stourton, a presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and author of ‘It’s a PC World: What it Means to Live in a Land Gone Politically Correct’, writes on the dangerous implications of headlines that pander to political correctness and promote false stereotypes.

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Media Workers Against the War (MWAW) have written an open letter to Richard Desmond, proprietor of the Daily Star and the newspaper’s editor, Dawn Neeson, concerning the paper’s coverage of stories on Muslims in the past few weeks.

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Bruce Kent, in a letter to The Times, calls for the BNP to be prosecuted for claims in its 12 page brochure that incite racial and religious hatred.

Kent, who received a copy of the brochure, part of the BNP’s ‘largest direct mailing campaign in nationalist history’, writes that ‘one intended effect will be to increase racism in general and Islamophobia, in particular.’


  Another instance of a Sunday Express front page headline that bears little or no relation to the facts. Something the paper does with panache when the story relates to Muslims.

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  Dorothy Byrne, head of Channel 4 news and current affairs, at a session on the representation of Islam in the British media at the News Xchange 2008 conference said that the British media doesn’t represent the breadth of Muslims views in the UK and that its making sweeping generalizations on Islam was ‘not at all helpful’.

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