Monthly Archives: July 2010


  Britain’s Court of Appeal has held that the control orders of three terrorism suspects should be quashed altogether, according to the Guardian.

The ruling by three appeal court judges headed by Lord Justice Maurice Kay has paved the way for others to claim compensation, and deals yet another blow to the government’s controversial control order scheme.

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  The Islington Gazette reports that ‘Islamophobic thugs‘ stuck a pig’s head on to the gates of North London Central Mosque in Finsbury Park. 

The head was discovered in the early hours of the morning when worshippers arrived at the mosque.

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  Speaking in Ankara on Tuesday 27th July, Prime Minister David Cameron denounced Israel’s attack on the Gaza aid flotilla as ‘completely unacceptable‘ and described Gaza as a ‘prison camp.’ 

On his visit to Turkey, David Cameron endorsed the country’s accession to the European Union, insisting it would boost Europe’s economy and enhance its security.

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  Details emerged yesterday of the arrest of EDL members in Dorset on suspicion of being involved in a plot to bomb a mosque in Bournemouth. Six men and one woman were held during the operation last week but later released without charge. 

From the Guardian:

‘A police spokesman said: “We have been working very closely with the Muslim community since last Thursday and our local safer neighbourhood teams have been providing advice and reassurance throughout. At this stage there is no indication whatsoever that any of the mosques in Dorset are under threat of attack.”‘

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  Tory MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, who said ‘wearing a burqa is like having a paper bag over your head’ has been warned that he ‘could face legal action if he follows through on a threat to refuse to meet constituents wearing the veil.’

From the Guardian:

‘Lawyers for Liberty have written to Philip Hollobone insisting that his stance is unlawful and that they “will be happy to represent any of your constituents that you refuse to meet because they are veiled”.

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  A cache of more than 90,000 secret US military files obtained by Wikileaks have revealed ‘how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents‘, reports the Guardian.

Described as ‘one of the biggest leaks in US history‘, the war logs show ‘questionable shootings of civilians by UK troops.’

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    Following last week’s revelation by the Guardian that the government will dismantle the Prevent programme, the independent think tank Demos has today published a report calling on the coalition government to abolish the £60 million Preventing Violent Extremism programme to make the UK safer.

In its report titled ‘From Suspects to Citizens: Preventing Violent Extremism in a Big Society‘, Demos claims that the Prevent programme has contributed to ‘stigmatising Muslim communities by treating them all as potential terrorists.’

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  The former head of MI5, Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller, told the Chilcot inquiry that the invasion of Iraq in 2003 ‘substantially‘ increased the terrorist threat to the UK.

The Guardian reports:

‘More than once, the former head of MI5 emphasised to the Chilcot inquiry that the invasion exacerbated the terrorist threat to the UK and was a “highly significant” factor in how “home-grown” extremists justified their actions.

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  Lord Patten of Barnes has said that Israel’s policy of blockading Gaza has been a ‘terrible failure – immoral, illegal and ineffective’ and has ‘deliberately triggered an economic and social crisis which has many humanitarian consequences.’

In an interview with the Guardian, Chris Patten ‘suggested it was time to reassess the isolation of Hamas, saying that approach had failed to weaken it.’

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    Yasmin Alibhai-Brown publishes yet another piece attacking the burqa and niqab.

Writing in the Daily Mail today, Yasmin refers to comments made by Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, on the burqa. Spelman, who said that her visit to Afghanistan had persuaded her that the burqa ‘confers dignity‘ and that it can be ‘empowering‘, is singled out by Yasmin who contends she ‘must be mad.’

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