Monthly Archives: February 2011


  The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published a report titled “Madrassas in the British Media”, which presents preliminary findings of an extensive analysis of “the way that madrassas have been portrayed by national and local media over the past decade.”

Some of the findings of the report are presented below, and you can read the full report here.

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  The Daily Star, Daily Express, the Metro, and the Daily Mail are among those who carried stories yesterday of the commotion caused outside the trial of Mohammed Haque and Emdadur Choudhury at Woolwich Crown Court.

The two men are accused of using “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour” during a protest by the group ‘Muslims against Crusaders’ on Remembrance Day in which the group burnt poppies to coincide with the two minute silence to commemorate the war dead. 

From the DM:

“During the day, there were violent clashes between members of the Right-wing English Defence League and representatives of Muslims Against Crusades. The two groups had to be separated by police lines.”

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  The quarterly Home Office Statistical Bulletin on the operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 was published today. The report details statistics on stops and searches under the Terrorism Act 2000, which are as follows:

• A total of 45,932 stops and searches were made in Great Britain under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in the year ending 30 September 2010, a 77 per cent fall on the previous twelve months. The number of stops and searches in the second quarter of 2010/11 (666) was 98% below the same quarter in 2009/10.

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  Prime Minister David Cameron will tomorrow be answering a set of questions posed to him by the public as part of an interactive question and answer session for Al Jazeera and YouTube’s ‘World View’ series. ‘World View’ is a series of monthly interviews where you ask questions to world leaders.

The opportunity to submit further questions has, unfortunately, now passed but readers may still be interested in hearing the PM’s answers to submitted questions.

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  Several NGOs, including the human rights group, Liberty, Amnesty International and Reprieve, have expressed “concern” regarding the credibility of the upcoming inquiry into Britain’s involvement in torture and illegal rendition since 11th September 2001. Their concerns have led them to consider whether they should boycott the inquiry.

From the Guardian:

“An inquiry set up by David Cameron to examine Britain’s involvement in torture and rendition since 9/11 is running into trouble even before it has begun hearing evidence, with human rights organisations warning that it will fail to meet the UK’s obligations under international and domestic law.

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  Christina Patterson writes an excellent piece on Israel for the Independent today, which we thought you may wish to read. She writes:

“You can see why, when much of the Arab world was uniting, and igniting, in anger against oppression, you might want to have your own ‘day of rage’, and particularly when an American President with a Muslim middle name, who came into office declaring that he would seek “a new way forward” with the Muslim world, started doing things which seemed very much like the old way.”

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  Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday delivered a speech to the Kuwait National Assembly in which he distanced himself from past British policies of propping up “highly controlling regimes” in the name of stability.

Yesterday’s Telegraph further reported Cameron telling reporters in Cairo, “I believe in a liberal conservative approach rather than a neo-conservative approach.”

The article added:

“Rejecting the ‘naïve’ neo-con view that democracy can be imposed by the West using military force, the Prime Minister will today set out a “a liberal Conservative” view of democracy in the Middle East.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron today delivered a speech on Britain’s relationship with the Middle East to the National Assembly in Kuwait.

Below are excerpts from his speech, which you can read in full here.

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  At 6pm tonight, BBC Asian Network broadcast a programme on British Muslims serving on behalf of the British Armed Forces on the frontline in Afghanistan. It is called “Muslims on the Frontline.”

The synopsis from the BBC Asian Network website reads:

“It’s the first time a reporter has been given exclusive access to follow Muslim military men and women.

“Poonam Taneja explores the day to day life of soldiers on duty – taking a behind the scenes look at the challenges they face and hears their views of life out on the front line.

“How do they reconcile their role in the British Armed Services – which in Afghanistan involves them fighting other Muslims? And how do they cope with criticism from their own community, some of whom view them as traitors?”

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  Leo McKinstry’s anti-Muslim prejudice is on display again today in the Daily Express

McKinstry warns that the West should be careful what if wishes for when heralding the demise of authoritarian and unpopular regimes in north Africa and the Middle East arguing that the “Cries of freedom may not be a cause for celebration.”

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