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'Walking out on Ahmadinejad was just plain childish'

  Adrian Hamilton in The Independent comments on the infantile conduct of the Western diplomats who walked out during President Ahmadinejad’s speech at the Durban Review Conference in Geneva earlier this week. He writes: ‘Read Ahmadinejad’s address at the UN conference on racism in...

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Mosque building proposal provokes Facebook campaign

  Proposed plans by Muslims in Lichfield to build a mosque in the city to serve its growing Muslim community, have provoked the creation of a Facebook campaign against the bid. A Muslim businessman, Abdus Salam, at the centre of the organised effort to submit plans for a mosque to be built in the...

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'Hamas leader's invitation to address MPs provokes fury'

  The invitation extended by a former Labour Minister and now independent MP, Clare Short, to Khalid Mish’al, head of Hamas’ political bureau, to address British MPs via a video link has predictably been criticized by the Foreign Office and Israel. The Independent cites a Foreign Office...

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BBC averting criticism over DEC Appeal by attacking Bowen

  Media Workers Against the War (MWAW) are urging people appalled by the BBC Trust’s treatment of the Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, to write in and condemn the corporation’s cowardly attempt to deflect criticism of its refusal to broadcast the DEC Appeal on Gaza by attacking Bowen. MWAW...

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Miliband and the UK govt rush to defend Israel once again

  The Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, has described the comments made at the UN anti-racism conference by the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on Israel being a ‘racist state’ as ‘offensive, inflammatory and utterly unacceptable’. The Iranian president was speaking at the Durban...

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‘Contest and Cohesion’

  Our Kingdom, part of the OpenDemocracy network, carries a piece by Eric Randolph, editor at Complex Terrain Lab, on the government’s Contest 2 strategy and the perils of handling social cohesion within counter terrorism. Randolph writes; ‘The new Contest strategy draws a line between...

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Foreign Secretary meets Muslims in Scotland

  The Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, took time out of the Cabinet meeting schedule last week to meet with Muslims in Scotland. He met with senior Muslims at Glasgow Central mosque and with younger Scottish Muslims at an event organised by the Youth Community Support Agency. The Foreign...

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Pro-Israel lobby crows over BBC's ruling about Jeremy Bowen

  Jeremy Bowen, (pictured), Middle East Editor for the BBC, whose diary entries during the Israeli attacks on Gaza earlier this year brought home the truly horrifying nature of events unfolding in the region, has been rapped by the Editorial Standards Committee (ESC), part of the BBC Trust....

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