Thursday, August 28 2014

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  • Amnesty International: Discrimination against Muslims in Europe

    Amnesty International have issued a report looking at prejudice and discrimination faced by Muslims in Europe. ‘Choice and Prejudice: Discrimination against Muslims in Europe’ is based on field research conducted in Belgium; France;...
  • Joint Committee report on House of Lords reform

    The BBC yesterday covered the report published by the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill, on Lords reform. The committee report recommends that the composition of the upper chamber be changed to comprise an 80/...
  • Did MI5 'betray' Libyan dissidents to Gaddafi's regime?

    The Guardian and Independent today follow the story in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday on the allegations of MI5 coercing Libyan dissidents seeking asylum in the UK into co-operating with Gaddafi’s security agency, or being threatened with...
  • National Front to field largest number of candidates in 30 years

    As newspapers report on the outcome of the first round presidential elections in France and the third place ranking of Marine Le Pen, with the highest ever vote gained by the French National Front, 18%, the Independent today features an arti...
  • New Statesman on putting 'mainstream Islamophobia' on trial

    The New Statesman cover story last week focused on the trial of Anders Behring Breivik and the shocking fact of his anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant attitude finding popular resonance. The cover page of the NS suggests that “it’s time to...
  • Five suspected EDL supporters arrested on allegations of social network racism

    There is coverage in the Independent, the BBC and the Yorkshire Post on the arrest of five men with alleged links to the English Defence League, on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred on social networking sites. The Independent rep...
  • Liverpool mayoral debate cancelled after BNP candidate's presence sparks 'disruption' fears

    The BBC reports on the cancellation by Liverpool University of a mayoral debate that was to be held with the candidates in the forthcoming election, after the presence of a BNP member on the panel sparked fears of ‘disruption’. Fro...
  • Reflecting on the rise of the far-right in Europe

    Open Democracy has published a translation of Mariano Aguirre’s article for Le Monde Diplomatique on the Breivik trial and the wider phenomenon of rising xenophobia and cultural protectionism which has gripped the European mainstream in the...
  • US damage limitation efforts after US forces/Afghan corpses photo scandal

    The Guardian, BBC, Independent and the Daily Telegraph today report on the US Government’s attempts at damage limitation after photographs showing US paratroopers in Afghanistan posing “grinning … with insurgents' mangled corpses” we...
  • Police looking for man who forcibly removed niqab from woman's face

    West Midlands Police have reported on an incident in Solihull where a man forcibly removed a Muslim woman’s face covering while she was out shopping in the town centre. From the West Midlands Police ‘Appeals for Help’ website: “...
  • Libyan rebel leader to sue former Foreign Secretary

    The Guardian, the BBC, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent and the Times(£) all report today on the story that the former Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, is facing legal action brought by Abdel Hakim Belhadj for Straw’s alleged role in hi...
  • Reflection in wake of Breivik trial

    There is extensive and ongoing coverage on the BBC, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the Independent and in other media outlets on the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, the man responsible for the terrorist attack which killed 77 people i...
  • Lord Nazir Ahmed says 'bounty' on Obama capture is false and misconstrued

    It would seem the comments reported on Lord Nazir Ahmed, as having issued a 'bounty' for former US President George Bush and ex-PM Tony Blair, have been entirely misconstrued. It would appear from a translation of Lord Ahmed's speech in...
  • Police officer receives £840,000 compensation following racism in forces

    The Independent and the Daily Mail both report on the case of an Asian police officer, Sultan Alam, who has been awarded £840,000 compensation for loss of earnings after winning his case against Cleveland Police for racism experienced durin...
  • #creepingsharia comic twitter trend!

    There’s an amusing take on the hyperbolic and exaggerated fantasies of the ‘Islamisation’ enthusiasts on Twitter today after English Defence League leader, Stephen Lennon, inadvertently sparked a flurry of comic tweets to his #creepings...
  • Charles Moore replies to Peter Oborne on Belhadj rendition

    Charles Moore in his column in Saturday's Daily Telegraph ponders the impending case against the British security services brought by Abdel Hakim Belhadj and argues that some secrets ought to be concealed from the rigours of justice sought b...
  • Ken Livingstone- "Muslims' turn now" to be discriminated against

    The BBC and London 24 report on the London mayoral hustings organised by Stonewall last week at which mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone said “It is the Muslims’ turn now” to be discriminated against and that certain right wing politici...
  • Stoke on Trent BNP leader in court on racism charges

    The leader of the British National Party in Stoke on Trent, Michael Coleman, has appeared in court on racism charges relating to comments allegedly made on his website, according to a local paper. From The Sentinel: “BNP leader Mi...
  • Dewsbury man set fire to woman's hair and racially abused passer-by

    The Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports on the court case of a man who set fire to a woman’s hair, racially abused passers-by and shouted out “I am racist and proud of it,” at Dewsbury Bus Station in March this year. The man has...
  • Charles Moore replies to Peter Oborne on Belhadj rendition

    Charles Moore in his column in Saturday's Daily Telegraph ponders the impending case against the British security services brought by Abdel Hakim Belhadj and argues that some secrets ought to be concealed from the rigours of justice sought ...

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