Jonathan Russell of the Quilliam Foundation has a logical premise on which he bases his piece about the signatories [http://leftfootforward.org/2015/03/the-muslim-community-joint-statement-offers-no-progressive-solutions/] of the Joint UK Muslim Statement [https://jointmuslimstatement.wordpress.com/]. It is indeed a valid assertion that the signatories did not offer any solutions. When
I had always recognised Voltaire as a philosopher and an important cog of Western liberal thinking but I recently came across a play written by him:Le fanatisme, ou Mahomet le Prophete [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahomet_(play)], literally Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet. Voltaire, and his admirers, have
In a welcome move, the UK government has barred Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer from entering the United Kingdom [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23064355#TWEET802545] to address events organised by the EDL (English Defence Lesage). The EDL is a British far-right movement that is particularly anti-Muslim, considering Muslims
[http://www.qern.org/en/academics-finally-take-note-of-islamophobia/islamophobia-journal-spring2012/] For a number of years, we have been taking academics to task for not doing enough to tackle rising Islamophobia. Academic research makes it way into public policy sooner or later, and a certain paralysis had descended upon the academic community after the
Robert Fisk has rightly lashed out at the scourge of the Internet – extremist anonymous people [http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/anonymous-comments-are-as-pathetic-as-the-anonymous-sources-that-contaminate-gutless-journalism-from-the-new-york-times-bbc-and-cnn-8446788.html] with too much time writing and saying things they would not otherwise say in real life. He writes, Now in the old days, when someone stuffed
Chris Hedges writes on truth-out.org [http://truth-out.org], on Monday 30 January 2012: **What happened to Canada? It used to be the country we would flee to if life in the United States became unpalatable. No nuclear weapons. No huge military-industrial complex. Universal health care. Funding for the arts.
Diplomats don’t make many mistakes. Certainly not mistakes like attending a reception for 20 minutes and posing for pictures and also giving positive comments. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz is keeping them honest [http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israel-s-un-ambassador-attends-le-pen-meeting-by-mistake-1.393919] . But what is afoot here? Let us take a
So, the Chicago Tribune censors the political cartoon strip Doonesbury. Here is what the editor had to say [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/tribnation/chi-doonesbury-pulled-from-chicago-tribune-this-week-20110912,0,5161792.story] : > To be sure, “Doonesbury” is a satirical cartoon, but the remarks are serious enough that we cannot publish the strip without more
Following a six-month long investigative research project, the Center for American Progress released a 130-page report today which reveals that more than $42 million from seven foundations over the past decade have helped fan the flames of anti-Muslim hate in America. The authors — Wajahat Ali, Eli Clifton, Matt Duss, Lee
Listening to the commercial media in Western countries, one can be forgiven for thinking that in countries like Iraq or Pakistan, there is a Klashinkov-toting Muslim around every corner hunting down Christians and other non-Muslims. On my last trip to Pakistan, I stayed in one of largest Christian neighbourhoods in
The Washington Post published a poll-induced barely comprehensible laundry list of what a ‘moderate’ Muslim should be [http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2011/02/will_the_real_moderate_muslims_please_stand_up.html] . Let us pick it apart one by one. With apologies to the author of the said
I had been writing for a long time that the multi-million-dollar campaign in the US by the Ahmadiyya cult was just a ploy to try to get a seat on Representative King’s hearings on ‘home-grown radicalization’ [http://www.qern.org/en/the-Pete-McCarthy-King-inquisition]. According to this story [http://www.buffalonews.