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President Francois Hollande

France will use the Nice attack for more repression at home and more militarism abroad

Opinion 23rd July 2016 at 6:50 pm 0 comments

Paris-based journalist Ramin Mazaheri says the Nice attack was a criminal, not a terrorist, act, but that won’t prevent the French state from using it as a pretext for more draconian security actions at home and more militarism abroad. The New York Times recently tapped Iranian-Franco professor Farhad Khosrokhavar for […]

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New MCB Secretary General: My priority is to empower the youth

New MCB Secretary General: My priority is to empower the youth

Editor's Desk, Features, UK 23rd July 2016 at 10:47 am 0 comments

Harun Khan, 46, is the youngest and the first British-born leader of Britain’s biggest Muslim organisation, the Muslim Council of Britain. In his first in-depth media interview since being elected for a two-year term on Sunday, Khan says his priorities will be to empower youth and Muslim women as well […]

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Prevent is causing huge concern among British Muslim communities

Parliamentary report: Govt should reconsider counter extremism strategy

UK 22nd July 2016 at 2:27 pm 0 comments

The government should reconsider its strategy on fighting extremism because it risks making the situation worse, the Joint Committee on Human Rights has said. The parliamentary committee also said there was currently no useable legal definition of extremism. In a report, it urged ministers to “tread carefully” when trying to […]

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Muhammed Butt

Brent Council leader: Israel offers hope and Zionism is a legitimate belief

UK 21st July 2016 at 6:27 pm 0 comments

The leader of Brent Council, Muhammed Butt, has written an article for the Times of Israel and the Jewish News in which he says he has “no time for boycotts,”  “Israel offers hope,” and “Zionism is a legitimate belief.” Labour’s Muhammed Butt had already apologised for sharing a clip which […]

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Katie Hopkins reported to police over “get intolerant of Islam” tweet

Katie Hopkins reported to police over “get intolerant of Islam” tweet

UK 21st July 2016 at 4:50 pm 0 comments

Islamophobic media personality Katie Hopkins has been reported to the police over a tweet after the Nice attack in which she said it was time to “get intolerant of Islam.” The complainant, who wants to remain anonymous, spoke to the Metropolitan police on Saturday and said that Hopkins had incited […]

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Babar Ahmad: How to find hope in your darkest hour

Babar Ahmad: How to find hope in your darkest hour

Babar Ahmad  was released in July 2015 after spending 11 years in prison in both the UK and the US. You can read his blog here. Former detainee Babar Ahmad says that even when you are at your very lowest point never give up hope in God’s promise. Here I […]

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Fatima Manji slams Kelvin Mackenzie and The Sun

Fatima Manji slams Kelvin Mackenzie and The Sun

UK 19th July 2016 at 4:44 pm 0 comments

Channel 4 News journalist Fatima Manji has slammed right-wing columnist Kelvin Mackenzie and The Sun newspaper after he wrote an article yesterday criticising her employers for letting her report on the Nice attack while wearing a hijab. The article by the former Sun editor sparked more than 800 complaints to […]

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Fundraising appeal launched in memory of Liverpool teen Mzee Mohammed

Fundraising appeal launched in memory of Liverpool teen Mzee Mohammed

UK 19th July 2016 at 3:59 pm 0 comments

A fundraising appeal has been launched in memory of teenager Mzee Mohammed, who died last week after being detained by police in Liverpool. The Liverpool Echo reports that the money raised will go to Mzee’s mother Karla, who wants to bury her 18-year-old son in Jamaica. The page was set […]

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Rushanara Ali

Which Muslim MPs voted for nuclear weapons?

UK 19th July 2016 at 1:06 pm 0 comments

Seven Muslim MPs voted to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system in a vote in Parliament last night, whereas four opposed it. Labour MPs Rushanara Ali, Rosena Allin-Khan, Khalid Mahmood and Shabana Mahmood voted in favour of the motion. As did Conservative MPs Nusrat Ghani, Rehman Chishti and Sajid Javid. […]

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Harun Khan elected new leader of Muslim Council of Britain

Harun Khan elected new leader of Muslim Council of Britain

UK 18th July 2016 at 3:01 pm 0 comments

Harun Khan was elected Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) at its AGM yesterday. Khan replaces outgoing secretary general Dr Shuja Shafi who has just completed his two-year term. His deputy will be Omer al Hamdoon who is also the President of the Muslim Association of Britain. […]

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