Articles by: 5Pillars

Sami Yusuf

Sami Yusuf music banned by Iranian state TV after Israel visit

Iran, Middle East, World 29th July 2015 at 4:47 pm 0 comments

The Iranian-born British Muslim singer Sami Yusuf, whose records sell millions in the Middle East, has been banned by state television in Iran because of his recent performance in the Israeli city of Nazareth, the Guardian reports. Iranian news websites reported earlier this week that state TV had banned Yusuf’s […]

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Muslim waitress who was told to eat pork wins discrimination case

Muslim waitress who was told to eat pork wins discrimination case

UK 28th July 2015 at 1:55 pm 0 comments

A Muslim waitress who was told she couldn’t bring halal meat to work and that she should eat non-halal meat instead, including pork, has won a religious discrimination case against her employer. The young waitress began working in the restaurant in October 2013. A few months into her employment the […]

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PM Cameron has vowed to crack down on "extremists"

Cameron’s muscular liberalism is in fact “soft fascism”

Opinion, Speakers' Corner 27th July 2015 at 2:06 pm 0 comments

David Cameron’s latest anti-terrorism strategy illustrates how government policy continues to be driven by an extreme right-wing ideology, argues the IHRC’s Faisal Bodi. Is anyone else getting bored with the government’s anti-extremism policies? As someone whose job involves routinely analysing and commenting on them I for one am running out […]

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Turkey is divided between Islamists and secularists

Explaining Turkey’s ISIS U-turn

Opinion 26th July 2015 at 4:51 pm 0 comments

Adel Bari Atwan explains how Turkey, which just a few years ago was experiencing unprecedented internal stability and had good relations with all its neighbours, now faces domestic uncertainty and the threat of external attack. Four days after the suicide attack in the Turkish town of Suruc, allegedly perpetrated by […]

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King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia

Locals outraged as French beach closed to allow Saudi king to holiday in private

World 26th July 2015 at 10:42 am 0 comments

More than 120,000 people have signed a petition against the closure of a beach on the French Riviera to allow Saudi King Salman to holiday in private. The petition insists the public beach in Vallauris should be “available for the benefit of all”. Authorities sealed off the beach early on […]

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Muslim groups fail in bid to challenge Schedule 7 stops

Muslim groups fail in bid to challenge Schedule 7 stops

UK 24th July 2015 at 12:32 pm 0 comments

An alliance of Muslim organisations has failed in a legal challenge against a controversial anti-terrorism power which allows police to question people for up to nine hours on whether they have been involved in acts of terrorism. The challenge to the Schedule 7 powers, which allow police to hold people […]

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Why conservatives have got everything wrong

Why conservatives have got everything wrong

Opinion 23rd July 2015 at 4:36 pm 0 comments

Writer Rabbil Sikdar explains why conservatives live in a bubble of self-delusion where everything is hunky-dory – at least if you’re a white male. History is a dark and brutal reading – war, conquest, pillaging, slavery, corruption, greed, apartheid, colonial exploitation, gender violence and religious zealotry are what define the […]

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CAGE have been demonised over their Jihadi John narrative

CAGE lodges complaint with the UN over British govt attacks

UK 23rd July 2015 at 1:09 pm 0 comments

Advocacy group CAGE has lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations Special Rapporteur, calling for a full investigation of the British government. CAGE said it is taking these steps due to “continuous and sustained attacks from the British government and the Charity Commission, both of which have falsely labelled […]

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If John Ware thinks Cameron has gone too far, he really is in trouble

If John Ware thinks Cameron has gone too far, he really is in trouble

Editor's Desk, Reviews 22nd July 2015 at 5:56 pm 0 comments

Roshan Muhammed Salih reviews John Ware’s BBC Radio 4 documentary “Should Extremism be a Crime,” and argues that if one of Britain’s most Islamophobic journalists believes David Cameron’s counter terror proposals have gone too far then the Prime Minister really might find it difficult to implement his ideological agenda.    […]

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Cameron has vowed to crack down on "extremists"

Muslim groups targeted by Cameron blast his extremism speech

UK 21st July 2015 at 1:55 pm 0 comments

Two of the Muslim organisations targeted by David Cameron in an extremism speech yesterday have condemned the Prime Minister’s counter-terrorism plans. CAGE, which was name-checked by Cameron, hinted at legal action against the Prime Minister for defamation. And Hizb ut Tahrir (which wasn’t mentioned by name but is thought to […]

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