Blogs: a weekly round up of chatter


by Sunny
17th October, 2005 at 4:36 am    

A slightly shaky start as I was supposed to publish this yesterday, but here goes anyway. Readers are welcome to send me links for next week’s round-up.

1) Haroon asks whether “the [Kashmiri] rubble popped a Jihadi bubble” in Osama, Osama, Where Art Thou?.

2) Sonia Faleiro in Mumbai writes an excellent series of profiles of former dance bar girls in the city. Former because it recently banned the whole trade. She sheds light on how they’re coping since (first, second, third).

3) Marc recently launched Campaign for Secular Education blog (support!), and MWW has a hilarious post possibly from the BK cone guy!

4) Simon Barrow writes on the demonstration against the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (Rohan on the bill itself) and finds it ironic that “Christians who called for a ban on Jerry Springer – The Opera were now singing the praises of ‘free speech’”. Heh. I wrote on this before here and here.

5) Think-tank Civitas not too happy with Lee Jasper’s tirade against Trevor Phillips.

6) Yusuf Smith is launching Blogistan to “represent the true, moderate face of Islam in Britain” and be a counterweight to “certain media monitoring sites run by immature people”, and is looking for volunteer bloggers. He starts by pointing out MPAC’s tendency for “hand-wringing and mud-flinging”.

Update: 7) Couldn’t resist adding Curious Hamster’s dissection of Jack Straw on Newsnight. He’s becoming slimier than Bush’s Scott McCellan. [via Worstall]


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  1. Tim Worstall

    Britblog Roundup # 36

    Another sunny Sunday afternoon and it’s time for the Britblog Roundup once again. Your nominations for what was good and great on the blogs from theUK and Ireland this week. Get your entries in for next week to britblog AT




  1. coruja — on 17th October, 2005 at 10:39 am  

    Re CIVITAS – there something very sinister about this organisation and it is as relevant to solving the current crisis in race relations as the CRE – i.e. not very.

    It is right-wing and it is not very civil – http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1293980,00.html

    The problem with race in this country is that for most decent ‘white’ ‘liberal’ middle-class people it is not an issue at all and it is something they do not understand. To mention the problems with ‘race’ within Britain is like pointing to a large birth mark on the face of a pretty baby.

  2. David — on 17th October, 2005 at 12:40 pm  

    Quick correction: MWW supports Marc and his Campaign for Secular Educatin blog, but Marc is not otherwise connected to MWW, apart from the fact that he comments there frequently (and long may he continue to do so).

  3. Sunny — on 17th October, 2005 at 2:22 pm  

    Apologies for that David, I’ve corrected that mistake now.

  4. coruja — on 17th October, 2005 at 3:15 pm  

    Also, I’m sure CIVITAS will not be too happy with A.Sivanandan’s comments on why Muslims might want to reject British values either – http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1593282,00.html

  5. Al-Hack — on 17th October, 2005 at 4:06 pm  

    Civitas look typical of this biased bunch of think-tanks who want to push their agenda with a so-called debate on the issue of mulit-culturalism. As long as the debate favours them of course. Migrationwatch is another.

  6. Tim Worstall — on 18th October, 2005 at 2:59 pm  

    Can you make sure you email the URL of this weekly ervent to me at britblog AT gmail DOT com so I can add it to the Roundup please?

  7. Sunny — on 18th October, 2005 at 3:02 pm  

    No probs Tim.

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