Archive for June, 2006

Intellectual GBH

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Beaumont wants to establish that he is a Good Person: “I was opposed to what I believed was an illegal war in Iraq … I, too, have been troubled by the consequences of occupation”. But he’s not like Chomsky, because “I reject Chomsky’s view that American misdeeds are printed through history like the lettering in […]

Dichotomy

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

The world assembly of civil society organisations, CIVICUS, got underway in Glasgow yesterday. However no Islamic non-government organisations are attending, as reported by IPS. This “invisible dividing line” has been picked up by attendees from a number of Muslim countries.
“The Islamic groups are also civil society, though the groups are not registered, and they […]

Lecture: Security Panic and Loyalty Tests

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Naeem Mohaiemen, US artist and human rights activist, will be giving two lectures on June 16 and 17 (7.30pm) on:
Post 9/11 Security Panic and Loyalty Tests and the Hawthorn Effect on Activist Films.
For the Performance Studies International Conference.
Naeem will be showing excerpts from two of his documentary films Fear of Flying and Muslims or Heretics, […]

Songs To Kill Arabs To

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Marine corporal makes a music video about killing members of an Iraqi family. He says the song is a joke.

“It’s a song that I made up and it was nothing more than something supposed to be funny, based off a catchy line of a movie,” Cpl. Joshua Belile said in Wednesday’s Daily News of Jacksonville.
The […]

Hindu Temples Demolished in Malaysia

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Malaysia is a trully multicultural state and remains a model of peaceful coexistence and cultural and religious pluralism in Asia. So the news of fundamentalist Muslims destroying Hindu temples is deeply upsetting.
Hundreds of worshippers watched in horror as the workers, mostly Muslims, brought down the roof, pushed down the walls and smashed the deities that […]

John Updike: Terrorist

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

John Updike has made a career out of chronicling American culture. And he has no trouble conjuring up a young man who is repelled by it.That teenager, named Ahmad, is the central character of Updike’s novel, Terrorist, which is set in the changing immigrant neighborhoods of northern New Jersey.

I’m dealing with a fervent believer and […]

His Religious Identity

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

In a minor CiF comments box turf war, ‘Muslim journalist’, Faisal Bodi, left a pugnacious note on a post by Sunny Hundal, who is rightly perturbed to have the “brown sahib” epithet thrown his way. Bodi’s comment opens with this nugget:
Sunny, I have very little respect for people who designate themselves according to their ethnicity. […]

Disproportional Representation

Sunday, June 11th, 2006

The Kalam family were sharp not to attend the protest held outside Forest Green police station on Saturday. Commendably, they also made the sensible move of issuing a statement that urged Muslims to boycott that rally. This is the protest that saw the attendance of some 100 protesters who chanted and waved placards. Amongst them […]

Don’t Get Mad, Cooperate

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Following the dawn anti-terror raids in Forest Gate on Friday, officials have admitted doubts of finding any evidence of a chemical plot. Official statements are now frankly admitting that a single peice of “specific information” from a single police informant precipitated the action of the 250-strong anti-terrorist police squad.
From BlInk:
Senior counter-terrorism officials now believe that […]

Slaptop

Monday, June 5th, 2006

Here’s one that the Religious Policeman might have blogged about. I haven’t read him much after discovering somewhere that he’s actually a fat white bloke expatriated to Riyadh, or something like that, and thereby killing the joke completely.
Anyway, an imam in Saudi Arabia has been punished for using his laptop when delivering the khutbah (sermon).
A […]

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