Archive for August, 2006

NY Times blocks Airline Plot article

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

The New York Times site has blocked access to UK readers to an article about the recent Airline plot, reports the Guardian.
David T says of this decision:
The New York Times’ concern is that it might find itself in contempt of court by publishing the article: although it appears that no specific information in the article […]

Smoking Lebanon

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Its the end of summer and I’ve been way too busy with the garden here at Siddhartha Towers to be blogging. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading them. The great thing about gardening is that you can think about all the great blogs you’ve read and be concurrently constructive all at the same […]

Dissembling Political Sufism

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

Set up to counter the ‘moderates’ of the MCB (cue laughtrack), the Sufi Muslim Council (SMC) seems to have attracted tepid interest from the Muslim community. This limited interest in the new political outfit is already the subject of an HT-style dissembling campaign.

A SMC-watch type blog (The Sufi Muslim Council Exposed) has been set […]

Out of Touch TV

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Real Talk is yet another ‘Live Phone-in show’ on BanglaTV (SKY channel 791), where viewers phone in to discuss the issue at £1 per minute.
The studio panel, who were brought in to field viewers’ questions on ‘The Foiled Terror Plot’, included Leighton Holloway editor from the Blink website, Councillor Ian Page from Lewisham (Socialist Party) […]

Identity and Culpability

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

Kenan Malik talks about the dynamics that influence identity in this article on Amartya Sen’s Identity and Violence. Sen backs the argument that British multicultural policies have imposed upon Bangladeshis the single identity of being Muslim.
“Bangladesh’s separation from Pakistan was not based on their religion but on their language, their literature and their secular politics. […]

Seven Seas: Brick Lane redux

Friday, August 11th, 2006

When the LRB published this review of Brick Lane in 2003, Sukhdev Sandhu had no way of knowing the amount of brimstone and paan-spit the book, and subsequently the making of the film, would generate.
Like one of Bangladesh’s multitudinous rivers, Sukhdev’s review is long, broad and wonderfully meandering. As a review of Brick Lane, it […]

Blair’s Body Count

Monday, August 7th, 2006

At a Downing Street reception not long ago, a guest had the temerity to ask Tony Blair: “How do you sleep at night, knowing that you’ve been responsible for the deaths of 100,000 Iraqis?” The Prime Minister is said to have retorted: “I think you’ll find it’s closer to 50,000.”
The New Statesman cover story by […]

Sliver of Light

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Tony Blair’s speech at Los Angeles has been hailed by the media. But was it the closest public re-evaluation of his role on the pitiful state of events in the Middle East and Iraq as well as the US-led ‘War on Terror’? The Times opened with coverage on this unexpected speech.
Aides to Mr Blair described […]

Burn Brick Lane Burn

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Last week, Ruby Films, the production company behind the film pulled out of filming on location in Brick Lane. The unfortunately named Campaign Against Monica Ali’s Film Brick Lane group have mobilised their masses, convened their protesters who have vowed to continue irrespective of where the film gets made and bussed in their outraged stalwarts […]

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