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Political vs Politicised

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Salam ‘aleikum Asim Siddiqui, I agree with you completely:
The Islamic movements dominated Muslim political discourse in the 20th century. Political models coming from the west, such as representative democracy and accountable governments, were at best seen as tools to achieve an Islamic theocracy or at worst dismissed as unIslamic. Meanwhile monarchies, dictatorships and tyranny were […]

Do not adjust your sets

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Hello? Hello?
We’re back!
We’ve been out of action for the better part of January thanks to Russian hackers and DOS attacks.
Expect normal service (rants, reviews and rabid opinions) to resume.
And to those who kept pinging/asking me “Dude, where the hell is your blog?”, thanks for the interest and for sticking it out. I didn’t realise I […]

Who’s a loser? You decide.

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Who is Worse: Ken Livingstone or Boris Johnson?
That’s the title, created by Nick ‘No word on Fallujah’ Cohen, of a new facebook group. This is the intro:
Livingstone is a promotor of Yusuf al-Qaradawi of the Muslim Brotherhood who believes that homosexuals, Jews and Muslims who decide to change their faith should be executed.
Boris Johnson’s record […]

Long Shot Kick de Bucket

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

One less bigot in the world: clerical fascist gone to meet his maker.

Kick a Conspiracy

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it. And this time its George Monbiot. George takes a look at Loose Change, and takes a sledge hammer to this sharp, slick production of a conspiracy theory.
People believe Loose Change because it proposes a closed world: comprehensible, controllable, small. Despite the great evil that runs […]

The US vs John Lennon

Friday, December 8th, 2006

It was 26 years ago today.
As they were leaving the Dakota, they were approached by several people who were seeking autographs. Among them was a man who would be later identified as Mark David Chapman. John Lennon scribbled an autograph on the Double Fantasy album cover for Chapman.
The Lennons spent several hours at the studio […]

The N Word

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

“Political correctness gone mad” is the formula trotted out by those who oppose PC-creep (see CIVITAS) and hanker for a time when British society licensed the use of stupid and vulgar racism (see the BNP). An example of this is this blogger who thinks it is very clever to call some black criminals “niggers”. The […]

The Blind Leading the Brain-Dead

Friday, November 17th, 2006

This report is from the Torygraph, so it’s veracity could be regarded questionable if not wholly suspect. But judging from the content, it sounds completely in character with the Hizbut Tahrir. These are the words of an HuT infiltrator:
In a mocked-up video shown to new recruits, a woman interrogator at Guantanamo Bay was shown wiping […]

Sid’s Law

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

I submit here an informal human rights ‘law’. Basically it’s just another banality for the information age, as a corollary to Moynihan’s Banality:
As the number of instances of human rights violations committed by a country increases, the probability that it will take measures to restrict access to information on such violations approaches one.
In other words […]

Orhan Pamuk Wins

Monday, October 16th, 2006

The Prof Yunus celebrations have eclipsed slightly, for me at least, another great piece of Nobel news: Orhan Pamuk, Turkish writer, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. What a superb choice. A profile of the man.

Under the golmal, the serious golmal