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    11th January, 2010

    Event: Women’s uncensored experiences of detention and deportation

    by Sunny at 8:06 pm    

    Over 70% of women seeking asylum are rape survivors. Over 400 women and their families are currently detained at Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre[2]. Many are detained in other Centres throughout Britain.

    While the brutal detention of children is finally widely condemned, there is still little said about the detention of mothers and the impact of this on families, including children, as well as on other vulnerable people.

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    Filed under: Events,Sex equality

    Campaign strategy to stop Nick Griffin and BNP

    by Sunny at 4:43 pm    

    Hope Not Hate have sent out this strategy briefing regarding the BNP:

    The BNP is likely to contest over 200 parliamentary seats in the General Election and up to 1,000 council seats. The main threat is in Barking & Dagenham, where they could take overall control of the council, and Stoke-on-Trent, where they could become the largest single party – and we fear that Nick Griffin could win the parliamentary seat in Barking.

    The HOPE not hate campaign has identified 102 council wards in 31 local authority areas that are at risk from the BNP. Just over half of these risk wards are in just 10 local authority areas. The concentration is even starker when one counts the most at risk wards. All but three of the 25 most at risk wards fall in 10 local authority areas, as do 38 of the 50 most at risk wards.

    The high risk local authorities, where the BNP pose a threat in multiple wards, are Barking & Dagenham, Stoke-on-Trent, Thurrock , Nuneaton, Sandwell, Amber Valley, Burnley, Barnsley, Rotherham and Leeds. But there are other areas, such as Wigan, Tameside and Bexley, where the BNP will be pushing strongly for the first time.

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    Filed under: Race politics,The BNP

    Islam4UK back out, but media continues to dance to their tune

    by Sunny at 9:49 am    

    So Anjem Choudhary and Islam4UK have decided to cancel their march through Wootton Bassett. Wait, I’m shocked. No really, I expected this to happen just like their lame march through London, which they backed out of simply because some anti-Islamists showed up.

    The News of the World reports that the home secretary plans to ban the group, and for reasons I outlined years ago when it applied to al-Ghuraaba, that’s fine with me.

    But the question is - will the British media now wake up to the fact that Anjem Choudhary has them wrapped around his little finger, and not dance to his tune the next time he tries a publicity stunt? We’ll have to wait and see but I doubt it.

    Update: 5 Muslim men who called parading troops ‘baby killers’ and ‘murderers’ were today convicted of threatening behaviour.

    Munim Abdul, 28, Jalal Ahmed, 21, Yousaf Bashir, 29, Shajjadar Choudhury, 31, and Ziaur Rahman, 32, all from Luton, were convicted at Luton magistrates court today of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

    I’m crying for them… really I am. Idiots. Full story.

    Filed under: Islamists,Terrorism
    10th January, 2010

    1984: A Sikh Story on BBC1 now

    by Sunny at 11:16 pm    

    From here:

    An hour-long documentary presented by Sonia Deol titled ‘1984: A Sikh Story’ will ret-tell the story of the year the Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sent troops into the holiest and most revered of Sikh shrines, The Golden Temple.

    AIM Magazine has learnt that it is likely to prove controversial with some Sikh groups because of its portrayal of the militant Sikh preacher Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. It is also likely to draw the ire of the Indian government for its story on how it reacted following the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

    Filed under: Media,Organisations,Sikh

    Interfaith interface

    by Rumbold at 11:00 am    

    The Heresiarch profiles the formation of a new religious ‘sounding board’ for the Department for Communities and Local Government, which will consist of thirteen ‘faith advisors’ drawn from various religions. John Denham, the minister responsible, said:

    This new panel brings together an unprecedented wealth of knowledge and experience that will help advise on the big issues facing society such as the economy, parenting, achieving social justice and tackling climate change.

    For millions of people the values instilled by their faith are central to shaping their behaviour. We should continually seek ways of supporting and enhancing the contribution faith makes to the decision-making process on the central issues of our time.

    So the government has assembled ‘representatives’ of religion to advise them on issues such as, er, the economy and climate change. This suggests they are not really sure what the panel is actually for, but it sounds good to set one up.

    The Heresiarch provides mini-biographies of each of them, and two of them have been featured on Pickled Politics before. Dr. Rai, who complained that Labour did not select a turban-wearing Singh as its candidate in Southall, and Arjan Vekaria, a suspected Hindu nationalist.

    To sum up:

    At least three are or have been actively engaged in Labour party politics; no other mainstream parties are represented. Two are professional PRs. All are involved in organisations that have received public funding. All share the government’s perspective on faith issues. No-one elected them. And, needless to say, there’s not a humanist in sight.

    Filed under: Religion
    9th January, 2010

    A university professor writes in…

    by Sunny at 4:45 pm    

    Got this email from a US university professor today:

    Dear Mr.Hundal

    I have just read your article on “Note to Neocons: Universities Don’t Create
    Extremists’. As a university professor,m I am in complete agreement, This view is an example of the anti-intellectual attitude that is damaging our democratic society whereby expressing views differing from the norm is considered radical and unpatriotic.

    Perhaps a university education would benefit those holding these . I suspect they may arise from a feeling of inferiority that they try to compensate by diminishing the status of those having these differing views.

    Thank you for you offering


    8th January, 2010

    News roundup: Galloway, terrorism and pornography

    by Rumbold at 10:10 am    

    George Galloway has been deported from Egypt after apparently trying to cross into the Gaza strip. The MP had been part of a convoy that has been dogged by numerous problems and infighting.

    EU bureaucrats and the European Commission are to take EU member states (and by extension EU taxpayers) to court in an attempt to get a 3.7% pay raise. They devised the formula which continues to award themselves pay rises despite the state of European economies. There are worries about the impartiality of the court as if the measure succeeds, those judging the case will also receive the same pay rise.

    Eyal at the Spittoon writes on Jewish terrorists, who are threatening politicians who push for a freeze in settlement building.

    Gracchi on the fluidity of the notion of kingship in late antiquity/early middle ages.

    KJB argues that the increase both in quantity and explicitness in porn due to the internet feeds into the wider rape culture. It’s a long piece but worth reading in full.

    Chris Dillow questions the received wisdom that a particular type of immigrant is more desirable to Britain’s collective mind.

    7th January, 2010

    Khalid Mahmood MP makes no sense

    by guest at 3:20 pm    

    This a guest post by the Drive-by Snowballer

    Since the Christmas Day attempted attack on an airliner bound for Detroit, no voice has been more vocal in support of profiling passengers than that of Khalid Mahmood MP. In a cringe-worthy display, he appeared on Monday night’s Newsnight against Maajid Nawaz of Quilliam to defend profiling.

    Khalid’s performance starts off inauspiciously. His opening gambit is to argue that extremist recruiters themselves profile targets for radicalisation. [08:35]

    They target people, they specifically look at people. They look at the weakness of the people, they draw them into that and then they suck ‘em off… [incomprehensible].

    Without descending into puerility and delving into his rather strange closing remark (do radicalisers really “suck off” their recruits?), this is still a remarkably rubbish argument. If terrorist recruiters are able to focus their radicalising efforts then they are just as able to make sure that they are focusing on people whose ethnicity, age and gender would suggest that they are less likely to match the “profile” of a terrorist. To profile is to institutionalise security services always being a step behind terrorists’ recruitment efforts.

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    Yay! The Blairites are knifing themselves

    by Sunny at 10:20 am    

    These coups are brilliant for two reasons: (1) they’ve flushed out and killed off the most annoying Blairites: Purnell (though he may come back under D Miliband), Hazel Blears, Charles Clarke, Hoon etc. I doubt many in the party will shed tears for them, and the stench of betrayal is all around them.

    (2) They make it more likely that a coup will happen still (have to agree with John Rentoul) and a new leader will try some semblance of making a clean break from Brown & Blair (there’s no other way) in order to make the electorate listen, very briefly, to why people should vote Labour. Brown isn’t doing a good enough job.

    The big story of yesterday was how long it actually took the cabinet’s big beasts to come out in support of Brown. If they were all planning to keep their powder dry until the election then I think they’d sound much more supportive.

    Ipso facto, another coup attempt between now and the election is likely.

    Filed under: Party politics
    6th January, 2010

    ‘Universities don’t create extremists’

    by Sunny at 3:02 pm    

    My article for Guardian CIF today:

    In blaming universities for radicalised students, we risk serious damage to freedom of speech and civil liberties

    Singling out universities as potential conveyor belts for terrorists is an old talking point for neocons. The most notorious example in recent times was American commentator Daniel Pipes’s project Campus Watch, which created dossiers on professors and universities that did “not meet its standard of uncritical support for the policies of George Bush and Ariel Sharon”, according to one critic. Anthony Glees, professor of security and intelligence studies at the University of Buckingham, told the Telegraph: “UCL boasts on its website that it has 8,000 staff for 22,000 students, which is an enviable staff/student ratio. What have they been doing?” Their jobs, perhaps?

    There are two issues here. The first is about academic freedom of speech and civil liberties, which have been completely sidelined in the debate.

    Read the full article here.

    The train will be calling at…

    by Rumbold at 12:34 pm    

    Villagers in the Delhi suburb of Gurgaon had longed complained about the area not having a train station, especially as people from the area needed to commute into Delhi. After petitioning for years, they decided to raise two million rupees (about £27,000) in order to build two platforms. The work was completed in seven months, under the supervision of railway staff:

    The Tajnagar station is situated between the Patli and Jataula Jauri stations - 3.5km (two miles) from each station. The road distance between Patli and Tajnagar is 12km (seven miles) and villagers say the new station will reduce their travel time drastically.

    “There are a large number of people in the village who need to go to Gurgaon, Delhi and Rewari. There are students who go to college. Until now we had to go to Hailimandi or Patli to catch a train,” The Times of India newspaper quoted a villager, Hukum Chand, as saying.

    Just imagine someone trying to do that in this country.

    Filed under: South Asia

    The politics of the film Avatar

    by Sunny at 9:15 am    

    I watched Avatar 3D on 1st January and loved it. Sure, the storyline was fairly predictable but that’s not what I wanted to watch it for. Also, forget the racial angle too, which several people have pointed out to me (see this tweet by Naadir). Sure you can always play the race card when you have different species / races involved but that wasn’t my main focus.

    My main focus was the strong pro-environmental message, for I have always been much more of an environmentalist than someone being obsessed by race (no doubt this will come as a surprise to many readers, but this blog was started to talk about identity, not whatever passes through my head). That aside, what I also loved about it was the strong anti-war message.

    Avatar could be crudely based on the European invasion (and massacre) of native Americans. The natives are pagans who worship the world around them while the new arrivals simply want resources. I’m reading Guns, Germs & Steel at the moment so that also came to mind (civilisations wiping each out over centuries for whatever reason). The natives can’t survive for long - especially if they’ve only got bows and arrows and flying dragons. They need some serious AK47s. That is how civilisation has developed.

    But Avatar also had parallels with Iraq. The invasion was termed ‘shock and awe’, the humans were a mercenary force (Blackwater) and the resource could be equated with Iraqi oil. Naturally, and predictably, US Conservatives are slating the film, to no effect. The people have spoken with their wallets.

    Avatar has a subtle message, which is why I like it even more. You can’t push pro-environment and anti-war crap down people’s throats in the form of Greenpeace or StWC leaflets. You make a beautiful film that people internalise those sentiments without even realising it.

    But it also struck me that people’s emotions are generally quite left-wing. The biggest films like these are invariably about protecting stuff. I doubt anyone could make a successful film where killing polar bears and kittens, and frying the planet is seen as good. Hollywood isn’t left-wing because it wants to be, it is also that way because most people (and their hearts) are and that is where the money is.

    Update: Sarah says she liked the fact I didn’t mention Jack Sully’s disability once in the review. But actually, I think that could also have been an issue. In real life Jack Sully can’t run like his Avatar.

    As soon as he gets into the new world he’s running like mad because he can exercise those legs again. So in fact, while I don’t mention it - I can imagine a lot of writers out there annoyed at the portrayal that Jack Sully felt incomplete without his legs and preferred his dream-world for that reason.

    5th January, 2010

    BMSD plan counter march against Islam4UK

    by Rumbold at 8:20 pm    

    British Muslims for Secular Democracy (BMSD) is planning to hold a counter-demo if Islam4UK/Al Muhajiroun marches in Wootton Bassett:

    We deplore the politicisation of Wootton Bassett by reactionary political leaders, including Nick Griffin’s attempt to hijack a homecoming service last year to promote the BNP. We equally oppose this stunt by “Islam4UK,” a group which organised a “Magnificent 19″ Conference in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 to praise the suicide murderers.

    I think that the authorities are right to let Islam4UK’s demonstration go ahead, despite its unpleasant nature. But I am also heartened to see that a counter-demonstration has been organised, and not by the likes of the EDL or the BNP. Anjem Choudary’s goal is to become the face of British Islam, thus increasing communal tensions and making life worse for your average British Muslim. Demonstrating against Mr. Choudary isn’t a vote for the war, but rather a refusal to let him dominate the public’s perception of Muslims.

    (Hat-Tip: Jai)

    Sunny’s update: Shaaz Mahboob has written an article for LibdemVoice about it.

    Filed under: Islamists

    ‘Anjem Choudhary is not an ambassador for Muslims’

    by guest at 10:52 am    

    contribution by Hamira Khan

    Anjem Choudary is one individual, not an ambassador of the Muslim community. He is a fascist preacher of hate, who once again has insulted the families of dead soldiers. As a British Muslim, I am horrified to think that my Scottish friends and neighbours would even begin to think that a lunatic like him represents the views of the wider Muslim community.

    Choudary, UK Head of the now illegal organisation al-Muhajiroun, should know only too well the level of offense his proposed march in Wootton Bassett will cause, but will this be enough to stop him? Probably not. He is seeking nothing more than to maximise media attention on his extremist views and fundamentalism.

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    Filed under: Islamists,Religion

    Another case against profiling

    by Sunny at 8:47 am    

    This time more philosophical, by Alex Massie:

    Ultimately, however, the biggest problem with profiling is not that it won’t be 100% effective; rather it’s that one can easily have adverse consequences in other areas. When you stigmatise the innocent and treat them, implicitly, as guilty until proved otherwise you create problems that strike at the essence of the open, liberal society itself and quite possibly increase the number of young men who might be attracted to violence and terrorism.

    Our experience with internment in Northern Ireland suggests that this can be the case. Now, granted, profiling at airports is not as severe a sanction as internment was, but internment in Ulster helped radicalise nationalists and republicans who were neither interned themselves nor related to those who were detained.

    We all, I think, know that we have problems with some muslim malcontents who reject the ideas underpinning a modern, western, liberal society and who will not be dissuaded by profiling. It doesn’t effect them very much. They might almost expect it or even welcome it. After all, it would, from their perspective, demonstrate that the islamic and christian worlds must and almost by necessity be at war with one another. From that it follows that introducing policies that confirm or potentially strengthen your enemies worldview may not be the wisest thing we could do.

    Bloody spot on. Although I fear it’s perhaps too intelligent for some people.

    4th January, 2010

    Why profiling doesn’t work

    by Sunny at 6:33 pm    

    Quilliam Foundation have released a short briefing today arguing against profiling. They point out:

    Previous terrorism cases have shown why profiling on the basis of race, gender, age or geographic location can often be ineffective:

    1. Profiling on the basis of geography: terrorists who have attacked US airliners, including Richard Reid and the 9/11 hijackers, have been from or based in European countries. Recent arrests in the US and Canada have also shown that the US faces a very real threat from radicalisation at home and in its nearest neighbour. None of these countries are on the US’s list.1

    2. Profiling on the basis of race: Muriel Degauque, a Belgian citizen of European origin, was the first female European suicide bomber in Iraq in 2005. More recently, profiling would have failed to identify Andrew Ibrahim and Nicky Reilly, both of whom converted to Islam before going on to plot terrorist attacks.

    3. Profiling on the basis of gender: female suicide bombers have been behind many of the most lethal attacks in Iraq and Israel over recent years.

    4. Profiling on the basis of age: 50-year-old Samira Ahmed Jassim, who was arrested in Iraq in 2009, has admitted to running a network which recruited and trained female suicide bombers. Also in 2009, the Pakistani army announced that it had discovered a Taliban run school in which boys as young as nine were being trained to carry out suicide bombings.

    But who cares about these facts eh, especially ince internet debate is all about pitting Asian men against old white grannies, or the Islamic Society against the Chess Club. What could possibly go wrong once we start profiling?

    UCL and its principles must be defended

    by guest at 9:10 am    

    contribution by Naadir Jeewa

    I’m unclear of what exactly people actually want from universities in the area of counter-terrorism.

    In an earlier post, Effendi of Spittoon makes a link between “pant bomber” AbdulMutallab and the East London Mosque, and in a more recent post says that UCL must take responsibility for AbdulMutallab’s radicalisation, and in another Sunny is accused of “insidious and ignorant propaganda” again, highlighting a link with the East London Mosque.

    I know some people who want to turn UCL into an open-source software house, but this to call for it to transform into a counter terrorism unit is just silly.

    Moazzem Begg spoke at UCL in January 2007, and didn’t broadcast an interview with Al-Awlaki until December 2007, and after AbdulMutallab passed on the reigns of the ISOC presidency to another.

    How is UCL supposed to have taken action ex-ante of any actionable information? Surely it would be better to point the finger at intelligence agencies?

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    3rd January, 2010

    Where’s the evidence Abdulmutallab was radicalised at UCL?

    by Sunny at 9:12 am    

    Effendi writes at Harry’s Place:

    Grant insists on pushing the oft-repeated canard that there was no evidence that the suspect was radicalised at UCL. But so what? Who cares about the provenance of his radicalisation when there is plenty of evidence to show that Abdulmuttalab was very radicalised whilst he was the president of the UCL ISOC.

    Wait a second. First he says ‘so what?’ and then he says there is plenty of evidence he was radicalised. Where? This is important for two reasons:

    First, it is about protecting academic freedom to debate issues people don’t like (and yes, I’m happy for unis to invite Nick Griffin to explain himself if they want). That includes a discussion of American foreign policy surely? Or would Effendi prefer that all FOSIS societies be shut down regardless? Or perhaps they should all be monitored? Can never be sure about these Muslims right? A clarification would be good.

    The second issue is about student Muslim societies themselves. Sure, Effendi doesn’t like FOSIS: it has its share of crazies and its share of people who couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery yet alone meetings where people could discuss the exact day to celebrate Eid. They certainly do not all think alike. And it certainly does not mean that Abdulmutallab was a wannabe terrorist at uni.

    Effendi refers to an article by UCL’s Malcolm Grant in the TES who points out:

    Other UK newspaper comment accuses us at UCL of being “complicit” in the radicalisation of Muslim students; and, again, of “failing grotesquely” to prevent extremists from giving lectures on campus. Mr Abdulmutallab’s presidency of the UCL student Islamic Society is further condemned for having provoked debate about the war against terror. It is a delicious irony that a theme that has sold so many national newspapers should now be declared by them to be unacceptable for student debate.

    Exactly. The insinuation seems to be that running an Islamic Society at a university means you’re already radicalised and ready to blow up people. Where’s the evidence? Otherwise people are just making assumptions about Muslims at universities without any evidence.

    Jerome Taylor points out at the Indy:

    Others fear that a “reds under beds” style hysteria that treats all Muslims students as potential threats to national security will force Islamic debate in our universities underground and behind closed doors.

    It’s not just that making all Muslims suspicious of intelligence services and the police actually makes counter-intelligence worse, but it’s also about student autonomy (as long as they’re not inciting hatred). Where’s the evidence that this discussion about the War on Terror was inciting hatred?

    When the arsonist burns down the mosque or some racist idiot scream abuse at Muslims - they’re not concerned whether you’re moderate or radical (or even Muslim). They just know it’s becoming socially acceptable to spit at brown people again.

    2nd January, 2010

    Anonymous applications

    by Rumbold at 11:40 am    

    Several studies have found that people with non ‘Anglo-Saxon/European’ (for wont of a better term) names (such as Muhammad) are less likely to get to the interview stage when applying for jobs, despite having very similar qualifications and work experience. The studies tested this by sending out applications with different names on them, but with virtually the same qualifications and employment history.

    Now campaigners are calling for all application forms and CVs to be anonymous, building on plans by previous advocates. This seems a sensible idea. A person’s name or gender aren’t actually needed until the interview stage (for the purposes of references), and this would be a cheap and simple way for companies to reduce discrimination when hiring. Applicants applying via CVs would be told not include certain details, whilst online application forms are easy enough to change. However, you should still be required to state your age, as often companies run training schemes on the basis of having the employee for years after that. In addition, an employer would be able to work out an applicant’s age by their employment history.

    Still recovering…

    by Sunny at 12:18 am    

    Folks, I want to a rather insane party last night in Westminster and had a rather isane amount of whisky. So blogging has been non-existent and may be over the weekend as I try and recover. So please see this as the weekend open-thread and tell me what you did on new years eve… and what song you think defined thelast ten years. Something from the X-Factor perhaps?

    Filed under: Current affairs
    31st December, 2009

    How shall I respond to Tim Montgomerie and Iain Fale?

    by Sunny at 2:21 pm    

    This is an amusing start to my new year celebrations. Tim Montgomerie and Iain Dale are outraged….OUTRAGED I say!… that I had something nasty to say about Rush Limbaugh on Twitter last night.

    Of course it’s all rather predictable. Both get a constant beating at Liberal Conspiracy when we expose crap they publish - from the easily destroyed global warming conspiracy theories to the infamous mass-resignation from PoliticsHome that Montgomerie was livid over. Poor guy is still smarting over that. Oh and not to forget the ridicule he attracts for his infamous ‘left-watch’ site that keeps am eye on lefties who disagree with the David Cameron line.

    Readers, how shall I respond? Shall I:

    1. Point at the fact that they prominently and constantly link to Guido Fawkes and Devils Kitchen, where far worse has been said about left-wing personalities by the authors and/or their readers? Nah, too obvious.

    2. Go all hysterical and claim that it’s political correctness gone mad, typical of right-wingers to try and police people’s thoughts and that these people can’t take a joke? Wait - that’s their usual line. Though it would still apply - this sort of hyporcrisy is typical of them.

    3. Get all faux-outraged over Dale taking off the link to LC and claim it’s typical of his immature behaviour, throw
    a strop and start fundraising for his political opponent? Oh wait, he hasn’t actually been selected for anything. Damn.

    4. Link to all the nasty racist, homophobic and sexist things Rush “Barack the Magic Negro” Limbaugh has said in the past? The guy is so off the charts even Richard Littlejohn wouldn’t repeat the stuff he’s said. And yet Montgomerie says he is a mainstream ‘centre-right’ figure. Says it all doesn’t it?

    No… I’ve got it. I’ve got my bottle of JD that is. I’m off to get ready and party tonight like it’s the end of the decade.

    Have a good one all of you! If I was a rapper, I’d say 2010 is gonna be off the chain. But I’m not. So it’s just going to be off the hook.
    (will add links later, this is from my phone)

    Filed under: Blog
    30th December, 2009

    More racism at the Spectator

    by Sunny at 10:28 pm    

    What is it about the writing at Spectator magazine that attracts such racist lunatics? Rod Liddle writes another bit of tripe which isn’t even worth fisking its so poor.
    Here’s the first comment in response:

    So another jiggaboo straps a bomb to his leg and trys to blow up an airplane but blows his leg off instead.

    What brilliant company they keep at the Speccie. I’m told the site has moderators, but perhaps they were sleeping or something. Update: an explanation

    Filed under: Media,Race politics

    Mother Beloved and Bradistan: an obituary

    by guest at 5:25 pm    

    This is an obituary on the 1st death anniversary of Mrs Aziza B Qureshi, the mother of Fun Da Mental frontman Aki Nawaz.

    by Dil Nawaz

    Mother Beloved was born in Undivided British India; she could have got her British Passport on that criteria alone. She was a proud Pakistani but used to call herself “Mother India”, that movie by Communist Muslim film director mahboob became the “manifesto” for her family. It was initiation as an adopted son that I memorised the whole screenplay, dialogues and songs etc(well not all of it but you get the picture).

    Mother Beloved moved to her Heavenly abode on 27 December 2008, but a part of her died a year earlier in the catastrophe that struck Pakistan on 27/12/2007 when an alleged Islamist suicide bomber killed former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

    Afterwards, when Mr. Asif Zardari was declared the self-appointed leader of Pakistan Peoples Party, she broke all links with that painful memory, even though the whole family used to cry every time a Bhutto was ‘martyred’ in Pakistan. Mother safely stored all memorabilia, portraits and family photos with Bhuttos’ visit to Bradford and never opened that closet again.

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    BNP grandee lauds arson attack

    by Rumbold at 4:25 pm    

    Edmund Standing reports that Lee John Barnes, The BNP’s legal director, has called the attack on the migrant centre in Calais an “act of National Liberation.” This isn’t the first time that he called for or praised violent activity, and his comments continue to remind us about the true nature of the BNP.

    Filed under: The BNP
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