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12th February, 2006

Pics from yesterday’s Islamophobia rally

by Sunny at 3:33 pm    

Brother’s gotta sign a petition before they give him a fruit!

StrangelyPsychedelique has uploaded tons of pictures from yesterday’s march.

It was all good natured, I was told by brothers who went.

Quite a few X-files fans turned up too, as SP shows.

Funny captions too.

Filed under: Current affairs

Another Iraq abuse video unearths

by Sunny at 12:21 pm    

The News of the World today has a snapshot from a video showing British troops abusing some Iraqis, supposedly shot in Iraq in 2004. The BBC reports:

On the tape, described as a “secret home video”, an unidentified cameraman is heard laughing and urging his colleagues on. It was apparently filmed for fun by a corporal.

The Ministry of Defence said it was aware of the allegations, which are being investigated by the Royal Military Police.

By next week I expect the pages on the NotW website will be changed, but you can read more on that here and here. Video is here for those inclined.

It’s pure tragedy. I hope at least such exposé’s will force the army to be more disciplined rather than being able to hide them. And much as I was against the war in the first place, on balance I’d rather the troops stay there until the Iraqi army and police comes up to speed.

I recently met someone who had been to Iraq recently, and he said the general lawlessness was astounding. Criminal gangs were constantly abducting people for ransom and carrying out gangland style killings to settle scores. The foreign armies don’t want to get caught in the middle of course so the situation keeps deteriorating.

11th February, 2006

Time for another riot?

by Sunny at 10:58 pm    

I hear some people aren’t too happy that PokerGuru has Guru Nanak (founder of the Sikh faith for the uninitiated) holding a deck of cards and promoting gambling. The website is part of London based PartyPoker. We do not advise burning their offices down, at least until a few letters of protest have been sent.

Filed under: Religion, Humour
10th February, 2006

The silent deaths

by Sunny at 6:11 pm    

Eighty-four year old Victoria looked after the children while her daughter and her husband went to work. Both held down two jobs each.

At about 8.30 in the morning, Victoria walked the two children to school. She arrived back home just before 9am. Victoria was set upon inside the flat. She was gagged, tied up with telephone wire, sprayed with petrol and set alight. She managed to crawl into the kitchen area. The flat was also burned. Victoria died on the kitchen floor.

Nothing was stolen from inside the flat. The family had nothing to steal. No-one has ever been convicted of this crime. No motive has ever been discovered. Victoria was an illegal immigrant. She did not claim any benefits, and was supported by her daughter and son-in-law.

This murder did not appear in the national media.
[Printed in full from World Weary Detective]

Filed under: Media, Race politics

Go somewhere else!

by Al-Hack at 5:07 pm    

Jews should be told quite clearly that our citizens have the legal right to criticise, lampoon, ridicule and mock Jewish leaders to their heart’s content, in any way that they wish: that Judaism and Jews have no special claim to protection from the rough and tumble of post-Enlightenment intellectual, political and social life. If they cannot live in a society in which this is the case, they should go somewhere else…

Outraged? You should be. Theodore Dalrymple in the Spectator. Just substitute Jews for Muslims and Judaism for Islam. [via ]

Filed under: Media, Religion

Number of organisations exceeds Muslim population

by Al-Hack at 4:13 am    

The number of British Muslim organisations have officially exceeded the number of actual Muslims living in the UK this week, after a flurry over activity over the Prophet Mohammed cartoons.

The Muslim Action Committee (MAC), formed by a number of imams and the one that pushed the number over 2 million, said the existing numbers of Muslim organisations were insufficient to demonstrate the anger they felt.

“This is an outrage! Not enough Muslim organisations have signed up to our charter demanding action,” imam Abdul Malik told Pickled Politcs. “We had to form some more of our own.

“We have decided to take action by setting up committees to investigate each blasphemous cartoon, who will report to Council Responsible for Action on BlaSphemy (CRABS).” At this point the imam started scratching himself furiously.

The proposed name was initially signed off as British Islamic Group for Muslims Against Cartoons, until McDonald’s lawyers stepped in.

“What we are calling here for is more action! More Muslim organisations to tackle Islamophobia! Global imperialism! George Bush! Hillary bloody Clinton!”

At this point imam Faisal Choudhary stepped in. “The Jews, you see, they have organisations for everything. Dirty Zionists! Ach-thoo! We want to have more committees than them! Actually can you please delete that… errmm.”

He later added: “We have more affiliated organisations than the Muslim Council of Britain. Surely the government will have to listen to us now?”

It has been estimated by the think-tank ‘Think Islamic ThoughtS’ that by 2050 there will be a Muslim organisation for every citizen in Britain.

Filed under: Humour
9th February, 2006

Be careful of whom you take advice…

by Sunny at 3:45 am    

An interesting situation is developing in Denmark, with Danish Muslims becoming increasingly split on how to proceed over the cartoon row. According to the Beeb, top Muslims are declaring that they are proud of being Danish and “supporting Danish values”. Even the right-wing MPs are suprised, prompting one to declare: “I didn’t know there were so many Muslims in Denmark who are supporting Western values.” Erm, it might help to talk to some of them occasionally you know.

Two months ago, a group of Danish writers warned that “the harsh tone in the national debate about Muslims and integration was comparable to Nazi rhetoric against Jews”. The most instructive part of the article comes after:

However, some of the strongest protests against the cartoons have come from imams who are part of the government’s integration think tank.

For the Danish integration minister, Rikke Hvilshoj, that stance is a wake-up call. “It is very clear that we cannot trust the imams any longer if we want integration to succeed in Denmark,” Mrs Hvilshoj says.

The Labour party and Ken Livingstone could learn a lot from that, not just for Muslims but all Asian communities.

Filed under: Religion, The World
8th February, 2006

Jyllands-Posten goes after Jews

by Al-Hack at 7:56 pm    

Flemming Rose, the culture editor of Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, said today he was trying to get in touch with the Iranian paper, Hamshari, which plans to run an international competition seeking cartoons about the Holocaust.

“My newspaper is trying to establish a contact with the Iranian newspaper, and we would run the cartoons the same day as they publish them,” Mr Rose told CNN. [Guardian]

So can we assume that after Jewish organisations complain, othe European papers will also reprint them?

Muslim organisations here, politically useless in this whole joke of a controversy, have decided to stage another rally Saturday. Rather peversely, I’d like to see Al-Ghuarabaa hijack this too.

Update by Sunny: JP has clarified saying it would happen only after it took “a decision on their standard”. And have now backtracked completely.

Another Update: Will you be boycotting Egypt too?

Another update by Sunny: Turns out culture editor of JP, Flemming Rose, had a nice chat with Daniel Pipes in 2004 too. [via Postman].

Technorati tags: Jyllands-Posten, cartoons
Filed under: Media, Religion, The World

Intelligent views from the blogosphere

by Sunny at 6:05 pm    

I searched high and low… I surfed until my modem started crying and my eyes hurt. I sat there and scoffed food to keep up with my growing appetite for wisdom.

Anyway, here’s a good selection of intelligent opinion from the blogosphere on those cartoons. You may detect a hint of bias…

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Filed under: Media, The World

Boycotting Israeli occupation

by Al-Hack at 1:05 am    

Forget the cartoons, let’s talk real controversy.

The Church of England’s general synod - including the Archbishop of Canterbury - voted last night to disinvest church funds from companies profiting from Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territory.

The main target of the plan will be the US earth-moving equipment company Caterpillar which has supplied vehicles used by Israel to demolish Palestinian homes.

Cue: “It’s an Islamist conspiracyyyy!” If only the rest of the country would take a nod from the Church and force Israel to re-think occupation. Apparently Israelis themselves aren’t too enthusiastic about it either, so maybe a sane debate could be had.
Update: Ekklesia article with more detail.

Filed under: Religion, The World
7th February, 2006

Abu Hamza goes down like a sucka!

by Sunny at 2:49 pm    

Good news amigos! He is convicted for inciting murder. But if the hook man can be done for inciting hatred, why can’t the Al-Ghurabaa inbreds? BBC Online has a good article on the struggle for controlling Finsbury Park Mosque. And before anyone asks why he was convicted when Nick Griffin wasn’t, please take the time to read what Abu Hamza was caught saying. [hat tip: David T in the comments]

Filed under: Current affairs

Are the police conspiring against us?

by Sunny at 6:23 am    

Surely it’s a conspiracy. When a brother can get four years for hanging around during the riots in Bradford/Oldham, but will not be arrested for carrying a placard clearly threatening more death, then you have to wonder what the bloody hell the police is playing at.

Firstly, there are several reasons why the protestors of last Friday should be arrested.

Secondly, why do all the protests look orchestrated and planned? Is there a deeper agenda to all this?

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6th February, 2006

Jyllands-Posten previously rejected Jesus cartoons

by Sunny at 3:05 pm    

Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that first published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that have caused a storm of protest throughout the Islamic world, refused to run drawings lampooning Jesus Christ, it has emerged today.

The Danish daily turned down the cartoons of Christ three years ago, on the grounds that they could be offensive to readers and were not funny.

So much for taking a stance. As I said before, claims of Freedom of Speech are ludicrous - it’s just a matter of which taboos you choose to break.

Filed under: Media, The World

Hari Kunzru on Mohammed cartoons controversy

by Hari Kunzru at 2:10 pm    

I’ve seen the Danish cartoons. I found several of them offensive, in a way that wasn’t particularly surprising, given what I found out about Danish society when I visited Denmark as a novelist.

On my press trip I inevitably, found myself answering a lot of journalistic questions about race, immigration and so on. Denmark is in many ways a parochial place…..

guest article by writer Hari Kunzru

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Eisenhower’s Nemesis Meets Her Death

by SajiniW at 2:27 am    

Betty Friedan, US feminist extraordinaire passes away aged 85 - obituary, courtesy of Pickled Politics.

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5th February, 2006

MCB says something sensible shock!

by Sunny at 2:21 am    

BRITAIN’s leading Islamic body yesterday called on Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner, to press charges against the extremists behind last week’s inflammatory protests in London over the “blasphemous” cartoons of the prophet Muhammad.

In London, Inayat Bunglawala of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said the extremists should be prosecuted. “The Metropolitan police should now consider all the evidence they have gathered from the protests to see if they can prosecute the extremists,” he said. [Times Online]

About time they stood up to these idiots. Even Asghar “it’s a Zionist conspiracy” Bukhari of Mpac condemned the protest on Friday. Well I’ll be…
[Hat tip Jay Singh in comments]

4th February, 2006

The dilemma that ‘free speech’ presents us

by Sunny at 1:31 am    

If all religions were companies, Islam would be the one with the worst public relations department.

The moral high-ground that Muslims started off with has now been lost with the gunmen, rampaging mobs and hysterical nutters stealing the show.

I have with me some links regarding the protest yesterday evening, interesting reading on the build-up to the controversy and commentary by other Muslim bloggers.

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3rd February, 2006

English viewpoint and inciting to kill

by Sunny at 4:36 pm    

I wonder if the inbred idiots from Al-Ghurabaa will be arrested for inciting to kill others. Mediawatchwatch has more on this Sky News screengrab with a placard asking for people to be “massacred”. How charming.

Chest-beating fanatics aside, I agree with: Jack Straw’s condemnation of the European press, the British press on why they chose not to publish the Muhammed cartoons (specially the Dail Mail editorial (shoot me now!)), and even David Aaronovitch [via Clive Davis].

Re-examining the Danish cartoon controversy

by Sunny at 4:57 am    

I have very mixed feelings on the current controversy sweeping media and blogland. Whether people out there really give a crap is of course a different matter. This is an attempt to address several points that others have made, as well as provide a roundup of some interesting opinion.

Now with updates

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Filed under: Media, Religion, The World
2nd February, 2006

BNP idiots acquitted

by Sunny at 5:43 pm    

“Let’s show these ethnics the door in 2004″, was the slogan Mark Collett used for the BNP, along with crap Nick Griffin made up, and caught on camera by the BBC’s Secret Agent documentary in 2004. The trial has collapsed, BBC reports, and the two are free. There may be a re-trial because the jury failed to reach a verdict on some charges.

Griffin reckons the verdicts were a “tremendous victory for freedom”, which is kind of stretching the truth slightly, but I have to admit I would rather let these idiots spout their rubbish than be made into free-speech martyrs. [hat tip Jay Singh]

Filed under: Race politics, The BNP
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