Archive for December, 2006

Saddam Snuffed

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Woke up this morning to the news, flooding the news channels, that Saddam Hussein has been hanged in Iraq. There’s even an accompanying snuff movie of the execution (linked off the BBC page above) for all you who get off on a bit of gallows pornography.
So that’s Augusto Pinochet and Saddam Hussein down in the […]

Anthony Gonzalves 2007

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Make Anthony Gonzalves your pan-Hindu-Muslim-Christian cake dancing, fit Parsee girl loving, wondrous lyric spouting ideal in 2007:
You see the whole country of the system is juxtaposed in the haemoglobin of the atmosphere because you are a sophisticated rhetorician intoxicated by the exuberance of your own verbosity!
Peace out

Inclusive by Choice, Defensive by Nature

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Perusing Amardeep Singh’s superb weblog, I found this write-up of a moving and illuminating essay posted on the Kafila blog by the writer and activist, Mahmood Farooqui - Walled away in faith’s defence.
Farooqui writes about a number of intertwining paradoxes: a secular, atheist Muslim living in a conservative Muslim mohalla (neighbourhood) of Delhi, the problem […]

Bum Rush the Terror Threat

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Remember Rashid Rauf? Probably not. He was arrested in Pakistan in connection with the ‘Liquid Explosives’ terror plot in August 2006, and was extradited to the UK on suspicion of coordinating a plot, on behalf of al-Qaeda, to blow up transatlantic airlines.
Here is the timeline of events, to refresh your memory. Note that it begins […]

Clash of Civilisations Conference

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

A special one-day conference organised by the GLA, will be held in London on Saturday 20 January.
I’ll be going, if only to lend support to Mayor Ken in the debate with “leading anti-Muslim hate propagandist”, Daniel Pipes.
The conference will feature a debate between the Mayor and Daniel Pipes, […]

More God than Godfather

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

James Brown, the ‘Godfather of Soul’, ‘Hardest Working Man in Show Business’, multi-million-unit-selling crossover genius, most sampled artist of all time and originator of Funk as a bona fide musical genre, died on Monday 25 December, aged 73. Inna lilahi wa inna ilahi raji’un.

James Brown (1933 - 2006)

Brown Man’s Burden?

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Ali Eteraz is “severely hurt” by Western Muslim attitudes to Iraqi insurgency. Best let him explain his pain himself, from a post entitled Western Muslim Opinion On The War in Iraq:
I have to say, I am severely hurt by what Islam has become in Iraq. In fact, to say that this blatant murdering of civilians […]

Iraq: International Spillover

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

In this post on her blog, author Laila Lalami recognises the international players who will use Iraq as the battleground to fight the war along the lines of the deepest Islamic schism of them all: that of Sunni and Shi’i.
So now it’s official. The government of Saudi Arabia told Dick Cheney that it […]

Double Inconsistency

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

The new Prospect has Aziz Huq’s review of two new books (Murder in Amsterdam by Ian Buruma and Breeding Bin Ladens by Zachary Shore) which deal with the short history of Muslim radicalisation in Europe. Huq presents a polemic-free analysis of the depressing ironies and inconsistencies of the fundamentalisms of both sides - […]

Dropping the TWAT

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

The Foreign Office has unveiled guidelines that advise cabinet ministers to drop the phrase ‘the war against terror’ or TWAT, if you’re looking for a cheap gag. The reason given for the decision is because the phrase is liable to “anger British Muslims and increase tensions more broadly in the Islamic World”.
The shift marks a […]

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