Archive for September, 2007

How I became a Muslim Extremist

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

On Panorama, BBC1, this Monday at 8.30 p.m.:How I became a Muslim extremist
What is it like to actually be an extremist and serve the political goals of radical Islam?
What is it like to think like an extremist and adopt an ideology that demands you abandon all aspects of your former life - including your friends […]

Free Arif

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

I join the bloggers who call for the immediate and unconditional release of 23 year old cartoonist Arifur Rahman. Arif was arrested by the Bangladesh military government for drawing a harmless cartoon that was published in the leading Bengali language newspaper Prothom Alo. He was not allowed legal represention and was sent to jail without […]

Foxy Racist!

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Bill O’Reilly the FOX-News pundit, who’s on record for having made more than a few arse-cringeingly inappropriate comments during the Hurricane Katrina broadcasts has done it again.
He started out by praising the staff and largely black clientele of the restaurant for being “very, very nice” and “tremendously respectful”. Warming to his theme, he said: “I […]

Charles Protests Brick Lane

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Prince Charles has pulled out of the Royal Premiere screening of Brick Lane scheduled for October 29. From AIM:
A spokesperson for Clarence House admitted to the Times today that Prince Charles was unable to make it because of the controversy surrounding the film as well as the royal couple’s busy schedule.
“Obviously there has been quite […]

No Ray of Sunshine

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

It is never difficult to distinguish between a Khilafist with a grievance and a ray of sunshine.
That’s my reworking of P.G. Wodehouse’s memorable line. Of course, he wasn’t referring to Hizbut Tahrir, but the sentiment remains the same.

Photo: Amirul Rajiv
Yesterday thousands of “activists” from Hizbut Tahrir in Bangladesh marched the streets of Dhaka to protest […]

Queer Nation

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country. In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don’t know who has told you that we have it.
So said Ahmadinejad at Columbia University.
Well, you could have fooled us Mahmoud. Who’s the hotty you’re sucking the face off?

Perhaps what he means is that he’s doing […]

Burma: Religious Support for Democracy

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Myanmar (Burma) has been under the kosh of a brutally repressive military junta since 1962 but the tide might finally be turning.
The last 4 days have seen protest by tens of thousands of monks marching to Yangon; and their lines are growing.

Burmese religionists leading the popular uprising against an anti-democratic, totalitarian, military dictatorship!
The irony is […]

The New Age is Yellow

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Following the wake of the ‘Muhammad cat’ cartoon controversy, a number of depresing events have transpired:
No lawyer has dared come forward to defend the cartoonist Arifur Rahman from the charge of sedition and blasphemy.
No newspaper or journal has defended Prothom Alo’s freedom to publish the cartoon. Instead opportunistic journos with personal axes to grind have […]

Muhammad cat: Clerical Hypocrisy

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

A controversy which spontaeously combusted in Bangladesh on Wednesday, following the publication of a cartoon deemed “offensive to Muslims” has blown over into a national crisis, involving freedom of speech and a power struggle between clerical political forces harboured within the existing Caretaker Government.
It started off with an innocuous cartoon published in Alpin, a magazine […]

Bloggers United Against Alisher Usmanov

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Here’s another example of British libel laws used by wealthy foreign plaintifs to silence comment in Britian. Craig Murray and Tim Ireland’s blogs have been pulled as a result of libel pressure by the UK lawyers of Alisher Usmanov following articles published by Murray on his blog.
On 2 September 2007, Craig Murray, the former British […]

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