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Women in burkinis and men in suits

Letters To The Guardian Newspaper A woman wearing a burkini paddles on the seashore in Marseille, southern France.   Monday 29 August This display of men controlling how women dress (Armed French police pictured ordering woman to remove burkini on Nice beach, 24 August) reminded me of my humiliation at an open-air pool in Ruislip […]

 
Celtic fans defy threat by hugging Palestine tighter

Liam O’Hare The Electronic Intifada 22 August 2016 Fans hold up Palestine flags during Glasgow Celtic’s match against an Israeli football team on 17 August.   Glasgow Celtic fans have launched a fundraiser to match any fine that Europe’s ruling football body, UEFA, will give the Scottish club for an expression of Palestine solidarity at […]

 
Church and Muslim community take part in neighbourhood street clean

Church and Muslim community take part in neighbourhood street clean   Sixty volunteers took to the streets to clean-up their local area (6th August 2016) The group tackled streets, grassy areas and public paths in the Lammack and Beardwood areas of Blackburn collecting over twenty bags of rubbish. The family oriented event saw over 20 children […]

 
In A Rotten Graveyard, Fragrance Of Musk From One Grave.

This is a true incident, shared originally by Imran Shahid  (in urdu) who also provided the translation to his original post on facebook. Imran Shahid 25 July at 15:41 · London · سودی عرب کا ایک قبرستان ۳۰ سال سے بند پڑا تھا آخر فیصلہ ہوا اب اسکو برابر کر دیا جاے اور گورنمنٹ نے اجازت […]

 
17 Premier League Teams Have Muslim Players (2016 – 2017 season)

Paul Labile Pogba is the latest Muslim to have joined the English Premier League, playing for Manchester United. He was introduced to the Islamic faith by his mother. Yeo Moriba, his mother, has been described as his inspiration. The English Premier League is the most watched professional sport league in the world. Clubs have diverse […]

 
Muslim Players In The Premier League 2016-17

A total of 49 Muslim players are in the Premier league, a whooping £276M has been spent so far in this summer’s transfer window bringing in just Muslim players. There’s also been a world record transfer fee for a Muslim player (Paul Pogba joins Manchester United for world-record £89m). Name Position Team Transfer Status   […]

 
‘It’s about freedom’: Ban boosts burkini sales ‘by 200%’

Aheda Zanetti, the Australian designer credited with inventing the burkini, at a swimsuit shop in western Sydney The Australian woman credited with creating the burkini says bans on the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit in France have boosted sales. The clothing – which combines “burqa” with “bikini” – leaves only the face, hands and feet on show. […]

 
“It is just a swimsuit for heaven’s sake”

The burkini is seen as a symbol of integration, says its designer. Here lifesaver Mecca Laa Laa wears a burkini on her first patrol at North Cronulla Beach, Sidney, Australia, in 2007   Over the past eight years, Aheda Zanetti has sold 700,000 swimsuits to clients all over the world. Her designs, costing from $80 […]

 
Staying on side

Rumour and referendum in Egypt By M.R. | CAIRO  15 Jan 2014 THREE hours’ drive from the clamour and crush of Cairo, a quiet village has not been spared the political shockwaves emanating from Egypt’s capital. With its residents politically polarised between a minority that supports the Muslim Brotherhood and a majority that backs the […]

 
Egypt’s bogus democracy doesn’t deserve U.S. aid

By Editorial Board  14 Jan 2014 EGYPT’S MILITARY regime is taking a major step this week toward installing an autocracy more repressive than any the country has known in decades. Citizens are being summoned to the polls to vote on a new constitution that exempts the army, police and intelligence services from civilian control and allows these […]

 
New Evangelical Movement Seeks Split From Pro-Israel Line

Dissent within the fold. “This message is resonating with the rising generation,” says Brog. By McKay Coppins  14 Jan 2014 WASHINGTON — Figures with deep roots in America’s religious right have launched a quiet effort aimed at pushing evangelical Christians away from decades of growing loyalty to Israel and toward increased solidarity with the Palestinians. The campaign […]

 
The United States’ bloody messes in Yemen

By Hooria Mashhour 14 Jan 2014 Hooria Mashhour is Yemen’s minister for human rights. December 12 was supposed to be a day of celebration for the al-Ameri family. A young bride traveled to her wedding with her relatives in Bayda province, Yemen. But in a few dark seconds their celebrations were eviscerated. A U.S. drone fired at the […]

 
Let’s Remember the Dark Side of Ariel Sharon’s Legacy—and Bury ‘Sharonism’ With Him

As defense minister, he presided over disaster in Beirut, and as prime minister, over disengagement, not peacemaking By Gershom Gorenberg  13 Jan 2014 In his death, Ariel Sharon has suddenly reentered our lives, like a long-repressed memory. Between his final breath and his funeral, on Monday afternoon, politicians of nearly all Israeli camps and the […]

 
Ariel Sharon: A personal perspective

By Mira Bar Hillel   13 Jan 2014 Sharon deliberately deceived his Cabinet. He devastated Beirut, leaving 300 dead in a day and looked on approvingly as fascist militias entered refugee camps to rape, murder and torture thousands of Palestinians In February 1983, a judge-led Commission of Inquiry found Ariel Sharon, then the Israeli defence […]

 
Mike Thomson meets World War One veterans

9 Jan 2014   Several years ago the Today programme’s Mike Thomson interviewed four veterans of World War One.  He revisits his discussions with them. listen to ‘Mike Thomson meets World War One veterans’ on Audioboo

 
Egypt’s Crackdown on Islamist Charities

By Steven Brooke   27 Dec 2013 Since Egypt’s July 3 coup, its new rulers have used arrests, police and military raids, and intimidation to try to shape the country’s post-Mohamed Morsi political order. But more quietly, yet no less vigorously, the government is also engaged in an attempt to repress the social and charitable […]

 
How Hollywood cloaked South Sudan in celebrity and fell for the ‘big lie’

Film stars have been speaking from a flawed script. One of the first western reporters in the country points to the awful reality. By Derek Howden 28 Dec 2013 George Clooney in North Darfur, Sudan, in 2008. When violence erupted two weeks ago in the world’s youngest country, one of the first voices to speak […]

 
Former Anti-Islam Film-Maker, Arnoud Van Doorn, Peforms Hajj After Becoming Muslim

22 Oct 2013 A Dutch politician who once helped produce a film depicting Islam as evil and extreme has performed the Hajj after declaring his conversion to the religion earlier this year. Arnoud van Doorn has said he bitterly regrets his actions and wants to make amends by producing a film showing Islam in a positive […]

 
Half-Million Iraqis Died in the War, New Study Says

Household survey records deaths from all war-related causes, 2003 to 2011. By Dan Vergano   15 October 2013 War and occupation directly and indirectly claimed the lives of about a half-million Iraqis from 2003 to 2011, according to a groundbreaking survey of 1,960 Iraqi households. The violence peaked in 2006 and 2007, say public health […]

 
A new American Jewish generation arises, alienated from intransigent Israel

Polls show U.S. Jews are attached to Israel – but their critical stance on Israel’s policies means they’re beginning to consider disengaging. By Ori Nir  13 Oct 2013 Two recently published surveys should make the Israeli government pause and ponder the impact of its intransigent policies on its staunchest supporters, American Jews. One is a survey […]

 
Madrasas and Charges of ‘Terrorism’: Interview with Maulana Salman Nadwi

By Yoginder Sikand 29 Oct 207 Maulana Salman Hussaini Nadvi, Dean of the Faculty of Shariah at the renowned Nadwat ul-Ulama madrasa in Lucknow and member of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board, is a senior Indian Muslim scholar. In this interview with Yoginder Sikand, he talks about various aspects related to madrasas in contemporary India. […]

 
Have the U.K.’s leading nationalists really repented?

It’s hard to believe that the founders of a U.K. nationalist group infamous for its anti-Muslim street brawls are really defecting to the forces of ‘anti-extremism’ when their close ally is Pamela Geller. By Daniella Peled   11 Oct  2013 It was a sensational news story. Two leaders of a far-right nationalist anti-Muslim protest faction […]

 
Egypt: getting away with murder

By Brian Whitaker  5 Oct 2013 The Raba’a massacre and Operation Schmooze On August 14, hundreds of Egyptians died when security forces  violently dispersed sit-in protests against the military takeover that ousted President Morsi. One week later, hundreds of Syrians died in the chemical attacks near Damascus. Both these massacres were on a similar scale, and […]

 
Human chain formed to protect Christians during Lahore mass

By Web Desk / Aroosa Shauka   6 Oct 2013 The gathering outside the Lahore church.   LAHORE: The Muslim and Christian communities came together during Sunday mass in a show of solidarity in Lahore. Hand in hand as many as 200-300 people formed a human chain outside the St Anthony’s Church adjacent to the District […]

 
What Happened to Egypt’s Liberals After the Coup?

Precious few political parties have spoken out against the military or its assault on the Muslim Brotherhood.  Sharif Abdel Kouddous  1 October  2013 Khaled Dawoud worked hard to remove Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, from office. As the spokesperson for the National Salvation Front, a loose coalition of non-Islamist parties and groups formed […]

 
Egypt’s ‘revolution’ is over as people accept imposition of military rule

By Nancy A. Youssef    3 Oct 2013   CAIRO — Three months after the Egyptian military ousted the country’s first democratically elected president, Egypt now resembles the kind of police state whose oppressive policies gave rise to an iconic Arab Spring. Nearly three years and many protests, elections and governments later, it seems only the […]

 
Why would anyone believe in the “Islamophobia industry”?

Two years ago, Sayeeda Warsi warned that anti-Muslim prejudice had “passed the dinner table test” and become socially acceptable. Yet we still debate whether Islamophobia exists at all. By Samira Shackle  3 Oct 2013 Graffiti depicting the British National Party beside The Central Mosque in Luton.   The Harlow Islamic Centre in Essex is an unassuming […]

 
What does Britain expect from the refugees and immigrants who come to this country?

Ralph Miliband: it’s complicated What does Britain expect from the refugees and immigrants who come to this country? By David Herman  3 Oct  2013 The past is never done with. It keeps turning up in unexpected places. Above all, it is complicated. The debate about The Daily Mail’s hatchet job on Ralph Miliband is fascinating in many […]

 
The Mail on Miliband: What does it mean to call a Jewish person “un-British”?

We are not so far from a time when Jews were treated as undesirables, when right-thinking people preferred to ignore what was happening to them. We must not ignore the plight of those – the illegitimate, the rootless, the “illegal” – who fall on the wrong side of the line today. By Daniel Trilling   […]

 
Zac Goldsmith Attacks Daily Mail’s ‘Nazi’ Links, Defends Ed Miliband

By Mehdi Hasan   1 Oct 2013 Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has launched an outspoken attack on the Daily Mail for its founder’s support for “the Nazi cause”, in the wake of the newspaper’s relentlessly hostile coverage of Ed Miliband’s late father. Speaking at the Huffington Post UK’s fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Tuesday, the […]