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Issue 303: Top Stories: Friday 25th July 2014

Issue 303 – Friday 25th July 2014

Exclusive: UK sustained civil war in Syria, says former army chief

Former Chief of General Staff is damning of the British Government’s policy in Iraq and Syria, saying that it helped to sustain civil wars by unleashing forces it did not understand nor were easy to control and warns of similar risks in Afghanistan after Nato troops leave.

Issue 303 – Friday 25th July 2014

Palestinian civilians including children deliberately killed by Israeli bombs as world looks on

Last Wednesday an Israeli navy deliberately fired multiple artillery shells at children on a beach in Gaza City killing four children between the ages of 9 and 11, and wounding a number of other children. This was witnessed by international media who were watching from a hotel nearby.

Editorial

  • Massacre not war in Gaza

    This time it is being called Operation Protective Edge. In previous years it has been dubbed by Israel as Operation Pillar of Defence and Operation Cast Lead. All they mean is yet another mass slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza, the world’s largest prison camp. But who seems to care? Least of all, most Western governments, shamefully including Britain.

  • Unintended consequences of Iraq war

    History is littered with the unintended consequences of war. Former Chief of General Staff, Lord David Richards, reminds us that the Second World War was the indirect result of reparations imposed on Germany at the end of the First World War. Virtually any military conflict, whether it be the Boer War, Vietnam, Korea or elsewhere scattered around the world, has had unexpected repercussions, mostly for the worst. Many still have to live with war far from being a precise science and often politically abused for other purposes.

  • Putting the genie of terrorism back in the bottle

    Is the British Government inane, obstinate, empty-headed or just prefers not to listen? If it still fails to understand that its policies on countering so-called Muslim terrorism are misguided and blown out of all proportion, who else is better to take notice of that than the head of the Secret Intelligence Service at the time of the 9/11 attacks, Sir Richard Dearlove. The former MI6 chief also points the finger at Saudi Arabia for its possible role in bankrolling the rise of ISIS in Iraq when Britain does not seem to have any strategy in this area.

Home News

  • Eid Messages from political leaders

    Eid Massages from Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of Liberal Democrats, Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Leader, Labour Party, Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP, Shadow Justice Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Shadow Minister for London, Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland and Rt Hon Carwyn Jones, AM, First Minister of Wales

  • Sixteen Muslims named in Queen’s birthday Honours

    Sixteen British Muslims including four Muslim women are amongst an influential list of people who have been honoured in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

  • Hundreds of Muslims visit terminally ill convert after his plea for visitors goes viral

    Hundreds of Muslims have visited a terminally ill Muslim convert in hospital after his plea for visits from Muslim friends goes viral. Peter Chatfield is being held in Queens Hospital, Romford, Essex, due to spine cancer that has left him paralysed from the chest down. Doctors have given him an estimate of six months left to live.

  • Islamic Relief celebrates 30th anniversary

    Islamic Relief (IR) marked the beginning of Ramadan and celebrated its 30th anniversary in a joint event on June 26.

  • Overseas heroes of WWI honoured

    Senior Foreign Office Minister, Baroness Warsi, and Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, unveiled plaques commemorating 175 men from overseas who were awarded the Victoria Cross during World War One at Lancaster House, on June 26.

  • Park View Trust resign en masse

    The main victims targeted by the Government’s controversial policy to taint the running of Birmingham schools with a brush of extremism resigned last Tuesday in protest at the “coordinated and vicious” campaign to undermine its successful transformation of run down inner city schools.

  • Clegg defends use of counter terrorism expert to investigate Muslim majority schools

    Clegg defends use of counter terrorism expert to investigate Muslim majority schools

    Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has attempted to defend the Government’s controversial policy of tainting Birmingham schools with a brush of extremism and the use of a counter terrorism expert to investigate the Muslim majority schools.

  • Battle of social media between ISIS and #NO2ISIS campaign goes viral

    A propaganda war is escalating across the social media between members of the ISIS and a growing number of its opponents, who are publicly countering the terrorist organisation through a successful #NO2ISIS campaign.

World News

  • FRENCH FAILS: How to lose friends and alienate people

    This month’s column is dedicated to the least popular President of the 5th Republic, Francois Hollande, who, for all his faults, entertains us with a unique array of blunders. Here are some highlights from Monsieur Le President’s fall from grace...

  • Rapper cancels Israel gig

    American rapper Talib Kweli has cancelled his plans to perform in Israel after appeals by supporters of the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel campaign (BDS).

  • Any Palestinian is fair game, says Israeli MP

    Ayelet Shaked, a Knesset member of the Jewish Home Party, Habeyit Hayehudi, which forms part of the coalition ruling Israel, declared genocide against the Palestinian civilians.

  • Sentencing of Al-Jazeera’s journalists prompts international outrage

    International outrage at Egypt’s onslaught on dissent intensified on June 23 after three Al-Jazeera English journalists were sentenced to up to a decade in jail for endangering Egypt’s national security

Islamophobia & Discrimination

  • A year on, female French victims of Islamophobic attacks await justice

    After two brutal beatings of young French Muslim women in the summer of 2013, one leading to the victim’s miscarriage, French police officials remain complacent to cite Islamophobia as a motive behind these hate crimes. No arrests have been made in relation to the attacks that occurred in the space of two weeks, in Argenteuil, near Paris.

  • Katie Hopkins shares her unwanted opinion again on Ramadan

    Katie Hopkins offends Muslims with a series of Islamophobic tweets about Ramadan. Although she is known for her controversy Hopkins appears to have gone too far with her latest Twitter rant.

  • China crackdown on Muslims in Xinjiang

    On the morning of May 22, two vehicles were crashed into a market in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, reportedly killing 39 people and injuring at least 90.

  • Denmark may enact French niqab ban

    A burqa or niqab ban may find its way from France to Denmark following an important judicial decision at the European Court of Human Rights on July 1.

  • Alex Salmond pledges ‘zero tolerance’ to demonisation of Muslims

    Scotland’s authorities have said they will take a “zero tolerance” approach to attempts to demonise Muslims after a man from Aberdeen appeared in a terrorist propaganda recruitment video, First Minister, Alex Salmond, said on June 26.

  • Four-in-ten Americans say Islam encourages violence

    Roughly four-in-ten Americans say Islam is more likely than other faiths to encourage violence among its believers, according to Pew Research Center Study poll released on June 26.

  • 9/11 memorial museum board member honoured by anti-Islam hate group

    News that an anti-Islam hate group the Congress For Truth (ACT!) for America is to honour 9/11 Memorial Museum Board Member has cemented accusations that the museum is taking an extreme right-wing turn.

  • ‘Angel of Woolwich’ detained under Mental Health Act

    A woman who was dubbed the "Angel of Woolwich" for confronting the killers of soldier Lee Rigby has been detained under the Mental Health Act. Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, 49, was praised by Prime Minister David Cameron for her actions shortly after Fusilier Rigby, 25, was killed near his barracks in Woolwich, London, in May last year.

  • Burton Imam attacked

    An Imam was left with a broken nose and two teeth knocked out following an attack outside his home in Uxbridge St, Burton-on-trent on June 26.

  • Tory Councillor suspended over Facebook comments

    A Tory Enfield councillor has been suspended after apparently posting Islamophobic comments and complaints that his job was getting in the way of his social life were found on his Facebook page.

  • NHS therapist denies bullying Muslim colleague

    A NHS employee has denied allegations she bullied her fellow Muslim colleague on her religious beliefs in June last year.

Regular Columns

  • LEGAL CORNER: Employment tribunal fees: One year on

    This month sees the first anniversary of the introduction of fees to bring a claim in the employment tribunal, which came into force on July 29, 2013. The effect of fees has been significant; in the first three months after their introduction, the number of claims was down by 79% compared to the same period the year before. The second three months fared slightly better with a drop of 58%, but there is little evidence of a further upward trend.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Jesus in Christianity and Islam

    Christians, Muslims and Jesus. By Mona Siddiqui. New Haven: Yale University Press. Pp264. PB. 2013. £20

  • Poets Corner: My Betrayal

  • Obituary: Mohammad Akbar Ali

    Mohammad Akbar Ali, 92, of Merseyside, took his last breath in his sleep on July 8. He was well known for restoring the oldest mosque in Britain, Al Rahma mosque.

Environment

  • Development approvals to be fast-tracked in India

    Don’t you just hate it when the environment gets in the way of your development plans? So does India, since approving development projects was taking so long that it was suspected of deterring investors.

Health and Science

  • Dogs’ sensitive noses could detect cancer

    Dogs and humans have lived and worked together for years, earning dogs the reputation as ‘man’s best friend’, but in recent years another benefit of our four legged friends has become apparent, they could have the ability to detect certain types of diseases and cancers in humans. Organisations all over the world have realised that dogs’ sensitive noses can detect changes in odours given off by certain illnesses, and that dogs can potentially be trained to detect these conditions in humans.

Sport

  • Sport brief

    Mo Farah has been forced to withdraw from a Diamond League meeting in Glasgow on July 11 because of illness.

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