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Issue 309 - Friday 30th January 2015 - Top Stories

Issue 309 – Friday 30th January 2015

Islamophobic attacks spiral after heinous Paris killings

There was an outpouring of horror at the heinous killing of 12 people by gunmen who attacked the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. A further five were also killed in related shootings, including at a Kosher supermarket, in the worst terrorist attacks suffered by France in more than 50 years.

Issue 309 – Friday 30th January 2015

New Jersey Muslims spied on solely because of religion

On January 13, a federal appeals court heard how the New York Police Department may have spied on Muslim business owners, students and mosque worshipers in New Jersey following the 9/11 terrorist attacks solely because of their religion.


  • A right Charlie

    One does not have to profess to be an expert of Cockney rhyming slang to understand the meaning of being a ‘right Charlie.’ For French satirical magazine renamed partly as a snub to the banning of its predecessor for mocking the death of former President Charles de Gaulle, ‘Je suis Charlie’ became a rallying cry following the insidious attack on its Paris offices. Muslims around the world joined in the mass condemnations of the brutal killings but were only to be rewarded with a neurosis of Islamophobia.

Home News

World News

  • King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dies

    Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, 90, died on January 22, weeks after he was admitted to hospital. Abdullah, who had ruled since 2005 had been suffering from a lung infection. His 79-year-old half-brother, Salman, has been confirmed as the new king.

  • CIA steps up drone strikes in Pakistan

    According to data released by the Conflict Monitoring Center on December 30, drone strikes in Pakistan increased, killing 153 people during 2014.

Islamophobia & Discrimination

  • Response to Islamophobia sweeping France inadequate, say group

    A member organisation of the European Network Against Racism has branded the French authorities response to the “unprecedented” rise in violent Islamophobic attacks sweeping the country as “poor” and “inadequate”.

  • Islamophobic attacks in Birmingham mosque, university and shops

    West Midlands Police have said they are linking two Islamophobic vandal attacks in south Birmingham. A series of Muslim-owned shops and businesses are reported to have been attacked by men armed with guns and hammers.

  • German mosque vandalised with swastikas

    A mosque under construction in Dormagen, Germany, was spray painted with swastikas and Islamophobia graffiti. The act of vandalism comes as anti-Islamic demonstrations continue to grow across Germany.

  • Pork or nothing, French mayor tells Muslim schoolchildren

    A mayor in a north-western town in France has introduced a “pork or nothing” code at school, even for 27 students who will get no meat substitute. The rule applied from January 1 in the town of Sargé-lès-Le Mans, and may apply to Jewish pupils as well – though there aren’t any in this particular school.

  • Pigs heads left outside Muslim home

    West Yorkshire police are appealing for witnesses after four pigs’ heads were placed on the property of a Muslim family in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

  • Fox News blunder sparks viral backlash

    The Fox News terrorism ‘expert’ who claimed that Birmingham is “totally Muslim” and closed to non-Muslims triggered a viral reaction with many people taking to social media to ridicule his dazzling error.

  • Muslim inmate forced to attend church service

    A Muslim woman is suing an Ohio jail for forcing her to attend a Christian church service.

  • Islamophobic slur painted on house in Belfast

    A Belfast Muslim was left distressed when his home was daubed with sick Islamophobic graffiti on January 16.

  • Turkey’s president tells Europe to tackle growing Islamophobia

    Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on January 6, warned the EU it should tackle “Islamophobia” amid rising anti-Muslim protests. Erdogan said Islamophobia is on the rise in Europe, complaining that racist organisations won sympathy in some Western societies with “each passing day”.

  • Swedes rally after series of arson attacks on mosques

    Thousands of Swedes participated in anti-Islamophobia and anti-racism demonstrations in their country’s major cities on January 2 following three arson attacks on mosques. The crowds in Stockholm gathered outside the Royal Palace in the Old Town hold banners reading: “Don’t touch my mosque”.

  • Anti-Islam protesters swarm anti-Islamophobia conference in Texas

    An anti-Islamophobia conference in Dallas, Texas, US, was met with demonstrators holding American flags and signs railing against Shari’a.

Regular Columns

  • LEGAL CORER: Caste discrimination prohibited where it is an aspect of ethnic origin

    In early 2013 I wrote an article about the various attempts to prohibit discrimination on grounds of caste. Specific provisions in this regard have not as yet come into force. However, the Employment Appeal Tribunal have just issued a judgment in the case of Chandok v Tirkey UKEAT/0190/14 which specifically deals with this issue.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Western defender of the Prophet of Islam

    Stubbe and the Prophet Muhammad: Challenging Misrepresentation. By Nabil Matar. London, Richmond, Surrey: AMSS UK, 2012, pp25, PB


    When the sun spits another unforgiving morning,
    Rain erases – undisrupted
    – Old dewdrops of regret.
    What does it matter if a barkless dog
    Bites bodies and their hearts?


  • Who to target for satire

    Despite the fact I write for the Press, I gave up news almost five years ago. The odd piece sneaks in, obviously, but, on the whole, I read only features, long-form and books. When the ‘odd bit’ does sneak in, it’s usually via Twitter. Thus I discovered what happened in Paris. My fears were confirmed: yet again, someone killed civilians and claimed to be acting on behalf of a much bigger group of people. Cue recriminations, sage words of advice from media bigwigs and the endless debate over press freedoms.


Health and Science


  • Sport Brief January 2015

    Morocco will not be suspended from the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Qatar has won a bid to host Asian men’s handball qualifiers and Muhammad Ali has been readmitted to hospital for treatment.

Over 120 people attended a landmark conference on the media reporting of Islam and Muslims. It was held jointly by The Muslim News and Society of Editors in London on September 15.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

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