Tories spy opportunity in Labour's anti-semitism crisis, and three other lessons from PMQs

There was a lot to go over in Theresa May's second-to-last PMQs.  The Conservatives may have changed their thinking over anti-Semitism in the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn majored on climate change in his questions today. The government has some genuine achievements to shout about here (as well as some things to apologise for) and the usual approach
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Twenty-four years after the Srebrenica massacre, our leaders haven’t learned its lessons

Srebrenica, like the Holocaust, did not begin at the point of violence, but in the preceding decade where political leaderships and the media fanned the flames of populism. Today is Srebrenica Memorial Day. It marks 24 years since over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered as part of a deliberate, systematic strategy to destroy or forcibly remove Muslim communities from
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Labour MPs have one eye on the Greens, and five other things we learnt from PMQs

Expect the party’s next election campaign to be as green as it is red.  Labour MPs have one eye on the Greens... Alex Sobel, the Labour MP for Leeds North West, opened the session with a critique of the government’s approach to the climate crisis — and urged Theresa May both to beef up its net zero emissions
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A new poll shows the Conservative rank-and-file hold Islamophobic attitudes

And there's every reason to believe it.  A YouGov poll commissioned by Hope not Hate has further highlighted the full extent of Islamophobia within the Conservative party. 60 per cent of Tory members believe that “Islam is generally a threat to Western civilisation”, and 54 per cent believe that “Islam is generally a threat to the British way life”, according to
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Combating Islamophobia: Rami Malek sets Conditions for Playing Villain in Bond 25

Belfast (Informed Comment) – It is well overdue for a Hollywood star to refuse to take a role in a film that will continue to serve colonial interests and reinforce the message of racism and Islomophobia by presenting Arabs and Muslims as terrorists, religious fanatics and uncultured barbarians. The rising star, Rami Malek, however, is […]
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The background of the man behind the Panorama ‘hatchet job’ – or ‘jobs’ – on Labour Party

John Ware: pro-Israel former Sun journalist and maker of libellous output condemned as Islamophobe and already subject of complaint by Labour over earlier ‘hatchet job’ The journalist behind this week’s […]
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Perceptions vs Reality. Canada’s Stance on Islamophobia and Racism

The Canadian government’s efforts to publicly oppose Islamophobia[1] and racism yet again belie sinister undercurrents that are the real “Canada”. The real Canada supports Zionism and Wahhabism, and sectarianism. It supports exclusiveness rather than inclusiveness and tolerance. Wahhabism, grown and … The post Perceptions vs Reality. Canada’s Stance on Islamophobia and Racism appeared first on Global Research .
| English, Canada, islamophobia |

Blind denial over Islamophobia within continues

Tory leadership is under renewed pressure to combat the worrying levels of Islamophobic beliefs within the party, after HOPE not hate (HNH) polling reveals deep... The post Blind denial over Islamophobia within continues appeared first on HOPE not hate .
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Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy Avoids Real Action. Includes a Definition of Islamophobia

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) skeptically welcomes the Trudeau government’s announcement of its new anti-racism strategy, which includes a definition of Islamophobia. Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez unveiled “ Building a Foundation for Change ” … The post Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy Avoids Real Action. Includes a Definition of Islamophobia appeared first on Global Research .
| English, anti-racism, Building a Foundation for Change |

The Tory membership polling that reveals the most about Boris Johnson’s calculations

Nearly half would prefer not to have a Muslim prime minister. Suddenly, we have all become very interested in what a very unrepresentative 0.2 per cent of the population think. These 160,000 or so people are the Conservative Party membership . Disproportionately old, male, white, affluent, and zealously pro-Brexit, they are never usually given much attention, even by the
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Why We Need a New Response to the LGBT Sex Education Row

The row in Birmingham over LGBT sex education for primary school has moved into its fourth month. The school gates at Parkfield Community School and Anderson Park School have seen weekly protests after the school piloted the ‘No Outsiders’ programme, which some parents claim promotes gay and transgender lifestyles and undermines their rights to determine what ideas their children are […]
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Dominic Raab's backers will now decide who makes it to the next round of the Tory leadership

But whoever gets to the final two, the support for Rory Stewart poses a serious question for the winner.  Who will win Dominic Raab's 30 votes? As the contenders for the Conservative leadership head into the third ballot of MPs, the answer to that question will determine who survives. The scrap for the last place in the fourth round is between Sajid
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The Conservative leadership debate showed the true scale of the party’s identity crisis

There is a disconnect between what can be said in official Tory politics and what is being said, unofficially, in a vast and radicalised Brexitland. In Howard Brenton’s 1980 play A Short Sharp Shock , patrician Tories watch aghast as their party is suddenly populated with used car salesmen and white Rhodesian mercenaries. The play captured the
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Rory Stewart might just have hit his ceiling, and other lessons from tonight's debate

Sajid Javid made the strongest pitch for Dominic Raab's 30 votes. No candidate knows how they will get Brexit done The first question was the most fundamental: how did the candidates intend to get their Brexit plans through a recalcitrant Parliament by 31 October?  All offered varying shades of commitment to leaving the EU - be it with
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Rory Stewart might just have hit his ceiling, and other lessons from Tuesday's debate

Sajid Javid made the strongest pitch for Dominic Raab's 30 votes. No candidate knows how they will get Brexit done The first question was the most fundamental: how did the candidates intend to get their Brexit plans through a recalcitrant Parliament by 31 October?  All offered varying shades of commitment to leaving the EU - be it with
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Our Next Prime Minister - Live!

Follow the BBC debate with the Conservative leadership candidates - live with the  New Statesman  team.  Welcome to the New Statesman's liveblog of  Britain's Next Prime Minister , the United Kingdom's least sympathetic reality TV show on the air. Press refresh for updates. 21:00:  Thank god that's over. Was it really only an hour? Boris Johnson
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Islamophobia cannot solve problems of Europe or Asia: Kalın

Islamophobia offers no solution for the problems of either Europe or Asia, the continents straddled by Turkey, said the Turkish presidential spokesperson on June 15.
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“We should be fearful”: Muslim women on the prospect of Boris Johnson as prime minister

The real-life effect of the Tory leadership candidate’s column describing women wearing the burqa as “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”. In August last year, 21 Muslim women in the UK reported Islamophobic abuse in one week. Fourteen wore the hijab and seven wore the niqab. They were on the receiving end of a spike in hate crime against
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Boris Johnson’s racist insults, dog whistles and slurs

The Tory leadership candidate’s most egregious remarks. Boris Johnson could be the next prime minister. Here are some of his most egregious and distasteful remarks.  1. Calling women wearing the burqa “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”   Islamophobic incidents in which Muslim women have been  called “letter boxes”  have risen since Johnson described women wearing the burqa as “letter boxes”
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Militarized Islamophobia

Although one cannot even attempt to get past the horrific Christchurch massacre, nonetheless Jacinda Ardern ’s response as a leader to the cruel tragedy is commendable. Some of the key and necessary policy steps Ardern took was vowing not to … The post Militarized Islamophobia appeared first on Global Research .
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After Death Threats, Rep. Rashida Tlaib Pleads with FBI to take Far Right White Terrorism Seriously (TYT Video)

“Rep. Rashida Tlaib gets emotional while questioning FBI officials about domestic terrorism: “How is that not enough to fall under domestic terrorism if they’re targeting solely based on my faith, and others, and saying that a good Muslim is a dead one?”. . . Rashida Tlaib revealed what the opposite of white privilege truly is. […]
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Islamophobia and the 2017 Quebec City Mosque Massacre: Motion M-153 Does Not Honour Mosque Victims

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is deeply concerned that Motion M-153– which purports to honour the victims of the January 29, 2017 Quebec City mosque massacre – is an attempt to avert a proper tribute … The post Islamophobia and the 2017 Quebec City Mosque Massacre: Motion M-153 Does Not Honour Mosque Victims appeared first on Global Research .
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In US History, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism have Gone together as Hate Speech

By Peter Gottschalk | – Congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted recently that “Islamophobia and anti-Semitism are two sides of the same bigoted coin.” Her comments came in response to media reports that the suspect behind the shooting at a San Diego synagogue was also under investigation for burning a mosque. Hate crimes associated with both Islamophobia […]
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Attack on Muslim cemetery shows rising Islamophobia: Expert

A recent attack on a Muslim cemetery in Greece shows the rise of Islamophobia and racism both there and throughout the continent, according to an expert on the region.
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Makkah Charter fostering diversity, coexistence

As many as 1,200 prominent Islamic figures from 139 countries, representing 27 Islamic components of various sects and schools of thought, approved the “Makkah Charter” as a historic document to establish the values of coexistence among followers of religions, cultures, races and sects in Islamic countries as well as to achieve peace and harmony among various segments of society. The charter follows the example of the “Madinah Charter,” drafted by the Prophet (peace be upon him) 14 centuries ago to
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Racial Terror and the Second Repeal of Reconstruction

This April, PBS aired a groundbreaking documentary series on the fate of Reconstruction—and therefore of Black America. Featuring more than 40 scholars (myself among them) and Black descendants of key figures in Reconstruction’s history, this copiously researched chronicle also doubles as a powerful and chilling window on to our own age of violent and resurgent white nationalism. With nuanced commentaries about the rise and fall of Reconstruction, the series revealed how African Americans—in the words of W.E.B.
| June 2019, Magazine, Politics |

Equalities & Human Rights Commission launches investigation into Labour anti-Semitism

In its second statutory investigation, the equalities watchdog will probe whether Labour's handling of racism complaints was lawful.  The Equality & Human Rights Commission is to launch a full statutory investigation into allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, it has announced.  In what is only the second full-blown investigation launched by the equalities watchdog since its establishment in 2006,
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America: Land of Exceptional, Indispensable Psychosis

A 38-year old man, a Muslim convert from Alabama, is a threat to America, according to the war party and its nameless “authorities.” . . . This man is being released in Northern Virginia 3 years early for “good behavior” … The post America: Land of Exceptional, Indispensable Psychosis appeared first on Global Research .
| English, islamophobia, United States |

Jewish groups call on their communities: defund Islamophobia now

A report by the Council on Islamic-American Relations revealed a money trail from over 1,000 largely mainstream charities to 39 anti-Muslim groups that it calls the "Islamophobia Network." In New York City, activists protested one of the charities, the Jewish Communal Fund.
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Kremlin-exported anti-Muslim ‘news’ used as tool to amplify Islamophobic parties and far-right organisations in Europe and North America. A clip from the Kremlin-funded TV channel... The post ISLAMOPHOBIA AS A RUSSIAN EXPORT appeared first on HOPE not hate .
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Unity key to overcoming hateful trends: Çavuşoğlu

Unity, inclusiveness, dialogue and a comprehensive strategic vision are the only ways to overcome rising trends of xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism across the globe, Turkey’s foreign minister said on May 17.
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Can Social Media be Reformed to Exclude Violent Extremist Content Like what led to Christchurch Massacre of Muslims?

By Kevin Veale | – The “Christchurch Call” summit has made specific progress, with tech companies and world leaders signing an agreement to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online. The question now is how we collectively follow up on its promise. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron at the […]
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Islamophobia definition… denied

Theresa May’s Government has rejected an Islamophobia definition that has the support of more than 750 Muslim organisations, several political parties and many local councils,... The post Islamophobia definition… denied appeared first on HOPE not hate .
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The government has caved to the ideologues opposed to the APPG definition of Islamophobia

Either that, or it simply doesn't care what the Muslim community thinks. It seems the government is poised to reject the definition of Islamophobia proposed by the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims . Instead, it appears to have capitulated to a small group of vocal and well-established ideologues, some of whom have misrepresented the definition .
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UK: Syrian boy sues Islamophobe Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson, the founder of a right-wing Islamophobic group, is being sued by a Syrian boy who was filmed being attacked in a playground for falsely accusing him of attacking white schoolgirls, Anadolu reports. Jamal Hijazi, 16, along with his lawyer, filed the libel suit against Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, in a high court, accusing him of spreading false and defamatory lies against Hijazi in a series of Facebook posts. “We are lodging Jamal’s claim for damages
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Turkey calls for action after arson at US mosque

Turkey’s foreign minister called for a united stance against Islamophobia late on May 12 after a mosque in the U.S. state of Connecticut was attacked over the weekend.
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Somali Muslim workers accuse Amazon of discrimination

Muslim women in the state of Minnesota filed a federal complaint against Amazon, saying they were denied space and time to pray on a regular basis and were given less favourable work compared to their white counterparts, reports Anadolu Agency. The three employees of Somali origin said the company created a hostile work environment for employees in its warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota. The complaint was filed last week with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), arguing the tech giant was in violation
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Sensationalist Media coverage of Radical Muslim Terrorism makes Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Spike

Ria Ivandic,Tom Kirchmaier, and Stephen Machin study the empirical connections between local anti-Muslim hate crimes and international jihadi terror attacks. They find that local Muslim populations face a media-magnified likelihood of hate crime victimization in the days following such incidents. (British Policy and Politics) – In recent years, the frequency of jihadi terrorist attacks around […]
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Muslims Under Attack: Solidarity or ‘Left Secularism’

Western governments and the xenophobic far right are engaged in a veritable war on Muslims. One way in which this attack unfolds is an ongoing effort to force Muslims to embrace dominant ‘values’ and change their forms of dress or … The post Muslims Under Attack: Solidarity or ‘Left Secularism’ appeared first on Global Research .
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Mosques Are Being Advised to Increase Security and Expect Hate Crime During Ramadan

“Who saw the video of Christchurch?” Shaukat Warraich asks the audience. A few people murmur replies and some hands go up. “How did [the attacker] find a parking space so close by?” Warraich continues. “Did he enter through the front or the back? Was the door open or closed? Were there any security people wearing hi-vis jackets?” […]
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Power Plays in the Anti-Semitic Blame Game

Last month’s shooting at the Chabad of Poway, a California synagogue in a suburb about 20 miles north of San Diego, killed one woman and injured three others. Before picking up his assault-style rifle, the 19-year-old male now being held for that attack posted an anti-Semitic, white supremacist screed to the internet forum 8chan. In the post, he also claimed responsibility for a mosque fire nearby and said he was inspired by the shooter who murdered 50 people in two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques in March. This
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The Scruton affair

The readers’ editor on George Eaton’s interview with the philosopher Roger Scruton. In the issue of 12-17 April, the New Statesman published in the magazine’s Observations section a 900-word article by George Eaton, joint deputy editor, on the Conservative philosopher Roger Scruton, who was appointed in November last year as chairman of the government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful commission.
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Seventy years after my mum fled Nazi Germany, it seems the UK has not learned from history

There is today a climate of division, of rising racism and xenophobia, of death threats to MPs, and of hostility towards foreigner. All factors that were present during the rise of Nazism. I felt sick to the pit of my stomach all day on 24 June 2016, the day after the UK voted to leave the European Union. My ancestral memory
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Our Enemies Are the Same People: San Diego Synagogue Shooter Inspired by New Zealand Anti-Muslim Massacre

The synagogue shooter reportedly said he tried to burn down a mosque first. The connection between these two crimes screams at us to pay attention. The post Our Enemies Are the Same People: San Diego Synagogue Shooter Inspired by New Zealand Anti-Muslim Massacre appeared first on The Intercept .
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The American Tragedy: Veteran Rams Hindu Family, thinking they were Muslims, in Sunnyvale

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – An Iraq War veteran, who had spent 5 years in that country, was arraigned Friday. On Tuesday, he had plowed into 8 people in an intersection in Sunnyvale, California, particularly aiming at a South Asian family who he assumed to be Muslims. They weren’t. The names indicate that they are […]
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The Roger Scruton interview: the full transcript

The full transcript of the conversation between George Eaton and Roger Scruton. On 10 April, the New Statesman published a 900-word Encounter between George Eaton and the philosopher Roger Scruton. The Encounter is a short interview slot in the Observations section, which opens the magazine each week. The piece was also published online and promoted on Twitter
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CUK ‘Islamophobe’ Mulready ‘nearly wet herself’ when tackled by Corbyn aide during attack on Milne

Murphy described as ‘like a lioness defending her pride’ when Change UK candidate launched tirade against Corbyn’s comms director ‘Change UK’ (CUK) candidate Nora Mulready has been accused of Islamophobia […]
| Uncategorized, anger, conference |

CUK candidate at centre of Islamophobia storm quit Labour a day before hearing on ‘bullying’ of Asian woman

Nora Mulready has drawn attention for anti-Muslim comments but has not yet stepped down – left Labour Party under similar cloud ‘Change UK’ (CUK) has stumbled from one disaster to […]
| Uncategorized, asian, BBC |