Tuesday, April 23, 2019   

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Charlie Hedbo: Free Speech or Mindless Opportunism
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by Ilisha

The otherwise obscure French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hedbo, is making headlines again, and the most recent controversy seems to have the press divided on the politics of free speech and provocation.




The truth about Muhammad and Aisha
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by Myriam Francois-Cerrah, guardian.co.uk,

‘The Qur’an says that marriage is valid only between consenting adults, and that a woman has the right to choose her own spouse.’




The sham “terrorism expert” industry
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Shortly prior to the start of the London Olympics, there was an outburst of hysteria over the failure to provide sufficient security against Terrorism, but as Harvard Professor Stephen Walt noted yesterday in Foreign Policy, this was all driven, as usual, by severe exaggerations of the threat.




Joseph Harker: This is how racism takes root
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by Joseph Harker (Guardian UK)

By now surely everyone knows the case of the eight men convicted of picking vulnerable underage girls off the streets, then plying them with drink and drugs before having sex with them.




Mehdi Hasan: We Mustn’t Allow Muslims in Public Life to be Silenced
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Have you ever been called an Islamist? How about a jihadist or a terrorist? Extremist, maybe? Welcome to my world. It’s pretty depressing. Every morning, I take a deep breath and then go online to discover what new insult or smear has been thrown in my direction.




Anders Breivik’s spider web of hate
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Anders Breivik’s manifesto reveals a subculture of nationalistic and Islamophobic websites that link the European and American far right in a paranoid alliance against Islam and is also rooted in some democratically elected parties.