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Issue 296: Top Stories - Tuesday 24th December 2013

Issue 296 – Tuesday 24th December 2013

Mandela, an icon of all struggles. Muslims at the forefront of apartheid resistance

An icon is a symbolic representation of goodness. Nelson Mandela’s characterisation as an icon represents political integrity, sacrifice, principle, honour, loyalty and leadership

Issue 296 – Tuesday 24th December 2013

Right-wing terror suspect bailed despite discovery of nail bomb

The decision to bail a right-wing terror suspect despite the discovery of a nail bomb has prompted a Muslim academic wrongfully accused of terrorism and detained for six days without charge for downloading a document to question the police’s reluctance to use pre-charge terror detention on right-wing terror suspects.

Editorial

  • U-turn needed in policy towards Muslims

    U-turn needed in policy towards Muslims

    It is expected that the role of any leader includes promoting the best interests of his/her country and citizens abroad. Indeed, the Foreign Office spends millions with the British Council and more indirectly with BBC World Service to present such positive images. This begs the question as to why Prime Minister, David Cameron, has not once but twice tarnished the image of British Muslims during overseas trips.

  • Mandela’s inclusivity was his mark

    Mandela’s inclusivity was his mark

    Mandela’s policy of inclusivity that was his mark and suggested that the nature of interaction between the strands of religious heritages could help lay solid foundations for the establishment of a world order based on mutual respect, partnership and equity.

Home News

  • Our Government failed us, says relatives of British surgeon who died in Syrian custody

    The family of an Orthopaedic surgeon from south London who died in custody in Syria have accused the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of failing to help get him freed.

  • Ideas for London launched by Sadiq Khan

    The issues in the booklet will help the Tooting MP, who is in charge of Labour’s London campaign strategy for the 2014 council and European elections, 2015 General elections and 2016 mayoral and GLA elections, to strategise his party’s policies.

  • Attorney General apologises for Pakistani corruption comment

    Conservative MP and the Government’s Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, has apologised for “any offence” caused by his remark that corruption is “endemic” in certain ethnic minority communities

  • Saleem Siddiqui conferred freedom of Borough of Hackney

    Councillor Saleem Siddiqui was conferred the Honorary Freedom of the London Borough of Hackney in “appreciation and acknowledgement of the eminent service he rendered with distinction as Councillor of the Borough” since 1990.

  • BBC upholds complaint on Israeli settlers article

    BBC upholds complaint on Israeli settlers article

    A BBC Online article [published on February 4, 2013] about the life of Israeli settlers breached editorial guidelines on accuracy, the BBC has ruled.

  • Government to tackle online child abuse

    One of the main challenges is to tackle grooming on public areas such as social networking sites, where paedophiles engage conversation with minors that may appear benign at the start but soon develops into the abusers grooming these children and eventually meeting offline.

  • Middlesex students scoop medals at national skills competition

    Three Middlesex University teams have bagged medals and been named as the UK’s most talented in their field in the finals of the WorldSkills UK National Competitions at ‘The Skills Show’ including Design Engineering student Mohammed Yussuf.

  • Alif Academy celebrates Inter-Faith Week

    An independent Muslim primary school in Newham recently held a series of events to mark Inter-Faith Week with an exhibition featuring six major world religions for the pupils and visitors.

World News

Islamophobia & Discrimination

  • Angola denies banning Islam

    Angolan Government has denied it has become the first country in the world to outlaw Islam, despite growing evidence of a crackdown on the practice of the religion in the country.

  • Imam left permanently blind in one eye after unprovoked attack

    An appeal for calm and witness has been issued after the Imam of Hull Mosque was left permanently blind in his right eye in an unprovoked attack.

  • Monks torch ancient mosque

    A two century old mosque was burned down by Buddhist extremist monks in a village in Maungdow, western Myanmar (Burma). The old mosque became yet another target in the continued wave of anti-Muslim violence in the region.

  • Bacon thrown at Muslim worker

    An Islamophobe ran into a petrol station in Lancashire and threw bacon at the Muslim attendant.

  • Montreal professors don hijab in protest

    Two non-Muslim professors are wearing the hijab to work to protest against the Parti Québécois' (PQ) secular charter and its proposed ban on religious symbols for teachers, daycare workers and other public sector employees.

  • Sinister letter sent to Dublin’s Muslims

    A “sinister” anti-Muslims letter has been sent to Muslim schools and mosques in Dublin. The letter uses violent language and makes threat to “attack any Muslim man women [sic] and child that enters any mosque in Ireland.”

  • French court backs firing of woman for hijab woman

    Paris Appeals Court, overturning a high court decision, ruled that a private nursery school was justified in firing an assistant director who refused to remove her hijab.

  • Illegal Israeli settlers vandalise mosques in West Bank

    Illegal Israeli settlers vandalise mosques in West Bank

    Two mosques in a West Bank village were defaced with racist graffiti on April 7 marking the latest hate crime by suspected illegal Israeli settlers.

  • France urged to ditch ban on hijab in schools

    A report commissioned by the French Government in the summer has recommended lawmakers scrap the hijab ban in state schools to help integrating the country’s ethnic minorities.

  • One racist incident reported daily in Bolton schools

    At least one racist incident is reported daily in Bolton schools, according to stats obtained from Bolton Council by Mancunian Matters. Bolton Council of Mosques Manager, Ibrahim Kala, said the data is only the “tip of the iceberg” and that Islamophobia makes up a large portion of the reported incidents.

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Comment

Environment

  • UN convention on climate, ‘a political farce’

    Some key provisions that came out of the agreement regarded loss and damage as well as deforestation at UN convention on climate, Conference of Parties, COP19, many see these as political farces, with only ever more “pathways to concrete talks” pushing deadlines for Paris in 2015 where countries may finally commit.

Health and Science

Sport

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview 29 May 2013 and aired on 12 June 2013


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