UK sending refugees back to Somali war zone

The Guardian reports that the British government has been quietly sending refugees back to a known war zone - Mogadishu in Somalia, to an ex-Soviet air base controlled by clan militias. (This is after at least two countries, the UAE and Kenya, have stopped allowing Somali passport-holders in as forged Somali passports are widely available - which in effect means that the refugees have nowhere to run.)

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Dickinson murder and other stuff in the news

Much column inches were taken up today by the verdict on Francisco Arce Montes, concerning the dreadful murder of Caroline Dickinson, a 13-year-old schoolgirl who was on a school trip to Brittany. It turns out that the man responsible was a serial predator who had convictions for rape and other sexual abuse across Europe. On Jon Gaunt’s show this morning, the discussion turned to the matter of school trips, and whether it is still safe to allow children away on such trips. I don’t see why people should think it’s not safe, since of the thousands of children who went away on school trips in the late 1990s, how many did not come back alive? A small handful, I should think, mostly due to accidents. The fact is that sexual murders are nothing new but are quite rare, and are just as likely to happen at home as on a trip away. Travelling is much safer now than it was in centuries past, when it meant weeks in a horse-drawn cart or on the back of a camel, and the danger of highway robbers.

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Decent article on Wahhabi threat

William Dalrymple (of White Mughals fame) has contributed a piece to today’s Guardian, “Saudi Arabia created the monster now devouring it”. It gives the usual account of the fitna caused by Wahhabi missionaries, and their negative effects on Muslim culture in places where they gain influence. Continue reading

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Reflections on Respect and the recent elections

I wasn’t able to blog the last few days, because of long work hours and being too tired yesterday (after a run to Milton Keynes on Friday evening, not getting back until after 11pm, and having to deliver a van back to my work site early yesterday morning). By yesterday it was clear that Respect had failed to gain a single seat in any local authority, including the London assembly. The party gained 15% of the vote in the City and East constituency (which includes the two boroughs with the biggest Muslim population, Tower Hamlets and Newham) and 8.7% in the north-east constituency (which includes Walthamstow), in places coming above the major parties but also in places coming below the far-right parties including the BNP. This is a disappointing result; I was expecting the party to get at least one seat if only in the top-up seats. Both the BNP and the UKIP won council seats (alhamdu lillah, the BNP got none here in London). The European election results have yet to be declared. Continue reading

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Come on England! (Oh, all right then …)

I was thoroughly glad to find a piece in the Guardian which told us it was OK to be indifferent as to whether “our boys” win the European championship this month or not. ‘It’s not that I don’t want “our boys” to win. It’s just that I don’t really care if they lose’, he says here, calling the team “without doubt, the most uninspiring set of dullards ever to pull a white shirt over their heads”. Continue reading

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New Muslim centre in East London

The East London Mosque (one of the few mosques in London which is able to give the adhan over the loudspeaker) has just opened its new extension, which can hold 10,000 worshippers and has a gym, library, a creche and classrooms. Please notice that the person they chose to interview was “Nsheila Ahmed” (the name looks like it’s spelt wrong), one of a probable handful who cover their entire faces, including their eyes. Perhaps she just didn’t want any part of her face shown, but most Muslim women who cover their face show their eyes, and most women who veil at all show their face. Continue reading

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The Secular Case for Home Schooling

A topic close to my heart even though I’m not (yet, insha Allah) a parent: The Secular Case for Home Schooling by Diana West (never heard of this journo before, my apologies if she has a bad reputation among Muslims). [Hat tip: Ladies Against Feminism - this is a Christian site by the way.] The commentator finds that she could not teach her children less than they learned at a public school in Maryland.

(I’ve got strong feelings about schools, because I didn’t have too good an experience in the system - I think they are overrated, that they are often bully traps and they expose children to too many bad influences. It particularly annoys me when I hear teachers complaining about parents taking their children out of school for a while for a trip ‘back home’ to India or Bangladesh, because they miss out on “education” even though they gain valuable life experience. I make it clear to any inquiring marriage partner that I prefer home schooling if no Islamic school is available.)

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I’m really annoyed tonight

I’ve just come back from a Respect rally at Friends’ House (a Quaker building) near Euston station in Central London. The speakers were George Galloway (of course), Yvonne Ridley, Anas Altikriti, Anjum Mirza of (I think) the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, a female fire-fighter whose name I’ve forgotten, Ken Loach (best known for the films Kes and Land and Freedom), and Lindsey German, their mayoral candidate for London. I thought the speeches were pretty good until the end, when the chairman announced that an Italian communist newspaper had written to express their support! One would expect that a party which wanted to get elected would want to disassociate itself from Communists, as even rumours of well-wishing from them cost Labour a general election in the 1920s (the so-called Zinoviev letter affair, in which a letter ostensibly from the head of the Communist International wishing Labour well in a general election was “leaked” to the press, when it was actually fabricated by Tsarist exiles in Latvia). I am sure that this will be picked up on by the Press, and all their efforts could be wasted. How stupid are these people?

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Fatwas on voting

In response to the allegations of “kufr akbar” against anyone voting in the coming elections, I found two pages containing the opinions of various Islamic scholars on voting at the IACN web site in Nottingham. Especially bear in mind that this is not a parliamentary election so the people you elect won’t have the power to send or recall troops anywhere.

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More on the BNP danger

Black Information Link have published this article on tactics the BNP are using to up their share of the vote in the opinion polls in the run-up to this Thursday’s elections. They have also published a transcript of their mayoral candidate’s interview with the BBC presenter Jon Gaunt.

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Inna lillah wa inna ilayhi raji’oon …

News has reached us that Shaikh Abdul-Rahman al-Shaghouri, a major shaikh of Damascus, has passed away. Besides being a shaikh of ‘aqida and fiqh, he was also a renowned Sufi shaikh and was the teacher in Sufism of Shaikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller and other scholars well-known to us in the west. Continue reading

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Greg Palast: good riddance

I wondered how long it would take before someone said that Ronnie Reagan wasn’t the great statesman some sections of the media have made him out to be since he finally snuffed it last week. Well, Greg Palast has done it.

Why do people call him the Gipper, by the way?

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Let’s hope Sally Clark stayed in today …

I’ve got a rather uncared-for Miscarriages of Justice page which I may have transferred to Blogistan but the link on my home page still points to my old Geocities site. It gives details of a few pending cases of people in jail, or recently in jail, who either shouldn’t be or shouldn’t have been. All but one of the people on there, alhamdu lillah, are now free. They are not the most infamous incidents where people spent 15 or even 25 or more years in jail, but the most obviously crazy cases, like the woman jailed for first-degree murder for her boyfriend’s killing of her daughter while she was asleep, and the young girl jailed for murdering a toddler in Texas despite the lack of any evidence, and two of the women jailed in the UK after suffering multiple cot deaths which experts presumed were murders. Some of these are still in jail, but last year they started being released, beginning with Sally Clark. Continue reading

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Another Respect-bashing article!

Another week, another Respect-bashing piece from a centre-left journo in the British press. The usual culprits are Nick Cohen and David Aaronovitch. (You can read the latest Aaronovitch piece here at the Guardian’s site.) The latest is in the New Statesman, a Labour-supporting weekly, by Nick Cohen, who has continually attacked the anti-war movement. His contention is that it is an alliance of the Socialist Workers’ Party and the Muslim Association of Britain, which he alleges is the British arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Continue reading

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No scam-baiting for me …

The fatwa I requested from Islam Online has been given … Dr Monzer Kahf, “a prominent economist and counselor”, wrote that it is permissible to lie in order to catch a criminal, but not to simply waste their time. Unless I make “definite arrangement” with the authorities, he advises me to delete these emails.

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Just back from the Lakes …

Last week I decided to go and join my parents briefly on their holiday in the Lake District. For those that don’t know, the Lake District is a part of north-west England, and it’s a mountainous area with, well, a lot of long, narrow lakes. I travelled for the whole of Thursday (in a car you can do it in half a day if you leave early - we just have done, on the way back), but by bus it will take pretty much all day, and that’s if the traffic’s good. (By train it will take less than that, but it’s expensive and this week they have been rebuilding the line, so that the trains can go at 125 mph rather than the usual 110.) Continue reading

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London Elects – 10th June

Recently we all got a pamphlet through our door entitled London’s Elections - The Candidates with the manifestos of all the people putting themselves forward to be our mayor on June 10th. The candidates are:

  • Frank Maloney (UK Independence Party)
  • Steve Norris (Conservative)
  • Ram Gidoomal C.B.E. (Christian People’s Alliance)
  • Ken Livingstone (Labour)
  • Julian Leppert (British Nazi, whoops, I mean National Party)
  • Darren Johnson (Green)
  • Dr Tammy Nagalingam (independent)
  • Lorna Reid (Independent Working Class Association)
  • Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrat)
  • Lindsey German (Respect)
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    Kingston Green Fair & Galloway speech

    It’s 10 days to go until the election insha Allah, and today I went to two separate Respect engagements - a stall they were running in Kingston Green Fair which was here in Kingston down by the river, and a speech in an Indian restaurant in Hounslow by George Galloway in the evening. I hadn’t heard of the Green Fair until a couple of weeks ago - it has an environmental theme and features a lot of exotic stalls selling food and clothes, and various political stalls from groups like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. It also brought out the hippies, Rastas and even Hare Krishnas. We had a stall which was in one of the less well-frequented corners of the fairground although I did manage to shift quite a few of their leaflets. Continue reading

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    So, Abu Hamza’s off the streets

    So, Abu Hamza’s finally been taken off the streets, not because of David Blunkett’s efforts to take his citizenship away so they can bury him alive in Belmarsh, but because the US government has filed a series of charges against him (and someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Abu Hamza has ever set foot in the USA). One wonders if Bliar or Blunkett had a word in someone’s ear in Washington and suggested that they might bring these charges to relieve them of this nuisance. In any case, one expects that Abu Hamza will fight the extradition proceedings in the British courts, and that this may take years. Continue reading

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    Back on the wagons

    I’ve just done two more days of driving trucks around - yesterday it was in a sort of anticlockwise circular tour of Surrey county, from Croydon to Weybridge, Egham, Woking, Guildford, then down to East Grinstead and on to Hildenborough (near Sevenoaks in Kent) to drop off a hire truck and pick up the company’s own wagon. Then I had to drive it back to Croydon. Today, it was around South London.

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