The Matrimonial Minefield

I’m sure I’m not the only convert to Islam who has found it difficult to find a wife. I’m 27, and converted to Islam in 1998 when I was 21. For much of that time I have been actively looking for a Muslim lady to get married to. My first ports of call were Islamic bookshops, but all the women they put me in touch with turned out to be unsuitable and one or two of them gave me the runaround. I then turned to the Internet, to the burgeoning industry of online matrimonial databases. Continue reading

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This Rand report

The Rand Corporation, a non-profit political think-tank, has published a report entitled Civil Democratic Islam, a proposal for how the West can deal with the Muslim world in a way that suits its own interests. The report divides up the Muslim world into Fundamentalists, Traditionalists, Modernists and Secularists, and its conclusion is essentially that the West should support the Modernists first, and the Traditionalists in order to defeat Fundamentalists. Continue reading

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Gilad Atzmon on Sh. Yassin murder

This is an article by Gilad Atzmon, an Israeli dissident living in London. Here’s his website. (Thanks to J. Muhsin Kilby for the info.) Continue reading

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The MMR debate

I just found this rather interesting article by George Monbiot about conflicts of interest in the debate over the safety of the MMR vaccine. Andrew Wakefield, who published a paper alleging links between the MMR vaccine and a number of diseases including autism, was revealed to have possible conflicts of interest. However, as Monbiot reveals, this is an extremely common problem in sections of the scientific community, with scientists putting their names to papers ghost-written by companies, sometimes never having seen the data on which the papers’ conclusions are based. Here’s the story.

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International reaction to Yasin killing

http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2004-03/22/article06.shtml

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3556753.stm

Half century of Israeli assassinations

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Reaction to my last post

Note: the original post, which I deleted, was in response to Jews gloating on the BBC’s website about the murder by the Israeli army of Shaikh Ahmed Ya-sin. The post said that the Jews killed by the Palestinians were in Hell, and warned of what would happen when (not if) the Muslims reconquered Palestine.) The post was reproduced on at least two other blogs.)

Thanks to everyone who responded to my last post in reaction to the murder of Shaikh Ahmad Yasin. It at least disproves Flanstein’s earlier jibe that “there’s only the two of us here”! In fact, I actually thought I had deleted that post, which I made in anger in reaction to the murder and the gloating over it I saw on the BBC’s website. You can read more of the same on the odious “Little Green Footballs” blog; I’m not going to link it because they have a habit of redirecting links from hostile websites and blogs to the Israeli Defence Force’s Hebrew website! Continue reading

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Me and my Mac

I’ve had my Mac nearly a week now (since Tuesday) and I have to say I’m generally pleased with it. We had it sitting on the dining table until Friday, but of course it couldn’t stay there forever because people have to eat off that table (including me), so I ordered a computer table from Viking which arrived on Friday. So it’s now next to the old computer in the upstairs office. Continue reading

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An interesting article on the Kharijites

This is a highly interesting article on the Kharijites and their modern-day equivalents, the Wahhabis. This is on the website of the Hanbali Texts Society, an organisation dedicated to propagating orthodox Hanbalism and distinguishing it from the Wahhabi sect.

HTS on the Kharijites

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The Rally Yesterday …

Well I went to the rally yesterday, it was not as big as the huge anti-war rallies last year but it was big enough that people were still leaving the start (Hyde Park) as the rest of us were having our rally in Trafalgar Square. It rained a little bit and it was very windy - I heard that people in other parts of the country had been killed by flying debris, but no-one here (al-hamdu lillah) was injured, although I almost got one of the Marxists’ flagpoles land on my head in Hyde Park. Continue reading

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No More Lies, Mr Blair!

Saturday’s Stop the War march is intended to reinforce calls for political accountability and a withdrawal from Iraq, writes Andrew Burgin Continue reading

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A bizarre 419 invitation

I just got forwarded an exceptionally dumb 419 invitation through a mailing list I’m on, in which someone claiming to be Dr Mitchell Obi of some Nigerian financial organisation appeals for someone to do business with him as his “next of kin”?! Does this moron even know what a next of kin is?

419’ers being dumb is nothing new - there are at least a dozen websites dedicated to baiting these idiots, getting them to say stupid things or hold up banners with what they think are their new business partners’ names on them (actually insults made to look like names). I wonder how people as stupid as these could get that amount of money together?

Article on 419’ers targeting Muslims

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Muslims police their own? How?

It’s very common to hear, whenever a terrorist incident happens that bears the hallmarks of Al-Qa’ida, calls for the Muslims to control extremist elements in their own community. I read an article on a UK Usenet forum today, claiming that “the peace loving Muslims throughout the world really need to bring some real pressure to bear on their albeit small minority of fanatical zealots calling for Holy War against The West”. Continue reading

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Thank God some people saw sense

It seems the Spanish - who, it must be remembered, did not want to get involved in Iraq to begin with - have had their fears confirmed by last week’s bombings in Madrid, and kicked out the government that got them into that mess. No doubt the morons at places like Little Green Footballs will start crying “surrender”, but it gives hope to those of us in the UK who also never wanted to get involved in the Bush cabal’s disastrous adventures.

A few weeks ago I read in the Spectator (a right-of-centre political weekly until recently owned by Conrad Black) someone going on about how “we need America”. We need America a lot less now than we did in the 1960s during the Cold War, yet a Labour government (under Harold Wilson) kept us out of the Vietnam war, which was fought to prop up an American client dictatorship, went on for several bloody years, and failed miserably. Why get involved with this when we managed to stay out of Vietnam?

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Mac vs PC comparison

I ordered a Mac on Friday - a G4 eMac which is all I could reasonably afford, but I did order some extra memory for it - and I also bought a copy of the Mac users’ magazine MacFormat, which is published by the same people as Linux Format of which I have been a regular reader since late 2002. There’s a feature in there comparing the Mac to the PC, and why should you buy a Mac rather than a PC. Continue reading

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Guantanamo: the truth is coming out

Jamal al-Harith, one of the five British detainees released from Guantanamo, has told (not to mention sold) his story to the Daily Mirror, a British tabloid. You can read the full story by clicking this link, it’s pretty revolting.

Also, the latest in the squalid story of Amina Silmi (from the Vindicator, of Youngstown, Ohio) is that she is not even allowed to touch her own children during visits in prison. She is being held in prison because the Immigration Service want to kick her out of the US to Venezuela, despite the fact that she has three children who are US citizens, one of whom has special needs. Read the story here. What is the matter with these people?

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Shukr Clothing Australian launch

An Australian website for the Syrian-based Islamic clothing company Shukr has been launched. The company is run by an American convert and the clothing is all made by religious Muslims. (I’d call it special occasion clothing though, unless you’re very wealthy.)

http://www.shukr.com.au/

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Mandrake Linux v10.0

A funny thing to put just above the post on the Madrid disaster, but this is a tech blog as well as a war blog - it’s a general personal blog. So here goes.

Mandrake has just released the “Community version” of version 10 of its (GNU/) Linux distro and released ISOs to the Community. Many of the FTP mirrors were full as the Mandrake website warned, and those that weren’t were painfully slow - ftp.sunsite.co.uk was as fast as my home broadband on a much wider connection. But I found a mirror in Ireland from which the download rate was 1.4 Mb per second, so I manage to download it pretty quickly. Continue reading

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About the Madrid bombings

At the moment it is not certain that the bombings in Madrid, which has killed nearly 200 people at the time of this writing, was the work of Al-Qa’ida. It has been said that it bears the hallmarks of both that group and ETA (‘Basqueland’ and Freedom), the Basque separatist group. Whichever group is responsible this is a terrible action which has killed hundreds of innocent people, deliberately. Continue reading

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Guantanamo Brits innocent after all

Al-Hamdu lillah, the five British detainees who were flown home from Guantanamo Bay yesterday have been released without charge. They have been held for two years and now it appears that not only have the Americans not a jot of evidence against them, neither have the British.

Continue reading

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Vote Nazi, read the Mail

Searchlight Magazine, a British anti-fascist and anti-racist monthly, has picked up on the anti-immigrant vendetta in the tabloid press. It seems the BNP appreciate the support, as one of their goons held up a banner at a rally saying “Vote BNP, Read the Daily Mail”! Also a feature on the situation of the Roma (‘gypsies’) in Eastern Europe, particularly Slovakia, and why some countries accept Roma asylum seekers and others don’t.

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