I’m a better runaway than David Hargreaves

David Hargreaves recently told in the Spectator his story of how he ran away from boarding school in 1974, and he considers this one of the best moves he’s ever made. I was tempted to buy the magazine because of this article (registration required, it’s free), but then realised I could read it for free on the Internet, so I didn’t bother. (You can’t do that with the leftie equivalent, the New Statesman.) Continue reading

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‘Malware’, Microsoft and Open Source

Here is an interestng article on Groklaw about one Microsoft spokesman’s alleged recent comments about Linux and open source, and the cost of ‘malware’ (viruses etc) on Windows platforms including problems with Microsoft’s patches. I have to say I haven’t had any problems with MS’s patches, but I’ve also stopped connecting my laptop to the net when it’s running Windows. Despite having an anti-virus package I still managed to pick up several viruses, and it appears that clearing up my system necessitated getting rid of the main program for Visual Studio. It also speaks volumes about MS’s attitude when it insists on designing another proprietary operating system for its next release, when Unix is a proven, secure architecture, and freely obtainable off the net.

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Yet another twist in Schiavo story

CNN reports that a Florida county circuit court has struck down a law passed by the Florida legislature which prevents the husband having his wife’s life-support machine turned off. Continue reading

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Lying dogs whip up fears among Jews

OK … I don’t normally give free publicity to blogs which publish lies about Muslims, but this one from “Dhimmi Watch” really does take the proverbial biscuit. (You can read about this and its parent blog, “Jihad Watch”, at an earlier entry on this blog.) Apparently the “marvelous Nidra Poller” turned up in America recently with a scare story about how awful it is for Jews in France: Continue reading

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Sharon’s Banana Republics

Bush and Blair have allowed Israel to dictate their Middle East policy and carry out a Palestinian politicide, writes Ali Safieh, Palestinian General Delegate to the UK and the Vatican.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1194704,00.html

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The strange case of the Muslim-loving Islamophobes

One of the fascinating things about some of the most vehemently anti-Islamic commentators in the blogosphere (they seldom make it into the mainstream press, at least not in the UK) is how concerned they appear for the welfare of certain groups of Muslims. Robert Spencer currently has two stories on Muslim women on his “Dhimmi Watch” blog. One of them is about the injuries recently revealed by the Saudi TV presenter (you can read the story on the BBC’s website here). This woman’s husband faces charges of attempted murder, but the problem of violence against women in some Arab countries is not in question, even within the Arab and wider Muslim community. “How many other cases like this have gone unreported and unnoticed?” asks the sanctimonious Spencer, despite the fact that western society has its own problems with wife-beating and rape. (The report also mentions the old chestnut about women not being able to drive or vote in Saudi; in fact, Saudi is not a democracy, and nobody can vote, and women not being able to drive is local law, which isn’t followed by Muslims outside Saudi.) Continue reading

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Mercury, Vitamin A and the MMR vaccine

I’m not a parent myself, but I’ve been following the coverage of the issue of the MMR vaccine in the UK especially as it has come up on a Muslim eGroup I subscribe to. I am not a diehard anti-vaccine activist, but it stands to reason that if you inject known toxic substances into someone’s body, especially a young child’s, that it will do them harm. Continue reading

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Reaction to Rantisi murder

Israel’s assassination yesterday of yet another Hamas leader was shocking, but it should not surprise anyone that Israel, especially under the leadership of Ariel Sharon, would do such a thing. I haven’t bothered to look on LGF to check if they are crowing about the murder; the BBC, however, has opened up one of its “Have Your Say” pages and the predictable reactions from diaspora Jews are there for all to see. I shan’t bother posting them here, as you can read them on the BBC’s website. But it is interesting how diaspora Jews praise their country’s war criminal leader for fighting terrorism, by shooting at people from helicopters, while ignoring the terrorism committed by their nation’s founders like Begin, Shamir and Rabin. Continue reading

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So, it’s almost St. George’s day …

I don’t honestly know if it’s nearly St. George’s day, but it must be because people have brought it up on the radio again: why don’t we English celebrate our “national day” like the Welsh and the Irish celebrate theirs? As a Muslim, of course, St. George and his day don’t mean much to me, but I suspect that the reason we don’t make much of it is because we don’t need to. The English have never considered their culture to be under threat, or cared much about it, unlike the Celts who have seen their languages, for example, all but disappear. (Welsh is hanging on, just, but Gaelic is now confined to the distant west of both Ireland and Scotland.) Continue reading

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More on that Boudreaux pic

A while ago I posted a picture here I got from CAIR about a Marine (or ex-Marine) standing with two Iraqi boys with a sign saying “Lcpl Boudreaux killed my Dad, then he knocked up my sister!”. Knocked-up means made her pregnant, by the way. No-one is suggesting that he actually did what it says on the sign, because he’d have some difficulty getting smiles and thumbs up from the two lads if he really had killed their dad and raped their sister. But others have suggested that the sign has been doctored. Others disagree, including myself. Here’s why: Continue reading

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More on Sardar

The New Statesman finally got round to printing replies to Ziauddin Sardar’s “open the gates of ijtihad” waffle two issues ago (I blogged on this about a week ago). They didn’t print mine, but they did print one from Angela Pinter of east London, who makes a number of accusations against Islam and Muslims:

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‘Shaikh’ Abdul-Qadir’s latest essay

I subscribe to a number of Yahoo groups on Islam and Bewleyupdates is one of them. The group was founded by Aisha Bewley, best known for her translation of the Qur’an, Qadi Iyaad’s Shifaa, Imam Malik’s Muwatta, and a number of Sufi texts including Imam al-Darqawi’s letters. I find it generally to be a very useful group, and it’s not moderated which means it’s not subject to the delays sometimes experienced by subscribers to Mas’ud Khan’s Al-Zawiya forum. It’s generally a very moderate Ahlus-Sunnah forum. Continue reading

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About Abdul-Hadi Palazzi …

Those of you who visit my website often will have noticed a link to an article about “Shaikh” Abdul-Hadi Palazzi, an impostor from Italy who is the leader, or one of the leaders, of the so-called “Cultural Institute of the Italian Islamic Community”. Today I received an email from their webmaster telling me I should take the article down, that the article is published by a neo-Nazi named Guillermo Martinez-Ball and written under a false name, and that I should make tawbah (repent) for helping to circulate slander about a “Muslim” written by non-Muslims. I will not publish the email in full, but I feel compelled to point out that Abdul-Hadi Palazzi’s opinions are at considerable variance with those of the Muslim community’s, not in the theology proclaimed on his website, but in terms of his attitude to the state of Israel. Quite simply, no Muslim would take the positions he and his organisation take, and he is too knowledgeable to take these positions out of ignorance. (By the way, the email I received made no attempt to refute the accusations made in the article. Some of them are about plain facts, such as whether a university exists in Velletri where Palazzi claims a professorship.)

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Victims’ Licence

George Monbiot has published a fascinating article on how being the victim of an atrocity (or the descendent of such a victim) appears to give people licence to commit fresh atrocities. The Germans, the Israelis and the Americans have done it; this article, however, concentrates on the crimes of the present government of Rwanda.

http://www.monbiot.org/dsparticle.cfm?articleid=647

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UK commander says US methods in Iraq unacceptable

The Age reports that senior British commanders are dissatisfied with American methods in Iraq, calling them heavy-handed, and have alleged ‘a growing sense of “unease and frustration” among the British high command’. They have been accused of using violence disproportionately, viewing Iraqis as “untermenschen” (sub-humans - a Nazi expression) and being unconcerned with Iraqi loss of life. (A wave to: Al-Muhajaba.)

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ID cards and guilt by association

A couple of useful articles on the dangerously authoritarian tendencies of our current Home Secretary, David Blunkett:

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A Conservative wants to know about Islam

Townhall.com, a page run by the Heritage Foundation which publishes a collection of articles by various US right-wing columnists, has published one by Doug Giles, “a no-nonsense, God-fearing student of society with a special ability to jerk the slack out of slacking young people” according to this bio. He has a few questions he wants answered about Islam, and they are here. Assume for the moment that this guy is sincere, maybe some of you can write some cogent answers and pubish them and/or send them to him. I’m working on some of my own which I intend (insha Allah) to publish on my web page (it’s too big for a blog entry).

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Reply to Zia Sardar

Last week in the New Statesman they had Ziauddin Sardar, a darling of the British liberal media, spouting some of his well-known ideas. I am quite interested in Sardar because it was one of his books, now known as Introducing Islam, which was instrumental in influencing me to accept Islam. Nevertheless, the ideas put forward in his article in the NS last week, and in Introducing Islam, are just plain wrong, and worse, they are presented as fact and as widely-held opinion. They are, in fact, the opinions of a small intellectual group. Continue reading

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CAIR – a Wahhabi organisation?

A common canard of people who attack CAIR is that it is a “Wahhabi” organisation which has links to extremist groups. While there may be some in that organisation with such sympathies, I got this in my Hotmail yesterday: Continue reading

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Adoption, the Saudis and our Ken

Jon Gaunt, BBC Radio’s resident loud-mouth, was mouthing off about adoption on BBC’s London radio (94.9 FM, 9am-12pm Monday-Friday) this morning. The thing that got his goat today was that parents who gave their children up for adoption would get help in tracing them, in contrast to the present system whereby usually only children can do the tracing. He went on about how if his parents ‘abandoned’ him, he didn’t want to be traced by them. Apparently he had been in care for a while when he was a kid and so he knows what it’s like (he mentioned that he was often told by other kids that “the parents are coming”, and they never came). Continue reading

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