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New research on ‘The Anti-Burqa Movement in Western Europe’

iEngage - Wed, 16/05/2012 - 13:35
 Researchers at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Sussex have published a paper examining the legislative prohibitions on face-veiling in European countries. ‘Reasons to Ban? The Anti-Burqa Movement in Western Europe’, documents what is happening in the various European countries which have already prohibited face-veiling, or are taking steps towards it. The paper analyses why it is happening and the various arguments used to justify the criminalisation of the face veil. The paper finally “explores the implications for our understanding of contemporary (ethnically and religiously) diverse societies and their governance.” 
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EDL Facebook page posting comments supportive of Breivik

iEngage - Tue, 15/05/2012 - 11:16
 The website Blottr reports that the former ‘company director’ of the English Defence League and administrator of the EDL Jewish Division Facebook page, Roberta Moore (http://edlnews.co.uk/index.php/latest-news/latest-news/696-edl-s-roberta-moore-returns-to-defend-breivik), has praised the Norwegian terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik on the Jewish Division’s official Facebook page. From Blottr (http://www.blottr.com/uk/breaking-news/edl-company-director-praises-breivik-facebook-page): “The English Defence League's company director, and administrator of the group's Jewish division Facebook page, has praised Norwegian mass murder Andres Breivik on the social network.  
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EDL Facebook page posting comments supportive of Breivik

iEngage - Tue, 15/05/2012 - 11:16
 The website Blottr reports that the former ‘company director’ of the English Defence League and administrator of the EDL Jewish Division Facebook page, Roberta Moore (http://edlnews.co.uk/index.php/latest-news/latest-news/696-edl-s-roberta-moore-returns-to-defend-breivik), has praised the Norwegian terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik on the Jewish Division’s official Facebook page. From Blottr (http://www.blottr.com/uk/breaking-news/edl-company-director-praises-breivik-facebook-page): “The English Defence League's company director, and administrator of the group's Jewish division Facebook page, has praised Norwegian mass murder Andres Breivik on the social network.  
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US military anti-Islam teaching not isolated

iEngage - Tue, 15/05/2012 - 11:07
 Following recent revelations of the US military college in Virginia teaching anti-Islamic material (component/content/article/1-news/1841-us-militarly-college-taught-that-islam-is-americas-enemy), the Guardian reported over the weekend of US based campaigners having expressed concerns that such teachings are far more widespread than people would be led to believe. Campaigners are also concerned that there has been a steady proliferation in the teaching of such material by US law-enforcement agencies.  From the Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/11/anti-islam-teachings-us-law-enforcement): “A course at a military academy that taught US officers to prepare for "total war" with Islam does not represent an isolated incident, campaigners have warned. 
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US military anti-Islam teaching not isolated

iEngage - Tue, 15/05/2012 - 11:07
 Following recent revelations of the US military college in Virginia teaching anti-Islamic material (component/content/article/1-news/1841-us-militarly-college-taught-that-islam-is-americas-enemy), the Guardian reported over the weekend of US based campaigners having expressed concerns that such teachings are far more widespread than people would be led to believe. Campaigners are also concerned that there has been a steady proliferation in the teaching of such material by US law-enforcement agencies.  From the Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/11/anti-islam-teachings-us-law-enforcement): “A course at a military academy that taught US officers to prepare for "total war" with Islam does not represent an isolated incident, campaigners have warned. 
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Muslim organisations report surge in abusive phonecalls and emails after Rochdale convictions

iEngage - Mon, 14/05/2012 - 12:07
 The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/may/11/far-right-rochdale-sex-case) last week reported that the conviction of nine men involved in a gang which groomed girls for sex (http://iengage.org.uk/component/content/article/1-news/1839-rochdale-sex-grooming-gang-and-the-muslim-factor) has led to a surge in anti-Muslim abuse, and that the British Muslim community is bracing itself for more “Islamophobic attacks on individual Muslims and mosques across the UK”.  From the Guardian:“Far-right groups are exploiting the conviction of nine men who were part of a gang that groomed girls for sex to create a "climate of hate" against Muslims, community leaders have warned.
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Muslim organisations report surge in abusive phonecalls and emails after Rochdale convictions

iEngage - Mon, 14/05/2012 - 12:07
 The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/may/11/far-right-rochdale-sex-case) last week reported that the conviction of nine men involved in a gang which groomed girls for sex (http://iengage.org.uk/component/content/article/1-news/1839-rochdale-sex-grooming-gang-and-the-muslim-factor) has led to a surge in anti-Muslim abuse, and that the British Muslim community is bracing itself for more “Islamophobic attacks on individual Muslims and mosques across the UK”.  From the Guardian:“Far-right groups are exploiting the conviction of nine men who were part of a gang that groomed girls for sex to create a "climate of hate" against Muslims, community leaders have warned.
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Richard Littlejohn on the 'benefits' of multicultural Britain

iEngage - Fri, 11/05/2012 - 14:45
 Richard Littlejohn in the Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2142619/How-avoid-airport-security-Wear-burka.html?ito=feeds-newsxml) today mimics a blog post by Rod Liddle (http://www.spectator.co.uk/rodliddle/5601833/benefits-of-a-multicultural-britain.thtml) in the Spectator in 2009, railing, in similar vein, about the ‘benefits of a multicultural Britain’. Littlejohn writes, “While we are all being urged to ‘celebrate diversity’, we shouldn’t try to kid ourselves that multiculturalism hasn’t brought with it some serious downsides — such as home-grown Islamist terrorists and gangs of Pakistani child rapists.”
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Richard Littlejohn on the 'benefits' of multicultural Britain

iEngage - Fri, 11/05/2012 - 14:45
 Richard Littlejohn in the Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2142619/How-avoid-airport-security-Wear-burka.html?ito=feeds-newsxml) today mimics a blog post by Rod Liddle (http://www.spectator.co.uk/rodliddle/5601833/benefits-of-a-multicultural-britain.thtml) in the Spectator in 2009, railing, in similar vein, about the ‘benefits of a multicultural Britain’. Littlejohn writes, “While we are all being urged to ‘celebrate diversity’, we shouldn’t try to kid ourselves that multiculturalism hasn’t brought with it some serious downsides — such as home-grown Islamist terrorists and gangs of Pakistani child rapists.”
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New Statesman sheds some light on halal meat hysteria

iEngage - Fri, 11/05/2012 - 14:22
 The New Statesman (http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/culture/2012/05/weeks-new-statesman-food-special) cover story this week is the highly charged issue of halal meat. With the Daily Mail (component/content/article/1-news/1760-mail-on-sunday-bangs-on-about-halal-meat-again), Daily Telegraph and Independent (component/content/article/1-news/1835-production-of-halal-meat-greatly-exceeds-proportion-of-muslims-in-the-uk-population) all recently publishing on the issue, Mehdi Hasan in this week’s NS “questions how many opponents of halal know what producing it involves, and wonders whether criticism of halal is ever a proxy for deeper fears about Muslims. “Joe Regenstein, professor of food science at Cornell University, who leads the university’s Kosher and Halal Food Initiative, tells Hasan that the scientific evidence against halal slaughter “has often been done poorly with an agenda driving a desired outcome”. Furthermore, Regenstein says: 
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New Statesman sheds some light on halal meat hysteria

iEngage - Fri, 11/05/2012 - 14:22
 The New Statesman (http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/culture/2012/05/weeks-new-statesman-food-special) cover story this week is the highly charged issue of halal meat. With the Daily Mail (component/content/article/1-news/1760-mail-on-sunday-bangs-on-about-halal-meat-again), Daily Telegraph and Independent (component/content/article/1-news/1835-production-of-halal-meat-greatly-exceeds-proportion-of-muslims-in-the-uk-population) all recently publishing on the issue, Mehdi Hasan in this week’s NS “questions how many opponents of halal know what producing it involves, and wonders whether criticism of halal is ever a proxy for deeper fears about Muslims. “Joe Regenstein, professor of food science at Cornell University, who leads the university’s Kosher and Halal Food Initiative, tells Hasan that the scientific evidence against halal slaughter “has often been done poorly with an agenda driving a desired outcome”. Furthermore, Regenstein says: 
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FCO reply to ENGAGE letter on Iran

iEngage - Fri, 11/05/2012 - 13:45
 The Foreign Office have replied to our letter to the Foreign Secretary (component/content/article/1-news/1722-engage-letter-to-foreign-secretary-on-comments-on-iran) on the issue of Iran, the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and the British Government’s stance in the negotiations on Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons programme. The FCO’s reply can be read here (images/stories/fcoreply030512.pdf).
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FCO reply to ENGAGE letter on Iran

iEngage - Fri, 11/05/2012 - 13:45
 The Foreign Office have replied to our letter to the Foreign Secretary (component/content/article/1-news/1722-engage-letter-to-foreign-secretary-on-comments-on-iran) on the issue of Iran, the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and the British Government’s stance in the negotiations on Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons programme. The FCO’s reply can be read here (images/stories/fcoreply030512.pdf).
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US military college taught that Islam is America's enemy

iEngage - Fri, 11/05/2012 - 13:27
 The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/11/us-military-course-islam-enemy), the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18030105) and the Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2142634/Join-Forces-Staff-College-taught-officers-wage-Hiroshima-style-war-Muslims.html) have today covered the news that an optional course taught at a US military college in Virginia contained teaching material which instructed officers that there is no such thing as ‘moderate Islam’, that Islam is the enemy of America, and that Hiroshima style attacks against the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Madinah could be envisaged. From the Guardian: “A course for US military officers has been teaching that America's enemy is Islam in general (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/05/total-war-islam/?pid=1198&viewall=true)and suggesting that the country might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths, following second world war precedents of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima. 
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US military college taught that Islam is America's enemy

iEngage - Fri, 11/05/2012 - 13:27
 The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/11/us-military-course-islam-enemy), the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18030105) and the Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2142634/Join-Forces-Staff-College-taught-officers-wage-Hiroshima-style-war-Muslims.html) have today covered the news that an optional course taught at a US military college in Virginia contained teaching material which instructed officers that there is no such thing as ‘moderate Islam’, that Islam is the enemy of America, and that Hiroshima style attacks against the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Madinah could be envisaged. From the Guardian: “A course for US military officers has been teaching that America's enemy is Islam in general (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/05/total-war-islam/?pid=1198&viewall=true)and suggesting that the country might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths, following second world war precedents of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima. 
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Woman given prison sentence for drunken racist assault on Muslim family

iEngage - Fri, 11/05/2012 - 13:19
 Islamophobia Watch alerts us of a local report regarding a nine-month prison sentence handed down to a woman who attacked an Asian family while drunk. The woman was found guilty of tearing at a Muslim woman’s headscarf before hitting her in the face. She also struck the woman’s niece while shouting racist abuse and claiming her son had been killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. From the Shields Gazette (http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/crime/mum-jailed-for-drunken-race-hate-attack-1-4532289): “A drunken mum is behind bars today after a shocking race-hate attack – in which she pretended her child had been killed in Afghanistan. 
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Woman given prison sentence for drunken racist assault on Muslim family

iEngage - Fri, 11/05/2012 - 13:19
 Islamophobia Watch alerts us of a local report regarding a nine-month prison sentence handed down to a woman who attacked an Asian family while drunk. The woman was found guilty of tearing at a Muslim woman’s headscarf before hitting her in the face. She also struck the woman’s niece while shouting racist abuse and claiming her son had been killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. From the Shields Gazette (http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/crime/mum-jailed-for-drunken-race-hate-attack-1-4532289): “A drunken mum is behind bars today after a shocking race-hate attack – in which she pretended her child had been killed in Afghanistan. 
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Rochdale sex-grooming gang and the 'Muslim' factor

iEngage - Thu, 10/05/2012 - 15:59
 There has been widespread coverage on the sentencing of nine Asian men from Rochdale who have been found guilty of exploiting and grooming young girls for sex. From the Daily Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9254232/Members-of-paedophile-gang-treated-victims-as-worthless.html): “Judge Gerald Clifton said the nine men from Rochdale, who preyed on up to 50 young white girls, had been driven by "lust and greed".  
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Rochdale sex-grooming gang and the 'Muslim' factor

iEngage - Thu, 10/05/2012 - 15:59
 There has been widespread coverage on the sentencing of nine Asian men from Rochdale who have been found guilty of exploiting and grooming young girls for sex. From the Daily Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9254232/Members-of-paedophile-gang-treated-victims-as-worthless.html): “Judge Gerald Clifton said the nine men from Rochdale, who preyed on up to 50 young white girls, had been driven by "lust and greed".  
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Man arrested for attack on veiled woman

iEngage - Thu, 10/05/2012 - 13:49
 Solihull News reports on the case of a man who allegedly grabbed a Muslim woman by her head and ripped a veil from her face in a local shopping centre. From Solihull News (http://www.solihullnews.net/news/solihull-news/2012/05/11/man-arrested-for-attack-on-muslim-woman-105074-30935375/): “A Shirley man has been summoned to appear at Solihull Magistrates Court after he allegedly ripped a veil from a Muslim woman’s face in Touchwood. 
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