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Man arrested for attack on veiled woman

iEngage - Thu, 10/05/2012 - 14:49
 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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Newcastle FC may introduce prayer room for Muslim players

iEngage - Wed, 09/05/2012 - 14:42
 The Mail on Sunday reported last week on the consideration by Newcastle United FC manager, Alan Pardew, of introducing a prayer room at the club’s grounds for its Muslim players, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa. From the Mail on Sunday (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2140137/Alan-Pardew-says-religion-played-big-Newcastles-success.html):“Newcastle are ready to unleash the power of prayer on the Premier League, with plans for a dedicated religious room for three key players who have lit up their season.
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Newcastle FC may introduce prayer room for Muslim players

iEngage - Wed, 09/05/2012 - 14:42
 The Mail on Sunday reported last week on the consideration by Newcastle United FC manager, Alan Pardew, of introducing a prayer room at the club’s grounds for its Muslim players, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa. From the Mail on Sunday (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2140137/Alan-Pardew-says-religion-played-big-Newcastles-success.html):“Newcastle are ready to unleash the power of prayer on the Premier League, with plans for a dedicated religious room for three key players who have lit up their season.
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Councillor suspended after expressing support for EDL on Twitter

iEngage - Wed, 09/05/2012 - 13:52
 Islamophobia Watch (http://www.islamophobia-watch.com/islamophobia-watch/2012/5/7/bournemouth-councillor-suspends-herself-after-edl-twitter-co.html) has covered a report on BBC News regarding the self-suspension of a Conservative councillor after she tweeted comments in support of the EDL. From the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-17982027): “A Bournemouth councillor has apologised "unreservedly" after saying online that only the English Defence League "sticks up for the English". 
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Councillor suspended after expressing support for EDL on Twitter

iEngage - Wed, 09/05/2012 - 13:52
 Islamophobia Watch (http://www.islamophobia-watch.com/islamophobia-watch/2012/5/7/bournemouth-councillor-suspends-herself-after-edl-twitter-co.html) has covered a report on BBC News regarding the self-suspension of a Conservative councillor after she tweeted comments in support of the EDL. From the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-17982027): “A Bournemouth councillor has apologised "unreservedly" after saying online that only the English Defence League "sticks up for the English". 
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'Production of halal meat greatly exceeds proportion of Muslims in the UK population'

iEngage - Tue, 08/05/2012 - 16:24
 The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/growth-in-slaughter-of-nonstunned-animals-is-unacceptable-7715790.html) and the Daily Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/9245850/Religious-butchering-now-commonplace-in-Britain-leading-vet-claims.html) both revisited the halal meat issue (component/content/article/1-news/1760-mail-on-sunday-bangs-on-about-halal-meat-again) with articles published in their respective Saturday editions on comments by Professor Bill Reilly, ex-president of the British Veterinary Association, claiming that animals are being slaughtered according to religious guidelines for commercial gain and with no regard for the pain inflicted on un-stunned animals. From Saturday’s Independent:"A former president of the British Veterinary Association claims that meat producers have increased the number of animals slaughtered according to religious principles, without prior stunning, because it is commercially advantageous for them to do so."Professor Bill Reilly, a consultant in veterinary public health and former chairman of the UK Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food, said the growth in the slaughter of animals which had not been stunned was "unacceptable" and should be curbed, if not banned.
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'Production of halal meat greatly exceeds proportion of Muslims in the UK population'

iEngage - Tue, 08/05/2012 - 16:24
 The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/growth-in-slaughter-of-nonstunned-animals-is-unacceptable-7715790.html) and the Daily Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/9245850/Religious-butchering-now-commonplace-in-Britain-leading-vet-claims.html) both revisited the halal meat issue (component/content/article/1-news/1760-mail-on-sunday-bangs-on-about-halal-meat-again) with articles published in their respective Saturday editions on comments by Professor Bill Reilly, ex-president of the British Veterinary Association, claiming that animals are being slaughtered according to religious guidelines for commercial gain and with no regard for the pain inflicted on un-stunned animals. From Saturday’s Independent:"A former president of the British Veterinary Association claims that meat producers have increased the number of animals slaughtered according to religious principles, without prior stunning, because it is commercially advantageous for them to do so."Professor Bill Reilly, a consultant in veterinary public health and former chairman of the UK Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food, said the growth in the slaughter of animals which had not been stunned was "unacceptable" and should be curbed, if not banned.
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Daily Star indulges its favourite 'rent-a-rant'

iEngage - Tue, 08/05/2012 - 15:18
 The evidence given by former Daily Star journalist, Richard Peppiatt, to the Leveson Inquiry (component/content/article/1-news/1609-reporter-who-quit-daily-star-over-islamophobia-gives-evidence-to-leveson-enquiry) appears to have had little impact on the working practices of his fellow colleagues on the Star’s news desk with the Sunday edition of the paper publishing a story on the goings-on at shari’a tribunals courtesy of ‘exclusive access (http://www.dailystar.co.uk/posts/view/249716/We-get-exclusive-access-to-UK-s-hidden-Sharia-courts/)’ to the one run by Anjem Choudary in east London. Of course Anjem Choudary and his litigants provide the Star reporter with just the right type of soundbite to confirm Baroness Cox’s suspicions (component/content/article/1-news/1753-baroness-cox-thinks-brutal-punishments-could-become-widespread-if-shariah-law-thrives) that, “We do not at the moment have the most brutal punishments but there are those in this country who would like to bring them in.”
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Daily Star indulges its favourite 'rent-a-rant'

iEngage - Tue, 08/05/2012 - 15:18
 The evidence given by former Daily Star journalist, Richard Peppiatt, to the Leveson Inquiry (component/content/article/1-news/1609-reporter-who-quit-daily-star-over-islamophobia-gives-evidence-to-leveson-enquiry) appears to have had little impact on the working practices of his fellow colleagues on the Star’s news desk with the Sunday edition of the paper publishing a story on the goings-on at shari’a tribunals courtesy of ‘exclusive access (http://www.dailystar.co.uk/posts/view/249716/We-get-exclusive-access-to-UK-s-hidden-Sharia-courts/)’ to the one run by Anjem Choudary in east London. Of course Anjem Choudary and his litigants provide the Star reporter with just the right type of soundbite to confirm Baroness Cox’s suspicions (component/content/article/1-news/1753-baroness-cox-thinks-brutal-punishments-could-become-widespread-if-shariah-law-thrives) that, “We do not at the moment have the most brutal punishments but there are those in this country who would like to bring them in.”
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English Defence League descend on Luton, again

iEngage - Tue, 08/05/2012 - 14:51
 The English Defence League returned to Luton (http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2140025/Bottles-fireworks-thrown-police-struggle-contain-3-000-English-Defence-League-supporters-Luton.html) for a protest on Saturday. The BBC reported (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-17950734) that almost 2,000 demonstrators from the EDL and counter-protest group, We Are Luton, turned out with 1,500 officers drafted in from 22 police forces to oversee the march. From the BBC:“Bedfordshire Police said the day of action had concluded peacefully, despite "isolated incidents" of disorder including smoke flares being set off and bottles being thrown towards police officers.“Two people were arrested on suspicion of public order offences. Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Richer said: "Overall the policing of these protests has been a resounding success and is testament to everyone involved including the community themselves and our partners.
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English Defence League descend on Luton, again

iEngage - Tue, 08/05/2012 - 14:51
 The English Defence League returned to Luton (http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2140025/Bottles-fireworks-thrown-police-struggle-contain-3-000-English-Defence-League-supporters-Luton.html) for a protest on Saturday. The BBC reported (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-17950734) that almost 2,000 demonstrators from the EDL and counter-protest group, We Are Luton, turned out with 1,500 officers drafted in from 22 police forces to oversee the march. From the BBC:“Bedfordshire Police said the day of action had concluded peacefully, despite "isolated incidents" of disorder including smoke flares being set off and bottles being thrown towards police officers.“Two people were arrested on suspicion of public order offences. Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Richer said: "Overall the policing of these protests has been a resounding success and is testament to everyone involved including the community themselves and our partners.
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McDonald's launches investigation after branch manager expresses support for EDL

iEngage - Tue, 08/05/2012 - 14:44
 Local newspaper Bedfordshire on Sunday reports that McDonalds is to launch an investigation after a member of staff was alleged to have posted comments supportive of the English Defence League (http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/News/Big-mac-boss-in-EDL-furore-04052012.htm) on her Facebook profile. From the local paper:“McDonald’s says it is investigating after being informed that a manager at one of its stores had declared her support for the English Defence League on her Facebook profile. “On Friday McDonald’s released the statement: ‘We are grateful that this issue has been brought to our attention and are investigating as a matter of urgency. McDonald’s is proud of its diverse workforce and does not condone any employee representing the company in any way that may cause offence or encourage discrimination.’
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McDonald's launches investigation after branch manager expresses support for EDL

iEngage - Tue, 08/05/2012 - 14:44
 Local newspaper Bedfordshire on Sunday reports that McDonalds is to launch an investigation after a member of staff was alleged to have posted comments supportive of the English Defence League (http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/News/Big-mac-boss-in-EDL-furore-04052012.htm) on her Facebook profile. From the local paper:“McDonald’s says it is investigating after being informed that a manager at one of its stores had declared her support for the English Defence League on her Facebook profile. “On Friday McDonald’s released the statement: ‘We are grateful that this issue has been brought to our attention and are investigating as a matter of urgency. McDonald’s is proud of its diverse workforce and does not condone any employee representing the company in any way that may cause offence or encourage discrimination.’
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Protest against academy plans for Bolton Muslim Girls School

iEngage - Fri, 04/05/2012 - 16:08
 The Bolton News yesterday reported on a protest planned for today against proposals to convert the status of Bolton Muslim Girls School from a state-aided faith school into an academy. From The Bolton News (http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/9685851.Protest_over_Muslim_school_plan_to_become_academy/): “Campaigners are planning a protest outside Bolton Muslim Girls School tomorrow over fears it could become an academy.  
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Protest against academy plans for Bolton Muslim Girls School

iEngage - Fri, 04/05/2012 - 16:08
 The Bolton News yesterday reported on a protest planned for today against proposals to convert the status of Bolton Muslim Girls School from a state-aided faith school into an academy. From The Bolton News (http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/9685851.Protest_over_Muslim_school_plan_to_become_academy/): “Campaigners are planning a protest outside Bolton Muslim Girls School tomorrow over fears it could become an academy.  
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Economic austerity fuelling racism and intolerance in Europe

iEngage - Fri, 04/05/2012 - 14:26
 The Daily Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/9243545/Far-right-on-the-march-as-austerity-fuels-racism-Europe-warns.html) and the EU Observer (http://euobserver.com/851/116123) have covered the findings of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) annual report for 2011.  ECRI is tasked with combating “racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance at the level of greater Europe and from the perspective of the protection of human rights.” Each year, its annual report outlines the main trends in racism and intolerance, with the purpose of showing “the context in which ECRI must continue its efforts and step up its action in the future.” 
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Economic austerity fuelling racism and intolerance in Europe

iEngage - Fri, 04/05/2012 - 14:26
 The Daily Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/9243545/Far-right-on-the-march-as-austerity-fuels-racism-Europe-warns.html) and the EU Observer (http://euobserver.com/851/116123) have covered the findings of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) annual report for 2011.  ECRI is tasked with combating “racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance at the level of greater Europe and from the perspective of the protection of human rights.” Each year, its annual report outlines the main trends in racism and intolerance, with the purpose of showing “the context in which ECRI must continue its efforts and step up its action in the future.” 
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Rupert Murdoch, Westminster and lobbying transparency

iEngage - Thu, 03/05/2012 - 15:58
 In his column in the Daily Telegraph today (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/leveson-inquiry/9241162/The-Murdoch-and-News-Corporation-scandal-wasnt-about-Conservative-Party-sleaze-but-it-is-now.html), Peter Oborne writes about the News International phone hacking scandal, the parliamentary report this week on the scandal, and the political sleaze factor.  Oborne’s article raises important issues on the significance of the select committee report, the comments of Conservative politicians in support of Rupert Murdoch and the future of lobbying and transparency in Westminster. 
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Rupert Murdoch, Westminster and lobbying transparency

iEngage - Thu, 03/05/2012 - 15:58
 In his column in the Daily Telegraph today (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/leveson-inquiry/9241162/The-Murdoch-and-News-Corporation-scandal-wasnt-about-Conservative-Party-sleaze-but-it-is-now.html), Peter Oborne writes about the News International phone hacking scandal, the parliamentary report this week on the scandal, and the political sleaze factor.  Oborne’s article raises important issues on the significance of the select committee report, the comments of Conservative politicians in support of Rupert Murdoch and the future of lobbying and transparency in Westminster. 
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Leo McKinstry on legal aid

iEngage - Thu, 03/05/2012 - 15:40
  Leo McKinstry in the Daily Express today grinds an axe against the system of legal aid in the UK arguing that "a radical idea would be to abolish it." Concerning himself largely with the cases involving 'Muslim terror suspects' McKinstry bemoans the legal aid entitlement as a system under which the public "subsidise a bitter enemy of Britain." 
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