• "Ikhwanophobia",  Utter Clowns

    We ain’t no Brothers bruv

    I do like it when Islamists show off their exceptional talents for comedy. This is from a report today in The Guardian: The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), which helped the Finsbury Park mosque emerge from the shadow of militant preacher Abu Hamza, and the Cordoba Foundation, a Middle Eastern thinktank which has negotiated the freedom of 19 hostages in Iraq – sometimes at the request of the government – denied having “any links to the Muslim Brotherhood”. … However in a press conference held at Finsbury Park mosque, Anas Altikriti, the founder of the Cordoba Foundation, said he had “absolutely no links to the Muslim Brotherhood”. … The report…

  • "Ikhwanophobia",  'Islamic State',  Freedom of Expression

    Will Even the Otters Leave Broadford?

    The status of the Broadford-based West Highland Free Press as the UK’s only employee-owned newspaper and its four decade long record of superlative and award winning writing is undeniable. Yet, this article by Professor Donald Macleod – founding member and former principal of the Free Church College in Edinburgh – on the Mediterranean boat-people crisis and relative proselytizing activities within Islam and Christianity would have been expected to disappear into the mist. It is unclear who raised complaints of Macleod’s article, but the following excerpt caused them: All minorities prefer to keep a low profile and avoid trouble. “Generations of British Muslims have done exactly that, many have made an…

  • "Ikhwanophobia",  Jabobite Jihadis,  Scotland

    Donald Where’s Your Bomb Belt?

    From the hot-bed of Islamophobia and routine discrimination which is Inverness comes reports of an unnamed Muslim man a grenade pin breadth away from joining ISIS. Speaking to the Press and Journal, Habib Malik said: “This is deeply worrying. Previously we had Rakib*, which was a huge shock. I don’t know the circumstances of the Inverness case, but any element of radicalisation of someone in Inverness is just shocking. “In a global village, with the internet, it is so easy now for individuals living in remote areas to connect with other parts of the world and get hooked up with the wrong club. It’s disturbing.” He added: “Parents try to…

  • "Ikhwanophobia",  'Islamic State',  Anti Fascism,  Islamism,  Your View

    WHAT WILL YOUR LEGACY BE ?

    This is a cross post by Amir Pars at Quilliam The original can be viewed here The bird of life is singing on the bough His two eternal notes of “I and thou” O hearken well, for soon the song sings through And would we hear it, we must hear it now Ask me who I regard the greatest Muslim personality of history, and I will struggle to pick one from the abundance of riches. Is it the great Abu Nasr Al-Farabi, known as Alpharabius, who was perhaps the most eminent of philosophers and scientists in the height of the Islamic golden age? A man with insatiable curiosity in science, poetry…

  • "Ikhwanophobia",  'Islamic State',  9/11 Remembered

    ISLAMISM AS A PRODUCT

    This is a X Post from the Quilliam Blog by Amir Pars The original article can be viewed here Read a few good books on sales techniques and you will realise that almost all of them rely on the same few principles and patterns; Make the prospect acknowledge dismay with the current status quo, relate that status quo to an either imaginary or actual grievance, and then present your product as the absolute solution to these grievances. Start painting a picture of how, when the client is using your product, they will experience tranquillity, pleasure and jubilation. Once this process of positive reinforcement has begun, make sure you keep tapping…

  • "Ikhwanophobia",  Kurds,  The Left

    The NUS’s shameful response to ISIS and Kobane

    As Daniel Cooper over at Shiraz Socialist reports, the NUS NEC has voted down a motion calling for solidarity with the Kurds who are battling ISIS. The motion was opposed by Malia Bouattia, the NUS Black Students’ Officer, for astonishing and bewildering reasons. Bouattia argued that the motion was “Islamophobic” and “pro USA intervention” – (see Aaron Kiely, a fellow NUS NEC member’s, tweet during the meeting as reflective of the position). The motion then fell as large numbers of NEC members either abstained or voted against (including the bulk of the political Left on NEC). I think this says a lot about the current state of the student movement.…

  • "Ikhwanophobia"

    Tunisia: Opposition Leader Arrested For “Gay Sex”

    Things are not going well in Tunisia: Mounir Baatour, the leader of Tunisia’s opposition Liberal Party (PLT), has been arrested along with another man for allegedly participating in a gay sex act in a Tunis hotel Sunday (31 March) evening. A pro-Ennahda Facebook page uses highly inflammatory and graphic descriptions of the man who was arrested along with Baatour and the alleged sexual activity – apparently in a bid to discredit PLT’s leader. Baatour appeared Wednesday (3 April) in a Tunisian courtroom to answer the charges against him and make a plea of not guilty according to a source in the Tunisian Justice Ministry. … Abd Wahab Heni, leader of Majd…

  • "Ikhwanophobia"

    Martin Kramer on the MB’s Strategy: “Too Big To Fail”

    Martin Kramer says: So how will the Muslim Brotherhood rule? It is the misfortune of the Muslim Brotherhood that, having waited more than 80 years for power, they have come to it at perhaps the lowest point in the modern history of Egypt. The country teeters on the edge of bankruptcy, the result of decades of bad decisions, corruption, and the absence of the rule of law. The Muslim Brotherhood is in a bind, because it has to deliver. For the masses of people who voted for the Muslim Brotherhood, the revolution wasn’t about democracy and freedom. It was about bread and social justice. The Brotherhood has a so-called “Renaissance”…

  • "Ikhwanophobia"

    “Moderate Islamism” Update

    From Tunisia: Officials in Tunisia say two bloggers have been jailed for seven years after posting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on the internet. The Ministry of Justice said the men had put naked caricatures of the prophet on their Facebook accounts. Activists have criticised the sentences and voiced fears that they could herald a clampdown on free speech. A moderate Islamist government was elected following the fall of President Zine Abidine Ben Ali last year. From Egypt: As Egypt prepares for what should be its first ever free and fair presidential elections next month, a late entry to the race, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat al-Shater, looks like he might…