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Archive for 'Islamophobia'

A Tale of Two Suspensions

Rod Liddle writes in The Spectator that he has been suspended from Labour and will be investigated by the Chakrabati commission on Antisemitism and Islamophobia.
I have from time to time read Liddle pieces and reached the conclusion that he was engaged in Muslim-baiting, in an unpleasant way. None immediately spring to mind, but I do [...]

If Tatchell goes, can Lowles be far behind?

This site has had its criticisms of Nick Lowles of Hope not Hate, for being soft on jihadism and for not seeing it as the prime fascism of our time.
Others hold a different opinion eg the NUS which have just, it is alleged, no platformed Lowles for “Islamophobia”.
Allegations have come to light that Nick Lowles, [...]

Peter Oborne and the Daily Telegraph

Peter Oborne has resigned from his post of chief political commentator at the Daily Telegraph.  Reasons given:- that out of deference to its advertisers the Telegraph did not cover the HSBC tax evasion scandal and also because the old conservative (small and big “C”) newspaper has been losing its direction and its traditional readership.
I had [...]

It’s like watching a Harry’s Place thread on TV

On Bill Maher’s HBO show, (from left) New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, actor/director Ben Affleck, Maher and neuroscientist/author Sam Harris discuss Islam, Islamic extremism, anti-Muslim bigotry, Islamophobia, etc.

It all sounds vaguely familiar, doesn’t it?
Affleck may be an excellent actor/director, but he comes across as a rather ill-informed [...]

Constructing Campus Conflict

This long report, produced by Political Research Associates, tackles both antisemitism and Islamophobia* on US campuses.  The first half analyses both phenomena in detail, while the second provides a series of case studies of several campuses, as well as of key players in these debates such as ADL, CAIR, Daniel Pipes and Norman Finkelstein.
Discussions of [...]

Islamophobe of the Year Awards revived

In 2006, the amusingly-named Islamic Human Rights Commission of the UK held an Islamophobe of the Year competition, for which Harry’s Place was nominated by one of our readers.
I never found out if we won, but the competition was pretty tough. Now, after several years of neglect, the Khomeinist IHRC– which sponsors the Khomeini-inspired anti-Israel [...]

Hype, Hyperrreality, Hyperbole

It seems we now live in a society where Tommy Robinson is regarded as the Messiah., according to Dr Chris Allen:-
Hyperreality is a term that has been used to characterise our inability to distinguish reality from fantasy. Those such as Jean Baudrillard have defined hyperreality as being a means of viewing ‘reality by proxy’, one [...]

The problem with criticising Islam

I’ve just had my attention drawn to this – and thought Harry’s Place readers would find it interesting.  Do watch right through – and share your thoughts …
Hat Tip: Critical Dragon

It was all so unimaginably different/ And all so long ago: Tom Holland’s In The Shadow of the Sword

I loved Rubicon and Persian Fire (though I have so far neglected to read Millennium) but think In the Shadow of the Sword is possibly better still.  It’s written with panache, it’s full of pungent detail, and it succeeds in bringing some complex and perhaps comparatively unfamiliar historical events to life. Although it’s got narrative [...]

Anti-Muslim Bigotry vs. Islamophobia

[Warning – there’s a Jesus and Mo cartoon at the end of this post]
In the comments to this post, Max G suggested that I write something about Islamophobia in the Daily Star – this arose out of a conversation about the fact I’d signed this petition, and a discussion about whether Islamophobia was [...]