• Europe,  Labour Party,  Peace,  The Left,  Westminster

    A Nest of Lies

    The story of When Corbyn Met Sarkocy, a Czech spy, during the Cold War has been seized on with glee by the usual press, plus the anti-Corbynites.  My own thoughts are:- 1) Corbyn was a back-bench MP and unlikely to know anything except the price of a cup of tea in the House of Commons café;  Corbyn, though classic useful idiot material, was useless in this case ; 2) this is reminiscent of a Le Carre novel where a clapped out branch of the security services bigs up a bungled operation with a dodgy agent. That’s off the top of my head. Paul Anderson, who knew the milieu, has this…

  • antisemitism,  Hate Preachers,  Interfaith,  Islamism,  Peace,  Religion

    Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s ‘Peace & Humanity Conference’ is a ray of hope

    This is a guest post from Hasan Afzal, Director of StandforPeace. This weekend, thousands of young Muslims will congregate in Wembley Arena to see a special kind of superstar. They’ll be there to listen to the words of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, a Muslim scholar best known for his fatwa on terrorism who effectively argues that suicide bombing and terrorism should be thrown out from Islamic thinking and collectively fought. In his fatwa, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri lays it on the line (bold text added): “The importance Islam lays on the sanctity and dignity of human life can be gauged from the fact that Islam does not allow indiscriminate killing even when Muslim armies are…