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Archive for 'Sectarianism'

The Return of Galloway, The Return of Sectarian Britain

With the exception of Northern Ireland, it has been some time since Britain had a nakedly sectarian political party. I’m open to correction, but the last one was probably the Liverpool Protestant Party.
And now sectarianism is back.
Make no mistake. Galloway’s win in Bradford West was fought on the basis of religion. This was a candidacy [...]

Qatar’s Sunni Side

Cross-Post by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi from the American Spectator
How could Qatar’s foreign policy best be defined during the Arab Spring? In the midst of the conflict between Gaddafi’s forces and the rebels in the Libyan civil war, Qatar was hailed by Barack Obama in April for building a broad coalition of international support for the NATO [...]

Preserving Iraq’s Assyrians: Federalism

Cross-Post by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi from the Assyrian International News Agency
As U.S. troops continue to pull out from Iraq, it is worth visiting the question of what future there is, if any, for the country’s Assyrians. Since the 2003 American-led invasion, the Christian population has declined from some 1.2-1.5 million to 400-800,000 today, and it [...]

How does this end?

This is a cross-post by Shiraz Maher from Standpoint Magazine
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And so Pakistan’s descent into chaos continues to gather pace this morning with the news that another opponent of the country’s blasphemy laws has been assassinated. Shahbaz Bhatti, minister for religious minorities, was gunned down in Islamabad while travelling to a meeting. [...]

Jihadists Threaten Commonwealth Games in India

This is a Cross-Post from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, King’s C0llege
The 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack heralded a new phase of jihadism in India, and since then the country has been on high alert. Next month, they will host the Commonwealth games and already the United States, Britain and Australia have issued [...]

Hoo-ray!

The Supreme Court has spoken:
The Supreme Court has ruled a Jewish school in London did act unlawfully by refusing places to pupils it did not consider to be ethnically Jewish.

The boy has a father who is Jewish by birth and a mother who is Jewish by conversion.
But the conversion ceremony was conducted by a Progressive [...]

When Is Banning A Mosque Not Islamophobic

This is a cross post by Abdul Hamid al Manchesteri from The Spittoon
Plans to convert an old, disused city-centre warehouse into a mosque for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Walsall were rejected after more than 800 complaints were received.
A man protesting the mosque development plans was jubilant:
“It is a victory for the people, there are enough places [...]