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George Galloway interviewed by police over Bradford 'Israel-free zone' speech

Tue, 19/08/2014 - 6:20pm
Respect MP's comments and visit by Israeli ambassador cause Muslim leader to accuse both of creating disharmony in the cityRespect MP George Galloway has been interviewed by police under caution ...
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This attempt to redefine religious bias marks a shift from hard secularism | Andrew Brown

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 12:36pm
The Equality and Human Rights Commissions consultation does not seek the functional re-establishment of Christianity its prompted by the rising importance of IslamThe Equality and Human Rights ...
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Australian jihadists fighting overseas should be stripped of their citizenship | Malcolm Fraser

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 6:16am
Australia would be totally justified in saying anyone who has dual citizenship will forthwith lose their Australian citizenship if they fight abroad with any other forcesThere has been lots of ...
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You didn't fight for me: how 'moderate' Muslim leaders influence radicals | Yassir Morsi

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 12:01am
A severed head on the front page: such an image provokes us to condemnation, as it should. But who condemns, and how, are key factors in the production of more young radicalsThe image of a ...
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Israeli court allows protesters to picket Palestinian-Jewish wedding

Sun, 17/08/2014 - 3:14pm
Anti-Arab group urges supporters to bring loudspeakers and horns to wedding of Mahmoud Mansour and Moral MalkaA Palestinian man and his Jewish bride-to-be are facing hostile protests in the ...
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Saudi Arabia does not support Islamic State terrorists or any others | @guardianletters

Sun, 17/08/2014 - 2:40pm
Richard Norton-Taylor suggests that Saudi Arabia has been funding the most intolerant brand of Islam in his blog (UK weapons trump human rights in Israel and Saudi Arabia, 11 August)He suggests ...
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David Cameron urges swift action against Isis

Sat, 16/08/2014 - 10:50pm
Prime minister warns that terror my come to streets of Britain if Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria are not defeatedDavid Cameron has warned that if the Islamic State (Isis) is not urgently ...
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Isis: a portrait of the menace that is sweeping my homeland

Sat, 16/08/2014 - 10:25pm
The rise of Isis is rooted in a mix of politics, a Sunni sense of isolation and a shakeup in Salafist doctrine. Here, an analyst whose Syrian home has seen some of its bloodiest excesses, explains ...
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Dear prime minister: what is the UK government's strategy in Iraq and Syria?

Sat, 16/08/2014 - 8:00pm
Full text of the letter to David Cameron from the bishop of LeedsDear Prime MinisterIraq and Islamic State Continue reading...
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Egypt's Rabaa massacre: one year on

Sat, 16/08/2014 - 7:01am
The killing of 817 protesters last August was this week judged a crime against humanity equal to, or worse, than Tiananmen Square. But feelings on the ground are mixed"To this day, I can't ...
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Britain has 'moral duty to arm Kurds against Islamic State'

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 7:55pm
Kurdish security chief says UK should not forget historical role in region and that 'foreign fighters' back Isis jihadistsBritain has a moral and historical obligation to arm the Kurds against the ...
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Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Christian persecution in Iraq

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 1:37pm
Statement suggests dialogue with Islamic representatives may be cut if leaders fail to denounce crimes in name of religionThe Vatican has called on Muslim leaders to denounce unambiguously the ...
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Mr Jinnah, founding father of independent Pakistan: from the archive, 12 August 1947

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 6:00am
Muhammad Ali Jinnah, president of the Constituent Assembly, appeals for religious and racial tolerance in the new state of PakistanKarachi, August 11.Mr. Jinnah, president of the Moslem League and ...
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Edinburgh festival fight club: Bradford's Muslim women boxers enter the ring

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 6:00am
The young Muslim women in No Guts, No Hearts, No Glory are fearless fighters far removed from the submissive stereotypeI have come to an amateur boxing club based in Sandy's community centre in ...
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To break bread or to boycott: that's Muslim Australia's choice | Joseph Wakim

Mon, 11/08/2014 - 11:29pm
Refusing to eat with someone is a gesture indicating theyve dishonoured you. Thats why Muslim leaders are boycotting high profile events in an attempt to be heardIn recent weeks, three ...
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Who are the Yazidis and why is Isis hunting them?

Mon, 11/08/2014 - 12:46pm
The Iraqi ethnic and religious minority descends from some of the regions most ancient roots and face executions for a reputation as devil worshippersIn Iraq, there is no peace for YazidisUS ...
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The rise of Isis, blowback and religion | @guardianletters

Sun, 10/08/2014 - 6:37pm
The advances by Isis across parts of northern Iraq are blowback from US intervention in Iraq and the Middle East in general (Report, 9 August). Isis has been able to move across areas so quickly ...
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More UK bank accounts held by Muslim organisations risk closure

Sun, 10/08/2014 - 5:12pm
Money laundering and counter-terrorism legislation behind move to close accounts at HSBC, not Islamophobia, analyst saysAn increasing number of Muslim NGOs are likely to suffer the same fate as ...
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'Isis has shattered the ancient ties that bound Iraq's minorities'

Sat, 09/08/2014 - 10:09pm
The jihadists' advance through north-west Iraq has put to the sword an understanding between communities that had survived for generationsIn the grounds of Archbishop Bashar Warda's cathedral, the ...
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Isis persecution of Iraqi Christians has become genocide, say religious leaders

Sat, 09/08/2014 - 12:05pm
Calls for UK to give asylum to those fleeing violence come as Syrian Kurdish fighters resisting jihadist attacks appeal for helpIsis's persecution of Iraqi Christians, which has already forced ...
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