Tag Archives: Islamic State

Fake news is future news?

Donald Trump may have been ridiculed for suggesting there had been an immigration-related security incident in Sweden last weekend, but it can’t be too long before there actually is one. In consequence of the migrant crisis last year, Sweden received … Continue reading

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L’orage passera

While expressing our solidarity with the French people following Friday’s terror attacks, we should reflect that Arab lives matter just as much. Over 40 people died in Beirut in a terrorist attack carried out by Islamic State suicide bombers a … Continue reading

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Wanted: a dignified and lasting solution

The migrant/refugee crisis may be a problem of the EU’s own making or it may be an orchestrated plot on the part of Islamic State to exploit the unrest in Syria and create a tidal wave of refugees to swamp … Continue reading

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Chaos in the midst of chaos

It must be possible to make sense of the Sunni-Shia conflict in the Middle East. It starts out straightforward enough – on one side you have the Alawite Assad regime desperately trying to cling to power in Syria (the Alawites … Continue reading

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Syria-bound girls – authorities should have properly monitored social media ITV News, Sunday 22nd February 2015 The family of a British woman suspected of trying to recruit three London schoolgirls to join Islamic State (IS) in Syria have accused the … Continue reading

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The perils of balanced journalism

In today’s Daily Telegraph, BBC Newsbeat editor, Louisa Compton, huffily dismisses the Ofcom ruling over the appropriate context and scheduling of a report on Newsbeat featuring an interview with a British man fighting for the so-called Islamic State. During the … Continue reading

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The courage to say hard things

I have used this blog many times to appeal to imams to distance themselves from the activities of Islamic State (and other Islamic terrorists). So it is only fair to draw attention to it when they step up and do … Continue reading

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Obama’s tea towel address

In a televised address to the American people, President Obama said: “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL … Continue reading

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The Times, Wednesday 10th Sep 2014 A terrorist attack linked to Islamic State (Isis) militants was a “very real threat” to the Nato summit in Wales. Officers in charge of one of the biggest security operations in UK history said … Continue reading

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The ‘No Strategy Yet’ President Fox News, Monday 1st Sep 2014 The leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees criticized President Obama on Sunday for failing to decide yet on whether to hit Islamic State targets in Syria and … Continue reading

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