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The Economics of Immigration *

Jul 10th, 2006 | Filed by

Do unskilled immigrants drive wages down? Evidence has been hard to find.… Read the rest



Define ‘Islamophobia’ *

Jul 10th, 2006 | Filed by

Rational fear of certain Islamic ideas is different from hatred of, or incitement against, Muslims.… Read the rest



Spanish PM a No-show for Papal Nag *

Jul 10th, 2006 | Filed by

Pope gave a homily praising traditional family, marriage between a man and a woman – geddit?… Read the rest



Asians in Media on Channel 4 Documentary *

Jul 10th, 2006 | Filed by

Martin Bright tells AIM the government fails to represent diversity of opinion among British Muslims.… Read the rest



What Inayat Said

Jul 9th, 2006 11:07 pm | By

Did you see Inayat’s comment on Nick’s article? Maybe not, because most of the comments at Talk is Cheap are so blathery and time-wasting you didn’t even want to look. So I’ll save you the trouble, because it’s worth seeing.

Nick’s article, in case you didn’t read that either (I have to do everything around here…) is about the Foreign Office’s courtship of Islamists:

On Friday at 7.30pm, Channel 4 will screen a documentary by Bright, Who Speaks for Muslims, which shows how the Foreign Office views the Islamist far right as potential allies. To accompany the programme, the Policy Exchange think-tank will publish ‘When Progressives Treat with Reactionaries: the British State’s Flirtation with Radical Islamism’…They describe the FO’s

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Macho Macho Man

Jul 9th, 2006 6:57 pm | By

Ya think?

The driving force behind the devastating 7/7 suicide bomb attacks in London last year was not Islam but a desire by the terrorists to prove their masculinity, academics have claimed. In a controversial paper presented to the British Society of Criminology’s international conference in Glasgow last week, UK researchers argued that a major factor that led four Muslims to bomb the capital was that they thought themselves to be deficient as men…Dr Antony Whitehead, a senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Huddersfield, said: “The bombers have said that they are motivated by loyalty to Allah, which they may entirely believe. But if you are going to start to unpick their motivation, you need to consider their

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You Call That Justice?

Jul 9th, 2006 5:50 pm | By

Another thing about that Karen Armstrong piece. I touched on it in passing yesterday, but it occurred to me this morning that I needed to make much more of it. She said something really quite disgusting.

…the chief problem for most Muslims is not “the west” per se, but the suffering of Muslims in Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Iraq and Palestine. Many Britons share this dismay, but the strong emphasis placed by Islam upon justice and community solidarity makes this a religious issue for Muslims. When they see their brothers and sisters systematically oppressed and humiliated, some feel as wounded as a Christian who sees the Bible spat upon or the eucharistic host violated.

Wait. What? The strong emphasis on … Read the rest



Machismo? Moi? *

Jul 9th, 2006 | Filed by

Muslim ‘cleric’ jokes about bombings, hopes not to die in bed like old woman.… Read the rest



Canadian Book Chain Bans ‘Free Inquiry’ *

Jul 9th, 2006 | Filed by

Indigo books banned Harper’s after learning June issue had all 12 prophet cartoons; FI came next.… Read the rest



Researchers Say 7/7 Was About Machismo *

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‘Suicide bombing in general is understandable in terms that are pretty ordinary.’… Read the rest



Nick Cohen on the FO and the Muslim Brotherhood *

Jul 9th, 2006 | Filed by

Don’t miss Inayat’s charming comment.… Read the rest



Defense of ‘Feminist’ Ghettoization *

Jul 9th, 2006 | Filed by

When women self-obsess, that’s ‘political’. Is it?… Read the rest



Iran Sends Human Rights Abuser to UN HRC *

Jul 9th, 2006 | Filed by

Saeed Mortazavi has been accused of direct participation in the murder of Zahra Kazemi.… Read the rest



Colin McGinn

Jul 8th, 2006 10:12 pm | By

Colin McGinn talks to Bill Moyers [link fixed!]:

BILL MOYERS: What do you think is missing in our conversation between faith and reason? You’ve been at this festival of writers for several days now. What’s missing in our conversation between faith and reason?

COLIN MCGINN: Well, I think there’s too much tolerance of faith, and there’s not enough respect for reason. I think there are two sides to what’s happening in contemporary culture. Let’s talk about the reason side first. For the last 30-50 years, reason has been under attack. Subjectivism, relativism, multi-culturalism have been brought in to undermine the enlightenment values of the disinterested search for truth, the belief in objective justification, the belief in objective reality, the belief … Read the rest



One Eye Closed

Jul 8th, 2006 9:54 pm | By

This piece by Karen Armstrong has a big gaping hole in the middle of it.

[Blair's rebuke of 'moderate Muslims'] ignores the fact that the chief problem for most Muslims is not “the west” per se, but the suffering of Muslims in Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Iraq and Palestine. Many Britons share this dismay, but the strong emphasis placed by Islam upon justice and community solidarity makes this a religious issue for Muslims. When they see their brothers and sisters systematically oppressed and humiliated, some feel as wounded as a Christian who sees the Bible spat upon or the eucharistic host violated.

Speaking of ignoring facts – why is the chief problem for most Muslims the suffering of Muslims in Guantánamo, … Read the rest



Karen Armstrong Takes Oddly Selective View *

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Seems to assume that all Muslim suffering is at the hands of non-Muslims. Not quite right.… Read the rest



Colin McGinn Talks to Bill Moyers *

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‘I think there’s too much tolerance of faith, and there’s not enough respect for reason.’… Read the rest



Salman Rushdie Talks to Bill Moyers *

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‘The big change may come because Muslim women reject the oppression that they’ve been subjected to.’… Read the rest



Anger at Cardinal’s Excommunication Promise *

Jul 8th, 2006 | Filed by

Other planet residence suggested.… Read the rest



Vatican Heading Back to Inquisition *

Jul 8th, 2006 | Filed by

Italy’s leading expert on cloning likens the Vatican to the Taliban.… Read the rest