Posts Tagged ‘Islamophobia’

Tories talk of freedom, but authoritarianism is their hallmark

by Michael Meacher.

This last week something little-noticed happened which could have very worrying consequences for the future. All local authorities, NHS trusts, schools, universities, further education colleges, and prisons had a new statutory duty imposed on themto prevent extremist radicalisation taking place within their ambit. These new duties will be vastly intrusive. Local authorities will have to […]

What makes someone murder cartoonists?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo was an atrocity calculated to outrage, to intimidate, to silence critics of Islam, and to remind the West that terror attacks can strike at the heart of its capital cities. It has provoked an outpouring of anger and solidarity with the victims, and not a small amount of stupid bigotry. […]

On Charlie Hebdo and defending liberty – a dose of multiculturalism would help

by Jon Lansman.

Today we express solidarity and sympathy with the remaining staff of Charlie Hebdo and the families and friends of their 12 colleagues brutally murdered yesterday. It was an appalling attack on the freedom of speech, including the right to criticise, to satirise and to lampoon which we believe are essential features of democracy. Furthermore, in […]

Respect to Sayeeda Warsi

by Jon Lansman.

The outpouring of respect for Sayeeda Warsi’s honourable act of resignation in the Twittersphere from sundry lefties is entirely justified. Resignation on a point of principle is not unprecedented (I am reminded of Jim Sheridan’s resignation over the New Labour line on Israel incursion into Lebanon almost exactly 8 years ago) but it is far […]

Why is the extreme right on the rise in Europe?

by Tom Gill.

The European Parliament is preparing to welcome the most powerful extreme right that the Old Continent has seen since the 1930s. Ignacio Ramonet discusses the factors behind this disturbing political development in a translation by Tom Gill from the French original. One thing is certain: the European elections in late May will result in an overall rise of […]

Islam and the New Atheists

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I do like James Bloodworth and I think he’s done a great job building up the profile of Left Foot Forward since taking up the reins. But his recent piece for The Speccie, It’s fine to be a ‘new’ atheist, so long as you don’t object to Islam reads like it was written in haste. As such it is unsophisticated and limited, […]

Why French anti-fascists took to the streets last weekend

by Tom Gill.

Thousands marched in Paris and other cities in France last weekend to protest against  violence by far right groups which claimed the life of Clément Méric, a student union and anti-fascist activist. Below is a joint statement by the organisers and supporters of the demonstrations: Fascism kills. Together, we can fight it! On 5 June, right-wing militants […]

A challenge for the trades union movement

by John Millington.

Nazi saluting tanked up extremists who have sworn to rid the country of a religious minority in Britain, run amok through the heart of the capital passing within 200 metres of the House of Commons with a grand total of two police officers in pursuit. Going through all the possible opening paragraphs for a classic […]

Lutfur Rahman: the case for reinstatement

by Anton Wahlberg.

Although Tower Hamlets has the wealth distribution profile of a least developed country, the borough has made big improvements in education, housing and other social services, both under Labour control and now under an ex-Labour executive Mayor. Even so, in the media it has become a by-word for corruption and incompetence, but that reputation owes […]

Ed, it’s time to apply the lessons of Bradford to the East End

by Rainsborough.

Labour leader, Ed Miliband, recently took himself back to Bradford to ‘listen’, as he had promised to do, to local people. He said he wanted to learn the lessons for Labour’s monumental drubbing at the hands of George Galloway and his ‘Respect Party’.  The lessons have of course been writ large for years. Bradford was […]

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