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With British politics ablaze in accusations that Labour Party members are “anti-Semitic”, this post will take a brief look at this grave and controversial subject. The remarks react to comments by Ken Livingstone (former London Mayor), Naz Shah, as well as a whole plethora of […]

One of the biggest and most pointless arguments made by Islam-haters is that Muslims oppose “freedom of expression”. Today we get artists, musicians, etc. trying to be as offensive as possible, who cry out that conservative elements of the public or […]

The Les Politiques blog refutes the idea of a ‘clash of civilisations’ as asserted by International Relations theorists such as Samuel P. Huntington. In short, the article posted there appeals against the idea of an inevitable clash between political, military […]

Although the Syrian conflict needs to end, I agree with other analysts that the current uninspiring peace talks are probably not the solution.  One side, the “rebels”, is dramatically losing the battle and it seems like they are only negotiating […]

Interestingly, there are efforts in media and the blogosphere (an example here) to portray some debauched, drunken molesters in Cologne, Germany as “Muslims” and represent their behavior as if it’s something condoned in Islam. I believe their behavior was not typical […]

More than ever, the monarchical government of Saudi Arabia is portraying itself as the saviour of the Sunni world (the Sunnis being the largest denomination of Muslims, for readers unfamiliar with this topic). Don’t buy into the idea that a narrow, unrepresentative monarchy can […]

Because others insist on repeating wrong ideas, allow me to repeat what I know to be correct. In Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere there is not a “sectarian war” among Muslims in any sense. The inflammatory remark that […]

It is now difficult to deny that racism is growing in a number of Western countries, and racist politicians who would have been considered corrosive or marginal to society only a decade ago are currently on the verge of being elected […]

I want to comment a second time about the Syrian conflict in light of reports about a recent stabbing that apparently took place in London. When arguing for illegal unilateral UK airstrikes in Syria, pro-war speakers in Parliament said they believed Britain would be safer […]

I want to commentate a little here, to offer my thoughts on Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet over Syria. The jet downing highlights the problem that Turkey sees ISIL almost as an ally rather than an enemy. Turkish officials […]

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