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Day 866

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Having a couple of daylight hours still left after work is a luxury. This evening I was lucky. I walked aimlessly along the Southbank and ‘The F-word’ exhibition caught my eye. F for Forgiveness. Bold posters with simple, human messages from ordinary people from all over the world, telling stories that transform, offering a dynamic and challenging exploration of forgiveness through real life situations.

There is nothing ordinary about forgiveness. Forgiving others. Forgiving myself. I constantly struggle with it.

One mother said “When I was told that my son had been killed in action, the first words that came out of my mouth were ’Do not take revenge in the name of my son.’ It was a totally instinctive response.”

When Saagar passed away, one of the strongest feelings that came up for me was – no one should have to loose anyone they love to suicide. That was the…

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Shahid Butt: Routes to Extremism.

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Extremism, radicalisation, terrorism. One hardly goes a day without hearing some mention of the, be it on the news or during play-ground mutterings, everybody knows about it. So often we hear about the young girls who simply disappear off the face of the Earth only to reappear on Fox News one Monday morning as proud “jihadi brides” or the families of twenty strong simply packing their bags for Syria one day with no explanation. Radicalisation: we all know about it… but who actually knows about it?

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This guy does.

Shahid Butt, a British Muslim who has had first hand experience with racism, radicalisation and terrorism in the UK. I was lucky enough to meet this man and have him share the story. Now, I’m going to attempt to tell it… as well as I can.

Shadid grew up in Birmingham during the 1960s, a time in which violent racism against his…

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Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About The Radicalization of Whites?

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Many of my white friends have become Radicalized

What do white people got to be so angry about? ~ Chris Rock

A while back ago I spoke in great pain on how I’m losing friends fighting racism.  I talked about how one can have friends (white) who will invite you (black person) to a Christmas dinner, but will engage in vehicular manslaughter when it comes to Black Lives Matter protesters.  What I didn’t really discuss was this radicalization process among the white community in America which makes such violent ideas possible.

Radicalization?  You probably never really took a look at it. You’re probably wondering what am I talking about.  Radicalization?  What radicalization?

Radicalization of the White American

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To the left is a photograph I took of a white woman, bowing down to Donald Trump during the Tucson Trump rally in March 2016.

The put this into perspective, I do a lot…

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Will the Extremists Win?

Jerusalem Praxis

In 2017, the extremists will win. The question is what moderates—both political and religious moderates—will do in response.

Extremisms of all sorts will dominate the headlines. Self-supremacists of all sorts (whether fixated on race, gender, religion, region, or nation) will seek to make maximalist claims for the sub-groupings of humanity they claim to represent. We will see more “Heil!” salutes and more mob attacks on immigrant taxi drivers.

Those who do not follow the news—the world flowing around them at an ever-increasing rate—will be pushed further into their chosen forms of amusement and distraction. Extremists will dominate the consciousness of those who are paying attention.

The neoliberal haze inaugurated in President Clinton’s 1990s—along with its pervasive sense of achievement and calm—is burning off. The polished veneer is falling away, revealing the rough structures of economy and society underneath.

Extremism has emerged from above and below.

Those who sense that their…

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Trump, the Ku Klux Klan and the UK

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The Ku Klux Klan has been active in America both before, and in the aftermath of, Donald Trump’s victory in the Presidential elections. While Trump is no Klansman himself, his victory has clearly emboldened KKK cultures, among other white supremacists such as the so-called ‘alt-right’, in America.

Strikingly, on social media there were various reports of hooded KKK activists openly marching about in the hours after his victory. Other examples of KKK support in the election include the KKK magazine The Crusader, a week before Trump’s victory,  explaining it backed Trump because he would make America a ‘White Christian Republic’ once more.

Meanwhile, leader of the Arkansas KKK group Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Thomas Robb explained that ‘America’s white voting majority, men and women, have spoken by electing Donald J. Trump … They have recognized that this was a last chance election’. Trump’s victory was also heralded by former…

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Responding to the Far Right

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I’ve encountered the far right online as I’ve grown up, be that the BNP on yahoo and msn groups, to the EDL on Facebook and the many anti-jihadists groups (as they call themselves) on many social media platforms.

The only thing in common has been the consistent anti-Muslim rhetoric, often being very crude whilst some of it being intellectual, articulate and eloquent. Post 9-11 many often have the stereotype of the knuckle dragging Neanderthal struggling to articulate their hate whilst vehemently and violently expressing it. The reality has been an interesting mix of the stereotypical racist to those who are articulating their hate in a very intelligent manner.

I’ve been attempting to have conversations with members of the far right for over 15 years. I have come to a number of conclusions, debating isn’t going to change opinions actually it will polarise further and individuals will dig their heels in…

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The Trial of Louis Smith

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Another day, another episode of what Christopher Hitchens once described as “theocratic encroachment on free society”. This time it’s Olympic medallist and Strictly Come Dancing winner Louis Smith MBE who’s been thrown on the pyre – or more accurately – banned for 2 months from British Gymnastics after a video he recorded of his inebriated friend taking the piss out of the Islamic prayer ritual got snared by The Sun and circulated around the internet.

Being that I don’t care too much for gymnastics, nor do I occupy my time watching inexplicably popular ballroom dancing competitions, I only had a vague idea who Louis Smith was until the video of him and his mate drunkenly Allahu Akbar’ing appeared on my radar. Naturally I warmed to him in an instant.

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