24 Hours in Luton

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It’s become something of a cliché in recent years that to criticise the doctrine of Islam, or the behaviour of its more ‘conservative’ fans, is to expose one’s self as a disgusting racist. As has been pointed out once or twice before: Islam is not a race. It’s a set of ideas. It’s impossible to convert to, or apostatise out of, a race. The obviousness of this observation does roughly nothing to dissuade the cognitively challenged from chucking accusations of racism towards anyone with the bare faced cheek to disapprove of theocratic fascism.

This idiocy was taken to dizzying new heights in Channel 4’s most recent broadcast of the fly-on-the-wall documentary series 24 Hours in Police Custody. The show takes place in Luton and surprisingly takes four series’ to get around to covering the religious tensions that plague the town. You see, Luton is something like the epicentre…

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The Islamic State Threat to Britain: Evidence from Recent Terror Trials

Raffaello Pantucci

A new piece for the CTC Sentinel looking at recent terrorist attack planning in the UK, trying to identify the specific nature of the threats. For the most part, there has been little evidence at trial of direct attack planning though it certainly is something that lurks in the background of a couple. Undoubtedly a topic there will sadly be more on as time goes forwards.

The Islamic State Threat to Britain: Evidence from Recent Terror Trials

March 17, 2016

Author(s): Raffaello Pantucci

While clearly at the top of the Islamic State’s targeting list, the United Kingdom so far has been spared from any major terrorist atrocities at home with direct links to the Islamic State. A review of the trials of those accused of terrorist plotting in the country between 2013 and 2015 reveals that the violent Islamist threat picture has instead been dominated by lone-actor plots, with some…

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JOURNAL: Britishness and Muslim-ness: differentiation, demarcation and discrimination in political discourse

chris allen

britain firstAt the tail end of last year, I had a new article published in the relatively new academic journal, Identity Papers: A Journal of British and Irish Studies. Titled, Britishness and Muslim-ness: differentiation, demarcation and discrimination in political discourse, it is free to download for everyone by clicking here.

To whet your appetite – if necessary – I’ve pasted the abstract below:

The Britishness agenda found in political speeches, reporting and opinion editorials is here posited as a form of ‘new racism’, as it emphasises the difference between ‘them’, Muslims, and ‘us’, non-Muslim Britons, and uses that difference as a defining demarcation. Twenty-first-century political discourse invested in the Britishness agenda works to eradicate distinctions between British Muslims and non-British Muslims, and even the distinction between those guilty of terrorist atrocities and those who have nothing to do with them. Muslims are framed within this discourse as the…

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Terror Alert Systems – useful impact ‘unexpected’

Counter-terrorism matters

The launch of Australia’s new national terrorism alert system last week got me thinking about how and why the intelligence community communicates threats to the public

Specific threats

De-classifying sensitive intelligence to generate a specific warning about a specific threat is vital. Who wouldn’t want to know that their office building, transport route or holiday destination was a terrorist target? This is particularly important for threats against overseas locations, where the issuing Government has (at best) limited control over the identification and disruption of specific threats, or lacks confidence in the ability of domestic law enforcement and intelligence agencies to do so.

Unfortunately however, specific warnings that protect tourists in the short-term can still generate fear, disruption and publicity for the terrorist’s cause. In the worst-case scenario, they may even help achieve the desired outcomes of the attack planners. For example, if the perpetrators of the Tunisian attack aimed to

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The Rise and Fall of Mohammed Emwazi

The Syrian Intifada

By Kyle Orton (@KyleWOrton) on January 20, 2016

Emwazi Emwazi’s eulogy picture in Dabiq

Yesterday, the Islamic State (IS) released their thirteenth issue of Dabiq. Among many things, it contained an admission of death for Mohammed Emwazi (“Jihadi John”). Referred to by his kunya, Abu Muharib al-Muhajir, Dabiq said Emwazi had been hit by an “unmanned drone in the city of ar-Raqqah” on November 12, “destroying the car and killing him instantly.” The biography that Dabiq offered gave some intriguing details, confirming some surmises I had made about Emwazi when his identity was revealed last spring, including his early involvement in an al-Qaeda network in London sending fighters to al-Shabab in Somalia—the thing that brought him to the attention of the security services, confirming that the truth was the inverse of CAGE’s infamous claim that harassment by the MI5 had radicalized Emwazi—and that Emwazi had left Britain to…

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More nasties from Yasir Qadhi

Aldgate Pup

In the previous post Qadhi can be heard discussing some very disturbing aspects of an ‘Islamic state’ during various lectures. I’ve come across some more teachings from the respected Islamic scholar.

Qadhi has complained about the respect shown to gay people in modern society. What would happen to them in Islamic state?

01:06:10 …this is a part of our religion to stone the adulterer and to chop the head off of the sorcerer and so many other things, and to kill, by the way, the homosexual – this is also our religion. The fiqh rulings say that the homosexual be killed, OK? (inaudible comment from audience) I dunno about this one, I’ve heard this but I haven’t studied this in detail but I know that his punishment is death. This is all a part of our religion. This doesn’t mean we go and do this in America but I’m saying if we…

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Haitham al-Haddad – Young Muslim girls hanging loose

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If you don’t ask you don’t get. Haitham al-Haddad must have had this from drummed into him an early age. There’s no scholar in the UK better than Haddad at asking (or pushing) for the rights of orthodox Muslims to be recognised.

In the video (from a few years back) below he discusses how Muslims should go about getting laws implemented that would make it obligatory for universities, firms and other establishments to provide halal food for their Muslim students/employees. Medical colleges might change the rules to allow women to keep their arms covered if ways around this are put forward by Muslims – this, in turn, would achieve official recognition of the requirements of Islam in the public sphere. And universities are now reluctant to ban face-coverings as Muslim students have shown that this is an essential part of Islamic dress for orthodox Muslim women.

In the first part…

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