Wednesday, 22 June 2016

BBC announces plans for reality show following Muslims living together

Standard, BBC announces plans for reality show following Muslims living together "Muslims Like Us will invite 10 members of the public including Sunni, Shia and those who have recently converted to the faith, to live in a house."

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi defects from Leave to Remain

Independent, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi defects from Leave to Remain "Former Conservative Party chair Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has defected from the Leave campaign and opted for Britain to remain within the EU.

"She cited "hate and xenophobia" as the reasons for changing her position."

New and Noted: Constructing “British Values” Within a Radicalisation Narrative

Elizabeth Poole, Constructing “British Values” Within a Radicalisation Narrative, Journalism Studies, "This article examines the reporting of the “Operation Trojan Horse” affair in two British newspapers, the Daily Mail and The Guardian, in 2014. I argue that this high-profile case was a vehicle for the Conservative-led Government, and parts of the United Kingdom’s press, to advance their doctrine of muscular liberalism, an ideology that locates the rise of extremism in the policies of multiculturalism. In this interpretation of the event, it was argued that, under a Labour council, schools in Birmingham had been given the freedom to practise a segregationist agenda, resulting in an infiltration of Islamist ideology. Through a radicalisation narrative, that locates the causes of terrorism with extremist thought, an issue of local governance and agency was transformed into an argument about terrorist radicalisation. This allowed Government agencies to intervene, at a local and national level, promoting an assimilationist agenda through conceptualisations of national identity, here constructed as “British values”."

Jo Cox was working on report on anti-Muslim attacks before her death

Guardian, Jo Cox was working on report on anti-Muslim attacks before her death, 20 June 2016 "She was planning to address parliament later this month to introduce a report she had been working on with the Islamophobia watchdog Tell Mama (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks), the group’s director said. The study is expected to conclude that there were about 80% more attacks on Muslims in Britain in 2015 than the year before."

Key facts about the world’s refugees

Pew Research, Key facts about the world’s refugees "The United Nations adopted a resolution in 2000 marking June 20 as World Refugee Day. With the number of displaced people at a record 65.3 million in 2015 – a total that counts both those living inside and outside of their home countries – World Refugee Day has gained new prominence as countries, including the U.S., have taken in large numbers of people."

Friday, 17 June 2016

'Bradford comes of age'

Akbar Ahmed, thefridaytimes.com, Bradford comes of age, 17 June 2016 "For several decades, the image of the Muslim community of Bradford, and the region around it, has been depicted in the media as that of angry-looking, white-bearded Pakistani men dressed in shalwar-kameez demanding the death of Salman Rushdie. Today, however, it is that of educated, intelligent smart women – also with a Pakistani background."