Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Ongoing trial

FT.com, Donors ‘duped’ by alleged terror plotters - 23 Oct 2012

BBC News, Terror trial: 'Public duped into funding bomb plotters', 23 Oct 2012

AP/ABC, Prosecutor: UK Bomb Plotters Discussed Attacks, 23 Oct 2012"The prosecutor said Tuesday that suspect Irfan Khalid was heard describing the device, featured in the al-Qaida magazine Inspire, saying the idea was to "just drive it into people in (a) crowded area.""

Trial Begins in for Alleged U.K. Bomb Plot Conspirators

AP/TIME.com, Trial Begins in for Alleged U.K. Bomb Plot Conspirators, 22 Oct 2012 "Three British Muslim men went on trial in London on Monday, accused of plotting a bombing campaign that prosecutors say could have been deadlier than the 2005 London transit attacks."

Monday, 15 October 2012

Essex fire: Father fought hard to save his family

Telegraph, Essex fire: Father fought hard to save his family, 15 Oct 2012 "A man who lost his wife and four children in a suspected arson attack on their home "fought hard to save his family in appalling conditions", police said today."

Video: Muslims protest outside Google London HQ

Telegraph, Video: Muslims protest outside Google London HQ, 14 Oct 2012

Homeland

Peter Beaumont, Observer, Homeland is brilliant drama. But does it present a crude image of Muslims? "The Emmy-winning Homeland on Channel 4 is a case in point. Its plotting is as ridiculous as it is exciting. But what makes it difficult to watch is its treatment of Muslims."

I've not seen this one, having missed the first series too. Not sure I am encouraged by this review to get the box set...

Friday, 12 October 2012

Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan

For information: An Evening for Babar and Talha – Iqra TV Sky 826 Tonight! « We are Babar Ahmad "An Evening for Babar and Talha will be taking place tonight from 7pm to raise awareness and support for the cause of Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan who were extradited to the USA last week."

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Morten Storm

The Independent, Born in Denmark, lived in Yorkshire, led the CIA to al-Qa'ida's leader in Yemen, 10 Oct 2012 "In a series of interviews with the Danish media, the 36-year-old said he had exploited his friendship with the US-born al-Qa'ida chief to help in the assassination of the radical cleric last year. Storm claims he located Awlaki using an encrypted USB device passed to one of the militant cleric's messengers during a visit to Yemen in 2011. Awlaki is alleged to have orchestrated attacks on Western targets including one involving underpants bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab."

Abu Qatada

BBC News - Abu Qatada appeal: UK called for pardon by Jordan

Evening Standard, Abu Qatada: Deportation saga, 10 Oct 2012

Terror suspects probed over kidnap of UK photographer

BBC News - Terror suspects probed over kidnap of UK photographer

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Monday, 8 October 2012

"Ahmadi Muslims in UK call for urgent action against hate"

The Guardian, Ahmadi Muslims in UK call for urgent action against hate, 7 Oct 2012 "President of London's Ahmadiyya community urges government to intervene amid growing fear of persecution and attack." Update: Also see the related letter from Qurbat Hussain

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Citizen Khan’s Alia: How the hijab got sexy

Citizen Khan’s Alia: How the hijab got sexy - Comment - Voices - The Independent  opinion piece: "BBC1’s Citizen Khan has received complaints not least for suggesting that Pakistani households are headed by swindling, male chauvinists who keep women under their yoke. But the production team hit the nail on the head with personalities like Alia, played by Bhavna Limbachia."

Monday, 1 October 2012

Prison recruitment issues

Britain's terror cells: A chilling insight into how gangs of convicted terrorists recruit prisoners for Al Qaeda | Mail Online "The central Extremism Unit based at the Ministry of Justice is now implementing a three-pronged campaign across its ‘high-security estate’.

"Its first element is perhaps the least surprising: an enhanced security and prison intelligence ‘toolkit’, involving much closer liaison between the jails, police and MI5.

"The other two elements break entirely new ground, however. One is an effort to enlist Muslim prison chaplains (imams) in a carefully structured theological struggle against extremism. In their meetings on the wings with prisoners, through courses of religious study and in their sermons at Friday prayers, the imams are trying to counter the jihadist interpretation of Islam."

British computer expert bids to halt US extradition

khaleejtimes.com, British computer expert bids to halt US extradition "Babar Ahmad, a British computer expert accused by the United States of raising funds for terrorism, has launched a High Court bid to halt his extradition, the Judicial Office said Monday."

Abu Hamza

Reuters, Abu Hamza wins delay in extradition to United States, "Radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has won a delay in his extradition from Britain to the United States, days after he lost an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights."

Doctor's Diary: Abu Hamza's hook is simple and surprisingly practical - Telegraph"Abu Hamza's poor public image is not helped by his piratical hook, but for all its appearances, it is surprisingly practical."