islamophobia

Harper and Trudeau: At the very least, we ex­pect them not to make things worse

It has been a dis­tress­ing spec­ta­cle all round. It isn’t that our politi­cians have not been “de­bat­ing” the “is­sues.” By now we have a fair idea of where they all stand on the threat of ter­ror­ism and how a free and demo­cratic so­ci­ety should re­spond to it. Nor can any­one com­plain that the ques­tion of how to rec­on­cile re­li­gious obli­ga­tions and in­di­vid­ual rights, di­ver­sity and unity, has not re­ceived a thor­ough air­ing. I would even go so far as to say there have been valid points made on all sides.

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Who Needs Tommy Robinson and the EDL, When Islamophobia Has Gone Mainstream?

It was the most stunning volte-face since Libya's foreign minister Mousa Kousa defected to the west in 2011. Or perhaps since Sol Campbell left Spurs for Arsenal on a free transfer in 2001. On 8 October, Tommy Robinson (aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Andrew Mc- Master, aka Paul Harris), the co-founder and leader of the English Defence League (EDL), quit the far-right group and joined hands with the Quilliam Foundation, a 'counter-extremism' think tank.

Marine Le Pen: The threat of radical Islam

The news became public only a few days ago - French authorities asking the European Parliament to lift the immunity of far-right leader Marine Le Pen so that she can be prosecuted for inciting racial hatred.

In 2010, the president of the National Front party likened Muslim street prayers in France to the Nazi occupation, sparking widespread condemnation.

Many Muslim leaders have blamed Le Pen’s fiery rhetoric on Islam and immigration for a rise in Islamic intolerance and xenophobia in France. But she insists she is neither a racist nor xenophobic, but simply a patriot.

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