Yesterday a Norwegian public enquiry commission released a report and found that the attack that left 77 people dead and 240 wounded last summer, could have been avoided if police and other authorities had not been so slow to react.
Anders Behring Breivik is now on trial for the attack, which included a bombing in central Oslo that left eight people dead, and a shooting spree at a youth camp on nearby Utoya Island, where 69 people died. Many of the dead were young people.
The Islamic Center of Joplin in southwest Missouri burned to the ground in a second fire that hit the center more than a month after the initial incident. FBI officials declared the center "sustained a total loss".
The fire was reported about 3:30 a.m. Monday, the Jasper County Sheriff's Office said. No injuries were reported.
"It's a common thing," says Balvinder Kaur Saund, a Labour councillor for the London Borough of Redbridge and chair of the Sikh Women's Alliance, "to walk through an estate in [some parts of east London] and young boys throw stones and shout 'Taliban' at you. I have seen that myself." She was once with a man – a Sikh who wore a turban – when some youths shouted "Osama" at him. "I wanted to retaliate but he said 'Just ignore it and carry on walking'." She thinks many more incidents go unreported.
To be a prominent Muslim means suffering a daily diet of bigotry and even outright hatred. This week, Mehdi Hasan – who, other than my colleague Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, is Britain's only prominent Muslim journalist – wrote of how, every day, he is attacked as a "jihadist" and a "terrorist". He has been described as a "dangerous Muslim shithead", a "moderate cockroach", and worse. The message from his critics is clear: Muslims have no legitimate place in public life.
Due to the erroneous stereotyping of Muslims, intelligence agencies and government leaders in the West have targeted Muslims as the main terrorist threat. One western leader (Stephen Harper of the Conservative Party of Canada) blames terrorism on "islamicization".
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The European Union project is facing its biggest test. Regardless of whether the next immediate European crisis is focused on Spain or Italy, it follows that by mid-decade, Europe’s political landscape will have shifted dramatically, with new parties, personalities and values emerging. As such, the real question, therefore, is not how the financial crisis works out. It is whether the European project will survive.
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Sweden is a world-leading democracy and few would doubt the impressive ambitions of the Swedish state to reinforce the civilised accommodation of ethnic and cultural differences through extensive support for integration policies and multiculturalism. Despite this official version, the discourse of assimilation has started to take root within different political parties and public spaces in Sweden.