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Debunking Maps of Alleged “Islamic No Go Zones” in London – By Dan Kaszeta

Various right-of-centre political commenters have, at different times, alluded to the existence of so-called “Islamic no go zones” in Western Europe. Generally, these are defined broadly and variously areas where the local authorities do not have effective police presence, a majority of the local population is Muslim, and “Sharia law” is in effect. Some commentators go as far to state that white people and/or non-Muslims are physically excluded, that there are borders and barriers, or else that Sharia patrols enforce them.

A wide variety of social media accounts and alt-right websites have alleged the existence of such zones in London. The author of this post devotes considerable effort to debunking such theories, as nearly every Londoner finds the very concept absurd. Numerous maps and articles have been posted, alleged to be “proof” or “evidence” of the existence of these so-called “Islamic no go zones.” This post is meant to serve as a resource debunking of such fake “evidence.”

Read more click on link – https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2018/11/09/debunking-maps-alleged-islamic-no-go-zones-london-2/

Anjem Choudary: How Islamist preacher sparked rise of Tommy Robinson and the far-right

Tommy Robinson's English Defence League was formed in response to protests by Anjem Choudary's followers

Anjem Choudary may have been sent to prison for supporting Isis, but he radicalised people far beyond his circle of fanatical Islamists over two decades of peddling hate.

The radical preacher became the leader of al-Muhajiroun, which was banned by the government for its extremist activities and links to terrorists and plotters.

But Choudary’s gang merely split into factions and continued their activity under different names to evade the law.

One of their many provocative demonstrations came in March 2009, when members called soldiers returning from Iraq “terrorists” during a homecoming parade through Luton and held signs saying “soldiers go to hell”.

read more – https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/anjem-choudary-tommy-robinson-islam-preacher-far-right-edl-luton-protests-islamists-terror-a8589236.html

My thought’s on Alum Rock traffic warden video that’s on social media.

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What people have to realise that the disgusting attack on this video, Has absolutely nothing to do with Islam or Muslim’s in general, It’s gang culture! So don’t buy in to the bollocks that’s being said on social media about it.

Gang Culture is fast becoming the biggest threat to our communities and taking young lives almost daily. Not sure of figures in Birmingham but London has 198 affiliated gangs which equates to roughly 4,500 youth involved.

Now think of the total youth involved all over the UK And it’s white youth too not just Muslim and Black youth,That’s a scary thought!

Read more – https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/li-ve-traffic-warden-attack-15155315 

Update on Story one arrest – https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/police-arrest-man-after-traffic-15155511

How to Discuss the Far Right Without Empowering It – A lesson from Germany

BERLIN—What happens when you do a prime-time interview with a far-right leader—but don’t ask them anything about refugees?

German television viewers found out Sunday night when the broadcaster ZDF ran a major interview with Alexander Gauland, a co-leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which capitalized on anti-refugee sentiment to earn its first-ever seats in the German Parliament last fall. Ahead of the interview, ZDF’s Twitter feed teased the interview as dealing with “climate change, retirement, digitalization—and without refugees.”

The resulting 19-minute interview, in which Gauland struggles to answer basic questions about his party’s positions on such issues, has been lauded by opponents of the AfD as masterful. Supporters of the AfD and Gauland himself panned it as biased. The ZDF journalist Thomas Walde, who conducted the interview, repeatedly pushed Gauland to clarify or explain statements made by his fellow party members—and asked more than once about proposed policy “alternatives” from a party that counts the word alternative as part of its name.

It’s no secret that journalists have struggled to figure out how best to cover the far right and its signature issues here in Europe and, of course, across the Atlantic. A political party with 92 seats in the German Bundestag is inherently newsworthy, as are the issues it advocates. At the same time, the German (and European) media has been criticized for an overly sensational focus on refugee and migration issues here; constant media focus on such issues helps keep them on people’s minds even after the flow of immigrants has slowed significantly.

American journalists faced the same issue on Sunday when they were presented with the white-supremacist “Unite the Right” gathering just steps away from the White House—and turned out in force for what ultimately ended up being two dozen rallygoers.

But Walde’s interview with Gauland on Sunday was a study in contrasts with how American media handled the scene in Washington, D.C. At around the same time hordes of journalists were descending on Lafayette Square for wall-to-wall coverage, far outnumbering the white supremacists in attendance, German television viewers were watching an interview in which a journalist presented a far-right leader with actual policy questions that resembled what he would ask leaders in any other political party.

Asked about the party’s position on Germany’s retirement system and his AfD colleague Jörg Meuthen’s suggestion that there should be a “system change,” Gauland said his party had not voted on or released any specific plan for reforms. “We’re discussing this and have no determined concept,” he said. (Asked whether this meant that his party had, in fact, no “alternative” for Germany on this topic, Gauland replied that there would be one after the next major party meeting, “not now.”) Referring to the party’s frequent rhetoric about wanting to “protect” the German people (presumably from immigrants and increasing immigration), Walde then asked Gauland for the AfD’s position on “protecting” local renters from big international vacation-rental companies like Airbnb—a major theme in Berlin, where previously low rents are rising rapidly. “At the moment I can’t give you an answer on that,” Gauland said. “That has not been voted on in our party program.” On digitalization, which is a major topic of discussion among other political parties here, Gauland was asked to expand on an AfD colleague’s brief comments on the topic’s importance on the floor of the Bundestag. “I can’t explain that, and you’d need to ask an MP,” Gauland said, adding that he personally has “no close relationship to the internet.”

At the end of the interview, Walde asked whether the AfD is “overwhelmed” by some of the major non-refugee and non-Euro questions facing Germany’s future. They are not, Gauland argued—they just have particular issues on which their strong support has been based and they focus primarily on those. “As a party, we grew strong, or stronger, because we stand in opposition to specific developments that … went wrong in this country,” he said, specifically naming those two subjects.

After the interview aired, Gauland told the conservative-leaning German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that it was “excessively one-sided” and “absolutely unjournalistic.” Supporters flocked to social media to criticize Walde.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/08/how-to-discuss-the-far-right-without-empowering-it/567520/

Honour culture protects Pakistani grooming gangs – azeem ibrahim

As Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, can confirm, wading into the child grooming debate in Britain is a bit like putting on a blindfold and running headlong into a minefield. In the year since she highlighted the recurrence of cases where gangs of British Pakistani men have exploited white girls, she has received death threats and has needed police protection.

As a member of the British Pakistani community, I feel in a privileged position to say what Sarah Champion meant to say without fear of accusations of racism or xenophobia. And here it is: our community suffers from a deep-seated cultural problem. That problem is honour culture.

The Pakistani population of Britain has a strong sense of community. We truly do feel that what affects one affects all. Our sense of community has enabled us to thrive in this country. But this esprit de corps has a dark side. Whenever one of us is disgraced, even if through their own actions, we feel that it reflects upon the whole community and respond as if we are all under attack. And when under attack, we get defensive and we shut down debate.

Honour culture means that we shall see no evil and hear no evil. Not when sexually frustrated young men abuse children, nor when concerns are raised about the kind of Islamist preaching our children get into their heads from the internet, nor when our neighbours’ daughter disappears on a trip to Pakistan.

We do not save face by refusing to see evil when it is clearly there. We do far more damage to the image of our community when we fail to hold our own accountable, and when we are seen to come to the defence of criminals and dangerous radicals.

The numbers don’t lie. In no fewer than 16 British towns and cities, grooming gangs have been prosecuted for raping young girls since 2011. In only two of those cases were the abusers not from South Asian backgrounds. Sajid Javid, the home secretary, has therefore taken the first brave step in asking the all-important question: why are men convicted of grooming-gang sex crimes disproportionately of Pakistani origin?

If we had the courage and integrity to tackle these issues in our communities head on, we would be helping the victims, we would improve the public image of our communities, and we would give actual racists and Islamophobes less ammunition to use against us. Our first priority should be to get our house in order, not to deny that we have genuine problems.

Dr Azeem Ibrahim is a research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/honour-culture-protects-pakistani-grooming-gangs-bkfx6ndz8

Boris Johnson, The Handmaid’s Tale & The Alt-Right – an unholy alliance?

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Dear Mr Johnson

It was a pleasure to meet you earlier this year, at the reception hosted at Buckingham Palace for representatives of the Commonwealth diaspora in the UK. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised to see you there, as it gave me the opportunity to offer my thanks and congratulations for the excellent coverage of your visit to Myanmar that I had seen a couple of days previously. You showed true leadership and did not pander to the Burmese leader. You spoke with passion, referring to what was happening to the Rohingya Muslims as ‘industrial level ethnic cleansing’. So to be able to discuss this with you personally and hear about your visit gave me a sense of relief that our government was genuinely acting to ensure that Rohingya Muslims received the assistance they so desperately needed internally in the country and externally from the international community.

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Ex EDL member reveals how he turned his back on group – after hug from Muslim man

Ivan Humble is now working with the Government’s Prevent anti-extremism programme.

Single dad Ivan Humble was a regional organiser for the English Defence League and proudly carried an ‘EDL’ tattoo on his arm.

He attended rallies and took part in protests with the right wing group, founded by Tommy Robinson.

And then everything changed.

Read more click link https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/edl-member-reveals-how-turned-14874552?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar