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Asim Qureshi: ‘Islamophobia Awareness Month’ Event at Manchester Museum Backed by Publicly Funded Organisations

Asim Qureshi: ‘Islamophobia Awareness Month’ Event at Manchester Museum Backed by Publicly Funded Organisations

Policy Exchange’s Understanding Islamism project has exposed an event scheduled for the 25 November to discuss the book ‘I refuse to condemn’ by Asim Qureshi of CAGE. The logos of the British Council and the Heritage Fund appear on promotional material for the meeting, as well as that of the Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester.

Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) rejects complaint from Miqdaad Versi of the Muslim Council of Britain’s (MCB) Centre for Media Monitoring

Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) rejects complaint from Miqdaad Versi of the Muslim Council of Britain’s (MCB) Centre for Media Monitoring

In a column titled ‘We’re not drifting into segregation, we’re hurtling perilously towards it‘, Nick Timothy remarked that intimidation of Jewish pupils and teachers grew so severe against the backdrop of the Gaza conflict in May 2021, that “the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson wrote to schools warning that while pupils are allowed to express political views, anti-Semitic language and threats must not be tolerated”. In his 30 May 2021 Daily Telegraph article Nick Timothy continued:

Behind the scenes: The fight against Islamist influencers in France

Behind the scenes: The fight against Islamist influencers in France

INVESTIGATION – The Ministry of the Interior is developing a unit of republican counter-discourse. Analysts and web specialists have united to counter the rhetoric of hate preachers.
Against the offensive orchestrated for years by Islamists on social media to manipulate minds, spread their social codes and lay the foundations of an obscurantist counter-society on the scale of entire neighbourhoods, the Republic is fighting back.

Turkey’s Ministry of Religious Affairs: An increasingly important player at home and abroad

Turkey’s Ministry of Religious Affairs: An increasingly important player at home and abroad

A traditional maxim in research is to ‘follow the money.’ Recent revelations concerning the growing size of the budget enjoyed by Turkey’s Diyanet (the Ministry of Religious Affairs), and its increased focus on global expansion, have alerted new eyes to a trend observable for some years – Ankara is committing more and more on propagating the faith, and is doing so domestically and internationally.

“Radicalised” convert kills five in Norway

“Radicalised” convert kills five in Norway

On the evening of Wednesday October 13, 2021, in the city of Kongsberg, some 50 miles from Oslo, five people were killed and two more were injured in a suspected terrorist attack by a lone perpetrator. The attacker, named Espen Andersen Bråthen, was armed with a bow and arrows. He was later apprehended and charged.