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  • mcincrisis 09:15 on August 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Tariq Ramadan fired from his posts as pr… 

    Tariq Ramadan fired from his posts as professor and “integration adviser” by Erasmus University and the City of Rotterdam for appearing on Iranian Press TV. Surely the fact that he was willing to serve as an ‘integration advisor’ reveals his moderate status?!

  • mcincrisis 09:35 on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Alex Massie: “Oh No, the Muslims are Co… 

    Alex Massie: “Oh No, the Muslims are Coming!” puts paid to myths of an Islamic takeover of Europe

  • mcincrisis 18:33 on August 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Eurabia, , Pankaj Mishra   

    An excellent analysis of the inherent Is… 

    An excellent analysis of the inherent Islamophobia of ‘Eurabia’-phobes such as Christopher Caldwell by Pankaj Mishra:

  • mcincrisis 09:56 on August 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Human Rights, , , LGBTQ   

    Rasha Moumneh, a researcher for the MENA… 

    Rasha Moumneh, a researcher for the MENA region at Human Rights Watch, gave a keynote address for the Outgames Human Rights conference on a plenary panel entitled: Our Rights, Our Differences: The Global and Diverse LGBT Community. In the address, she argued that the “global LGBT movement” depoliticizes gender and sexuality, and ignores the intersectionality of different forms of oppression, in the Middle East and the “global south” at large.

    “There is an un-self-reflexive othering that takes place of people from the global south generally and from the Middle East in particular. A few weeks ago I was introduced to a gay European activist, a lovely, earnest, well meaning fellow who had this insight about Iran to share with me; he said: “you know, something has changed for the average person in your average Western democracy. We now see that people in Iran wear Chanel sunglasses and high heels and use mobile phones just like us, and that’s led to an amazing transformation. They’re like us, we can relate to them now, we can support them.” Of course he was making a point about how the media has the ability to shatter stereotypes, but that statement in itself is so incredibly loaded. Does that mean that if they didn’t possess the trappings of “modernization” then people from Europe would be less likely to support them? Or that “like us” amounts to having the latest mobile phone? Or that we need to start proving our credentials in order to earn European support?”

    READ ON…

  • mcincrisis 11:00 on July 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Brilliant dissection of Christopher Cald… 

    Brilliant dissection of Christopher Caldwell’s book, ‘Reflections on the Revolution in Europe’ by Matt Carr on the Institute of Race Relations website:
    Carr shows that while Caldwell’s book mirrors much of the Islamophobic hysteria of previous commentators in the ilk of Melanie Phillips and Bat Ye’Or, Caldwell’s “authorial persona is that of a puzzled and concerned observer of the European predicament, driven only by a willingness to consider all angles of a serious debate that others are ignoring. He is cultured and knowledgeable.” He has therefore been interviewed and reviewed on ‘serious’ radio shows and newspapers, making it incumbent upon us to dissect and understand this highly pernicious work. Start with Matt Carr.

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