The Dangerous Message of the Coup in Egypt: Political Islam has no Place in Democracy

The democratically elected but now deposed President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, seems to have managed in the twelve months he was in power to upset a lot of people on all sides of the political divides. This culminated in mass demonstrations that had not been seen since the overthrow of the dictator Hosni Mubarak.… Read the rest

The War on Terror: Globalizing Terrorists and Localizing Victims

Simon Jenkins, who is a journalist I respect, wrote a very good article about the Boston terrorist attack. The title of the piece gives away its main point: After the bomb, mass hysteria is the Boston terrorist’s greatest weapon. He convincingly argues that the huge publicity that the “terrorists” behind this outrage are getting is exactly what they wanted.… Read the rest

George Galloway’s Victory and the Out-of-touch Political Establishment

George Galloway is back in town, having won the Bradford West byelection by a majority of over 10,000. And that is not good news for many if not most politicians. Galloway’s victory is outstanding by any measure. A powerful performance by him would have surprised observers, but an outright win, let alone by this margin, was well off the cards.… Read the rest

Today’s British Media in the Hands of Yesterday’s Political Establishment

A London journalist wrote that “the British press is extremely centralized, and most of it is owned by wealthy men who have every motive to be dishonest on certain important topics.” This significant statement is merely observing a fact, although until recently some would have still disputed it for whatever ends they seek.… Read the rest

The Threat of the Religious to Religion and the Nonreligious to Freedom

I welcome Baroness Warsi’s remarks that “militant secularisation” is threatening religious freedom in Britain and Europe. Fanaticism is often associated with religious individuals and groups, but atheists and anti-religion movements can be equally intolerant. Warsi is spot on when she says: “One of the most worrying aspects about this militant secularisation is that at its core and in its instincts it is deeply intolerant.

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