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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd February 2016 20:56
The following was posted on Inayat Bunglawalas blog....Mr Sadiq Khan a British Member of Parliament who is standing for the election of London Mayor. In an effort to further his political career he has been very vocal in his endorsement of the hate rhetoric of the Islamaphobic Media, the usual nonsense of Muslims need to stand up and root out the cancer of terrorism in their communities, he voted for gay marriages, failed to oppose the bombing of Syria.... So its very ironic that the same media he had been implicitly supporting has decided to turn on him. One could call it Poetic justice.

The Shameful Smearing of Sadiq Khan MP
Posted on February 12, 2016 by inayatscorner

We are less than three months away from London’s Mayoral election to be held on 5th May 2016 and it should come as no surprise that the front runner, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, is being targeted by the right-wing press.

Earlier today, the London Evening Standard, published an article ostensibly about Sadiq Khan headlined “Exposed: Sadiq Khan’s family links to extremist organisation”. What it actually exposed was the Evening Standard’s determination to smear Sadiq in much the same way it systematically campaigned a few years back against Ken Livingstone to make way for the right-leaning Boris Johnson.

Today’s story focuses on Sadiq’s former brother-in-law, Makbool Javaid (he was previously married to Sadiq’s sister, Farhat), who like Sadiq is also a lawyer by training. The Evening Standard tries to highlight Makbool Javaid as a hate-spewing extremist and hopes that at least some of the dirt that it throws will conveniently land on Sadiq Khan.

As it happens I have met Makbool on several occasions and there is no question that back in the 1990’s he was known to be sympathetic to the views of al-Muhajiroun (Omar Bakri’s band of loony Khilafah-seeking activists). It is also true that by the time I met him again a decade later he had already very clearly begun to moderate his views.

It is only much lower down the Evening Standard article that they actually get round to quoting Makbool Javaid’s current and far more sensible views where he says:

“Of course I regret the speech I gave and some of the things I said and did in my younger years.

“Twenty years ago I was naive. I certainly didn’t realise how easily some of my actions could be interpreted as being critical of Britain — the best country in the world.

“This was nearly two decades ago now and I have grown and changed. I love Britain, I love the rich diversity of London and I love our culture.”

That sounds very much like the Makbool Javaid that I last met a few years ago.

The story of Sadiq Khan should be an immensely inspirational one. The son of a London bus driver, he lived in a council flat in South London and indeed was sleeping in a bunk bed until he was 24. He went to university and trained as a lawyer and became a human rights campaigner. And then in 2005 he was elected as the MP for Tooting, his hometown. Now, just over ten years later, he has a very good chance of becoming Mayor of the UK’s most influential city. It is a fabulous story that serves to highlight the very best of Britain. The opportunity, the hard work, the anti-discrimination and the ever reducing number of glass ceilings. It is a narrative that deserves to be trumpeted loudly, especially to younger Muslims, to help encourage them and to counter the skewed negative propaganda of nihilist outfits like ISIS.

The London Evening Standard did all Londoners a massive disservice today.

Inayat Bunglawala.

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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd February 2016 21:12
Better still it was revealed a few weeks ago that the notorious government funded Islamaphobe Maajid Nawaz is on a Terrorism blacklist.

Maajid Nawaz, CAGE and PSC included on terrorism blacklist

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Maajid Nawaz, CAGE and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign have been secretly given a “terrorism” designation on a confidential database that banks use as a reference tool for blacklisting customers, a VICE News investigation has revealed.

The highly influential World-Check database has also listed major charities, activists, and mainstream religious institutions under its category of “terrorism.”

Authors of the list claim it’s used by 300 government and intelligence agencies around the world and 49 of the 50 biggest banks.

World-Check operates on a global scale, covering more than 240 countries with access to hundreds of thousands of sources. Many of these sources are untested, and include right-wing and Islamophobic blogs and websites. More than 2.7 million individuals and entities are on the list. Since 2007, the number of terror entries has risen five fold to over 93 000, according to VICE News.

In a new financial age of “de-risking”, companies like World-Check play a vital role in the supply of risk data to banks and law enforcement agencies. The trend follows the US government’s mammoth $1.9bn fine of HSBC bank, after a Senate investigation found that it had served as a channel for “drug kingpins and rogue nations”. Banks are increasingly terminating or restricting business relationships to avoid money laundering and terror financing.

In the past two years, a number of prominent British non-profits, including Cordoba Foundation, Cage, and Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) have had their accounts or transactions frozen by banks with no explanation.

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Reacting to the news Nawaz expressed solidarity with others who were also listed.

He said: “If you’ve never been convicted of terrorism, you should not be on this list. This is why I’ve always spoken out about compiling lists, secret or not, adaptable or not, as a ridiculous McCarthyist and archaic idea. Anyone (Islamists or not) get in touch. I may disagree with your ideas but your civil liberties are non-negotiable.”

However, others were quick to point out that Nawaz’s words were ironic given that in 2010 the Guardian revealed that the Quilliam Foundation had prepared a secret list for a top British security official that accused Muslim groups of sharing the ideology of terrorists.

For its part, CAGE, which has had its bank account closed down for almost two years, welcomed the Vice News investigation into World-Check.

Ibrahim Mohamoud, CAGE Communications Officer, said: “The VICE News investigation reveals what we have long suspected: that World-Check has privatised intelligence on individuals and organisations, adding to a further erosion of civil liberties without a shred of scrutiny.

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“Intelligence gathering in the name of the War on Terror is being outsourced to the private sector on an industrial scale, resulting in profit at the expense of countless individuals. CAGE calls for accountability and transparency. World-Check’s methods have so far gone unscrutinised.”

Meanwhile, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign said it was taking legal advice following a decision by the World-Check commercial database to label it as a terrorist organisation.

Sara Apps, interim Director of PSC, said: “PSC is shocked and appalled to learn of this listing. This is a false and defamatory accusation, which is without any basis in fact. PSC is a long-established British campaigning organisation which works to promote Palestinian human rights through public campaigning and Parliamentary lobbying. It is proud to be part of the UK’s long-standing democratic traditions of standing up for the persecuted and disempowered.

“PSC is an open, member-led organisation, with its accounts subject to independent inspection and its directors listed on the Companies House website.”

Ms Apps added: “World-Check’s sources appear to be right-wing websites and blogs, according to the investigation carried out by Vice News. One of the websites used as a source in deciding to list PSC is the Investigative Project on Terrorism. This website is run by Fox News pundit, Steve Emerson. Last year, Emerson was described as “a complete idiot” by David Cameron when he suggested that Birmingham was a no-go-zone for non-Muslims.

“World-Check has never contacted PSC with its allegations, and has published them without allowing PSC the opportunity to refute these ludicrous claims.”

Ms Apps concluded: “World-Check has also included personal profiles of individuals in its allegations, which is completely unacceptable.

“PSC takes these unfounded allegations very seriously and is consulting with its legal team.”

In an email to non-profit Cage seen by VICE News, World-Check claims to be an impartial resource that stores profiles of individuals and organizations with “no independent input or opinion.”

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