TACKLING CHALLENGES

TACKLING CHALLENGES

On the 21st of April 2019, Easter Sunday, multiple explosions rocked the Sri Lankan cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, leaving over 200 dead and hundreds wounded.

For the Muslim community in particular, the events of 21/4 mark a watershed moment for Muslim identity and representation in Sri Lanka. Almost overnight, being a Muslim has become an accusation as well as a religious affiliation.

However, this difference is somewhat ambiguous and poorly understood, and thus poses many challenges to the development of identity and representation of the Muslim community by themselves and others. The first challenge is that as a result of this historical understanding , most Muslims in Sri Lanka classif y themselves as the descendants of Arabs or ‘Moors,’35 despite its postcolonial derogatory overtones.36 Due to the fact Arab migrants were Muslims, the concepts of faith and ethnicity became fused over time, so a racial link became a religious link, thereby ascribing a racial homogeneity to a community perceived as such: the “Sri Lankan Muslim.”

 

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SREBRENICA COMMEMORATION 2019

SREBRENICA COMMEMORATION 2019

THE SINGLE GREATEST ATROCITY IN EUROPE SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR…

Flames of hatred in the heart of Europe. This years marks the 24th anniversary commemoration of the worst atrocities on Eu- ropean soil since the Second World War that took place in Srebrenica, Bosnia.

 

COUNTERING ISLAMOPHOBIA

COUNTERING ISLAMOPHOBIA

COUNTERING ISLAMOPHOBIA
DRAWING ON BEST PRACTICES FROM ACROSS EUROPE

Globally, there is an alarming proliferation and intensification of Islamophobia and it increasingly permeates a range of spheres. Islamophobia affects (but is not restricted to) policy and legal measures, media and also verbal and physical violence against Muslims, perceived Muslims, and Islamic spaces.

Islamophobic narratives frame Muslims and Islam as the “other”, they are seen to be carriers of violent threat, demographic threat, a cultural and moral threat, an economic threat, a threat to sexual freedoms and gender equality, and a threat to national peace and security.

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THE WAR IN YEMEN: UNNECESSARY, PREVENTABLE AND STOPPABLE?

THE WAR IN YEMEN: UNNECESSARY, PREVENTABLE AND STOPPABLE?

THE HUMAN CONSEQUENCES OF THE WAR

The conflict in Yemen started in March 2015, in the Middle East’s poorest country. After four years of ground operations and aerial bombing, what is the status of the war now? Have the aims of any of the belligerents been achieved? Given the heavy toll on civilians, has the loss of life been justified?

The overall death toll from fighting, famine, and shortages of health care caused by the war is hard to verify, even more so the proportion of civilian and child deaths. Certainly it seems the case that between 2015 and 2019, more than 15,000 people have died directly from the conflict,1 perhaps over half were civilians. According to UN agencies,. Save the Children reports that 85,000 children have died as a result of the war, mostly from malnutrition and the resultant wave of deaths from sickness. Up to another 4 million children are suffering from malnutrition according to UN reports.2 There have been more than 2 million cases of cholera3 and more than 5000 related deaths.4 Yemen today has one of the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality in the world.5

 

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China’s mass detentions and incarceration of Uyghur Muslims

China’s mass detentions and incarceration of Uyghur Muslims

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*The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China is home to some 12 million indigenous Turkic speaking Muslims, primarily Uyghurs but also smaller numbers of Kazakhs and others. It is now one of the most heavily policed areas in the world. Inhabitants are controlled and monitored to an extraordinary degree and detained in extraordinary numbers. These extreme policies are justified by the claim that China is fighting Islamic radicalisation and extremism.

 

A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE – THE INCARCERATION OF TARIQ RAMADAN

A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE – THE INCARCERATION OF TARIQ RAMADAN

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*The Tariq Ramadan affair, which exploded internationally in October 2017 and became by far the most mediatised #MeToo case of rape accusations1 in France, is no longer making headlines despite still unfolding and generating regular plot twists.

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The UAE Lobby: SubvertingBritish democracy?

The UAE Lobby: SubvertingBritish democracy?

Acknowledgements

Thanks to the Arab Organisation for Human Rights for its financial support for this report.
Thanks also to all those who have shared information with us about or related to the UAE lobby. We are indebted to a wide variety of people who have shared stories and information with us, most of whom must remain nameless. We also thank Hilary Aked, Izzy Gill, Tom Griffin, Tom Mills. On a personal note, thanks to Narzanin Massoumi for her many contributions to this work.

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AUTHORS

Alex Delmar-Morgan is a freelance journalist in London and has written for a range of national titles including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, and The Independent. He is the former Qatar and Bahrain correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones.

David Miller is a director of Public Interest Investigations, of which Spinwatch.org and Powerbase.info are projects. He is also Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath in England. From 2013-2016 he was RCUK Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellow leading a project on Understanding and explaining terrorism expertise in practice. Recent publications include: • The Quilliam Foundation: How ‘counterextremism’ works, (co-author, Public interest Investigations, 2018); • Islamophobia in Europe: counter-extremism policies and the counterjihad movement, (co-author, Public interest Investigations, 2018); • Impact of market forces on addictive substances and behaviours: The web of influence of addictive industries. (co-author, OUP, 2018); • What is Islamophobia? Racism, social movements and the State. (co-editor, Pluto Press, 2017); • The Israel Lobby and the European Union (coauthor, Public Interest Investigations, 2016); • The Henry Jackson Society and the Degeneration of British Neoconservatism. (co-author, Public Interest Investigations, 2015, 2nd Ed. 2018); • How Israel attempts to mislead the United Nations: Deconstructing Israel’s campaign against the Palestinian Return Centre. (Coauthor, Public Interest Investigations, 2015); • The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre. Giving peace a chance? (co-author, Public Interest Investigations, 2013).

 

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Will the UK government reverse its policy on Saudi Arabia?

Will the UK government reverse its policy on Saudi Arabia?

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*Bill Law is a Sony award-winning journalist. He joined the BBC in 1995 and since 2002 has reported extensively from the Middle East. He has travelled to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia many times. In 2003 he was one of the first journalists to cover the beginnings of the insurgency that engulfed Iraq. His documentary The Gulf: Armed & Dangerous which aired in late 2010 anticipated the revolutions that became the Arab Spring. He then covered the uprisings in Egypt, Libya and Bahrain. Bill also reported from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Before leaving the BBC in April 2014, he was the corporation’s Gulf analyst. He now works as a freelance journalist focusing on the Gulf and is a regular contributor to the Independent, Middle East Eye, Monocle Radio, Gulf States News, the BBC and the New Arab.

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FINAL REPORT

FINAL REPORT

The Cordoba Foundation and the Guernica Group launch a new report No. 3:
This report has been prepared by The Guernica Group (TGG) on the basis of inquiries conducted during 2017-2018 at the request of The Cordoba Foundation.
Published in London, United Kingdom – July 2018