Islamism

France’s Front National tries to exploit Charlie Hebdo attack

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Bill Holmes

The far right in France appear to see recent terrorist attacks as political currency to attack both the government and the EU on immigration.

The Front National has said the attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and an assault on a Jewish supermarket are the final proof that open borders and poor efforts to tackle immigration in France have led to an “enemy within”.

The far right in France see the recent terrorist attacks as an opportunity to attack both the government and the EU on immigration.

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Boko Haram kidnaps 80

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Rosalind Robson

On Monday 19 January the ultra-Islamist Boko Haram crossed the border from Nigeria into northern Cameroon and attacked villages, kidnaping eighty people, mostly children.

This latest attack is part of a bid by the group to carve out an Islamic state in north-east Nigeria. In the last five years around 16,000 have been killed and 1.5 million displaced. Boko Haram now control 20,000 square miles of territory, an area the size of Belgium.

On Monday 19 January the ultra-Islamist Boko Haram crossed the border from Nigeria into northern Cameroon and attacked villages, kidnaping eighty people, mostly children.

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How can we undercut Islamists?

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Clive Bradley

Two books about Islamism, Ed Husain’s The Islamist and Maajid Nawaz’s Radical, have an obvious relevance after Charlie Hebdo.

There’s some crossover: the two writers knew each other in Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) (indeed Nawaz, who’s a bit younger, was Husain’s protege), and then, a decade later, set up the Quilliam Foundation together. Interestingly, at the time Husain wrote The Islamist, Nawaz was yet to leave HT, and he figures in the book as a possibly-dissident yet still-loyal member.

Two books about Islamism, Ed Husain’s The Islamist and Maajid Nawaz’s Radical, have an obvious relevance after Charlie Hebdo.

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The issues after Charlie Hebdo

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Yves Coleman

This article will not deal in detail with the facts about the two murderous attacks, on 7 January at the headquarters of the weekly Charlie Hebdo and on 9 January in a Parisian kosher supermarket, which have been widely explained in the media; but with some of the problems and discussions inside the radical left and anarchist circles

Most of the left and the anarchist groups, in France, as in other countries, have adopted one of two opposite and wrong attitudes.

A French socialist writes: The left has not been able to clearly denounce the Islamist murders in Paris without either overstressing the importance of Islamophobia, or overstressing the reactionary character of Islam...

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A reply on Charlie Hebdo

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Omar Raii

This was written as a reply to a piece by Moses Trod, replying to my 8 January article about Charlie Hebdo: you can find both here. However it has much wider relevance to the British left.

Much of the criticism of the article like many modern accusations of being liberal or not sufficiently left-wing basically boils down to not decrying Western imperialism or the racist French bourgeois state enough for creating the problems of Islamism, as well as the neo-fascist far-right.

A reply to Moses Trod on Charlie Hebdo.

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Paris, and other atrocities

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Omar Raii
After the murder of 12 people at the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, we are once again having to deal with questions of free speech, of Islamism, and reprisal attacks by the neo-fascist far-right.

After the murder of twelve people at the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, we are once again having to deal with questions of free speech, of Islamism, and reprisal attacks by the neo-fascist far-right.

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French revolutionary socialists denounce attack on Charlie Hebdo

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Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste

The French revolutionary socialists of the Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA) have denounced the attack on the office of the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo (7 January 2015) and called on people to join the protest demonstrations across France.

Barbaric, reactionary madness

The French revolutionary socialists of the NPA have denounced the attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo (7 January 2015) and called on people to join the protest demonstrations across France.

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University bans conference under pressure from far right

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Gerry Bates

The cancellation by Birkbeck University management of room bookings for a 13 December conference on "Institutional Islamophobia" should be condemned.

Following the bans on the Socialist Workers Party by Goldsmiths Students' Union and Edinburgh University Students' Association, and the attempt to ban the SWP in University of Sussex SU, this is yet another blow to freedom of speech and organisation on campuses.

Birkbeck University cancels room booking for an Islamist-organised conference under pressure from anti-Muslim far right.

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A cheap shot from Ofsted

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A Tower Hamlets teacher

Ofsted has put seven schools in Tower Hamlets into special measures, saying that they have “not put in place steps to ensure that students, staff and governors understand the risks posed by extremism”.

Six of them are Islamic private schools, and one is a Church of England secondary foundation school.

The left should not defend the private faith schools which have been found to teach a very narrow curriculum, excluding the arts, and fail to challenge prejudiced attitudes towards women and people of different sexualities. Such schools should be abolished.

Ofsted has put seven schools in Tower Hamlets into special measures, saying that they have “not put in place steps to ensure that students, staff and governors understand the risks posed by extremism”.

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