Islamism

Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe: WL 3/49

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Analysing the realities and definitions of anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism today. How do we build a united struggle against them?

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Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe, WL 3/49

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Yves Coleman of Ni parties, ni frontières (France)
Analysing the realities and definitions of anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism today; How do we build a united struggle against them.

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More police no answer to terrorists

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Simon Nelson

The London Bridge terror attack was a stark reminder of the ease with which Daesh-inspired Islamists can kill and maim people when there is very little that the police or security services can do to stop them.Yet the focus on how to stop these attacks has been on increased policing on the streets, clampdowns on civil liberties and increased monitoring of the internet.

To undercut the influence of Daesh and other Islamist killers there are no short cuts. We need to build a strong labour movement that fights to save and improve services and education, fights for decent jobs for young people and counters and challenges the cult of death of Daesh with the politics of reason and hope.

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Saudi Arabia tries to push Qatar into line

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Dan Katz

A simmering conflict between the Gulf State of Qatar and its larger neighbour, Saudi Arabia, has abruptly flared into an open, serious stand-off.

Beginning on 5 June, a Saudi-led grouping of states including Egypt, Bahrain and UAE broke off diplomatic relations, and implemented travel and trade bans against Qatar. Qatar has said it will not retaliate.Saudi Arabia has closed Qatar’s only land border and ordered its citizens to leave Qatar.

The Saudis seem to believe that Qatar is also aiding or sheltering Saudi oppositionists.In fact both the contending states — Qatar and Saudi Arabia — have funded extremist Sunni militias in the Syrian civil war and elsewhere. The Saudis have also provided billions of dollars to fund fundamentalist, Wahhabi-aligned mosques across the world which have been an ideological breeding ground for jihadist groups. And much funding for Daesh (IS) and al-Qaeda comes from individuals in Saudi Arabia — something the Saudis have failed to prevent.

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Is Corbyn right on terrorism?

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Clive Bradley

“Jeremy Corbyn has said that terror attacks in Britain are our own fault,” claimed Theresa May on Friday. “I want to make something clear… there can never be an excuse for terrorism, there can be no excuse for what happened in Manchester.”

To explain the growth of Islamism in Europe, one needs to look at more than “Western policy”, but, as part of a wider, nuanced explanation, foreign policy plays its part.

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Daesh resurgence in Libya

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Simon Nelson and Charlotte Zalens

The fact that the perpetrator of the Manchester bombing, Salman Abedi, may have been part of a Daesh network in Libya has focused attention on the group outside of its main territories in Iraq and Syria. Daesh is known to have groups allied to it across the Middle East, Africa and Asia but in recent years their strength has grown in Libya.

Daesh now has groups allied to it across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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After Manchester: is more police the answer?

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Sacha Ismail

A central part of the Labour Party’s response to the Manchester atrocity has been to emphasise its call for more police officers — and now also more intelligence personnel. Labour is also promising more prison guards and borders agents.

The idea that more police is any kind of answer to the social decay, atomisation and despair in which Islamism as well as nationalism have grown is wrong.

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Against the terrorists, fight to rebuild hope

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Colin Foster

Only a rebirth of social hope can cut the roots of the vindictiveness-obsessed, death-obsessed political-Islamist movements.

The bombing at the Manchester Arena, which as we go to press has killed 22 and injured 59, has been claimed by Daesh as its own. Experts say that may be inaccurate and macabre boasting; but almost certainly the killer was an Islamist clerical-fascist of some sort.

We join many others in extending our solidarity to the families and friends of those killed and injured.

Only a rebirth of social hope can cut the roots of the death-obsessed political-Islamist movement which almost certainly carried out the Manchester bombing.

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Erdogan tries to reinforce his power

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Dan Katz

On Sunday 16 April, Turkey’s voters will cast ballots in a referendum. They will decide on proposals from the ruling Islamists, the Justice and Development (AK) party, led by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The main thrust of the 18 constitutional amendments that will be voted on as a package is to highly centralise power in the hands of the President. If Erdoğan wins he will also be able to run in Presidential elections in 2019 and 2024, meaning he could be in power until 2029.

Erdoğan is an unpleasant, thin-skinned Islamist authoritarian who has used a coup attempt in Turkey last summer to persecute all opposition.

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Chechnya: stop anti-gay state killings

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Mike Zubrowski

Over 100 men suspected of being gay have been rounded up and detained by the Chechen authorities, with many tortured and some killed.

Chechnya has an authoritarian and extremely repressive state presiding over a deeply homophobic society, but this development is shocking even in this context. Some of the suspected gay men were killed in violent raids, whilst others have been kept in secret “concentration-camp style” prisons, where many have been subjected to electric shocks and violent abuse, with some beaten to death.

The conservatism and homophobia in Chechnyan society is linked both to nationalism and to traditional and political Islam.

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