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Trump tells Middle East to ‘drive out’ Islamist extremists
May 22, 2017 By Faith Matters

Trump tells Middle East to ‘drive out’ Islamist extremists

President Donald Trump urged Arab and Islamic leaders on Sunday to unite and do their share to defeat Islamist extremists, making an impassioned plea to “drive out” terrorists while toning down his own harsh rhetoric about Muslims. Trump singled out Iran as a key source of funding and support for militant groups. His words aligned […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Death Sentence on Ahmad Al-Shabri is State Sponsored Murder
April 27, 2017 By Faith Matters

Saudi Arabia’s Death Sentence on Ahmad Al-Shabri is State Sponsored Murder

Have you ever heard of the country that the United Kingdom is friendly with and where we overlook their human rights record? Or have you heard about the country that sentences a man to death for blasphemy? No, we have not been watching the ‘Life of Brian’ recently and this is very real. Saudi Arabia […]

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Varinder Singh Bola
April 5, 2017 By Faith Matters

Varinder Singh Bola

Varinder is a Councillor in the London Borough of Redbridge. He is a member of the Redbridge Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE), and until recently was Chairman of the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel. Varinder works for a Whitehall think-tank, specialising in policy engagement with political parties on national defence and security policy […]

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‘Blind sheikh’ convicted in 1993 World Trade bombing dies in U.S. prison
February 20, 2017 By Faith Matters

‘Blind sheikh’ convicted in 1993 World Trade bombing dies in U.S. prison

Omar Abdel-Rahman, the Muslim cleric known as “the blind sheikh” who was convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and of planning a broader “war of urban terrorism” in the United States, died on Saturday in a North Carolina prison, authorities said. Abdel-Rahman, 78, died of natural causes at 9:40 a.m. (1440 […]

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Dame Louise Casey States that Integration is Not A ‘Two Way Street’
January 9, 2017 By Faith Matters

Dame Louise Casey States that Integration is Not A ‘Two Way Street’

Speaking at the Communities and Local Government Committee today, Dame Louise Casey made the case for the findings of her review into opportunity and integration which took over 14 months to complete. Speaking with a sense of purpose, Casey suggested that “integration was not a two way street”, and that in fact she saw it […]

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Jordanian police storm castle, free tourists, operation continuing – security source
December 18, 2016 By Faith Matters

Jordanian police storm castle, free tourists, operation continuing – security source

Jordanian security forces freed tourists trapped inside a medieval castle on Sunday after storming the building where armed men had taken shelter following a shoot-out with police that killed at least nine people, security sources said. A Canadian woman, three other civilians and five police officers were among the nine killed during the exchange of […]

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Casey Review Highlights a Number of Alarming Areas Around the Lack of Integration
December 5, 2016 By Faith Matters

Casey Review Highlights a Number of Alarming Areas Around the Lack of Integration

Dame Louise Casey’s long awaited report has highlighted a number of alarming areas and with one predominant feature. That at the heart of Government, a more robust and focussed approach needs to be taken on integration policies which have been previously ticked off by successive Governments by sponsoring interfaith work, as though the ‘tea and […]

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Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies aged 90
November 26, 2016 By Faith Matters

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies aged 90

Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday. He was 90. A towering figure of the 20th century and Cold War icon, Castro stuck to his ideology beyond the collapse of Soviet […]

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Iraq PM Abadi announces start of Mosul offensive
October 17, 2016 By Faith Matters

Iraq PM Abadi announces start of Mosul offensive

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday announced the start of an offensive to retake Mosul, the capital of Islamic State’s so-called caliphate in Iraq. “I announce today the start of the heroic operations to free you from the terror and the oppression of Daesh,” he said in a speech on state TV, using an […]

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REPORT LAUNCH: Sectarianism, Extremism & Hate Crime: The Impacts on the Ahmadiyya Community
October 9, 2016 By Faith Matters

REPORT LAUNCH: Sectarianism, Extremism & Hate Crime: The Impacts on the Ahmadiyya Community

This report, entitled ‘Sectarianism, Extremism and Hate Crime, the Impacts on the Ahmadiyya Community’, contextualises the historical and modern drivers of sectarianism against Ahmadi communities, both domestically and internationally. It highlights a history of social activities by Ahmadi groups and the manner in which they initially bridged Muslim and non-Muslim communities through debate, discourse and […]

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