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Mental Health Issues Are Increasingly Behind Frenzied Atacks
August 4, 2016 By Faith Matters

Mental Health Issues Are Increasingly Behind Frenzied Atacks

The murder of a 60 year old U.S. citizen on the streets of London is another indicator of how mental health issues are increasingly found to be at the heart of frenzied attacks. However, it is important to clarify and note that the vast and overwhelming majority of individuals who suffer mental health issues are […]

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Pope says it wrong to identify Islam with violence
July 31, 2016 By Faith Matters

Pope says it wrong to identify Islam with violence

Pope Francis said on Sunday that it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism. “I think it is not right to identity Islam with violence,” he told reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome after a five-day trip […]

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Facebook Page to the Murderer of Asad Shah is An Affront to Decency
July 10, 2016 By Faith Matters

Facebook Page to the Murderer of Asad Shah is An Affront to Decency

We were notified last week of a Facebook page to the self-confessed killer of Asad Shah, Tanveer Qadiri. The Facebook page, which has 1,621 ‘Likes’ on it, (as of the 10th of July), glorifies and attracts sympathisers who glorify the killer of Asad Shah who was brutally attacked outside his shop in Glasgow. The attack […]

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In numbers: counter-terrorism powers disproportionately affect ethnic and religious minorities in Britain
May 18, 2016 By Faith Matters

In numbers: counter-terrorism powers disproportionately affect ethnic and religious minorities in Britain

In September 2015, the Home Office released data on terrorism statistics, allowing us to review the use of terrorism-related powers on ethnic and religious minority communities. What we have found is that there is a significant level of racial profiling across counter-terrorism powers in Britain. All minority ethnic communities are affected by disproportionality but we […]

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The Wider Image: On patrol with the Sinjar Resistance Units
May 11, 2016 By Faith Matters

The Wider Image: On patrol with the Sinjar Resistance Units

Pictures from resistance units in Sinjar Province – stand off against IS forces.  

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Israeli who abducted, killed Palestinian teen gets life term
May 3, 2016 By Faith Matters

Israeli who abducted, killed Palestinian teen gets life term

An Israeli man convicted of murdering a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem, a crime that helped trigger the 2014 Gaza war, was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison. Jerusalem District Court sentenced Yosef Haim Ben-David, who organised the killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair, to life, which in Israel usually means around 25 years, and […]

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Attack on Sikh Gurdwara May Indicate the Fusion of Criminality with Extremism
April 21, 2016 By Faith Matters

Attack on Sikh Gurdwara May Indicate the Fusion of Criminality with Extremism

News that the Sikh Gurdwara in the western German city of Essen may have been attacked by young people linked to a local fundamentalist extremist network has shifted focus away from far right groups, who were initially suspected for the attack. Police have suggested that the two suspects arrested have links to a local Salafist […]

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Azerbaijan Declares 2016, the Year of Multiculturalism
March 30, 2016 By Faith Matters

Azerbaijan Declares 2016, the Year of Multiculturalism

Not many people know about this nation surrounding the Caspian Sea. When some hear of Azerbaijan, they think about an exotic land and possibly about energy resources if they have kept abreast of news stories recently. Yet Azerbaijan has a deep history of tolerance towards other faiths and traditions. Many do not know that Azerbaijan […]

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Killings in Brussels Warrant a Response That Does Not Alienate
March 22, 2016 By Faith Matters

Killings in Brussels Warrant a Response That Does Not Alienate

The mass murder and carnage that took place today in Brussels has led to a measured response from the public and from others on social media. The sheer brutality of the killing has led to a response that has talked of communities ‘coming together’ against the extremists and terrorists. This is the right and proportionate […]

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On friendship between faiths
December 18, 2015 By Faith Matters

On friendship between faiths

Dear Community, Our synagogue received three unusual Chanukkah cards last week. They each begin Dear Jewish Community, I send this message to you as a Muslim. I share with you the celebration of spiritual light that opposes the darkness of religious hatred. Each concludes ‘Your Muslim neighbour’ and carries a personal signature. The Joseph Interfaith […]

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