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Phenomenally brave defiance in the face of murderous intimidation. And shameful that such bravery is again being left to this small publication to display alone.


Charlie Hebdo: Magazine to republish Mohammed cartoons as attack trial begins news.sky.com/story/charlie-…
Still the greatest piece I've read on #CharlieHebdo and the concept of spreading the risk.

Here's another great piece on the topic by @GSpellchecker.

The media collectively self-censored in 2015 and let #CharlieHebdo face the music and bullets on their own.

5 years later, they're doing it again.

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Sep 22, 2020
I've been looking for a reasonable and well argued explanation as to how JK Rowling's views on trans issues render her a hateful bigot who "denies trans people the right to exist".

This, unfortunately, is not it.
One of the most common stumbling blocks to productive conversation in recent years is an uncharitable asumption of nefarious motive.

Apparently the only possible motive for Rowling's position is an instinctive hatred of trans people and a bigotted wish to deny their rights. Image
This trend of attacking people's words primarily on the basis of the imagined motive they have for saying them, or their surface level similarity to arguments made by genuinely bigotted people, is intensely irritating and should be a lot more ineffective than it currently is.
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Sep 14, 2020
"All of these cases of western jihadist terrorism appear disconnected in any formal organisational sense. But they are linked through a set of ideas introduced to them by…the al-Qaeda ideologue and strategist Anwar al-Awlaki."
spectator.co.uk/article/je-sui… @spectator
Worth noting that the Islamists of @UK_CAGE have hosted "Imam al-Awlaki" at their events on a number of occasions and still have on their website a mutually fawning interview with him 5 years after they claimed it had been taken down. Image
CAGE research director Asim Qureshi wrote that the al-Qaeda propagandist personified the "needs of the Muslim community."

CAGE community relations director Azad Ali said that al-Awlaki was "endearing' and his "favourite speaker". "I really do love him" he announced.
Read 5 tweets
Sep 10, 2020
It appears it's now nessecary for counter-terrorism experts to explain to professional grievance-mongers why someone saying their final prayers in public might be relevant to the religiously motivated suicide bombing they commit moments later. 1/4
This is where perpetual outrage becomes dangerous. The public are now being told that important pre-incident indicators are not only irrelevant, but that viewing them as relevant is bigotted. This puts innocent lives at risk all for the pathetic excuse of not causing offence. 2/4
The fact that @BBCNews immediately buckled to the demands of this whimpering man-child at the Muslim Council of Britain @miqdaad and prioritised his sensitivities over information that may save lives is a maddening testament to how ludicrous our current climate is. 3/4
Read 4 tweets
Sep 5, 2020
A compilation of @habibi_uk's excellent threads on the jihadist PR bureau @UK_CAGE and their promotion, defence, whitewashing, and support for extraordinarily dangerous terrorists.

Utterly damning yet barely scratching the surface of this insidious organisation:
CAGE whitewashes the perpetrator of the Glasgow airport terror attack as “unbelievably warm, kind, gentle, loving, unextreme to the maximum” and claims that his attempted atrocity was "understandable."

CAGE figurehead commissions and publishes extremist literature written by a man who subsequently joined al-Qaeda and is currently serving a minimum 40 year sentence for plotting to blow up the New York stock exchange among other targets.

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Aug 20, 2020
This report oddly omits any mention of the ideology that drove the Abedi brothers to brutally murder 22 people.

Hope this is a glitch/innocent ommision rather than a result of the recent discussions on dropping the term 'Islamism' from counter-terrorism policing.
Still, at least it doesn't subsitute the term with any of the preposterous euphemisms that were being proposed:

- “faith-claimed terrorism”
- “terrorists abusing religious motivations”
- “adherents of Osama bin Laden’s ideology"

Read 4 tweets
Aug 16, 2020
THREAD: Moazzam Begg is the "Outreach Director" and public face of "advocacy group" @UK_CAGE. He has traded on & lamented the fact that he is - in his own words - "a full time terror suspect."

There are however, good reasons for viewing Begg in this way.
In the mid-90's Begg had a conspicuous habit of popping up in the middle of war zones - notably Chechnya and Bosnia where he attended a jihadi training camp and readily admits to participating in the fighting.
In 1998 Begg founded the Maktabah Al Ansar bookshop regularly frequented by jihadists for its extremist material. It was described by the CIA as "a known jihadist gathering place" and reported as having sold its literature to "almost every major terrorist in Britain."
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