June 16, 2011

Al Qaeda names new leader

by Jan Harris

Signalling its intention to continue its terror campaign, Al Qaeda has named Egyptian militant Ayman al-Zawahiri as its new leader, six weeks after Osama Bin Laden was killed by the US. Ayman Al-Zawahiri served as Osama bin Laden’s deputy, but he is said to be less charismatic than the former leader and is also believed […]

June 15, 2011

al-Qaeda calls on jihadis to attack churches in the west

by Jan Harris

In its first video message since Osama bin Laden was killed, al-Qaeda has called for Muslims to attack the West’s sacred places. The 100-minute video showed Adam Gadahn, an American-born spokesman for the terrorist group, calling upon jihadis (religious warriors) living in western countries to arm themselves and attack institutions and public figures. The video […]

June 14, 2011

Report claims Tower Hamlets being ‘Islamicised’

by Jan Harris

A report by the Sunday Telegraph suggests that the London borough of Tower Hamlets is been terrorised by Muslims determined to ‘Islamicise’ the area, while their campaign is being covered up the police. Fear of being branded ‘racist’ has led police to ignore hate crimes, or hide evidence that could implicate Muslims in them, according […]

June 13, 2011

Deal promises exploitation-free Olympic merchandise

by Jan Harris

An agreement signed in Indonesia could extend the Olympic ideal of fair play to the companies that make merchandise for the games. The deal was signed in Jakarta, between brands such as Adidas and Nike, and trade unions. It will allow unions to represent workers in Indonesian, who are making the merchandise from the 2012 […]

June 10, 2011

Schindler’s list creator dies

by Jan Harris

Mietek Pemper, who was responsible for the list of Jewish prisoners saved by Oscar Schindler in World War II, has died at the age of 91. Pemper produced the list while imprisoned at the Plaszow concentration camp. During his internment he worked as a typist to commandant Amon Geoth where he had access to letters […]

June 9, 2011

Aberdeen church may leave Church of Scotland

by Jan Harris

Gilcomston South Church in Union Street, Aberdeen may leave the Church of Scotland because it believes its decision to allow the induction of gay ministers is a move away from the authority of scripture. Gilcomston Church has been considering its position since gay minister Scott Rennie was appointed at Aberdeen’s Queen’s Cross Church in 2009. […]

Archbishop of Canterbury criticises government’s reforms

by Jan Harris

As guest editor of this week’s New Statesman magazine, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has stirred up more than a few ripples in Westminster. In the ‘big society’ issue, Dr Williams is highly critical of the coalition government’s education, welfare and health policies, saying they have caused “bafflement and indignation” among ordinary people. […]

June 8, 2011

Turin Shroud signed by renaissance artist

by Jan Harris

Italian art historian Luciano Buso claims to have found the signature of Master Giotto on the Turin Shroud, pointing to it having been created in the early Renaissance period. The Turin Shroud is believed to have been used to wrap the body of Christ after he was crucified. Buso claims that the presence of Giotto […]

June 7, 2011

Petition calls for military not education cuts

by Jan Harris

The Campaign Against Arms Trade’s Universities Network has presented a petition to David Cameron calling for the government to “cut military spending, not education”. Campaign Against Arms Trade is a network of people working together to end the arms trade, and its Universites Network campaigns to break the links between universities and arms companies. The […]

June 6, 2011

New counter-terrorism strategy launched

by Jan Harris

The government is launching the latest version of its counter-terrorism strategy this week, and UK universities are coming under fire for being complacent in their attitude to radical Muslim groups. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Home Secretary Theresa May claims that it is too easy for extreme Muslim groups to establish themselves on […]

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