A shadowy UK government propaganda unit that privately declares that it works to “effect behavioural and attitudinal change” among British Muslims has drawn up plans to begin operating in France. The Research, Information and Communications Unit (RICU), which is based at the Home Office in London, generates films, social media, websites, leaflets and news stories that are intended to influence public opinion while concealing the British government’s role in their creation….middle east
“The Sri Lankan authorities must protect the country’s Muslim minority as it is being targeted by mobs in horrific attacks on their homes, mosques and businesses in the wake of the Easter Sunday massacre.
“These attacks did not emerge out of a vacuum. There were clear signs that a backlash against Muslims was underway, and the authorities could have acted on reports of threats earlier, potentially preventing much of the violence over recent days….more: Amnesty
In the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attack, a reimagined version of a famous New Zealand symbol has garnered plenty of online attention.
A majority of registered voters in a new a new Hill-HarrisX poll say Muslims and Jews face more discrimination than other religious groups in the U.S.
Eighty-five percent of respondents said Muslims face discrimination, while 15 percent said they face almost no discrimination or no discrimination at all in the U.S. Seventy-nine percent also said Jews face discrimination, with 21 percent disagreeing…more: the hill
On Friday, the leader colloquially known as MBS arrived in China, another country accused of authoritarianism, to meet with officials there. He was greeted by China’s Vice Premier Han Zheng and signed key agreements with Beijing related to energy production and the chemical industry. During his visit, he also appeared to defend China’s use of re-education camps for its country’s Muslim population…..
There was a classic example of the Muslim inquisition at work last week in the US. “This new VM just came into my office. @IlhanMN,” he wrote. “This is just another day in my world as an American Jew in Congress. Would love to know what part of this hate filled, anti-Semitic rant you disagree with? I disagree with all of it. Do you?” He was just curious, you see. He was just asking whether a Muslim congresswoman agrees with an anonymous voicemail, sent by someone unknown to her, who thinks that Hitler should have finished his job…..MORE: THEGUARDIAN
…There are more than 20 million Muslims in China, and 10 of the country’s 55 officially recognized minorities are traditionally Muslim, with the largest by far being the Hui and the Uighur. Islam’s history in China is more than a millennium old, and there have been previous clashes—as with other faiths—between imperial authorities and believers, most notably the Dungan rebellions of the 19th century. Muslim minority cuisine is common, cheap, and popular throughout the country; these restaurants usually feature…….more: foreignpolicy.com
One of the darkest episodes of the 20th century was the gulag — the Soviet system of forced labor camps where dissidents were imprisoned in terrible conditions, often to perish. The camps were established by Lenin, expanded by Stalin and finally exposed to the world by the great Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, with his 1973 masterpiece, “The Gulag Archipelago.” “Thin strands of human lives stretch from island to island of Archipelago,” he wrote, and “it is enough if you don’t freeze in the cold, and if thirst and hunger don’t claw at your insides.”…MORE: NYT