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Who are the DUP?



Read original article by Adam Ramsay on the open democracy or read a quick summary below;

  1. Theresa May’s new partners in government have strong historical links with Loyalist paramilitary groups. Specifically, the terrorist group Ulster Resistance was founded by a collection of people who went on to be prominent DUP politicians.
  2. Peter Robinson, for example, who was DUP leader and Northern Ireland’s first minister until last year, was an active member of Ulster Resistance. The group’s activities included collaborating with other terrorist groups including the Ulster Volunteer Force, to smuggle arms into the UK, such as RPG rocket launchers.
  3. Of course, Northern Ireland has moved towards peace, and the DUP, like their opponents in Sinn Fein, have rescinded violence. As part of that normalisation, the fact that parties which include people who have abandoned civil war can be brought into the democratic process is a good thing. But for the Tories to end an election campaign which they spent attacking Corbyn for his alleged links to former Northern Irish terrorists by going into coalition with a party founded by former Northern Irish terrorists would be a deep irony.
  4. It’s also important to know their politics. When Enoch Powell was expelled from the Tory party after his fascist turn, he moved to Northern Ireland. There, his campaign manager was a young man named Jeffrey Donaldson, who says on his website:
  5. “I worked alongside two of the greatest names in Unionism in the 20th century. Between 1982 and 1984 I worked as Enoch Powell’s constituency agent, successfully spearheading Mr. Powell’s election campaigns of 1983 and 1986 when the South Down seat was retained despite the fact the constituency contained a natural ‘nationalist’ majority.”

When the Ottoman Caliphate Saved Britain

When the Ottoman Caliphate Saved Britain

From her accession to the throne in 1558, Queen Elizabeth began seeking diplomatic, commercial and military ties with Muslim rulers.

In 1570, when it became clear that Protestant England would not return to the Catholic faith, the pope excommunicated Elizabeth and called for her to be stripped of her crown.

Soon the might of Catholic Spain was against her, an invasion was imminent.

English merchants were prohibited from trading with the rich markets of the Spanish Netherlands.

Economic and political isolation threatened to destroy the newly Protestant country.

Elizabeth responded by reaching out to the Ottoman Caliphate. Spain’s only rival was the Ottoman Empire ruled by Sultan Murad III.

The Ottomans had been fighting the Hapsburgs for decades, conquering parts of Hungary.

Elizabeth hoped that an alliance with the Sultan would provide much needed relief from Spanish military aggression and enable her merchants to tap into the lucrative markets of the East.

The Caliphate was far more powerful than Elizabeth’s little Island nation floating in the soggy mists off Europe.

Elizabeth wanted to explore her new trade alliances, but couldn’t afford to finance them. Her response was to exploit the obscure commercial innovation – joint stock companies.

The capital from the companies was used to fund the costs of commercial voyages.

Elizabeth enthusiastically backed the Muscovy company which traded with Persia and went on to inspire the formation of a company that traded with the Ottomans and the East India Company which would eventually conquer India.

In the 1580s she signed a commercial agreement with the Ottomans that would last over 300 years granting her merchants free commercial access to Ottoman lands.

As money poured in, Elizabeth began writing letters to her Muslim counterparts extolling the benefits of reciprocal trade.

She wrote as a supplicant, calling Murad “The most mighty ruler of the Kingdom of Turkey, sole and above all, and most sovereign monarch of the East Empire.”

She also played on their mutual hostility to Catholicism, describing herself as “the most invincible and most mighty defender of the Christian faith against all kind of idolatries.”

Thousands of English traders crossed many of today’s regions, like Aleppo and Mosul which were far safer than they would have been on a journey through Catholic Europe where they risked falling into the hands of the Inquisition.

Some Englishman even converted to Islam such as Samson Rowlie, a Norfolk merchant who became Hassan Aga.

English aristocrats delighted in the silks and spices of the East, exchanged it for munitions that were shipped out to Turkey.

The sugar, silks, carpets and spices transformed what the English ate, how they decorated their homes and how they dressed.

Despite the commercial success, the British economy was unable to sustains its reliance on far-flung trade.

After Queen Elizabeth’s death in 1604, the new King, James I, signed a peace treaty with Spain ending England’s exile.

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UK not breaking law by selling arms to Saudi Arabia

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  1. The UK Government is not breaking the law by continuing to sign off the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, the High Court has ruled.
  2. The UN claims strikes on Houthi rebels caused thousands of civilian deaths.
  3. The Government said defence exports would continue to be reviewed but the Campaign Against the Arms Trade said an appeal against the ruling was planned.
  4. Equipment sold to Saudi Arabia includes Typhoon and Tornado fighter jets, as well as precision-guided bombs
  5. The sales contribute to thousands of engineering jobs in the UK, and have provided billions of pounds of revenue for the British arms trade.
  6. Rosa Curling, of law firm Leigh Day, which represented the campaign group, said: “Nothing in the open evidence, presented by the UK government to the court, suggests this risk does not exist in relation to arms to Saudi Arabia.
  7. James Lynch, Amnesty International’s head of arms control and human rights, said the ruling was “deeply disappointing”.
  8. The judges said “closed material”, which had not been made public for national security reasons, “provides valuable additional support for the conclusion that the decisions taken by the secretary of state not to suspend or cancel arms sales to Saudi Arabia were rational”.

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UK and US: The myth of the special relationship

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The wreckage of WW2 left Britain effectively bankrupt and militarily overextended, whilst America emerged as the new superpower.

In order to stay relevant in global politics, Britain considered it essential to continue Churchill’s wartime alliance with the US.

In order to stay relevant in global politics, Britain considered it essential to continue Churchill’s wartime alliance with the US.

Britain allowed America to establish bases for B-29 bombers initiating foreign military bases on British soil.

The Secretary of State, Ernest Bevin, acknowledged the gravity of this decision and said “Permanent peacetime bases involved quite new principles.”

By 1950, the Americans were basing bombers carrying nuclear weapons in Britain as well as established NATO.

Even though WW2 ended, Britain took an unprecedented decision to continue conscription into peacetime.

Britain paid a “blood price” to show their commitment to US foreign policy and to project itself as a global power like the US.

This came at the peak of the Korean War when the Communist North invaded the South in June 1950.

British chiefs were opposed to sending troops to Korea to avoid harming relationswith Mao Zedong’s Communist China.

British chiefs were opposed to sending troops to Korea to avoid harming relationswith Mao Zedong’s Communist China.

“Refusal to provide troops would harm Anglo-American relations.” The cabinet decided that “British land forces should be sent in order to consolidate Anglo-American friendship and to placate American public opinion.”

In 1956, Britain’s futile attempt in invading Egypt in alliance with France and Israel was cut short by American political pressure.

Yet the British remained fully committed to maintaining an alliance with the USAregardless of the post-war humiliation.

Similarly, besides the strong opinion against America’s Vietnam war, Britain supplied military hardware and troops.

There are countless more examples in recent history that show that the “special” relationship only benefits one side.

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Touching picture shows woman in a niqab comforting elderly woman who fell down on bus

 

  1. A picture of a Muslim woman comforting an elderly lady who had fallen on a bus has touched the hearts of thousands of social media users.
  2. The post has been shared more than 34,000 times since it was shared yesterday by a Facebook user called Hamza Young Boss.
  3. There has been a huge rise in hate crimes following the London Bridge terrorist attack, with a large amount of the attacks in the street directed at British Muslims.
  4. Hamza was travelling on a bus from Ilford to Barking when the elderly woman fell and became stuck near the doors. Her head had become wedged between and metal pole and the door frame, leaving her lying on her back on the bus floor. Hamza posted the image to Facebook with the caption: “An 84-year-old lady just got her head stuck between the door and metal pole on El1 bus from Ilford to Barking. “The Muslim lady holding her hand supported her for 20 minutes until the ambulance arrived. This is the real Islam.”
  5. The post has since been liked 29,000 times with over 34,000 shares. Facebook users have been quick to praise her actions.

 

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Top 5 Muslim Responses in the Media

Top 5 Muslim Responses in the Media

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Top 5 Most Hated British Prime Ministers

Watch 5 of the most hated British Prime Ministers. Sadly, there’s too many highlights from their careers and many more British Prime Ministers people have hated in the past, but we’re unable to cover them all!

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Top 5 Fires in Britain

Today, inferno style fires like we saw in the London Grenfell Tower, are few and far between. Fire safety is generally at an all-time high, however, there have still been a number of major cases in living memory due to many factors including accidents, health and safety or Government neglect. In this video we take a look at the top 5 British Fire Accidents.

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Three young siblings chose to STAY inside burning Grenfell Tower with elderly parents rather than let them die alone

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  1. Three young siblings chose to stay and die with their parents in the Grenfell Tower fire – rather than leave them to die alone on the 17th floor, it’s emerged.
  2. As smoke and flames engulfed the 17th floor, bride-to-be Husna Begum, 22, and her brothers, Hanif, 26, and Hamid, 29, explained their decision to stay to relatives on the phone.
  3. In an emotional conversation more than two hours after the blaze began, the children told them that there was no way they could leave their mother, Rabeya, who was in her 60s, and 82-year-old father, Kamru Miah.
  4. The British-Bangladeshis also told their relatives not to grieve for them as they were ‘going to a better place’.
  5. It’s been claimed they had an ‘opportunity’ of almost an hour after the fire began at around 12.50am to make their way to safety – until about 1.45pm – and were last heard of on the phone at 3.10am.
  6. Ms Begum was due to get married in Leicester next month – and her distraught fiancé and extended family are expected to remember them in a public prayer ceremony at 6pm today.
  7. One brother Mohammed Hakim, who had been at the home earlier in the evening but left before the blaze, is known to have survived. 

    Their cousin, Samir Ahmad, 18, told The Times : “Their dad could barely walk anyway.

    “What were they going to do? Abandon him?”

    Mr Ahmad said he believed “until around 1.45am they could have left their parents, but they didn’t.”

    Of their final conversation, he said: “My auntie spoke to Hanif. He was very calm.

    “He said his time had come, and not to mourn for them, but be happy for them because they would be in a better place.

     

     

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