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Dr Paul Stott
East Midlands
Academic researching British Jihadism. A libertarian and family man.
Interests: Terrorism, Islamism, Jihadism, Conspiracy Theory, the political fringe, Boxing, Manchester United, Cricket, Lancashire CCC
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This morning BBC Radio 4's Start the Week was a discussion centering on the Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany, and his new work. What I found remarkable about this was less Al Aswany, or even the panel discussion, but the issues redolent in Tom Sutcliffe's introduction. Sutcliffe stated: "The greatness of Islamic societies in the past has led Muslims of all kinds to dream about and plan for equally glorious Islamic societies in the future. How can they get past the disappointing compromised and sometimes violent present though? Must an Islamic state necessarily be at odds with modern secular democracy?... Continue reading
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I am now the proud owner of a Micro-Pro 'hot water bottle with designer cover' - pictured below in all its glory. There is just one, small snag. According to the label, it seems you can't put any water in it. The 'Care Instructions' state: "Do not fill using water from the domestic hot water system as this can considerably shorten the life of the hot water bottle". What exactly are you supposed to put in, Evian? How can they not be filled using domestic water? Inexperienced as I am such matters, filling a hot water bottle has normally involved... Continue reading
No I am not. My children's school has decided to take today and tomorrow as an INSET day. Conveniently (for them) they also closed for the Christmas break half a day early, at 1330 on Friday 18th December. That gave my wife and I the choice of taking an unpaid afternoon off work to collect and look after the children, or paying a childminder to do it. Thousands of other parents have that same choice. I have no idea who schools are run for in England and Wales - the teachers, or the children. Let no one say it is... Continue reading
A Happy New Year to all readers of this blog. Let us start the year as we mean to go on, with some proper culture. This is The Ethiopians, and Last Train to Skaville. Continue reading
How terrified some have become of causing offence. So terrified that it even precludes the development of a rational argument. I have been reading the book "Double Jeopardy: Police Abuse of Women in Pakistan" by Dorothy Q Thomas. This was jointly published in 1992 by Women's Rights Project and Asia Watch, divisions of Human Rights Watch. I apologise for using a somewhat obscure title to make a broader political point, but even if the book itself is hard to pick-up now, the text is available online here. Following the introduction of Islamic law in 1979 by General Zia, the number... Continue reading
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All of the writers and researchers behind 9/11 Cultwatch would like to wish our readers a very merry Christmas. Thank you to the wesbite It Goes to 11 for providing all conspiracists with the essential item of clothing for the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at 9/11 CultWatch
Following their role in the 1984-5 miners strike, demonstrators took to mocking police officers with the sarcastic song "We're not political, we're only doing our jobs" whenever a group of uniformed police officers appeared anywhere in significant numbers. In 2015, it seems little has changed. Flicking through the current issue of the Docklands and East London Advertiser, there is a small report on a demonstration held outside East London Mosque on 11 December, following Friday prayers. Its purpose was to condemn US Presidential challenger Donald Trump, who responded to the San Bernadino terrorist attack by calling for a moratorium on... Continue reading
Today marks the one hundredth anniversary of the withdrawal of Australian and New Zealand troops from the coast of Ottoman Turkey on 19-20 December 1915. British troops were to follow suit on 8-9 January 1916. As a resource on WW1, and certainly in terms of suggestions for further reading, I have found the Independent/the i's "A History of the Great War in 100 Moments" - easily the best series I have seen in a British newspaper in years. I have the book version, and the small section on Gallipoli - number 27, pp.80-83, is evocatively written by Kathy Marks. The... Continue reading
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has today issued a report on the importance of knowledge in tackling honour crimes, female genital mutilation and forced marriage. What is significant in the report is that it indicates some thirty years worth of policies and approaches towards minority communities in Britain may be flawed. Top-down multi-culturalism rather depends on the big white chief speaking to a big brown (or black) chief. Yet this is precisely what may need to be avoided in combating the types of crimes listed above. "Overall, we found that the need to speak with the right people to build... Continue reading
Tucked away behind stories of floods, jihadist attacks and Christmas shopping, it is easy to forget the financial crisis in Greece continues, merely in quieter form. The Greek Parliament has just passed its budget for 2016, described thus by Madhumita Murgia: "The terms include privatising 50bn Euros of Greek assets to help repay its debts, slashing pensions, and the handing over of a veto power on domestic laws to Brussels. The 2016 budget, the first by the Tsipras-led government, includes 5.7bn Euros of public spending cuts, with 1.8bn Euros coming from pensions, and 500m Euros from defence. It also includes... Continue reading
The Algerian feminist Karima Bennoune has written of the importance of talking about 'it'. That when we talk about Islamic fundamentalism, that is what we need to talk about. So often debate and discussion rapidly moves away - backwards to the invasion of Iraq, or sideways into talk of 'Islamophobia,' Donald Trump or the government's Prevent strategy. A core response by some to the Paris attacks by Islamic State was not to talk about 'it,' but to complain that victims of the group's attacks in Lebanon the day before did not receive the same publicity as those in France. What... Continue reading
Following the armed attacks by Islamic State in Paris, a twitter feed, En Memoire, has been set up dedicated to the victims. It contains a picture and a brief pen portrait of all those who did not survive. You can view it in English here. One of the problems with the Internet is its immediate and ephemeral nature. It is to be hoped that this twitter account can be archived permanently. Continue reading
Speaking to people on the left in recent weeks, there is certainly some appetite among Corbynistas to de-select right wing Labour MPs, who it is feared will never by loyal to Jeremy Corbyn as leader. For Corbyn to develop and implement a clear programme, then put it to the electorate in 2020, such people have to go. But who will they be replaced by? An interesting example of who is waiting in the wings comes from Birmingham, where there are reports the former Respect party leader Salma Yaqoob is being lined up for a Labour seat. The incumbent at Birmingham... Continue reading
This evening Reinvestigate 9/11, the 'truth' organisation headed by Ian Henshall, has circulated supporters with a press release concerning Michael Meacher, the late MP for Oldham West and Royton. This mostly focuses on parts of Meacher's back catalogue most in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at 9/11 CultWatch
Owen Jones has a piece on the Guardian's Comment is Free about the 'joint enterprise' prosecution of Dr Lisa McKenzie. She was charged after someone else, at a Class War housing protest she had helped organise, put a sticker on a window. I think Jones' opposition to this is well-intentioned, but he does not get at some of the nuances I believe lie behind these types of police action. Part of the motivation behind prosecutions like this is to tie up important activists. To put them on the defensive, and to then divert other protesters away from what they are... Continue reading
Tucked away in the March 2002 memo from Colin Powell to George W Bush, discussing Tony Blair, was a small line which speaks volumes for New Labour. Colin Powell writes "We do not expect Blair to dwell on the steel decision". The Mail on Sunday explains this brief comment: "Loyal Blair would spare Bush's blushes by not making a public fuss about a US decision on import tariffs which had devastated Britain's steel industry." So much for our industrial base, and so much for the steel workers who had voted Labour. Looking through Alastair Campbell's diary for the period April... Continue reading
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The Sunday Times has today run a major article on John McDonell and his engagement with leading activists in the 9/11 'truth' movement. Sounds familiar? It certainly is familiar to readers of this blog. As far back as September 16th,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2015 at 9/11 CultWatch
Hi Rosanna - I lost touch with a lot of people when I had to move out of London in 2012. I have sent a message to an old friend of Anthony's who will hopefully be better placed than me to help you share your memories. Regards, Paul
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Dee - Thank you for that. Now I have found it I have added a link in the body of the article to the Evening Standard interview with Chris Blackhurst. I can only add if Quilliam have sought ought a firm with such strong military connections, they make a rod for their own backs with those so willing to slag them off at every opportunity.
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This evening's Evening Standard has a bizarre one page feature on Sven Hughes, a former military psy-ops expert, who now runs a marketing and PR firm called Verbalisation. Verbilisation has had some degree of profile due to its work with the anti-extremism think tank Quilliam. Here we hit the first problem. Given the degree of paranoia about and hatred for Qulliam from many Muslim representative groups, any PR company worth its salt would tell Quilliam to steer clear of Verbalisation, a company which Chris Blackwell's Standard piece claims is 'staffed largely by 'ex-military personnel'. The second problem with Verbalisation is... Continue reading
Bilal Abdul Kareem is an American Salafi Muslim who has developed a niche for himself as a journalist and film maker conducting interviews in the Middle East. British viewers may have first come across his work when the footage he obtained of a British jihadi in the Katiba al Muhajireen group in Syria, Ibrahim al Mazwagi, was broadcast by Channel 4 news. Depending on which source you read, al Mazwagi was either the first or second Brit to be killed in the Syrian civil war. As well as running his own website, Kareem's work appears on like minded sites, such... Continue reading
The air of liberal desperation over Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain is reminiscent of the fuss when a fan was spotted in a hijab at the Bradford City v Aston Villa league cup semi final in 2013. The normally composed journalist Jim White declared that this sight was the 'key to the future of the game'. As with that case, and the better known international furore over Malala Yousafzai, Nadiya Hussain's spell is cast solely by the hijab, and liberal dreams of a progressive, integrated Islam. Without it, she serves no purpose in terms of political utility. If... Continue reading
For those who use social media sites, the former NSA contractor turned whistle blower Edward Snowden appears to have opened a twitter account. Within four hours of his first tweet earlier today, he had 488,000 followers, but was following just one account himself - the US National Security Agency. When I did a twitter search under the single word 'Snowden' the first account which came up, was not that of Edward Snowden, but the account of the NSA. Big brother works in mysterious ways..... Continue reading
Having been left all dressed up with nowhere to go last week when the Corby Cube's showing of Death of a Gentleman was cancelled, I am delighted to report that the excellent Errol Flynn playhouse in Northampton stepped in to offer me a complimentary ticket for their showing. This review comes courtesy of their generosity. Death of a Gentleman opens, deliberately, in as cliched a manner as possible, with the sound of bird song and the sight of cricket on the village green. The opening words stress, correctly, that cricket is about values, and those being interviewed throughout the film... Continue reading