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Is the Muslim vote a growing factor in British politics?

Nasim Ahmed

Britain's Muslim community is sufficient in number to have a significant impact in the coming general election. Muslim voters are an "untapped resource" with the potential to seal the outcome of at least 32 constituencies; that would be more seats than the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and Green Party combined, based on the latest opinion polls.


Britain has to shed its ‘nasty’ reputation

Yvonne Ridley

In Victorian Britain the wealthy flocked to the South of France and the Mediterranean waters to escape the chill back home. Today it is a destination for hundreds of thousands of ordinary fun-seekers who view the azure blue seas as their own playground. With seaside destinations punctuated across France and further to Spain, Italy, Malta, Tunisia, Greece, Turkey and Egypt, it offers a cornucopia of climates, picturesque fishing villages and all-inclusive package holidays for families wanting a treasure chest of lifetime memories.


Of migrants, murder, and historical myopia

Italian coast guard military. [File photo]

Nearly 2,000 people have been killed this year while attempting to make the perilous sea journey across the Mediterranean to the supposed safe haven of Europe – or rather, 2,000 and counting. In the wake of the grim news of a further 900 reported deaths over the weekend, there has been an information scramble as news organisations and politicians alike attempt to explain what has happened and, crucially, what we can do about it. Cue much grovelling and hand-wringing by European officials, and the oft-reiterated pledge that "something must be done" about the "problem" of unsafe migrant routes.


Palestine is a cause that should transcend party politics

Ed Miliband, UK Labour Party Leader

As a Labour party supporter and member of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East (LFPME) I may be somewhat biased in advocating a Labour vote on 7 May, but some causes should transcend party politics, and Palestine is one of them.


Massive demonstration in Brussels on anniversary of Iranian occupation of Al-Ahwaz

Photo from the protest at Brussels on FridayOn Friday, 17 April 2015, a massive demonstration was held in front of the European Parliament in Brussels to commemorate both the 10th anniversary of the popular Ahwazi uprising of April 2005 and the 90th anniversary of the Iranian occupation of Al-Ahwaz (subsequently renamed 'Khuzestan') in 1925. The demonstration, in solidarity with Ahwazi Arabs living under brutal and oppressive Iranian occupation, condemned the persistent systemic injustice against them in the south and south-west of Iran.


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