Archive for May, 2007
Some of you, especially if from Bradford, may have seen stickers on lamp-posts talking about British Oppression, an organisation set up to oppose anti-Islamic governmental policy. (You may also have seen the word “cancelled” written on the ones in the Morley Street area of Bradford, which is a lie). Anyhow, my good friend Jonny has kindly done some research and is proposing something interesting on his blog. I like to recommend people go read his post on the matter now.
I was reading a story a couple of days ago about a man who has left various Islamist groups and subsequently written a book about his experiences and what he sees as the state of play between the government and these groups. Sadly, I feel a sense that his noble aims of exposing those who would seek to impose a violent and deadly Islamist State on Britain are being caught up in the state/media project of Islamophobia. (more…)
The BBC was at a tech fair in London this week, and reported on several company’s prototypes for systems which allow RFID tags to be tracked using WIFI. This scares me immensely. Even worse, of the suggested uses for this technology, campuses and schools are high on the agenda. (more…)
Read this story, about South African public sector workers protesting over the lack of substantial pay rise, and was interested by comment concerning the ANC party which represented Black South Africans through the last of the apartheid era, and were subsequently elected by about 85% to run the country.
On behalf of the largest Union representing the strikers, Cosatu, spokesman Patrick Craven said “The [ruling party] ANC seems to have lost touch with the people they represented through the anti-apartheid years,” he told the BBC. “Lots of well qualified people like teachers and nurses are leaving the country, yet the government still refuses to improve their pay and conditions.”
Thought it might be amusing, having done a blog post on petitions, to look at some of the rejected petitions on the governments website, to see how many of them I’d like to sign. The following may be vaguely offensive, somewhat amusing or a complete let down, but lets see where this gets us shall we? (more…)