Islamic extremism, Kenya and alleged racism in cricket…

One of England’s most senior Bishops, The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali says, “Islamic extremists have created no-go areas across Britain, making it too dangerous for non-muslims to enter.”  The Bishop also warns that attempts are being made to give Britain an “Increasingly Islamic character. “The Muslim Council of Britain says these statements are “highly irresponsible and is an example of scaremongering.” Muslim groups have called on the Bishop to give clear examples of these so-called “no-go” areas in Britain.  Is the Bishop right to say this? Or is it as the MCB say, that this is an example of scaremongering and nothing more?

A convoy of food trucks has left the Kenyan port of Mombasa, in an effort to tackle a humanitarian crisis triggered by Kenya’s disputed elections.   Latest indications show that violence in Kenya is waning and life is starting to return to normal. 

The violence, much of it blamed on ethnic tensions, has killed 350 people.   The UN says 250,000 people have been made homeless.  Across Kenya on Sunday, church services have been held calling for peace.   How do Kenyans recover from their recent ordeal?  Can they move forward, quickly and effectively?

Another story that’s caught my eye..India spinner Harbhajan Singh has been banned for three Tests after being found guilty of racial abuse during the stormy second Test against Australia.  According to a statement from the International cricket council, it’s alleged that Harbhajan had an argument with Andrew Symonds, Australia’s only non white player, during which time he used the word ‘monkey’ directed at Symonds. 

Umpire, Mike Procter said he “was satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that Harbhajan Singh directed that word at Andrew Symonds and also that he meant it to offend on the basis of Symonds’ race or ethnic origin.”  Harbhajan Singh denies he made any such remark.  India have now suspended their cricket tour of Australia pending an outcome of an appeal against the ban on Singh.

6 Responses to “Islamic extremism, Kenya and alleged racism in cricket…”

  1. January 7, 2008 at 11:29

    The Kenyan crisis has been misllabelled a tribal clash between the Kikuyu and others.Nothing can be further from the truth. Granted Kikuyus have been easy targets where they exist but the voilence has continued even in homogeneus communities where no Kikuyu exist.

    The problem in Kenya is that a good part of the young population is undertrained, unemployed and had a lot of hope in promises made by the ODM during the campaign.

    The Kenyan clashes is therefore more of a youth uprising than tribal clashes.If the perception that ODM has been treated unfairly continue to persist then a wider problem involving organizations like Alkeida can be expected.The only solution is to re-run the polls and if ODM lose fairly it can be explained away.

  2. 2 steve
    January 7, 2008 at 13:44

    Never been to these so-called no go areas, so I cannot know. Would anyone who lives in the UK comment on this? I’ve read that in France there are “no-go” areas where the police are even to afraid to enter. If this is true, and you allow this to happen, you really should develop a national background and do something about this.

    As for the cricket racism incident, it clearly must be false, as only whites are racist, otherwise everything I’ve ever been forced to believe has been a lie!

  3. January 7, 2008 at 17:21

    I used to live and work in Whitechapel, London in the 60s – mostly cockneys, Irish and Jewish people in those days. I returned about 10 years ago to find that the area and block of apartments I used to live in had become a Bangladehi only district – it looked intimidating – and no way was I going to attempt looking round my old haunts.

  4. 4 vincent okwechime
    January 7, 2008 at 18:39

    Racism is a pervasive issue which should be discussed.I am a lawyer from Nigeria who is married 2 a white German but I have experienced racism everywhere, in the US where I was a student,in England where – attended Cambridge and elsewhere.There is no basis for this at all and I welcome your Programme as one that needs to bring the issue out in the open.

  5. 5 Rian
    January 7, 2008 at 18:44

    In the Muslim world they do not give much rights to foreigners, they condenm preaching of other cultures and norms. Britian civilians are just reacting on a much debated topic that has been dragging along for too long. Why in the muslim world do foreigners have soo little to represent, whilst in Britain they have more rights than British people; almost. The British is too politically correct and this is why the British youth are reacting to the muslim community in this way. I do not support it, although i do understand why this is happening.

  6. 6 George
    January 9, 2008 at 03:10

    UK folk,

    why not toss the people taking over your country out?

    Just sweep every “no go” zone in the UK, put the Muslims on cattle barges, tow them to Saudi Arabia, and drop them off.

    Forgive me, but it seems not only fitting, but indicated.

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