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www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/03/theresa-may-report-foreign-funding-extremists-saudi-arabia


Most of us who have been following the information about where the funding for Islamic fundamentalist terrorism originates have a pretty good guess as to what is in this report. What is also interesting is the way Saudi Arabia has tried to blame Qatar for as much terrorist funding as it can, somehow trying to link Qatar and even Al Jazeera to both Iranian sponsored terrorism and ISIS, in a move designed to deflect attention, no doubt.

Of course 45, in his recent trip to Saudi, bought this line; not having a good relationship with intelligence agencies liable to give him better information, or even having an especially good relationship with intelligence per se.

But is sitting on this report the classic case of conflict of interest?

Muslim folk are a minority of under 4% in the U.K., the vast majority of whom are law-abiding and decent. These are folk who don't deserve to be targetted by xenophobes. However, it appears our government would prefer that than actually expose where the money to fund terrorism is coming from in case it disrupts income stream to our arms manufacturers, or alienates a business partner with deep pockets, lots of oil, and a fundamentalist creed and mentality.

As a nation the U.K. has, of late, really embraced the concept of conflict of interest. It is becoming as British English as queuing. This joins Brexit as another massive stupidity we can ascribe to years of educational underfunding, which is surely the greatest conflict of interest a democracy can exhibit. I mean it's not as if we don't know where the money comes from, but sitting on the report which confirms it, for diplomatic reasons, exposes ordinary Muslims to obloquy and xenophobic attack.

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Date: 4/7/17 05:54 (UTC)
asthfghl: (Слушам и не вярвам на очите си!)
From: [personal profile] asthfghl
Could we expect Qatar the rogue ally to be added to the no-entry US list? Hmmm.

Link's not working for some reason, btw.

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Date: 4/7/17 06:45 (UTC)
asthfghl: (Слушам и не вярвам на очите си!)
From: [personal profile] asthfghl
It's Qatar's new friendship with their enemy Iran that they're so worked up about. Not terrorism, or Al Jazeera's bias.

Can't say a thing about Biblical stuff really.
Edited Date: 4/7/17 06:45 (UTC)

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Date: 4/7/17 06:07 (UTC)
airiefairie: (Default)
From: [personal profile] airiefairie
Not including Saudi Arabia, the main source of terrorists, in the travel ban list, is the biggest piece of evidence for the hypocrisy of this US administration. Not that any other US administration would have done any different either - but arbitrarily defined travel bans are not a case we could easily contemplate about, what with the lack of precedent.

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Date: 4/7/17 07:13 (UTC)
mahnmut: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mahnmut
What's with conservatives' love for the awesome and freedom-promoting enlightened regime of Saudi Arabia?

Oh wait. Oil.

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Date: 5/7/17 13:39 (UTC)
abomvubuso: (Groovy Kol)
From: [personal profile] abomvubuso
Oh, Clinton and Obama were also meeting with the Saudis and doing business with them.

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Date: 7/7/17 06:03 (UTC)
abomvubuso: (Groovy Kol)
From: [personal profile] abomvubuso
I don't know that anyone has not been allowed to say it, frankly. Here, I'm saying it. And I'm not the first one to have come up with the thought.

Let's not imagine too much persecution when it's probably not there. Pluralism has existed for quite a while now.
Edited Date: 7/7/17 06:04 (UTC)

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Date: 7/7/17 06:50 (UTC)
abomvubuso: (Groovy Kol)
From: [personal profile] abomvubuso
You're not your government, and neither does your government necessarily represent you, or the collective "we" that is your society.

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