Author Archive for Chris Blackburn

Chris Blackburn is a political analyst and writer based in the UK. He worked as a junior team member for the US National Intelligence Conference and Exposition (Intelcon 2005), which was organised by Slade Gorton and Jamie Gorelick; who were both members of the US National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission) He then went on to become a track leader for the Intelligence Summit 2006, which focused on the deteriorating security situation in Bangladesh and South Asia. Chris has briefed journalists on extremist movements and terrorism. He has also worked with productions teams from BBC’s Panorama and Channel 4’s Dispatches. He has also written for David Horowitz’s Frontpagemag.com, The Spittoon, The Weekly Durdesh and others.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The now infamous photograph of Prince Charles being flanked by Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Tanzeem Wasti, shows how the Jamaat movement become routed in British society. Mueen Uddin represents the Jamaat movement in Bangladesh and Wasti, the main Pakistani branch. A quick review of the Princes speech at the opening of the Markfield Institute shows that the British establishment has chosen to give the Jamaat movement a Royal seal of approval.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

In the 1970s, Henry Kissinger, the former US Secretary of State, said that Bangladesh was a ‘basket case’ an ungovernable and chaotic nation with little prospect of succeeding into a viable nation state. He was wrong, flatly wrong; however there…

Economise this?

The Economist, a British political and business magazine, has been accused of running a smear campaign against Bangladesh. Last July, the Economist ran an article called ‘Embracable you’ which made serious allegations against the current Bangladeshi government with little facts…

Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin: Killer?

On Sunday, the British broadsheet The Daily Mail, reported that Bangladeshi prosecution investigators connected to the International Crime Tribunals-Bangladesh had finished their investigations into the suspected war crimes of Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan. After the Liberation War of 1971, both men escaped the newly formed state of Bangladesh looking for shelter in the West. Mueen-Uddin went to the United Kingdom and Khan to the United States.

Terrorism: The Tale of Three Cities

The recent US Congressional investigations, led and chaired by Senator Carl Levin, into banking mismanagement and financial crimes have shown a number of important issues dealing with national and international security have failed to have been addressed since the global…

Syed Saleem Shahzad: Hero of Pakistan

When I heard the news of Syed Saleem Shahzad’s murder I inevitably felt deep sorrow. My sympathies go to his family and those like me who feel that something is now missing from their lives. Shahzad gave me hope. He…

Osama bin Laden is Dead

He’s dead. May 2ndwill be a day which is ingrained in world history. Osama bin Laden was involved in major terrorist atrocities throughout the globe. He has finally been silenced; almost a decade after the 9/11 attacks. We should applaud…

Who’s Afraid of Sarmila Bose?

Dr. Bose has a bad reputation in South Asia; questions have been raised about her academic objectivity and questionable bias in her attempts to rewrite modern South Asian history. In June 2005, Dr. Bose was invited to deliver an academic paper at a two-day conference in Washington D.C at the request of the United States Department of State. In the paper she claimed that sections of Bangladesh and Indian society had deliberately exaggerated war crimes allegations.

Muslim Aid’s International Network

Muslim Aid UK and its affiliates such as the UK Islamic Mission have close ties to Pakistan’s largest Islamic fundamentalist party- the Jamaat-i-Islami. I have previously written a series of articles on Muslim Aid and the Muslim Council of Britain’s…

Leading the Way

Sheikh Hasina is showing other governments how to tackle extremism. Over the past few months Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, has been lauded by international politicians for her role in tackling extremism. Her forthright and courageous effort to…