British Musician willing to face prison

#1
Nawaz is at pains to point out that he deplores the killing of innocent people, and that although he knows "how suicide bombers feel", he'd encourage them to take action against military targets only.

The Guardian explains what all the fuss is about:


The album, All is War (The Benefits of G-had), contains one track which uses the words of Bin Laden issuing "a statement of reason and explanation of impending conflict" and equates him with Che Guevara. Another forensically recreates a suicide bomber at work. The opening song is a rejection of what Nawaz sees as the hypocrisy and immorality of the west. One supposedly dream-like track predicts the demise of America at the hands of Islam.


Aki joins a long line of artists who have made silly political statements. Eric Clapton famously encouraged his fans to support Enoch Powell to "prevent Britain becoming a black colony". David Bowie described Hitler as "one of the first rock stars" and - possibly - once gave a Nazi salute. Their careers both recovered.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/5126152.stm

Musician 'willing to face prison'



Aki Nawaz denied the music condoned terrorism against civilians

A musician who has written an album describing suicide bombers has said he is prepared to be imprisoned under new anti-terrorism legislation.
Fun-Da-Mental frontman Aki Nawaz could face prosecution under glorification of terrorism laws for the content of All Is War (The Benefits of G-Had).

"If it means taking the rap and promoting the album from Belmarsh prison, I'll do it," he said.

The release has been delayed after record bosses threatened to resign.

'Repulsive'

"If I believe what I've done to be true, then I'll stick by my work 100%," Nawaz said.

"What I have to say isn't new - other people have said far more contentious stuff than me," added the musician, who has been with the band since 1991.


One of the songs, called Cookbook DIY, contains the lyrics: "I'm strapped-up 'cross my chest, bomb belt attached, deeply satisfied with the pain I hatched, electrodes connected to a gas cooker lighter."

But Nawaz denied the music condoned terrorism against civilians.

"As far as terrorism and the killing of innocent people goes, I find it repulsive," he said.

"I know how the suicide bombers feel, but if they're going to do anything, it's got to be against military targets," added Nawaz, from Bradford.

Another track, Che Bin, explores a comparison between Osama Bin Laden and Argentine-born revolutionary Che Guevara, while other songs mention conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Prosecution

The BBC's legal affairs analyst Jon Silverman said the album could result in a prosecution under glorification of terrorism laws, passed earlier this year, but may require the consent of the Attorney General.

The album was due for release on 17 July but is now expected to come out on 31 July.

Martin Mills and Andrew Heath, two "silent" directors of Fun-Da-Mental's label Nation Records, have threatened to quit their posts if the album comes out.

The directors' company, Beggar's Banquet records, declined to comment.
 
#2
"I know how the suicide bombers feel, but if they're going to do anything, it's got to be against military targets," added Nawaz, from Bradford.
Well that's alright then :roll: .
 
#3
I hope the Attorney General moves to prosecute on this one, I really do hope he is prepared to go to jail, a soft flabby little man like that...he'll fit right in....especially at shower time and after lights out.
W4nker. :x
 
#4
I used to help promote some of his gigs in my uni days and I can tell you hes a complete twat.

Radical politics my arrse, its another piece of self-promotion.

Ignore him.
 
#5
Utter Bollocks, a desperate attempt to revive a career that was never successful in the first place, however we cannot rely on our legal system to sort him out, we need more robust solutions - Taz_786 do you have any gig promotors in the States who could offer him a gig? Prehaps in the Midwest or Deep South?
 
#7
How much money do you wanna bet that he isn't prosecuted? Yet another name for my "Justice Deferred till after the revolution" list!
 
#10
I do not understand their treason. Where would this Nawaz be if it was not for Britain? Most likely as some poverty striken farmer in the outback of Pakistan or a poor urbanite in the streets of Karachi, yet UK gave him what his Islamic State failed to give him and then he turns around and urges death and terrorism against it.


Could some one inform me, where they get this Chutzpah? And he's not alone here.
 
#11
mora said:
I do not understand their treason. Where would this Nawaz be if it was not for Britain? Most likely as some poverty striken farmer in the outback of Pakistan or a poor urbanite in the streets of Karachi, yet UK gave him what his Islamic State failed to give him and then he turns around and urges death and terrorism against it.


Could some one inform me, where they get this Chutzpah? And he's not alone here.
Who is this "they"?

Is it the same as "them"? Because if you want an answer to your question "them" will probably be the people to ask.
 
#12
Death_Rowums said:
Who is this "they"?

Is it the same as "them"? Because if you want an answer to your question "them" will probably be the people to ask.
"they" means the moment when one's case is not a private one anymore, but represent growing phenomena as show the latest pew poll, he represent quite large social attitude.

The poll found that British Muslims represented a "notable exception" in Europe, with far more negative views of westerners than Islamic minorities elsewhere on the continent.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,,1804078,00.html


Poll shows Muslims in Britain are the most anti-western in Europe

· Attitude resembles public opinion in Islamic nations
· British show greatest mismatch of feelings

Julian Borger in Washington
Friday June 23, 2006
The Guardian


Public opinion in Britain is mostly favourable towards Muslims, but the feeling is not requited by British Muslims, who are among the most embittered in the western world, according to a global poll published yesterday.
The poll, by the Washington-based Pew Global Attitudes Project, asked Muslims and non-Muslims about each other in 13 countries. In most, it found suspicion and contempt to be mostly mutual, but uncovered a significant mismatch in Britain.

The poll found that 63% of all Britons had a favourable opinion of Muslims, down slightly from 67% in 2004, suggesting last year's London bombings did not trigger a significant rise in prejudice. Attitudes in Britain were more positive than in the US, Germany and Spain (where the popularity of Muslims has plummeted to 29%), and about the same as in France.

Less than a third of British non-Muslims said they viewed Muslims as violent, significantly fewer than non-Muslims in Spain (60%), Germany (52%), the US (45%) and France (41%).

By contrast, the poll found that British Muslims represented a "notable exception" in Europe, with far more negative views of westerners than Islamic minorities elsewhere on the continent. A significant majority viewed western populations as selfish, arrogant, greedy and immoral. Just over half said westerners were violent. While the overwhelming majority of European Muslims said westerners were respectful of women, fewer than half British Muslims agreed. Another startling result found that only 32% of Muslims in Britain had a favourable opinion of Jews, compared with 71% of French Muslims.
 
#13
I'm not a disillusioned young Muslim, so I can't answer your question. I doubt that many here could.

However, I would wager, that the UK invading a Muslim nation might have annoyed a lot of Muslims here. Didn't one of the July the 7th bombers mention that as a reason in the video he made?

Of course, that is not really a very good reason.
 
#14
PsyWar.Org said:
Is he trying to make a political point with the upside down union flag too? Surely that alone is worthy of a prison term! :twisted:
agreed or at least burnt at the stake.
 

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