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Passion Islam I December 2008 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 7
UK seeking more spy recruits
from ethnic minorities
Britain’s MI6 foreign intelligence
agency has launched a new drive
to recruit more spies from the
country’s 10 percent ethnic minority
Head of recruitment at the Secret
Intelligence Service (SIS) said that the
agency needed more black and Asian
spies to cope with changing threats to
British security.
After the Cold War, MI6 needed to
be ‘more flexible, more adaptable’ in
facing different threats, requiring more
people from diverse backgrounds, the
head of recruitment, identified only as
‘John’, told the Guardian newspaper.
The foreign intelligence agency
started to recruit spies, including from
minority communities, openly for the
first time through its website two years
The Guardian quoted its source
But the aim was to get more, he network at certain universities’ -
saying that 10 percent of its latest
said, quoting that the proportion of - a euphemism used primarily in
intake of high flyers -- people who will
women in top jobs in the domestic reference to Oxford and Cambridge.
be trained to gather secret intelligence
Security Service, MI5, has been But more recently, it has been
and recruit and run agents abroad -
running at about 50 percent. placing advertisements in the media,
- were from ethnic minorities, and
Previously the agency used to including newspapers that were aimed
about 35 percent female.
recruit by putting a ‘talent spotter at an ethnic minority readership.
Islamic Societies raise £330,000 for Charity
The Federation of Student Islamic , unique in its format, was setup in and undue criticism experienced
Societies (FOSIS) in the UK and 2004 in conjunction with Islamic following the tragedies of 9/11 and
Eire today announced that Islamic Relief, bringing together students from 7/7, Islamic Societies continue to
Societies raised £330,000 for Charity across university campuses to raise provide excellent opportunities,
Week 2008. awareness and money for a charitable skills and experiences and are an
Qasim Rafiq, spokesman for cause. Since then, Charity Week integral component of student life in
FOSIS, said, “We are delighted to has proved to be a huge success, university. We would therefore like to
announce that Islamic Societies uniting students from different races, take this opportunity to congratulate
across the UK and Ireland have backgrounds and religions and has all the students and Islamic Societies
raised a phenomenal £330,000 continually surpassed the previous that took part in this initiative and we
for Charity Week 2008, proceeds year’s total.” hope that Charity Week 2009 will see
of which will go towards orphans He further added, “This clearly a further increase in the total amount
worldwide. This student-led initiative demonstrates that despite the pressure raised”
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