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Politics, tech and media issues from a Muslim perspective

Last Build Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:14:18 +0000


Another FGM wild goose chase

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:14:18 +0000

Yesterday a Somali man living with his family in Bristol was cleared on the judge’s direction of a child cruelty charge, brought as a result of his supposedly telling a passenger in his taxi that he had allowed his daughter … Continue reading

Swype dies unnoticed

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:10:30 +0000

Swype, for a long time my favourite keypad to use on Android phones which I first encountered on my Samsung Galaxy S back in 2011, has been killed off after years of slow development by Nuance, who bought it out … Continue reading

Review: Dispatches, “Inside the Priory”

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:36:47 +0000

This documentary on Channel 4 last night (19th Feb) exposed abusive practices, short staff, over-reliance on temporary staff (including the undercover reporter for this programme) and poor safety at a hospital unit, The Dene near Burgess Hill, Sussex, run by … Continue reading

Let’s investigate “death threats”

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:21:42 +0000

So, in the wake of Mary Beard’s ill-considered (patrician, soft-racist) tweet last week about how she wouldn’t go out to a disaster zone and do what those brave Oxfam staff (accused of sexually exploiting local girls) did, the usual accusations … Continue reading

Mary Beard and the defence of low expectations

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:56:55 +0000

Earlier today Mary Beard, the Cambridge historian well-known for championing the role of women in academia as well as for her TV series, posted tweet defending aid workers accused of sexual abuse in disaster zones such as Haiti. She said, … Continue reading

A lesson they’ll never forget

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:19:21 +0000

Every time there’s a mass shooting in the United States, the anti-gun-control lobby insist that the right way to stop such incidents is for there to be more guns rather than less; that the best defence against a bad guy … Continue reading

Why Aditya Chakrabortty (may have) called himself Paul

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:47:23 +0000

This morning I saw a Twitter thread (starts here, ends here) from Haringey councillor Joe Goldberg, purporting to expose the middle-classness and inauthenticity of the pro-little-people and anti-establishment stance of the Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty, who has been a strong … Continue reading

If you don’t like trucks, don’t buy stuff

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:05:12 +0000

A member of Kent County Council has called for trucks to be banned from roads in Kent, claiming they cause “more damage than 10,000 cars” driving through his village. Seán Holden, council member for the rural ward of Cranbrook, called … Continue reading

Zac Goldsmith, an authority on FGM?

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:39:52 +0000

Earlier today, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour featured a 6-minute segment on FGM, tomorrow apparently being “International Zero Tolerance on FGM Day” and who better to invite on than the co-chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on FGM, Jess … Continue reading

Review: Silent Witness, “One Day”

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 22:18:20 +0000

Silent Witness is a series based on the work of police pathologists: the “witness” refers to the body of a murder victim. It’s been running since 1996 and the stories are always in two parts on two consecutive nights (Monday … Continue reading