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Politics, tech and media issues from a Muslim perspective

Last Build Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:37:04 +0000


ISIS terrorists, wannabes and “peace in Muslim societies”

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:37:04 +0000

So, today a man detonated a bomb in New York, at the Port Authority bus terminal. The man, a 27-year-old from Bangladesh who lives in Brooklyn and was a cab driver before his licence expired, was injured when the “low-tech” … Continue reading

Anti-Semitism and the ‘woke’ Muslim

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:07:44 +0000

Last weekend I had a brief exchange with three women on Twitter, two Muslim and one Jewish, after one of the two Muslims retweeted a conversation about Jews versus Blacks and why the first group does not “act oppressed” the … Continue reading

Whose side is Tell MAMA on?

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 23:02:35 +0000

I’ve long been suspicious of the motives and loyalty of “Tell MAMA”, the project set up to monitor and report on hate crimes against Muslims. It’s not that it’s a bad thing for there to be an office to which … Continue reading

Why ‘Islamophobia’ is relevant

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:35:47 +0000

I’ve had an ‘Islamophobia’ category on this blog for as long as I can remember (my first post in it was about Oriana Fallaci in September 2006). Much of my work in writing it has been to attack Islamophobia, to … Continue reading

Hijab and primary school girls: not compulsory, but …

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 23:37:42 +0000

In the past week the ‘issue’ of primary school age Muslim girls wearing hijab to school has been on the front pages of some newspapers as the chief inspector of schools announced that her inspectors would be asking young girls … Continue reading

The dregs

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:07:25 +0000

A few years ago you may have noticed lots of people adding “Pleb” to their name on their social media accounts. This followed the Tory chief whip being accused of calling a police officer a “f**king pleb” when the officer … Continue reading

On ‘fixing’ disability

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:34:27 +0000

Molly Burke, a blind YouTube vlogger, posted a video of her speech last month at the London (Ontario) Music Hall as part of an evening on “Belonging” organised by the Walrus, a Canadian magazine and educational foundation. Molly told us … Continue reading

How is this murder?

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 22:38:05 +0000

Last week a woman in the UK went on trial for murder after pouring sulphuric acid on a partner (Mark van Dongen, right) who had broken up with her. The unusual thing about this murder trial is that the woman … Continue reading

It’s not “humane” to release mice

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 22:17:22 +0000

Just now I saw a video of a YouTube personality who now works for the BBC, Lucy Edwards, talk about how her new flat in London that she shares with her boyfriend and guide dog is also shared with a … Continue reading