The Orlando shooting comes down to only two things: gun control and homophobia

by Ali M Latifi  Almost immediately after Omar Mir Seddique Mateen’s identity was revealed the media’s focus turned to his religion, Islam, and the country of his parents’ birth, Afghanistan. His US citizenship, (Mateen was born in New York and lived in Florida) was essentially wiped away. He is one of the few mass shooters… Read More

No news is foreign: The future of the foreign desk

by Ali M Latifi In 2010, when the streets of Tunis, Cairo, Manama and, eventually, Tripoli, Sana’a and Damascus were erupting in protest, I was in DC as a graduate student of International Media at the American University. Like so many others the world over, I followed what would become known as the “Arab Spring”… Read More

It’s not that Azealia Banks and Kanye dislike Iggy and Beck, they may just care too much

by Ali M Latifi From Ferguson to debates of Islamophobia, to the continued mass detentions of migrants on Manus Island, to Azealia Banks to Kanye West, throughout much of the last year, we have all, at one time or another had to bear witness to the dangers of marginalisation. As in years past, entire communities had… Read More