Today an icon was killed: His name was Amjad Sabri

by Jamal Mehmood After the master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, there are few artists of the Qawwali tradition who are better known than Amjad Sabri. He sadly passed away today after being gunned down in Karachi, a city that has been marred by politically driven target killings and terrorism for far too long (though in… Read More

This is what a fascist looks like

by Robert Kazandjian Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, partner of Brendan Cox and mother of two young children, was murdered in the street by a fascist terrorist. We have sleepwalked into a nightmare. Jo Cox’s murder was the inevitable, tragic consequence of a steady flow of fascistic bile that has permeated the… Read More

Britain has confused social sociopathy for economic debate

by Chimene Suleyman We may never have been able to predict the murder of Jo Cox, and yet close observers of the long struggle with nationalist extremism will find the formula of this kind of statement-violence familiar. A man shouts in the name of his allegiance, “Britain First!” before maiming and killing, publicly, those whose ideals… Read More

Jean Charles de Menezes and the limits of human rights

By Gracie Mae Bradley “In truth, if any officer reasonably decides that he must use lethal force, it will inevitably be because it is absolutely necessary to do so.” Collins J in (Bennett) v HM Coroner for Inner London [2007] Last week, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR or Court) handed down its judgment… Read More

Garissa University Attack 1 Year On: Not Just a Number, Not Just a Hashtag

by Samira Sawlani  2nd April 2015, Garissa University College, Kenya. It should have been a normal day, one of corridors brimming with individuals rushing to classes, lecture theatres filled with the noise of chatter and students preparing to wind down for Easter. However, 2nd April 2015 will never be looked upon as a normal day… Read More

ISIS doesn’t care if your name is Tom, Fleur or Mohammed

by Raf  Please don’t let this act of terrorism be ISIS related, please don’t let the perpetrators turn out to be Muslim. I hope my visibly Muslim mother is okay using public transport in London today. Should I tell her to forego work? She can’t not go though, vulnerable people rely on her to provide… Read More

How to become a famous “Terrorist Expert” on social media

by Elijah J. Magnier  This article first appeared today on Elijah’s site and is republished here with his permission. Whether you are a bored, retired civil servant, a journalist, a blogger, or just a young enthusiastic ambitious person looking for fame, here’s all you have to do to present yourself as a Terrorist Expert: If… Read More

Bombings, Bereavement and the Avoidance of Blame

Why does the West care when it does? by Nandini In 1992 Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History and the Last Man was published, in which he claimed that history had reached its endpoint with the demise of the Cold War: Western liberal democracy had won the Grand Final of ideological battles on the path… Read More

I’m a Muslim, and I Hold No Responsibility for the Actions of Daesh

by Abdullah Alhomoud  I’m a Muslim. I was born into a Sunni Muslim family in the Gulf region, the very same region where Wahhabism (the ideology of Daesh) originates. Yet I am still not Daesh. It should go without saying that the terrorist attacks committed against the people of France, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are… Read More

Freedom of speech is a liberty that is not afforded uniformly within democracies

Charlie Hebdo on Aylan Kurdi: the ultimate act of white entitlement? by Guilaine Kinouani Few pictures have captured the suffering of Syrian refugees as poignantly as the photograph of Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body lying face down and alone on the beach. This picture provided the inspiration for Charlie Hebdo’s most controversial cartoon of late. Captions… Read More