A look back at 2015 from self appointed Muslim community leader, Uncle Raf

by Raf  Hope everyone had a Merry white-people Eid; or, as all the Muslim toddlers who have been put through the Prevent programme in 2015 now have to call it, Christmas. Got news to share with you and my handlers at MI5; something only GCHQ knew about until now. Drum roll please (because string instruments… Read More

“Not Towards Home, But The Horizon” by Marwan

by Rohan Rice It’s an interesting time for an exhibition of the work of Syrian artist Marwan Kassab-Bachi, who is commonly known as Marwan. Images of Syria and its people have been on repeat on our television screens in the UK, giving Marwan’s work a greater sense of political immediacy. Yet, Marwan’s work supersedes today’s crisis.… Read More

“Where are the Arab Intellectuals?” and other obsessions that won’t die

by Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab Five years into the uprisings that swept the Middle East and North Africa in 2011, protests continue to mark the region’s political climate. While its pioneers Tunisia and Egypt are in some sort of post-revolutionary stage, the capitals of Iraq and Lebanon are being shaken by the tireless work of activists… Read More

Muslim Girls, Radicalisation and the Lure of Syria

by Heidi Safia Mirza ‘With all folks say in the news, you wonder if people can see beyond your headscarf to who you really are, instead of being blinded by their fear and the misperceptions of their own minds.’ – Michelle Obama, addressing students at Mulberry Girls School On a sunny day in June Michelle Obama… Read More

The Logic of Whiteness

by Ronald A. Kuykendall The recent fatalities involving black men and white police have a long history, coupled with a pattern of government inaction and unwillingness to take action against white perpetrators and police abuse in cases of violence against African Americans. For example, the failure of conviction or prosecutorial indictment in the fatal incidents… Read More

The Black Renaissance is Here

by Stephanie Phillips It happens every year; the same time every year. We know it so well; the lead up, the commotion and the eventual indifference. Awards season is upon us and with that star-filled month in our calendar comes the annual moment members of the white arts industry shake themselves out of the blinkered… Read More

Black Lives Matter: International Decade for People of African Descent

by Patrick Vernon  With the ongoing state police killing of black youth, men and women in the USA; Ebola, climate change, and Islamic led terrorism in Africa; fragile economies of the Caribbean; and growing health, economic and political social inequality in the UK and mainland Europe we are starting to feel like an endangered species!!!… Read More

#DontLetThemDrown: This is not a border enforcement issue, it’s a humanitarian crisis

by Kiri Kankhwende ‘Just over a month ago, 500 people drowned off the coast of Malta. As the International Organization for Migration describes, “two survivors reported that smugglers deliberately rammed and sunk their ship when migrants refused to board a less seaworthy vessel…there were only 11 identified survivors; witness reported that as many as 100… Read More

If we no longer recognise ethnicity, does racism still exist?

by Huma Munshi   Last Friday night, Sunny Singh, a writer, lecturer and long-time resident of the UK was returning home from a night out with her brother and friend when they were subjected to an unprovoked and horrific racist attack. It included violence and repeated use of the “p” word. What made this situation particularly… Read More

What’s R(ace) Got To Do With It?: White Privilege & (A)sexuality

by Alok Vaid-Menon  There is an absence of dialogue around asexuality and all of its associated critiques from many queer spaces I’ve been a part of. The first time I ever saw someone like me having sex was in a spam internet advertisement in India. “Hairy Mallu Boys.” And I may have followed the link.… Read More