Pizza Shop Heroes sees asylum seekers and refugees tell their own stories

Phosphoros Theatre’s Pizza Shop Heroes is their latest production to feature refugees and aslyum seekers among the cast. Sabo Kpade meets the players and asks how their own personal stories brings truth to the production The hot topics of immigration and integration reaches new levels of urgency in Pizza Shop Heroes, the third play by… Read More

Can President Muhammadu Buhari now triumph over the issues facing Nigeria?

Muhammadu Buhari’s election triumph was one thing, but working to overcome the challenges in Nigeria is now quite another. Orji Sunday discusses the issues the new president must now face. Being Nigeria’s president is a  painful pleasure. After all, most leaderships, if not all are driven principally by the premise of flashy honours and thorny… Read More

An Open Letter to Oxford University calling for the Sultan of Brunei’s honorary degree to be rescinded

Protests are growing after the Sultan of Brunei introducing the punishment of death by stoning for adultery and gay sex. In an open letter, students from Oxford University are calling for the honorary degree awarded to the Sultan to now be rescinded in light of the inhumane laws. Read the letter below and sign the petition Dear… Read More

The UK’s PREVENT policy would not prevent white supremacist attacks like Christchurch – it’s part of the problem

The UK government’s PREVENT scheme has been discussed at length in the context of how it would prevent a white supremacist terror attack such as those in Christchurch, New Zealand. However, as Dr Tarek Younis writes, the PREVENT policy has a number of serious issues, not least the fact that its success is unproven In… Read More

Jacinda Ardern said “This is not New Zealand” but when it comes to white supremacy, Māori have a different view

The shocking and tragic events of the white supremacist terrorist shootings in Christchurch have ignited a debate about white supremacy in Aotearoa (or New Zealand), but as Jill Johnson writes, it’s not surprising in light of a violent history that has not yet been faced up to Featured image: Jacinda Ardern is welcomed by Kaahautau… Read More

As with wedding parties droned in Pakistan, the martyred souls in Christchurch are a result of a constant institutional diet of hate and islamophobia

In the aftermath of the white supremacist terrorist murders in Christchurch, there has been much discussion of violent far-right ideology, however as Cerie Bullivant writes, there’s been little critique of the mainstream Islamophobia in our politics,  mainstream media and academia From the outset of the War on Terror Tony Blair made sure to emphasise this… Read More

Accessing NHS treatment as a young Black woman forced me to self-diagnose online

Although doctors often warn of patients diagnosing themselves online, as Benita Barden writes, when you are a young Black women accessing healthcare, inequality can mean that is the only option It was a rainy Tuesday the day I received what I can describe as a formal diagnosis from my GP. The printer in the tiny… Read More

No Outsiders: Why British Muslims must speak out for LGBTQ equality

The suspension of the No Outsiders programme that aimed to educate pupils about LGBTQ issues at Parkfield school following protests from parents has brought about the spectre of a return to Section 28. As Khalid Ibrahim writes, it is a state of affairs Muslim communities must resist The recent news regarding Parkfield school suspending the… Read More

Dimming her lights: The public shaming of Ilhan Omar

The condemnation of Ilhan Omar not only betrays hypocrisy at the heart of the US government, it also demonstrates how Black Americans are subject to disproportionate discipline and censure on a daily basis, writes Olivia Woldemikael The public humiliation and condemnation of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar by Democrats, Republicans, and the American media is all too familiar.… Read More

Calling the attacks on the Mosques in New Zealand terrorist attacks isn’t enough to address structural Islamophobia | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

Following the horrific white supremacist attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, there have been many calls for the media to label the attackers as terrorists. However as Basit Mahmood writes, this is only the start if we are to address structural Islamophobia To say that I’m devastated at the news of the mosque shootings… Read More