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

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

One Year On

by Isabel Togoh  2015 was undeniably a test of France’s resillience. January’s Charlie Hebdo massacre and the spate of attacks which followed, are well-lodged in most people’s minds. 17 people were killed including cartoonists, journalists, a policeman and woman, a janitor, and shoppers at the Hyper-Cache supermarket. Emotional wounds had barely healed before being ripped… Read More

Do you feel safer from Daesh (ISIS, ISIL, IS) now?

by Raf   Why did the chicken cross the road? Because he heard a Syrian refugee had moved in at number 32. I jest of course; we just solved the Syrian refugee crisis by naming them collateral damage and voting in Parliament to precision bomb them before they even reach Calais. Yes, Britain awakes to the… 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

On The Other End Of A Joke – British stand-up comedy

by Anthony Anaxagorou Last November, in an interview with London Real, I spoke briefly on the subject of British stand-up comedy and my discontent with what much of it represents. When the interview was uploaded to the channel’s 82,000 subscriber network, my thoughts on the subject seemed to attract a wave of inarticulate and misjudged… Read More

‘Jihadi John’ media coverage: Worrying times for the “Average Mo”

by Mohamed Omar *’Jihadi John’ was allegedly killed in an airstrike 12/11/2015. The following critique still stands Finally, “Jihadi John” has been unmasked. He is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born UK citizen. He was known to his teachers as a loner; a hard-working pupil who achieved the required grades to get into University. Mohammed performed relatively… Read More

#TheTrashies: Challenging the media’s misinformed consensus

by Maya Goodfellow Last week I had one of those moments of self-doubt, the kind I imagine crash over writers who don’t fit into the media mould (read: white, middle or upper class, and usually male) all too often. One of my friends helped to nudge me onto firmer ground by sending me a famous… Read More

‘Defining’ Terror, and Why ISIS Suits the West

by Chimene Suleyman ISIS have never shocked the West. Not really. They are an al-Qaeda template with a Twitter handle. There are only so many ways you can torture and kill someone, and it’s nothing Abu Ghraib hasn’t seen before. But is there anything that suits the West’s understanding of the Middle East more than… Read More

Affleck v. Harris and the Different Shades of Islamophobia

Millions of Muslims around the world, both in Western nations as well as others, experience Islamophobia every day as a lived reality. A genuine discussion of what really IS Islamophobia is beyond the scope of a standard, blog-length article. Suffice to say that Islamophobia, if understood as structural oppression of Muslims, is a form of racism. WHOAH – comes the response – Muslims are not a race, so how can Islamophobia be racism? This binary, and/or question appears to have left Muslims in a kind of limbo, where they end up excluded by their oppressor (generally the White Western hegemon) whilst simultaneously being separated from their co-oppressed (e.g. Jews or Black people) in their struggle for equality and justice. Read More