Theresa, Trump and a Culture of Demonisation

by Maya Goodfellow  When narratives form around politicians, they tend to be difficult to unpick. Over the weekend the carefully constructed image of Theresa May as a sensibly “cautious” prime minister was deployed by Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi and right-wing paper The Sun to explain her calculated silence over – and then limp criticism of –… Read More

It’s all “One Ummah” Until a Black Muslim is Murdered

by Raf  It’s all “One Ummah” until a black Muslim is murdered, then in the main, it’s caveats for solidarity and tumbleweed from Muslims who are not Black. Why is it that we as non-black Muslims are noticeably muted in our response to the murder of Black Muslims, but will tell anyone who will listen… Read More

America may be ‘Trumped’, but Britain has its demons too

by Maya Goodfellow Republican candidate Donald Trump was a figure of ridicule until he spouted yet another racist view earlier this week. We need a “complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”, he declared in the wake of an attack in California, where a Muslim couple – claiming to support ISIS –… Read More

“The Silent Majority of Muslims”: Islamophobia and Counter Extremism in the UK

by Priya Rane   On October 19th 2015, grainy footage emerged of an elderly Turkish man facing horrific Islamophobic abuse on a North London bus, culminating in his zimmer frame being violently thrown. Such a racist tirade on London transport came with an unfortunate sense of familiarity. Just a week prior, an Islamophobic rant on a… Read More

Why is the UK Home Office and Foreign Office distributing books in schools?

by Ananya Wilson-Bhattacharya A few weeks back, a three-year-old was placed in a government re-education programme, on suspicion of being an ‘extremist’. Though shocking, this story is very much in line with the current surveillance of young Muslims by the UK government under the draconian anti-terrorism laws and the so-called ‘Prevent Strategy’ which aims to… Read More

Why I’m staying in on the 7th of July

by Momtaza Mehri the seventh You are not going out today. This is a note to the self to lay low, play safe, shrink inwards. Today is retreat behind closed minds and opened doors. It will be a day of fat turtle clouds and burgeoning dampness. She in the citrus dress on TV said so… 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

Private firms are profiting from the collective-punishment and surveillance of Muslims in the UK

by Ananya Rao-Middleton  The Prevent scheme polices, monitors and disciplines British Muslims through an all-pervading divide-and-rule neoliberal framework There was understandable outrage last month when Muslim primary school pupils in an East London school were asked to complete counter-terrorism questionnaires. Buxton School, at the centre of the scandal, released several (albeit dubiously conflicting) statements following… Read More

David Cameron confidant promotes forced depopulation of Muslims in Europe

Senior Tory peer and former Times editor, Lord Finkelstein, sits on board of think-tank promoting far-right racism and extremism by Nafeez Ahmed   Lord Daniel Finkelstein, a close confidant of Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, has expressed his pride in providing a platform for racist far-right extremist views, and… Read More