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The Gangster-in-Chief versus Ilhan Omar

The Gangster-in-Chief versus Ilhan Omar

  • April 13, 2019
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I have to admit I was wrong about Donald Trump.  Before he was elected I recognised that he was a danger to his country and to the world, and that he also posed a direct threat to migrants and minorities in the United States.  It was clear even during his campaign that  Trump was a moral and political degenerate, devoid of any decency or scruple, who represented the American kleptocracy at its basest.  It was obvious that he was consciously summoning the darkest forces in American society onto the historical stage and weaponising hatred...

From Christchurch to the White House

From Christchurch to the White House

  • March 15, 2019
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The disgusting murders of 49 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch  are further evidence of a growing threat of far-right extremism that has rarely received the same level of media and political attention as its jihadist counterpart.

It’s become a cliché in far-right and conservative circles to claim that ‘Islam is not a race’, that Islamophobia is a...

ISIS, Trolls, and the Language of Hate

  • January 02, 2017
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In a powerful New Year’s video for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Kemal Pervanic, a Bosnian Muslim,  remembers how he ended up being interrogated and tortured in a concentration camp by his favourite teacher during the Yugoslav Wars.    He  asks his viewers to learn the lessons of history, and bear in...

Burkini Madness

  • August 25, 2016
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Anyone who has travelled in France this summer will have found it difficult to ignore the   the ongoing state of emergency with which the French state has responded to Daesh’s savage provocations.     In Banyuls-sur-Mer, we found the main road by the beach guarded by armed soldiers, presumably mindful of a repeat...

Abderramane Sissako’s Timbuktu Blues

  • January 05, 2016
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I have nothing against cinema as recreational entertainment, or going to the movies for the sake of escapism.  Cinema has always served these purposes, and there is nothing inherently ignoble about them.   But such expectations also tend to produce an awful lot of mass-produced ephemeral dross and formulaic over-hyped blockbusters drenched in...

Islamic State’s ‘radicalized’ British volunteers: a useful threat?

  • June 17, 2015
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I feel sorry for the Bradford husbands and other British Muslim families whose children and relatives have absconded to join Islamic State’s savage utopia, but I don’t feel any sympathy at all for the ‘radicalized’ volunteers themselves who have gone to Syria.   It isn’t as if you have to look very far to know...

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