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Holding THE TIMES & IPSO (and others) to account

Miqdaad Versi in the Guardian, ‘In August, the Times’s front-page story was “Christian girl forced into Muslim foster care”. It was followed by a series of high-profile stories, with the paper proudly vindicating itself by declaring: “Judge rules child must … read more

The word that must not be said

Moustafa Bayoumi in the Guardian, “We have a double standard in the United States when it comes to talking about terrorism. The label is reserved almost exclusively for when we’re talking about Muslims. Consider Stephen Craig Paddock, the shooter in … read more

Powerful message at Labour Conference

Naomi Klein at the Labour Party Conference, ‘. . . In all of our countries, we can and must do more to connect the dots between economic injustice, racial injustice and gender injustice. We need to draw out the connections between … read more

Tunisian Politics

Hebba Saleh in the Financial Times 25th September 2017, ” Azza Baaziz used to be afraid every time she stepped out of the car at night with her French husband in Tunisia, her home country. The teacher feared that police … read more

Support Ismail Serageldin

In a recent editorial [14 September 2017], the science journal Nature has drawn attention to the heavy-handed treatment the Egyptian authorities have meted out to an eminent scholar, Ismail Serageldin, instrumental in re-establishing the library of Alexandria. It notes, Next … read more

Demise of Muhammad Akif

WaelHadara in Middleeasteye.net, ‘ According to his family, he was diagnosed with cancer last year, and despite declining health, was held, nearly incommunicado, by the Egyptian regime. Akef was widely celebrated for refusing to be nominated for a second term as … read more

Shoulder to Shoulder!

Julian Borger et al in the Guardian, “Donald Trump had used his speech to the general assembly on Tuesday to repeat his denunciations of the [nuclear agreement] deal, agreed upon by his predecessor Barack Obama, as the “worst ever”, and … read more

The Price of Hindutva

Ramachandra Goha in scroll.in, “Narendra Modi’s victory in 2014 has emboldened the Hindutva core to launch a full-fledged attack on independent-minded scholars and writers. Their language is far more crude than the Republicans of 1950s America; but the essence of … read more

Saudi Arabia: Silence is a sign of disloyalty!

Oliver Miles in the TLS, ‘At least three prominent Saudi clerics, Salman al-Awda, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Umari,  have been arrested in the last few days. They are not part of the state-backed clerical establishment. Saudi Arabia has always had problems with … read more

Evidence of 1904 genocide

Jason Burke reports in the Guardian, ‘The remains of victims of concentration camps in Namibia which were gathered by a German racialist scientist for use in experiments have been found in the collection of a major US museum, campaigners claim … read more