Patrick Cockburn in the Independent, ‘It has just become more dangerous to be a foreign correspondent reporting on the civil war in Syria. This is because the jihadis holding power in east Aleppo were able to exclude Western journalists, who would be abducted and very likely killed if they went there, and replace them as news sources with highly partisan “local activists” who cannot escape being under jihadi control.
The foreign media has allowed – through naivety or self-interest – people who could only operate with the permission of al-Qaeda-type groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham to dominate the news agenda . . . There was a period in 2011 and 2012 when there were genuinely independent opposition activists operating inside Syria, but as the jihadis took over these brave people were forced to flee abroad, fell silent or were dead . . . click here.
Mobeen Butt and Dr Claire Chambers join the debate on BBC2’s recently broadcast Muslims Like Us and ask whether this is a new form of Orientalism. We both have experience of working with television and radio producers, who have asked us to … read more
Aina Khan in the Guardian, ‘Despite the fact that more British Muslim women than men are getting degrees, we are the most disenfranchised group in the country. Not only are we subject to high levels of unemployment and poverty, but … read more
The American athlete who “literally changed the world of sports forever.” . . . Muhammad Ali battled, for 32 years, with Parkinson’s disease he suffered with. When the news of his death was flashed tributes poured in from around the … read more
HAMID GUL (1936 – 2015) Pakistan’s former spy chief An influential three-star general Hamid Gul served as the head of Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan’s spy agency, from 1987 to 1989. The General was deeply involved in his country’s policy towards neighbouring … read more
Sisi’s charm offensive in London click here to read more read more
A Turkish military officer who assumed his country’s presidency by leading a coup. General Kenan Evren led a military coup in Turkey and then imposed the harshest repression in his country’s history leading to his trial and conviction … read more
Powerful and moving Ramadan Reflections by Imam Suhaib Webb. Ramadan Reflections are a series of moments that occurred in my life. Join me as I revisit them, deriving lessons and ideas from the past to improve for the future. Part … read more
Ramadan Legacy The World’s First Fully Featured Ramadan App Beta Launch on 5th June 2015 | Final Version Launch on 12th June 2015 With Ramadan estimated to commence on the 18th June 2015, millions of Muslims around the world are … read more
Egyptian writer and academic, who passed away in 2014. read more