A victory for decent politics, but it’s the not all clear yet

This is the morning after the night before. It was not quite the tsunami but a huge wave has just swept over British politics. There will be long-term impacts because of this not-so-surprising change in the political weather. Under the UK system, the Tories needed 326 seats to form a majority government. They fell short…Continue reading A victory for decent politics, but it’s the not all clear yet

Murder in Manchester

It is always disconcerting to wake up to the news of terrorism, causalities, pictures of screaming children, ambulances, solemn looking police officers making official comments, and jumpy radio and television journalists speaking on the topic. The scenes from the Manchester concert hall suggest utter carnage, fear and shock. These images will have reverberated around the…Continue reading Murder in Manchester

What future now?

Waking up on a Saturday morning, there is always the experience of getting up early, sinking a strong coffee with breakfast and open-endedly reading the pages of news stories while thinking through how to best utilise the weekend. The themes of Brexit, Europe, the upcoming UK General Election and the recent local elections fill many…Continue reading What future now?

The Dutch-Turkish Spat: How Two Wrongs Do Not Make a Right

A few days ago, Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, was prevented from landing in the Netherlands so that he could speak at a rally in Rotterdam. In response, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan referred to the Dutch as ‘Nazi remnants’. A poor choice of phraseology, although he spoke in Turkish and translations of his remarks are…Continue reading The Dutch-Turkish Spat: How Two Wrongs Do Not Make a Right

Burkinis and the male gaze: a thinly veiled discussion

The French burkini ban is a completely ridiculous statement of prejudice and intolerance towards people who are different, in this case, Muslim women who choose to wear a bathing costume that also protects their modesty. It is a perfect recruiting sergeant for Islamic State who will make great capital from the idea that the West…Continue reading Burkinis and the male gaze: a thinly veiled discussion

Far Right Extremism and Islamic Political Radicalism

The recent tragic murder of Jo Cox MP has brought to the surface major concerns in relation to far-right extremism in Britain today. Although much within media and political discourses focuses on Islamic political extremism, there is little attention given to far-right violence. Moreover, these acts are no aberration either. Rather, various reporting necessarily suggests…Continue reading Far Right Extremism and Islamic Political Radicalism