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Killing of Freethinkers in Bangladesh: Some Unresolved Issues by Taj Hashmi

Of late, terrorists or unknown assailants have killed freethinking writers and bloggers, a couple of foreign nationals, and two LGBT activists in Bangladesh, around 36 people since February 2015. And almost ritualistically, the killers have been ...

Movements not Moments: Young People, Democratising and a Muslim Mayor

Mohammed Moussa
Standing tall above the heads of a gathering small crowd of young people at a protest in Washington, D.C. in April of this year, Reverend Dr. William Barber decked out in a black suit with a white collar, visibly a man of the cloth, declares ...

Folk on, Palestine by Shanon Shah

Before I heard of Reem Kelani, my knowledge of Palestinian culture – let alone its rich tradition of music – was next to non-existent. I am not alone in this ignorance, and this is what fuels Kelani’s activism against the ...

The Muslim Mayor of London by Iftikhar H Malik

Sadiq Khan’s electoral victory raises significant thematic issues including the possible diminution in anti-Muslim sentiments, his own British-Pakistani Muslim identity within the context of a cosmopolitan, multicultural and constantly ...

Governing Kashmir by Muddasir Ramzan

The death of the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, on 7 January 2016, led to the governor’s rule once again being imposed in the Valley. It also provoked much gossiping about ‘who will be the next ...

Khurram Zaki: The Voice that Spoke for the Dead by Suleman Akhtar

Suleman Akhtar reflects on the murder of renowned Pakistani journalist and human rights activist, Khurram Zaki, who was shot dead in Karachi in early May.

From No Place to Our Place - 500 years of Utopia by Hassan Mahamdallie

On the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, Hassan Mahamdallie looks through history at how people’s dreams of a better society were born

Zayn Malik - Saviour of Muslim Teenagers by Urmee Khan

Muslim teenagers in Britain, so we are told, are caught between extremism and integration. Thousands of pounds have been spent on projects such as Prevent – arguably a total waste of money. Teenagers don’t care what some crusty ...

Bangladesh Killings: Why Do Liberals Keep Getting Hacked to Death?

Alexander Smith and Wajahat S Khan for NBC News
The murder of a gay rights activist and his friend in Bangladesh this week was the latest in a trend of Islamist extremists killing liberals in the South Asian country. But scratch beneath the surface, and experts say that the brutal attacks ...

How our media deals with racism and anti-semitism depends on who says it, not what is said

Sunny Hundal
So, Naz Shah MP has been suspended from the Labour party this afternoon, for sharing Facebook memes that can easily be described as anti-semitic / racist. A number of people will be relieved by that move and think "glad to see we are ...