Tag: IDEOLOGY

The Bloody Legacy of Western Imperialism in Iraq

The story of the Iraq War did not start in 2003. Indeed, it started many years before with the sanctions placed upon Iraq during the 1st Gulf War.

Response to Ch 4’s “Jihadis Next Door”

Jihadis under your bed Last night’s shocking Channel 4 documentary reminded me of the age-old relationship between opinion-formers and power. From Biblical Pharaohs and Roman Emperors to the modern nation state, there have always been some ideologists in the service of the ruling elite, propagating their necessary myths, eulogising their

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Manufacturing Islamophobia

As someone who lived in London during part of the IRA bombing campaign I remember the “Keep Calm and Carry On” attitude. I came out of a building on Regents Street one evening, not realising I was in the middle of an area that had been cordoned off by the

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One month on: reflecting on the Chapel Hill shootings

One month ago today, the utterly ghastly and fatal terrorist attack on three young and dynamic American Muslims in a quiet college town in North Carolina was met by an almost freakish silence on mainstream media. 23 year old Deah Shaddy Barakat; his newly wedded wife Yosur Mohammad Abu Salha,

In response to last night’s shocking BBC Panorama

Last night my phone wouldn’t stop buzzing as I received message after message that apparently the BBC  were caught trying to subliminally smear a large segment of British Muslims. “Islam21c is on Panorama!” I already knew, but I was rewinding it again and again, making sure I was actually awake. I saw