Category Identity

It’s time to talk about violence against women in Lebanon [Middle East Eye]

Comment piece on violence against women and the difficulties in tackling it in Lebanon. first published in Middle East Eye on 9 March 2018: Lebanon is a country of apparent contradictions. It’s relatively well developed but fares third to last in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region on the gender gap. And while […]

Changing The World, One Micro-Act At A Time [The Iranian]

Interview with philanthropist Joe Kiani for The Iranian: If you want to change the world, start with the person next to you. It’s a good saying – but when it’s put into practice, that’s when great things start to happen. That’s what Joe Kiani will tell you as he pretty much lives by this mantra. […]

Rashan Charles’ Case Is Reminiscent Of Mark Duggan’s, But Not For The Reasons The Media Will Have You Believe [Huffington Post]

Blog post on the recurring trend in reporting around black deaths in custody or after police contact. Six years on from Mark Duggan’s death. First published in the Huffington Post UK on 6 August 2017: It turns out that Rashan Charles, a 20 year-old black man, who died after police contact, did not swallow an […]

The Daily Mail’s current witch hunt is spreading like wildfire and it’s terrifying

An illustration of the Daily Mail‘s reporting on the black community. First published in The Canary on 30 July 2017: The Daily Mail has instigated a campaign against prominent black public figures who spoke about a recent protest in London. But the problem is that it took their words and used them completely out of […]

Make no mistake. Kensington and Chelsea’s latest meeting about Grenfell was shameful [OPINION]

Opinion and account of Kensington & Chelsea’s first open meeting after the Grenfell Tower fire. First published in The Canary on 20 July 2017: This all showed that the new Conservative leader of the council, Elizabeth Campbell, will have a tough job ahead of her. She proved to be deeply unpopular among crowds and the […]

Millions are watching one young poet talk about her humanity, because it’s absolute fire [The Canary]

Report on Missing Muslims report with reference to the much talked about poem by Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan. First published in The Canary on 7 July 2017: Over a million people have watched a video of young poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan reciting her entry at The Last Word Festival in London. Manzoor-Khan shares her powerful insights into the […]

Muslim by label and British by happenstance [The New Arab]

Comment: A government report released this week pinpointed the counter-extremism Prevent programme as one of the main factors holding Muslims back. First published in The New Arab on 6 July 2017: This week the government released a report they commissioned from Citizens UK, which showed concern that they’re “losing Muslims” in civil and political life, […]