On Saturday, the Islamic Education and Research Academy booked space at UCL for a debate entitled ”Islam or Atheism: Which Makes More Sense?” between Professor Lawrence Krauss, a prominent atheist, and Hamza Andreas Tzortzis, a lecturer in Islamic Studies. The seating arrangements had three sections: women only, men only and mixed.
Greece has become an important entry point into Fortress Europe for many people fleeing the physical and economic violence that festers within their home countries, fuelled in many cases by the policies of the EU and its constituent members, yet the situation for migrants within Athens is dire with police brutality and fascist beatings becoming …
They say attack is the best form of defence. And so it would seem.
Earlier this year, Dianne Abbot got involved in an exchange with one of her constituents, who objected to the references made in the media to a monolithic “black community” in the context of the eventual conviction of the murderers of Stephen Lawrence.
On the 4th August, 1936, the Metaxis regime seized control of Greece. With the backing of the King, General Metaxis declared a state of emergency and instigated martial law. During the regime 15,000 people were gaoled, and torture was feature of imprisonment.
Growing up in the 1970s, I didnt have the most politically correct upbringing. A gollywog adorned the jam jar I stared blankly at as I woke up over my morning toast, in school we read “Little Black Sambo” – complete with illustrations, for pleasure I read about how evil Gollywogs were, courtesy of Enid Blyton, …
Most of the activists I know are non-believers, although many were brought up within religious traditions. While England’s schooling system is fractured and has been subject to much change, within Scotland, little change in the educational governance arrangements has taken place.
One of the things almost any English visitor to Scotland will notice almost the instant that they get off the train is how “white” our country is. Partly this is because the sun is an infrequent visitor, but compared with England, where almost 10% of the population is of minority ethnic origin, and London in …
This morning saw the anticipated eviction of Dale Farm. With the failure of the final appeal on Monday, the site was in a state of nervous apprehension. At 7am this morning an £18m operation to clear the area began. All done in the name of greenbelt and planning laws.
Difficulties in addressing issues of gender, race and sexuality are notoriously fraught with difficulty. Sometimes, an issue is so common and accepted that you don’t actually see it. Sometimes there are real cries of anguish masked in attention seeking behaviour, and sometimes there is genuine confusion behind crass attempts to overcome the issue.