How a Muslim woman became the nation’s sweetheart

Soumaya Hamdi Culture and Arts, UK

This year’s series of the Great British Bake Off has been the most watched since the show’s inception in 2010. Maybe it’s because the show has built up a reputation, starting out with a humble viewing audience of 2 million and ending the latest series with a record-breaking 13 million. Maybe it’s because of the particularly entertaining group of competitors …

The Times headline ‘Muslim Sex Grooming’ is poor and opportunistic journalism

Sami Hamdi UK

On 4 March 2015 the Times newspaper published on its front page the following headline: ‘Call for National Debate on Muslim Sex Grooming’ Such a headline did more than merely raise a few eyebrows given the Times newspaper’s status both nationally and internationally. The article elaborated on a ‘landmark’ report in Oxfordshire concerning the appalling use and selling of teenage girls …

Three Muslim students killed in extremist attack – where is the media uproar?

Soumaya Hamdi Discussion, US, World Politics

Three young Muslim students have been shot dead in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by self-proclaimed ‘anti-theist’ Craig Hicks, 46. The victims are recently wedded Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and his sister-in-law Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. As more information emerges about this horrific attack in a quiet neighbourhood, a deafening silence can …

Editor’s Piece: I condemn the Charlie Hebdo killings…but I am not sorry

Sami Hamdi Europe, World Politics

The barbaric and villainous killing of the Charlie Hebdo journalists is no doubt a heinous crime. Indeed, Charlie Hebdo’s only crime was that it expressed an opinion. However erroneous one may believe that opinion to be, never is that a justification for a summary execution such as that which took place today. Rarely do the words of Voltaire ring so …