Assed Baig
Assed has reported from Pakistan, Kashmir, Somalia, Libya and Palestine. He loves current affairs and issues relating to radicalism and terrorism.

Entries by Assed Baig

Let's Not Make Child Grooming about Ethnicity, But We Can Talk About Race If You'd Like

(4) Comments | Posted 30 August 2014 | (18:08)

The level of depravity and abuse revealed by the Jay report into the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal has shocked the entire country.

The fact that 1,400 children have been abused has been lost on some as they rush to link the crimes of predatory men to ethnicity.

The case...

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The Muslim Plot That Wasn't

(9) Comments | Posted 7 April 2014 | (10:37)

A secret document purporting to expose an undercover Muslim conspiracy to take over schools in Birmingham hit national news recently, prompting journalists to fall over themselves heralding a sinister 'Islamic plot', while eliciting both public statements from the Prime Minister and snap Ofsted inspections for the places of learning allegedly...

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Malala Yousafzai and the White Saviour Complex

(426) Comments | Posted 13 July 2013 | (19:35)

When Malala Yusufzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen simply because she wanted to gain an education it sent shockwaves around the world.

Straight away the Western media took up the issue. Western politicians spoke out and soon she found herself in the UK. The way in...

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Boston Bombings: The West's Selective Grieving

(166) Comments | Posted 17 April 2013 | (00:00)

Three dead as bombs rip through a crowd at the Boston marathon. The coming days and weeks will unpick what took place and who is responsible. My fellow journalists will seek to give a face and voice to the dead and injured. Their families and work colleagues will be interviewed,...

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Eye Witness Accounts of Meiktila Massacre; Beaten, Burnt and Stabbed

(2) Comments | Posted 3 April 2013 | (18:34)


Reports of what actually took place in the Central Myanmar town of Meiktila are still emerging. IDPs are beginning to speak out and tell the world of what they witnessed with their own eyes.

"They beat them in front of me. I...

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Massacre in Meiktila: That Was My Friend

(1) Comments | Posted 3 April 2013 | (12:03)

A burnt property in Meiktila following attacks on Muslims, March 2013. photo by Hein Aung

Following recent attacks in central Myanmar against Muslims, the displaced have been fleeing to the central city of Mandalay. Buildings were burnt down and the "official" death...

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The Conflict in Mali Has Nothing to Do With Fighting Terrorists

(18) Comments | Posted 21 January 2013 | (20:56)

Another Western nation and former colonial power, has engaged in yet another conflict with an African country, bombing from the air and attacking from the ground. We are told that France is fighting in Mali to push back 'Islamist' rebels (not too comfortable with the word 'Islamist', I've never heard...

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During Times of Austerity Art is Just Middle-Class Decadence

(1) Comments | Posted 21 December 2012 | (23:48)

A row has been ensuing since October after the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, announced that the Council would sell a Henry Moore sculpture, the Draped Seated Woman also known as Old Flo. The proposed sale of the sculpture is due to massive government cuts to the council's budget....

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Why I Choose Not To Wear a Poppy

(844) Comments | Posted 1 November 2012 | (23:00)

It is that time of the year again when it seems like everyone is wearing a poppy; on the tube, on the bus, in the park. You cannot get away from them. Yet, like every year, I refuse to wear one. It is not because I am opposed to remembering...

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Extradition; A Sad Day for Us All

(2) Comments | Posted 5 October 2012 | (19:25)

The decision to extradite Talha Ahsan and Babar Ahmad is only one in a long line of subservient decisions that the UK judiciary has taken to please the US.

These two men have languished in prison, without charge, without an end in sight, for six and eight years, respectively. Their...

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Proud and Prejudiced - A Critique

(2) Comments | Posted 28 February 2012 | (17:43)

'Proud and Prejudiced' was a documentary (aired on Channel 4) that seemed to be about two extremist groups: the English Defence League (EDL) and Al Maharijroun (or whatever name they are currently operating under). From the outset, it is clear that the programme makers are working within the premise that...

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FOSIS Are a Good Example of Muslims Engaging With Society

(3) Comments | Posted 16 February 2012 | (11:24)

Such is the level of racism and Islamophobia in society that when encountered by a politically active Muslim, people automatically seem to put them in the radical or extremist box.

The main problem here is that there is a set of double standards at play for categorising...

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