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Steve Rose

Freelance writer based in Dorset (sometimes London)

Steve Rose is a freelance writer based in Dorset (sometimes London).

He has written for Liberal Conspiracy whilst maintaining his own blog. Follow him on Twitter @steveplrose

The 'Quenelle' Salute Is Not Anti-Authority, It's Anti-Semitic

If you believe Nicolas Anelka, his use of the 'quenelle' was a conscious and deliberate "up yours" to the French establishment in support of friend Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala. But, for many in this country, the 'quenelle' was almost unheard of, and many still argue that it is an apolitical rejection of the state and Zionism. However, it is a ghastly reminder of modern anti-Semitism.
29/01/2014 11:03 GMT

Last Night's Panorama Wasn't Balanced, It Was Racist

This edition of Panorama is merely a symptom of the wider discourse around immigration. A debate so toxic that facts are shouted down in a wave of popular fascism. But it also threatens our relationship with Europe and our right to free movement. On both fronts, we should all be worried about where this debate is heading in 2015.
17/12/2013 15:29 GMT

Marine A: Cold-blooded Murder Is Never Heroic

Sergeant Blackman's conviction was an accident of justice since his crime was only uncovered when civilian police discovered the infamous video on a serviceman's laptop. However, he will now serve life with a minimum parole tariff of 10 years.
09/12/2013 14:58 GMT

The Pains of Rural Poverty Are Very Real

Sherborne is a postcard of upper and middle-class tranquillity in Dorset. Famous for its historic abbey and private schools. But Sherborne is a Potemkin town. Look beyond the superficiality and the poverty is very real.
05/12/2013 11:43 GMT

International Men's Day and My Struggles With Body Image

As an adult, I feel my negative body image fuelled my crisis of confidence that was the footnote to my school years. A crippling shyness made approaching the opposite sex an impossibility. I was already described as "odd" and this behaviour merely fuelled the "fag" comments.
20/11/2013 14:17 GMT

The Daily Express's Latest Campaign Flirts With Fascism

The most recent front-pages from the <em>Daily Express</em> demonstrates their retreat from reality into the realm of myth... There is a very real danger of the <em>Express</em> co-opting and channelling a real and legitimate frustration and sense of betrayal against vulnerable migrants.
03/11/2013 23:22 GMT

Let Us End the Myth of Islamic-Only Terrorism

A myopic view that frames terrorism as solely 'Islamic' blinds us to other potential threats. Whilst no society should live in fear of terrorism, the genuine fear felt by many Muslims in the wake of these events demonstrates an insincerity by government to tackle Islamophobia.
22/10/2013 17:31 BST

Since 9/11, Racism and Islamophobia Remain Intertwined

As the dust around the fallen towers settled, a new wave of nationalism swept across America and racism soon followed. As these ideas are often faces of the same coin... Twelve years later, and this miasma continues to fester across Europe, the United States and Britain.
12/09/2013 10:19 BST

How Social Media Taught Me More About Islam

The word Qur'an means 'to read'. Yet, for many non-Muslims, we remain remarkably ignorant (perhaps wilfully) to its contents. We do not read the Qur'an. We digest our knowledge about the religion from the media. But ordinary Muslims are often marginalised from newspaper pages and television screens.
25/07/2013 17:34 BST

We All Pay Your Benefits - An Exercise in 'Divide and Rule'

According to the BBC's programme information: "Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford want to discover how much benefit is enough to live on and if work is worth it." The experiment promises to bring both groups together an effort to 'learn' their stories. Except, there's one huge problem with this premise - it presupposes the idea that anyone unfortunate enough to be unemployed pays no taxes.
12/07/2013 15:27 BST

Islamophobia: Why the Debate About Channel 4's Ramadan Season Could Increase It

If your sensibilities are truly 'threatened' by a 3am call to prayer and a day of televised 20-second reminders. Don't tune in. Nobody is forcing this upon you... Ramadan is meant to bring Muslims closer to their faith. However, certain right wing media want to push them further from society. We must challenge them instead.
02/07/2013 17:23 BST