Multiculturalism

Better Integration Needs Bold Decisions - Banning Independent Faith Schools Is One of Them

David Churchill | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
David Churchill

In the same way it is necessary to have limits on freedom of speech, we must too have limits on tolerance of intolerance. Too many independent faith schools break this threshold, perpetuate division and prevent meaningful cross-faith contact. In the interests of better long-term integration, we should gradually ban them.

London Is a Melting Pot of Cultures, We Should Keep it This Way

David Ready | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
David Ready

To be British is to be multicultural and accept inclusion within British society. Furthermore, stronger leadership is needed within communities to undermine extremism and promote change and integration into the wider London community.

Life as a Foreigner in Germany in Times of Pegida

Sandhya Matthes | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Sandhya Matthes

Germany has a way to go before a 'multi-culti' side-by-side living is taken as a given, but I don't believe it to be impossible. Which is why I sometimes can't help thinking: pull yourself together! Show the world what a big nation you are!

Why Ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad Is Europe's Oldest Tradition

Usman Butt | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Usman Butt

The Charlie Hebdo massacre sent shockwaves throughout the world and was widely interpreted as an attack on free speech. However, the attack on Charlie Hebdo was more than an attack on free speech; it was an attack on one of Europe's oldest traditions...

A Muslim's Response to the 25,000 Anti-Islam Protesters in Germany

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

I hear you marched in your thousands against my religion. Last week, and last month. You marched against immigrants, foreigners, and anyone a shade darker. I will not draw comparisons to Nazi Germany. I will not call you bigots, I will not insult you, and I will not label you. But we do have a problem.

I'm a Non-Muslim From Birmingham... A Fox News Expert Denied I Exist

Joseph D'Urso | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Joseph D'Urso

We non-Muslim Brummies can cope with people doubting our existence. God surely can too. Sharing, disagreeing, and gently mocking are the most powerful weapons we have against extremism and bigotry. Familiarity does not breed contempt, it conquers it.

Birmingham's Diversity Doesn't Separate Us, It Brings Us Together

Shabana Mahmood | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Shabana Mahmood

Steve Emerson's expert opinion that "In Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in" has created the best Twitter banter I've seen in ages. And when I've stopped laughing I will be a little bit offended. I promise...

What Australia Is All About

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Rob Owen Bell

The #illridewithyou campaign in a shining example of everything that's fantastic about Australia - even if as a Kiwi I have to say it through gritted teeth. Like the American cousins, they've got a lot of big, empty spaces, what is politely known as a 'frontier mentality' and a tendency to come across as a bit rough round the edges.

Why Muhammad Really Isn't The Most Popular Baby Name In Britain

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK

Is Muhammad really the most popular name for newborn boys in the UK? That answer seems to depend on how exactly you count the names, but one thing...

Tower Hamlets and the Dangers of Communal Politics

Rumy Hasan | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Rumy Hasan

This is a lesson that Mr Pickles and his government, as well as the opposition, needs to grasp with alacrity and start to work together to undo the harm that has already been done. Otherwise, we can expect communal, pork barrel politics to increasingly become the norm and so more of the likes of Luftur Rahman running councils and unwelcome Trojan Horses appearing in schools and elsewhere.

Is It Time to Rethink the Banning of Books?

George Iordanou | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK
George Iordanou

Five months before his airport arrest, Andreas Pierides, a Cypriot student at the University of Southampton's Business School, was photographed by a fellow train passenger reading the Anarchist Cookbook on his kindle...

Michael Gove's Quest for British Values in Education

Adrian Hilton | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Adrian Hilton

Perhaps it is time for Ofsted to start assessing schools once again on the extent to which their daily assemblies are 'broadly Christian', and also on the amount of RE which is dedicated to teaching our national Christian history, culture, traditions and values...

London Will Fall Like Sparta Without Immigration, Says Boris

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK

London will fall like the Greek city of Sparta if it turns away immigrants like the ancient militaristic regime which "kicked people out", Boris Johns...

Why Multiculturalism is Not Enough

Michael Bond | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Bond

How well do you know your neighbours? By sight? By name? Well enough to know the names of their children? In multicultural Britain we should be asking this question more often, for the answer matters a great deal.

How I Came to Fear UKIP

Louise Bond | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Politics
Louise Bond

In the several hours that passed that outburst, I developed an intense anger. But you know what my first reaction was, my initial response to being confronted by a large, stocky, bald man with distasteful tattoos, wearing a beater and yelling about immigration? I felt intimidated, and I felt upset

'Trojan Horses' in Birmingham Schools Should Come as No Surprise

Rumy Hasan | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rumy Hasan

The 'Trojan Horse' plot in Birmingham - where some 25 schools have apparently been targeted for takeover by Islamic extremists - is yet another instance of the problems now rising as a consequence of Britain supposedly being a multifaith society; a view shared by all the three main political parties...

The Death of Multiculturalism?

Iram Sarwar | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK
Iram Sarwar

Multiculturalism is dead in the UK. Or, that seems to be the message delivered by some of the highest figures in British politics...

Students Must Stand Up to Racism and Ukip's Scapegoating

Aaron Kiely | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aaron Kiely

If we are to successfully push back the current wave of racism, we will need an unrelenting campaign in the student movement in defence of our multicultural society against those who wish to divide us.

The Maajid Nawaz Controversy - Rights, Democracy and Cartoons

Liam Deacon | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Politics
Liam Deacon

The debate over group rights is contested, but what shouldn't be, is the fact that calling for instant and somewhat arbitrary retributive action against a single MP candidate, who has exercised a right afforded to everyone else, just isn't a convincing way to invite this debate into the public domain. Neither is it just or democratic.

Ukip Don't 'Love Britain', They Hate It

Grant Feller | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

In the history of political slogans, there cannot be another more contradictory than UKIP's catchy new phrase, purloined with extraordinary naivety from the British National Party. 'Love Britain, Vote UKIP.'

WATCH: This Really Will Make You Happy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Comedy

A tip of the hat to International Poznan - who proved just how international their city is by making this absolutely lovely video. Click play to wa...

It's Christmas, Not a 'Season': Britain Must Defeat Political Correctness and Amateurish Cultural Homogenisation

Abhaey Singh | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Abhaey Singh

The reality of human existence has always been one of diversity, particularity and dissimilarity. The most heroic contributors to human civilisation - and to the story of nations - have been individuals and cultures with distinct perspectives and propensities to those of the prevailing norm.

Domino's Pizza Store Orders Staff To 'Speak English'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK

A Domino's Pizza branch has been accused of failing to acknowledge its multi-lingual workforce over a sign banning staff from using languages other th...

Integration and Identity

Tahreem Arshad | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tahreem Arshad

Through being shortlisted for the Women of the Future Awards in association with Shell, I have had many interviews where I was asked "And why will you stay in the UK to do this work?" I answered, "Because this is where it all began for me, I'm inextricably tied to this land - you see I was born here, in post-colonial context, a Pakistani."

How Do We Respond to the Niqab Ban Supporters?

Alison Walsh | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alison Walsh

I'm not saying that I know the answers to the questions of multiculturalism, and whether the niqab has a place in modern British society... But I also think that we need to have a proper, open discussion about the state of our society and its values, and to outline exactly what the effect of this kind of legislation would be.