There is a myth that the Islamic State claims every terror attack in the West as its own. But even its claims of responsibility for events should be accepted sceptically. Let's establish a criterion that distinguishes between directed attacks - that is those organised by ISIS and those attacks which are inspired by ISIS.
Nation states act out of pure self-interest. That isn't an inherently negative trait, but when a country is led by a sadistic megalomaniac, 'self-i...
In 2009, I started producing a naked calendar featuring male university rowers who wanted to raise funds for boat repairs. What began as a simple student fundraiser went on to become a expression of straight allies' support for LGBT rights, and a example of how diversity and inclusion can benefit us all.
I can only appeal to the decent people in Europe to refuse more blood shed in your name insisting accountability for leaders who deem war as the only option, because it clearly isn't working.
Eid marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Celebrated by Muslims in the UK and around the world, it is a time when families and friends come t...
The terror attack is a sad way to end this blessed month of Ramadan for the people of Bangladesh. It is a terrible end of so many innocent lives. I feel intensely distressed by these massacres. As an Imam I offer my sincere prayers and condolences for those who have lost their lives in these atrocities. Bangladesh, may God grant you true freedom and shelter from tyranny. May God make you a great nation again.
/p> In this piece I tackle the most common fallacies propounded by apologists in their hypocritical attempt at dissociating religious ideology from acts of terror.
I certainly don't know, but it's becoming abundantly clear that a free-for-all majority rule is no longer certain to keep us on course, and is rapidly becoming an exercise in trial-and-error with dire consequences.
The attack is also a symptom of the aggressive politics we have basically come to accept in the 21st Century. Many elected representatives receive abuse, often daily. Campaigners, advocates, even Twitter users are frequently subject to both verbal and physical abuse. This has become normalised - and it shouldn't have. We are all to blame for that. We must address this.
I thought it would get easier as they get older but it doesn't. They ask more questions, have opinions and need to discuss their feelings. Ante-natal classes covered how I felt. Not them.
As we come to terms with the tragic loss of life and continue to express our solidarity and support with the victims of the Orlando shooting in the face of mindless homophobia and terrorism, these discriminatory rules are being brought into question and scrutinised under the public spotlight now more than ever before, as we ask ourselves: what is the real reason why a monogamous gay man cannot give blood while a heterosexual man with an indeterminate number of sexual partners would be welcome to donate?
Terrorism enforces unity. It enforces a love which humanity maintains. It doesn't mute us but makes our voices collectively stronger, louder. It doesn't stop us from being free. It does not blind us but clears our vision.
It's far too early to tell if the latest opinion polls suggesting the people of Britain and that little bit of Ireland will vote Brexit next week. Pol...
For many young people, Orlando will be the largest attack on LGBT people that has happened in their lifetime. It certainly is for me. As with many, I may have been alive in 1999 when the gay bar in London the Admiral Duncan was nail-bombed, killing three and injuring 70 - but I didn't watch the news when I was 7, so it doesn't sit in my mindset like Orlando does.
As our hearts grieve what happened in Orlando, a question that comes to mind is how on earth can we keep those same hearts open to each other through such incidents.
Donald Trump's already infamous tweet thanking his supporters for highlighting what they see as his correct predictions of a major mainland USA terrorist attack has already been roundly condemned across social media.