Steve Rose
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

Entries by Steve Rose

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

(1) Comments | Posted 28 January 2014 | (22:50)

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...

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

(7) Comments | Posted 17 December 2013 | (13:24)

Last night's episode of Panorama merely reinforced the power of myth. It was a poorly researched and at times racist portrayal of Eastern European migrants.

Early on, it establishes a clear divide between the Romanian middle-class and the poorer groups (largely Romani).

The idea of criminal behaviour is reinforced when...

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Marine A: Cold-blooded Murder Is Never Heroic

(1) Comments | Posted 6 December 2013 | (16:49)

The murder of an unarmed Afghan insurgent did not take place in the heat of battle or even the heat of the moment. It was a cold-blooded and calculated murder.

Sergeant Blackman (Marine A) and others were under no threat of attack. After being injured by an Apache helicopter, the...

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The Pains of Rural Poverty Are Very Real

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2013 | (17:58)

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. You simply need to wonder past the high-street and the often ignored 'Big...

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International Men's Day and My Struggles With Body Image

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2013 | (18:46)


Inspired by Ally Fog's brave piece
, I decided to recall my own experiences in an effort to detail years of anxiety and struggles with masculinity.

When I was very young, I underwent open-heart surgery for an atrial septal defect (hole in the heart). The...

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The Daily Express's Latest Campaign Flirts With Fascism

(205) Comments | Posted 3 November 2013 | (23:00)

The most recent front-pages from the Daily Express demonstrates their retreat from reality into the realm of myth. Last week, their front-page read, 'Britain Is Full and Fed Up' and their response was to launch a 'crusade' to stop a 'flood' of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants from entering...

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Is Pavlo Lapshyn a Terrorist? Not According To Most Media

(3) Comments | Posted 30 October 2013 | (01:18)

Pavlo Lapshyn committed acts of terror and carried out 'terror offences'. He is cold, calculating and extremely dangerous. Yet, according to most media, he is not a terrorist.

Outside of the Times and Daily Star, few used the word terrorist in their headlines. Oddly, some even...

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Let Us End the Myth of Islamic-Only Terrorism

(5) Comments | Posted 21 October 2013 | (21:34)

One of the biggest far-right terrorist campaigns to hit the UK came not from the English Defence League or British National Party, but the machinations of a Ukrainian student. However, his hatred of the 'non-white' and Muslims is a thread he shares with both groups.

Pavlo Lapshyn's brilliance in engineering...

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Since 9/11, Racism and Islamophobia Remain Intertwined

(14) Comments | Posted 11 September 2013 | (19:24)

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.

"I'm going to go out and shoot some towel-heads," were the words of a self-confessed patriot who...

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How Social Media Taught Me More About Islam

(147) Comments | Posted 26 July 2013 | (00:00)

My interest in Islam (as a non-Muslim) was born in the pages of Edward Said's seminal book Orientalism. In 2009, as I prepared my dissertation topic, I knew I had to write about the Western demonisation of Islam.

In the subsequent months, I read a range of books that...

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

(9) Comments | Posted 12 July 2013 | (10:42)

According to the BBC's programme information: "Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford (of Apprentice fame) 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...

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

(500) Comments | Posted 3 July 2013 | (00:00)

Channel 4 has taken the conscious decision to 'shock' and inform the British public by airing the Islamic call to prayer (adhan) throughout Ramadan.

Muezzin Hassen Rasool will record the call to prayer, at the same time it is played in mosques around London (around 3am).

On the first day...

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