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Basit Mahmood

Freelance Journalist and blogger

Basit Mahmood is a freelance journalist interested in highlighting underreported stories and issues. His interests include identity politics, inequality and social mobility.
We Need To Get More Young People Involved In Economics If We Are To Achieve Social

We Need To Get More Young People Involved In Economics If We Are To Achieve Social Justice

Yet many of the young people I speak to regarding their frustrations barely ever mention the ideology behind much of their woes, neoliberalism. The ideology that places it's faith in the market to achieve just outcomes, that champions deregulation and the privatisation of public services, values that contributed majorly to the financial crisis of 2007-08 from which the young and disadvantaged are still struggling to recover from.
05/09/2017 17:31 BST
On Occasion, The Media's Silence Is Just As Worrying As Inflammatory

On Occasion, The Media's Silence Is Just As Worrying As Inflammatory Headlines

Many Mosques in America are used to receiving threatening phone calls and messages, this has become normalised. Yet it is a sign of how far the dehumanisation of Muslims has come that even a bomb attack against a mosque is not considered worthy of eliciting the same level of response as other terror attacks.
09/08/2017 14:05 BST
Why Those in Positions of Power Should Stop Using the Term

Why Those in Positions of Power Should Stop Using the Term 'Ghetto'

Describing an area as a ghetto is also dehumanising, for it allows those in positions of authority to overlook individuals and simply create boxes within which to put communities in. If we wish to create a cohesive society, one in which all are valued, it's about time the negative labelling of areas stopped.
20/07/2017 11:52 BST
The Most Important Issue Affecting Us All Has Been Ignored In The Election

The Most Important Issue Affecting Us All Has Been Ignored In The Election Campaign

Irrespective of what aspirations the major governing parties have for our country, none of these will be possible unless we live in a habitable climate. If we are to tackle the most pressing issue affecting the future of humanity, it will require courage on behalf of our mainstream politicians, to have a much broader vision than one simply focused on a narrow vision of Brexit and to go beyond the confines of identity politics. For the challenges posed by climate change affect us all. It's about time they took centre stage.
07/05/2017 21:39 BST
I'm Tired Of The Double Standards In The Integration

I'm Tired Of The Double Standards In The Integration Debate

Integration is 'not a two way street' were the words of Dame Louise Casey earlier in the week as she provided follow up evidence to the House of Commons communities committee following the publication of her report on segregation and immigration into the UK.
11/01/2017 16:05 GMT
How Should Muslims Living In The West Respond To The Rise Of Right Wing

How Should Muslims Living In The West Respond To The Rise Of Right Wing Populism?

We cannot afford to be mere spectators, irrespective of how bad the present situation is, it can always get a lot worse. We cannot allow the far right's narrative of Islam and Muslims being the primary threat to all, go unchallenged. More of us must act, and act beyond our comfort zones, if we are to defeat their narrative.
13/12/2016 11:33 GMT
Every Muslim Knows Things Will Never Be The Same

Every Muslim Knows Things Will Never Be The Same Again

Muslims have been woefully underrepresented in both public life and politics, with turnout far lower in Europe in elections than other groups. Yet we can no longer afford to remain apathetic. We must not allow their world to be built, no matter how powerless and helpless we feel.
09/11/2016 17:16 GMT