Yasmin Ahmed

Columnist

Law graduate| Reading Public Policy at the @BlavatnikSchool, @UniofOxford| Journalist @bbcworldservice| Columnist @Guardian & @Independent
Why Is It Difficult to Talk About

Why Is It Difficult to Talk About Race?

When it comes to race issues we have overcome some challenges in this world, but the truth is that we are not living in a colour-blind, post-racial era. Racial inequalities still exist today - in some cases, extreme ones. We live mainly in societies where race is seen as a non-issue.
09/11/2015 12:46 GMT
An Open Letter to Militants in

An Open Letter to Militants in Africa

You are deceived in thinking that you are fighting for a 'cause'. I do not know what God you believe in, or what odious rhetoric you espouse, or what your ill-advised political beliefs are that give you the permission to do what you do everyday
30/03/2015 15:40 BST
No Apology: Islam and ISIS, a

No Apology: Islam and ISIS, a Contradiction

The fact of the matter is that Muslims have always spoken out against groups like ISIS. Yet it is worth noting that after these extremist groups act, Muslims across the globe (and in particular the Western world) are left stranded in the centre of an imperial dichotomy which labels them according to "fundamental" and "moderate" Muslims.
27/10/2014 16:28 GMT
How Can the Palestinians Resurrect Their Damaged

How Can the Palestinians Resurrect Their Damaged Enclave?

The scale of Gaza's humanitarian crisis has concerned human rights organisations significantly... Across the world, demonstrators are calling for an end to Israel's offensive and its policy on Gaza. A flourishing percentage of the world's population have concluded that the occupation of Palestine's an ample error and that history must be rectified.
26/08/2014 14:25 BST
The Rise of Ukip: Is This the End of a Political

The Rise of Ukip: Is This the End of a Political Era?

Many people do not vote because of a sense of hopelessness. Would my vote make a difference? Would it have an impact on government? Here's a real-life example for those cynics, skeptics and pessimists ... In Southcoates East, UKIP's victory was decided by only 9 votes. With the benefit of hindsight, would you have voted if that preordained the defeat of such party?
29/05/2014 15:52 BST
Are We 'Asking for

Are We 'Asking for It'?

We live in a society whereby sexual assault is belittled, rationalised and even condoned. The manner in which women dress is constantly quoted as a stimulus to rape. Nevertheless, victims are judged on the basis of illustration; as if a finer shade of eye-liner, lipstick or foundation could have possibly made a greater disparity...
01/04/2014 12:45 BST
Misogyny in the Religious Sphere: Bound by Culture or

Misogyny in the Religious Sphere: Bound by Culture or Religion?

In many societies women are considered as second class citizens and deprived of innumerable fundamental rights enjoyed by their male counterparts. Those who sincerely dislike this discrimination have espoused a struggle to obtain a parallel position which unfortunately, to date, confounds them to the more progressive states.
14/03/2014 09:49 GMT
Racism: Is It Inherent or

Racism: Is It Inherent or Learned?

Race is a social paradigm. It does not intrinsically draw a parallel with our prototypes of anxiety or distrust or phobia, despite the fact that it can develop into one. Thus it is within our authority to foster a social order whereby race is not a profound construct.
16/02/2014 14:46 GMT
To Take Offence Is to Attribute Meaning and

To Take Offence Is to Attribute Meaning and Merit

The Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz and Director of Quilliam, the world's first counter-extremism think tank triggered a progeny of controversy on the social media giant, Twitter, after sharing a cartoon of Jesus and Muhammad alongside the caption, "This is not offensive and I'm sure God is greater than to feel threatened by it."
31/01/2014 11:03 GMT