Modi’s BJP Lost to Mamata’s TMC Because of Bengali DNA

June 14, 2021

In early May, the eastern Indian state of West Bengal went to the polls. The state elections attracted global attention. The BBC’s analysis of the election was headlined, “West Bengal Election: Modi Loses a Battle in the 'War for Indian Democracy.’” Such attention to a state election is...

London’s “Mega Mosque:” Islamophobia in the COVID-19 “New Normal”

July 23, 2020

During the lockdown, the US-based news service, Breitbart, ran a story about plans for a new “mega-mosque” in central London. Proposed for the historic Trocadero building near Piccadilly Circus in the heart of London's entertainment and theater districts, Breitbart claimed that plans had been...

Made in Britain: Understanding the Realities of Radicalization

February 06, 2020

Sudesh Amman, a first-generation Sri Lankan Muslim, was shot dead on the streets of south London by undercover police officers on February 2. Released less than two months after serving half his sentence, Amman attacked three people with a knife he had purchased moments earlier. Questions are now...

Can Uber Overcome Its Regulatory Obstacles?

December 07, 2019

Uber has lost its license to operate in London — one of its biggest markets globally – for the second time in two years. On November 25, Transport for London (TfL), the regulator of taxi and private hire services in the city, stated that it has “identified a pattern of failures by...

Has Macron Given NATO a Much Needed Wake-Up Call?

December 05, 2019

In a recent interview with The Economist, French President Emmanuel Macron shocked fellow NATO allies by calling the organization “brain dead.” His words, described as “astonishingly candid,” received a harsh rebuke from Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as from Turkey’s...

Brexit Goes to the Proms

September 23, 2019

“Thug-like” verbal aggression and the unceremonious snapping of an EU flag — this, according to campaigners, was one of several reactions from a small, unrepresentative number of Brexiteers offered EU flags to fly ahead of the Proms, at London’s Royal Albert Hall, on September 14. It was...

The Notting Hill Carnival Remembers Grenfell Tower

August 26, 2019

It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon in Ladbroke Grove, West London. The Grenfell community has been preparing to welcome over a million people to the Notting Hill Carnival on August 25-26. I am sitting with Grenfell community leader and musician Niles Hailstones in a cafe across the street from...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Just a “Matter of Time”

June 26, 2018

With Brexit in mind, is the UK neglecting its historically defined responsibilities with the rest of the world, especially former colonies with darker populations? As the deeper implications of Brexit become clearer and its untold consequences murkier, The Times of India reports on the concerns...

Still No Justice for Grenfell

February 14, 2018

The community has stepped in to help the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, with the UK government still falling short on its promises. On June 14, 2017, a blaze broke out at the Grenfell Tower housing complex in London, becoming, according to Mayor Sadiq Khan, Britain’s deadliest...

Islamophobia is the Cause of Far-Right Extremism

June 24, 2017

Radicalization is intimately tied up with Islamophobia. This needs to be better understood. The media and political responses to the Finsbury Park attack in London have been lame. Islamophobia is the driver of far-right extremism inasmuch as far-right extremism thrives on Islamist...

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