Brexit Trade Deal Brings Temporary, If Not Lasting, Relief

Jan 13, 2021

“What we call the beginning is often the end / And to make an end is to make a beginning.” So said Ursula van der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, announcing the completion of Brexit negotiations on Christmas Eve, quoting from T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding,” the final...

Britain’s Commitment to Retaining the Spoils of History
Dec 17, 2020

Britain’s Commitment to Retaining the Spoils of History

The Rapper Breaking Down Borders With Dreams
Dec 03, 2020

The Rapper Breaking Down Borders With Dreams

The Rise of the Digital Émigré
Nov 20, 2020

The Rise of the Digital Émigré

Has Johnny Depp Lost His Mind?

Has Johnny Depp Lost His Mind?

Nov 03, 2020

Is Johnny Depp mad? Why on earth did he start legal action that could end in the destruction of his professional life? Unless the appeal his legal team promises succeeds, this may be the last we see of Depp. He’ll be an abusive pariah, and Hollywood studios will never offer him another part....

Britain’s Refugee Policy Is a Fantasy of Fear

Britain’s Refugee Policy Is a Fantasy of Fear

Oct 05, 2020

In December 1938, French Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet told German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop of a French plan to deport 10,000 Jews to Madagascar, a French colony. After the defeat of France in June 1940, the idea was taken up by the German Foreign Office. On July 3, 1940, Franz...

COVID-19 Drives Conspiracy Theories and Islamophobia

COVID-19 Drives Conspiracy Theories and Islamophobia

Sep 18, 2020

For the past decade, I have been researching the impact of Islamophobia on social media. After the outbreak of COVID-19, I was commissioned, alongside my colleague Roxana Khan Williams, by the chair and independent members of the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group to produce an evidenced-based...

Boris Johnson Pushes Unreason to an Extreme

Boris Johnson Pushes Unreason to an Extreme

Sep 16, 2020

The Guardian offered its readers what is certainly the most comic and hyperreal sentence of the week when it reported that “Boris Johnson accused the EU of preparing to go to ‘extreme and unreasonable lengths’ in Brexit talks as he defended breaching international law amid a mounting...

Britain Fails Its Exams

Britain Fails Its Exams

Aug 27, 2020

The Advanced Level Certificate (A-level), together with the General Certificate of Education (GCSE), is one of two sets of exams students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland (Scotland has its own system) sit in the summer. The GCSE is a ticket to spending two years studying for A-levels,...

How Global Britain Confronts the Asian Century

How Global Britain Confronts the Asian Century

Aug 21, 2020

On February 3, Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid bare his long-awaited vision of a “global Britain” in a world after Brexit. Speaking amidst the imperial grandeur of Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Johnson’s message was that the United Kingdom, liberated from the...

Boris Johnson Takes Britain Back to Square One

Boris Johnson Takes Britain Back to Square One

Aug 18, 2020

Not only has UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to learn from other countries’ dealings with COVID-19, he has stubbornly refused to learn from his own experience. He is the true king of fools. It would be laughable were it not for the tens of thousands of deaths he and his government are...

Is Europe More United Than the US?

Is Europe More United Than the US?

Aug 04, 2020

During the Trump era, America increasingly seems like a motley collection of states brought together for reasons of territorial contiguity and little else. The conservative South is ravaged by a pandemic. The liberal Northeast waits patiently for elections in November to oust a tyrant. A...

What Has COVID-19 Done to Small Businesses?

What Has COVID-19 Done to Small Businesses?

Jul 27, 2020

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are businesses with revenues, assets or employees below a certain threshold. SMEs are important to the health of any country as they tend to form the backbone of the economy. When compared to large enterprises, SMEs are generally greater in...

Are We Ready to Drop the Term “Islamist” in Reference to Terrorism?

Are We Ready to Drop the Term “Islamist” in Reference to Terrorism?

Jul 24, 2020

On July 20, The Times released a report indicating that UK police held a forum to explore a request to change the terminology surrounding terror attacks now commonly defined as “Islamist.” The discussion, which included the head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu,...

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