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
Sep 16, 2020

Boris Johnson Pushes Unreason to an Extreme

Britain Fails Its Exams
Aug 27, 2020

Britain Fails Its Exams

How Global Britain Confronts the Asian Century
Aug 21, 2020

How Global Britain Confronts the Asian Century

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,...

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

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

Jul 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...

Opposing Repressive Regimes in the Middle East Is a Death Sentence

Opposing Repressive Regimes in the Middle East Is a Death Sentence

Jul 22, 2020

The ruling by Bahrain’s top judicial body, the court of cassation, on July 13 to uphold the death sentences of Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa has been decried by human rights organizations, condemned in the UK House of Lords and questioned in the British Parliament. Whether...

Did COVID-19 Originate in China?

Did COVID-19 Originate in China?

Jul 07, 2020

For months, as the COVID-19 disease was spreading and hundreds of thousands of people were dying across the world, accusations amplified by the media flew across borders in a global blame game. They raised three great destabilizing questions: Which nation was responsible for bringing COVID-19 into...

If a Statue Offends My Sister, It Also Offends Me

If a Statue Offends My Sister, It Also Offends Me

Jul 02, 2020

Since the toppling of the statue of slaver Edward Colston in Bristol last month, a stream of articles, many by white writers, have called for such monuments to be placed in museums. These writers argue that, with sensitive curation, such statues can act to educate a public ignorant of the...

How Will COVID-19 Impact Our Economy?

How Will COVID-19 Impact Our Economy?

Jun 26, 2020

Editor’s Note: These are unprecedented times. A global pandemic has changed life as we know it. In recent months, Fair Observer has examined the crisis through political, economic and social lenses, publishing articles from around the world. The result is three 360° series that we urge you to...

Understanding the Dynamics of the Far Right

Understanding the Dynamics of the Far Right

Jun 23, 2020

While this article is not about the extreme right’s responses to COVID-19, thinking about this issue briefly does give us a clear example of what it does focus on: the groupuscular dynamics of the extreme right. Across the globe, myriad extreme-right organizations have been finding ways to...

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