How a Muslim woman became the nation’s sweetheart

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

This year’s series of the Great British Bake Off has been the most watched since the show’s inception in 2010. Maybe it’s because the show has built up a reputation, starting out with a humble viewing audience of 2 million and ending the latest series with a record-breaking 13 million. Maybe it’s because of the particularly entertaining group of competitors …

The Times headline ‘Muslim Sex Grooming’ is poor and opportunistic journalism

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

On 4 March 2015 the Times newspaper published on its front page the following headline: ‘Call for National Debate on Muslim Sex Grooming’ Such a headline did more than merely raise a few eyebrows given the Times newspaper’s status both nationally and internationally. The article elaborated on a ‘landmark’ report in Oxfordshire concerning the appalling use and selling of teenage girls …

Three Muslim students killed in extremist attack – where is the media uproar?

Soumaya Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Three young Muslim students have been shot dead in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by self-proclaimed ‘anti-theist’ Craig Hicks, 46. The victims are recently wedded Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and his sister-in-law Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. As more information emerges about this horrific attack in a quiet neighbourhood, a deafening silence can …

Editor’s Piece: I condemn the Charlie Hebdo killings…but I am not sorry

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The barbaric and villainous killing of the Charlie Hebdo journalists is no doubt a heinous crime. Indeed, Charlie Hebdo’s only crime was that it expressed an opinion. However erroneous one may believe that opinion to be, never is that a justification for a summary execution such as that which took place today. Rarely do the words of Voltaire ring so …