Denmark’s Politics of the Foreskin

December 17, 2020

Religious practices, including religious clothing, ritual slaughtering and circumcision, are coming up for debate more frequently in Danish politics and the media. The issue of male circumcision has recently hit the headlines, reignited by a protest launched by a task force of health organizations...

25 Years On, The Dayton Peace Agreement Is a Ticking Time Bomb

November 20, 2020

Throughout Danis Tanovic’s Oscar-winning film “No Man’s Land,” a viewer waits distressingly for the bouncing mine to explode below the body of Cera, an injured Bosnian soldier lying in a trench. The last moments of this antiwar satire do not capture a real ending for the story — or...

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

July 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,...

Should We All Have Been Wearing Masks From the Start?

April 07, 2020

In recent days, Donald Trump’s administration finally appears to have come to grips with the seriousness of the coronavirus crisis threatening to lay waste to the country and, with it, his presidency. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that people cover their...

Sri Lanka’s Persecuted Muslims Are Turning Radical

May 23, 2019

After decades of persecution by the Sinhalese and Tamils, Sri Lanka’s Muslims are abandoning local syncretic Islam and turning to a more radical version. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks across Sri Lanka. This raises many questions about the...

Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Is a New Form of Racism

March 28, 2019

Anti-Muslim hate crime, which spikes following terror attacks, is inextricably intertwined with racism. This article has been difficult to write because I was hoping that, in 2019, I would not need to start talking about international terrorism and how it can impact the streets of Britain....

Making Sense of the Christchurch Terror Attack

March 18, 2019

For terrorists like Brenton Tarrant, acting in the name of "racial survival," human life has no value unless it is the life of their own ethnic group. Very few people probably still remember William Luther Pierce. Even in the United States, he is largely forgotten, except perhaps on the fringes...

How Should Society View a Woman’s Body?

November 10, 2018

There is something seriously wrong with a society that frowns upon public breastfeeding, yet is fine with public urination by men. Making a decidedly strong statement against body-shaming and asserting that girls are not a distraction, no matter what they wear, Alameda Unified School District...

Burqa Comments Push Muslims to Reassert their Identity

August 14, 2018

Ironically, it is the relentless attacks on Muslims that are creating a more visible Muslim presence in the UK.  Boris Johnson’s inflammatory remarks about women who wear the burqa have sparked outrage and fierce debate on an issue that was already highly emotive. Since the 2016 referendum...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Boris Johnson’s “Freedom of Speech”

August 13, 2018

When does one person’s freedom contain in its definition the right to cancel another person’s freedom? As noted in the previous edition of The Daily Devil’s Dictionary, Britain’s chief Donald Trump emulator (and owner of an equally impressive mop of blond hair), Boris Johnson, is under...

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