By Lamees Hafeez, UK. I am a proud Muslim Woman, not a “raghead”- though appearances may be deceiving considering I have just cycled the past 4 miles in a very rainy Manchester, on a not so flat road, with the (…)
As France implements its new law, I can’t help to reflect upon, in this case- the ironic words of the French Enlightenment philosopher- Voltaire.(...)
The heated topic and discussion of integration is never one I choose to enter. I see no use in it. Why? It’s simple. The third generation of Muslims are an integral part of what makes Western society – they are (…)
Do you know Boutbila ? This character that brings many memories back and remains rooted in the Tunisian heritage. A character that almost becomes inseparable from the month of Ramadan! Boutbila, the awakener, with his typical instrument, who brings to (…)
Orwell and Huxley wrote two prophetic novels of dystopia whose concepts are commonly invoked in political commentary as a way of alerting and warning against their possible fulfillment. Though Orwell’s 1984 is the much more heralded, and though we, as (…)
Once off the plane, the pilot announces a humid 42°c temperature. Summer is hot in Tunis. My first steps on the motherland soil and already a wet breeze lightly caressed my cheek as a welcome. Other passengers trudge off the place, (…)
‘A Pakistani Muslim and an Israeli Jew. One confined room. Many cameras. The name of the game: discuss each other’s stereotypes. There’s only one way this show can go, right? Wrong.’ By Lamees Hafeez, from Manchester (United Kingdom)
The face of modern terrorism? Or just another stereotype? My condolences to the people of Norway who have now also become victim to the whims of terrorism which is fast becoming a less exclusive club of cities subject to such (…)
The attire suggests an Arab origin: a red tarbuch on the head, a white sulham hanging down the back from the shoulders. The faces raise doubts. Are the soldiers Arabs or Europeans, or maybe both? But despite the strong first impression, the parading troops are not Arab, or at least do not belong to an Arab army.
It’s now nearly about 6 months ago when everyone talked about the catastrophe Fukushima. Today it seems to be almost out of our minds. Even though it already has been the second incident of its kind. In Japan they are still fighting to get the damaged reactors under control. First Tschernobyl and now recently Fukushima. Both of them had and still have disastrous consequences for their close environment and its people.
The birth rate is still dropping, the greying of society is reaching peak levels and there is a lack of highly educated staff. While the people they have educated no longer feel like serving the country that makes them feel unwelcome.
As France implements its new law, I can’t help to reflect upon, in this case- the ironic words of the French Enlightenment philosopher- Voltaire.