As if the current climate of political Islamophobia were not enough, who should jump into the fold but Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the ex-Muslim whose claim to fame is her delight in slandering her former religion. She was recently on the BBC, making absurd suggestions such as: Muslims may follow Islam if they just stop enjoining the good, forbidding the evil and following the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), a man described as "one of the world's greatest leaders" by Muslim and non-Muslim historians and commentators. Having turned against Islam, Ali believes herself to be an advocate of Muslim women's rights, (just like the biggotted Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, subject of yesterday's article) but in taking on this role, is she victimising swathes of women?
Our article today is not so much one of words as of images. Many of you will recognise the display photo, which has even been acknowledged by the BBC. It is of Hudea, the four-year-old Syrian girl who instantly raised her hands up in fear when she thought that a camera was yet another dangerous weapon. Hudea and those like her, be they in Syria, Iraq or Palestine are usually described as "Children of war". The reality is that most people in these "war-torn" nations do not have any means of fighting back against the Western Governments' sophisticated weaponry, so it would be more apt to call it Genocide; and unlike in historical Britain, these children have no safe space to which they may be evacuated while the adults handle the terrors of large-scale attacks. These children are in our thoughts and prayers, and if we care to bring about justice, they must be in our sociopolitical activities and charity-giving efforts too. As we discover every time Palestine comes under a worse than usual attack, there are people who have no idea this is going on. It can often be hard to know what best to do in this situation and an easy step is to raise awareness by Liking, Tweeting and sharing this article so that as many people as possible are at least aware of the reality for too many of today's children - Yamin Zakaria and the Team @ Radical Views
Another Syrian child starving in the Siege of Homs
A traumatised Palestinian crawling through post-explosion rubble
A Palestinian child hospitalised due to Israeli weaponry - this is a milder injury
The REAL results of the US-UK led attack on Iraq based on the WMD pretext.
America's chemical warfare on the Iraqis also causes long-term injury in other ways.
An Afghan child killed by US NATO airstrikes
Afghan children not peacefully sleeping but killed for being the enemy
Here at Radical Views, we like to draw attention to serious, socio-political issues, but we are all for a little bit of satire from time to time. Properly executed satire is not the chaos caused by Charlie Hebdo, where swathes of good people in a weakened position are cruelly attacked by individuals with disproportionate power and influence. Rather, it is a nonaggressive way of critiquing those in power as a means of highlighting problems that they are responsible for. Online comedians Cassetteboy hit the nail on the head, and while we are laughing at the actual video, we love how the article looks beyond the jokes. It examines the issues that the video highlights, and how they might be solved, if only the government would take a step back and re-evaluate its anti-Muslim stance. If you enjoy this article, then as always, remember to Like, Tweet and share – Yamin Zakaria and the Team @ Radical Views.
Politicians traditionally have been unpopular individuals who make unpopular decisions from positions of excessive power. Of course there have been exceptions such as David Lloyd George the Manchurian son of a schoolteacher, who had a strong hand in implementing Britain’s welfare system. Current British Prime Minister David Cameron’s ancestry, on the other hand, has been traced right back to Lady Elizabeth Fitzclarence, illegitimate daughter of King William IV and his mistress Dorothea Jordan, and comedy duo Cassetteboy pays homage to this in their Emperor’s New Clothes rap, created for Russell Brand’s up-and-coming filmwith the same name.
International women’s month is ending and we find ourselves in the lead-up to the UK General Election. The regular visitors among you will have noticed Radical Views taking self-proclaimed “Feminist” Theresa May to task for chasing potential Conservative voters through Islamophobic fearmongering. This is nothing new. Throughout her career, May has talked about Islam as a problem, particularly for women. Yesterday’s article, "The Interfaith Jihad Against Evil" by Reverend Frank Gelli, on the other hand, suggests that it is not religion, but simply the choice to follow the Devil himself, that is creating disharmony. And what is the reality? Does Islam really oppress women and promote patriarchy? We are posting this article today as a springboard into the deeper question of what Islam, rather than Theresa May, teaches about gender relations. This is most certainly an informative piece so remember to Like, Tweet and share – Yamin Zakaria and the Team @ Radical Views
Since 9/11, which resulted in the US and UK governments joining “shoulder to shoulder” to carpet bomb the impoverished, albeit Muslim nations of Afghanistan and Iraq, our politicians have been on a nonstop witch hunt for extremists not from among themselves, but from among their chosen scapegoat, the British Muslim community.
As openly admitted by John Prescott, such frequently Islamophobic policies and statements have unsurprisingly driven an angry handful to, effectively, wage war against their home country by joining violent movements and performing activities that most British Muslims would never consider being involved with. However, even for the civil and peaceful majority who appreciate their British citizenship, there has been no escape from the “extremist” label. Muslims are the official enemy of the state.
In an Orwellian plot twist, the British government has, in recent years, moved from showing concerns about extremism (i.e violent, rage-motivated activities that they were provoking with its bloody foreign policies) to a new obsession, fear of the “nonviolent” extremist.
Sitting in the UK and uncritically consuming our media flow, it can be easy to believe that it is all of our young Muslims are running away to the Middle East to join ISIS, but who is actually providing that group with the most support? This infographic, published by the Independent Newspaper via the Brookings Institute, shows who, exactly, is giving them a shout-out on Twitter, one of the world's most active social media platforms. And do you know what? The UK is at the bottom end of that list. Unsurprising really, as the majority of British Muslims are quite sickened to see Islam associated with that group. Maybe Theresa May should take note before branding Muslim citizens as 'Anti-British extremists' next time, as she did in Monday's speech?
Three months ago, ISIS, the violent organisation claiming to spread Islamic rule in the Middle East was reported by various world news channels as having beheaded 150 women, many of them pregnant, in accordance with its own, unscholarly and rigid interpretation of certain parts of the Islamic penal code.
One month ago, the BBC publicly reported that Iraq’s women prisoners were typically “raped or threatened with sexual assault by security forces during their interrogation", while quoting a women’s prison employee as having said that "We expect that they've been raped by police on the way to the prison."