The death of Morocco’s fishmonger proves people have not forgotten the power of collective action

This is a short post, a more analytical one will appear once my thesis is handed in! Not to mention it will include a more detailed historical account. It’s the trigger that often starts revolutions, the oppressed figure of the common man. On a Friday night in a northern port city called Al Hoceima, Mouhcine Fikri,… Read More The death of Morocco’s fishmonger proves people have not forgotten the power of collective action

This letter to the editor has gone viral… #BanSuits

Whatchu going to do when they come for you? Who says letters to the editor are dead, definitely not ‘Henry Stewart’ from London, whose well-penned argument has gone viral on social media sites such as twitter under the hashtag #BanSuits. Stewart accurately points out most issues to do with corruption, war, political games and dangers to society… Read More This letter to the editor has gone viral… #BanSuits

Media censorship, whether it’s in the interest of the government or the business it amounts to the same thing

  Media systems around the world differ from each other on a number of bases. The history, social identity, economic and political structure of each country is reflected in their media. China, a nation in a state of change, has seen an influx of free-market and liberalised ideals in their media landscape which can still… Read More Media censorship, whether it’s in the interest of the government or the business it amounts to the same thing

Fashion and the re-inscription of Muslim identity – a female only space

In light of the recent burkini ban debacle, which dominated media coverage this past week, here is an academic overview into the intersections of fashion, Islam and Orientalism. Let’s just get one thing straight: there’s no direct translation in Arabic for the word ‘veil’. Many Muslim women refer to the headscarf, not as hijab –… Read More Fashion and the re-inscription of Muslim identity – a female only space

Politicians still playing games after #BurkiniBan was deemed ‘definitely illegal’

French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, took to Facebook to express his support for the burkini ban on the country’s beaches even after the Conseil d’Etat deemed the ban “definitely illegal”. Valls said the burkini is a symbol of “political Islamism” and therefore a political affirmation of these ‘values’ in public spaces. Though admitting theses values to be in the minority the Prime… Read More Politicians still playing games after #BurkiniBan was deemed ‘definitely illegal’

The best tweets showing the absurdity of the #BurkiniBan on French beaches

Photos of at least four armed police men forcing a woman who was wearing a burkini to strip it off in Nice, went viral on Tuesday. Her ticket read that she was not wearing “an outfit respecting good morals and secularism”. Authorities in several French towns have implemented bans on the Burkini, which covers the body and head,… Read More The best tweets showing the absurdity of the #BurkiniBan on French beaches

How Social Media is changing the feminist landscape in the Middle East

LET’S TALK ABOUT FEMINISM…   Feminism can be broadly defined as an ideology that strives for equality between men and women. It holds that women should be treated as intellectual and social equals to men and have the same rights, same pay, same contribution to society. Though feminism now is generally seen as a women’s-only… Read More How Social Media is changing the feminist landscape in the Middle East