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What the Hell is Wrong with Me?, Eagle Eye

What the Hell is Wrong with Me?

The capture of a dog belonging to US troops provokes an unexpected reaction

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 6 February 2014 at 4:25 pm

In Solidarity, Eagle Eye

In Solidarity

I saw Schindler’s List again over Christmas, for the first time in some years. It’s a flawed movie – exactly how flawed is a subject deserving of its own post – but gets a lot more right than wrong and remains, I think, mainstream Hollywood’s best attempt to portray the Holocaust.
While the film is rightly [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 31 January 2014 at 2:17 pm

50 shades of brown: The continuing stigma surrounding skin colour in British Asian communities, Notebook

50 shades of brown: The continuing stigma surrounding skin colour in British Asian communities

The saying “Beauty is only skin deep” has yet to register with many British South Asians. The view that fairness is synonymous with beauty is often peddled in the UK’s Asian community and in most cases, it’s the girls who bear the brunt of such racial snobbery.

By | Notebook | Friday, 11 October 2013 at 4:00 am

Citizen Khan is not just outdated, but lazy and offensive, Arts

Citizen Khan is not just outdated, but lazy and offensive

Is Citizen Khan offensive? Yes, and not because of its treatment of religion but because it patronises its audience by flogging dead jokes and dumb stereotypes.

By | Arts, Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 at 5:43 pm

Auschwitz: How relevant is it in today’s society?, Notebook

Auschwitz: How relevant is it in today’s society?

A while ago, I was having a conversation with friends; the Holocaust came up and we began to tentatively discuss it. After a few minutes, one friend, who had been keeping very quiet, looked up and said, slightly confused: “What even is the Holocaust?”

By | Notebook, Opinion | Sunday, 26 August 2012 at 4:00 am

Cold, clinical and sane: The only thing Anders Breivik’s terrorist attack must change is far-right racism, Notebook

Cold, clinical and sane: The only thing Anders Breivik’s terrorist attack must change is far-right racism

Anders Breivik is a far-right terrorist, not a madman. It is a difficult verdict for some to process: here is a man who methodically shot dead dozens of idealistic teenagers, either as they ran hyperventilating or stood paralysed with terror.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 24 August 2012 at 1:07 pm

The debate: Should those offended by jokes be offered compensation?, Notebook

The debate: Should those offended by jokes be offered compensation?

Carnival plc (owner of P&O Cruises) was recently sued by John Wolfe, who was offended by the Irish jokes made as part of the entertainment on his cruise. But

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 23 August 2012 at 10:15 am

Twitter crime: The state should not have the power to punish people for being offensive, Notebook

Twitter crime: The state should not have the power to punish people for being offensive

Student: “Those blowing themselves up and committing atrocities are using religion as an excuse for what they are doing.”
Me: “But you can find justification for all sorts of atrocities against non-believers, apostates and others in the Holy texts.”
Student: “How dare you say that! That is deeply offensive. Lots of us have faith and don’t go around doing the things you say that religious people do.”

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 at 12:29 pm

A new age of racism? Why the Leveson Inquiry must investigate anti-Muslim bigotry, Notebook

A new age of racism? Why the Leveson Inquiry must investigate anti-Muslim bigotry

The facts are in. Over the last two decades, British media coverage of Islam and Muslims has been overwhelmingly negative, stereotypical, inaccurate – and racist

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 20 July 2012 at 4:00 am

Free speech is the real loser in Terry v Ferdinand, Battle of Ideas

Free speech is the real loser in Terry v Ferdinand

The least troubling aspect of the John Terry case for me is the revelation that footballers shout offensive and unpleasant obscenities at rivals in the heat of a football game. Even those of us who cannot lip read surely did not think they were saying ‘please pass me the ball’

By | Battle of Ideas, Football, Sport | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 at 4:00 am

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