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On Michael Gove

Some thoughts from Twitter posted on 2nd March 2024 regarding an opinion piece in The Guardian on Michael Gove.  This article argued that despite appearance of courteousness and clam, Michael Gove was in fact someone who had ‘toxified’ the political culture of the Tories. The tweet threat is unrolled  below, but as

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Democratic dictatorship: the UK as prime exemplar

From the landmark employment tribunal victory of Professor David Miller to the Safety of Rwanda Bill, recent events in the realm of UK law are revealing the political and legal discourses of unaccountable power and control.  It’s been happening a while, but the transformation of the image of Kenneth (now Lord) Clarke,

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German racism: when politics no longer matters

As German far-right politicians attend a meeting at the British House of Parliament today, Arzu reflects on the crises of racism gripping Germany Today former Tory now independent MP, Andrew Bridgen hosts members of the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party from Germany at the Houses of Parliament.  If the appellation ‘far-right’

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Ten Days in Tehran: The Complete Blog in Retropsect

Arzu reviews her 2012 blog, Ten Days in Tehran, looking at life under an ever increasing sanctions regime in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It’s been eleven years since this blog about a trip to Tehran was posted. Its aim was to give a snapshot of life in a country being targeted

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In Memoriam: Sir Tony Lloyd

The former British Minister, Tony Lloyd, passed away yesterday.   There are few – very few – people of integrity in the political system in the UK.  Fewer still who climb to some of the higher positions of power.  Tony Lloyd MP, who passed away this week from luekemia, was of them.  He

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In Memoriam: Aaron Varricchio

Some thoughts on the passing of a true gentleman, Aaron Varricchio The news of Aaron’s passing was devastating for many of us who knew him.  Below are some of the tributes to him published on the IHRC website.  We all learned so much from Aaron, whose exemplary behaviour and kindness were inspirational.

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Hizb ut-Tahrir proscription from Home Office website

Proscribing Hizb ut-Tahrir is a sign of desperation

Arzu discusses the proscription of the avowedly non-violent group Hizb ut-Tahrir by the UK government and what  it means for dissenting voices in the UK Today’s proscription of Hizb u-Tahrir under the Terrorism Act 2000 is a new low, even for the UK.  I wrote on 7 January that the push towards

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Lessons still to be learned: Guantánamo in our minds

As the US and UK bomb Yemen on the 22nd anniversary of the opening of the Guantánamo Bay prison camp, Arzu reviews her thoughts from 2012 about the narratives of Islamophobia that facilitate this violence   Yesterday was the anniversary of the opening of Camp X-Ray, the notorious US prison camp and

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We need to talk about Julia Hartley-Brewer

Arzu argues that the normalisation of the TalkTV journalist’s behaviour in a recent interview should be too much even for institutionally racist media companies to stomach.   The video of Julia Hartley-Brewer ‘interviewing’ Palestinian MP Mustafa Barghouti last week is doing the rounds.  Rightly so.  It is a shocking piece of invective,

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