Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

Given the rise in xenophobic hate crimes against Muslims and Jews since the Brexit referendum, it is important to recognise xenophobic hate with defined terms, where the xenophobia extends beyond intrinsic characteristics. It is important so that the public becomes aware that hatred based on different cultures is unacceptable, and that it is recognised as wrong to attribute beliefs or prejudices to people born into heterogenous religions, and where people identify with religions’ beliefs and cultures to their own individual varying degrees. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) has published a ‘working’ definition of anti-Semitism.  According to the author of the … Continue reading Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

India-Pakistan hostilities brief

Issues at play: Kashmir is disputed territory controlled by India, Pakistan and China India and Pakistan are nuclear powers that formally engaged in military operations against one another in late February Kashmir’s glaciers are an important source of water for all of Pakistan, for eastern India and for southern China Pakistan is run by the military, even though it is ostensibly recognised as a democracy. India is run by the ultra-right Hindu nationalist BJP party. Both entities’ raison d’etre is defined by hostility towards one another Kashmiris are oppressed by the Indian state. The Office of the UN High Commissioner … Continue reading India-Pakistan hostilities brief