Monthly Archives: July 2016

Words from Qamişlo after the 27 July massacre

These responses came from a YPG official in Qamişlo, Rojava, after the horrific Daesh (Isis/Isil) massacre of 27 July. What is life usually like in Qamişlo? Despite being a Kurdish city, Qamişlo also has an Arab, Assyrian and Syriac population. Although … Continue reading

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Trump the authoritarian

In January 2016, political scientist Matthew MacWilliams said: Trump’s electoral strength — and his staying power — have been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations This assertion was backed up by an online poll of 1,800 Americans, which found that a belief in obedience to … Continue reading

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Trump the racist

When Donald Trump started out on his journey to become the Republican party’s presidential nominee, he made it very clear that he was more than prepared to push stereotypes about different ethnic (or religious) groups, saying (now quite infamously): When … Continue reading

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Trump the male chauvinist

Donald Trump, the man who owned the Miss Universe organisation for almost two decades, has become well known for his male chauvinist behaviour, including appearance-based insults and unwelcome romantic advances. He has been accused of treating women as “property” and has called breastfeeding … Continue reading

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Media criticism of Turkish State finally moving to the forefront

After the most recent terrorist attack on Turkish soil inspired or organised by Daesh (Isis/Isil) on 28 June, I once again highlighted the context of Ankara’s long-standing complicity with Wahhabi extremism – in anticipation of understated media attention on the current government in … Continue reading

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