Mahvish Ahmad

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I’m Bengali and I’m black – in the same way that my parents were

Before I was Asian, I was black. No, I haven’t since undergone some Jacko-style operation, or doused myself in Fair & Lovely. Rather, black was one of the terms my family and I used to describe ourselves.<p>I grew up in 80s London, which still echoed with the Anti-Nazi League’s chant of “We are black, …

We are losing languages at a rate of one every fortnight

The 11 largest languages in the world are Chinese, English, Hindi/Urdu, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Bengali, Japanese, German and …

Language

Education study finds in favour of traditional teaching styles

Schools need to put more effort into evaluating what makes effective teaching, and ensure that discredited practices are rooted out from classrooms, according to a new study published by the Sutton Trust and Durham University.<p>The study suggests that some schools and teachers continue using methods …

Poppy Appeal 2014: This is why I won't be wearing a red poppy this year

Over the next few weeks everyone will be encouraged to buy and wear a red poppy. There will be military bands playing at main line rail stations, …

Remembrance Day

Fødselstilbud overser de vordende fædre

Daniel Hervik skal være far til februar og har indtil nu udfyldt ventetiden med tv-programmer som <i>Sådan er fædre</i>, ’fædreblogs’ og bøger som <i>Du skal</i> …

Fiona Woolf re-wrote letter playing down links to Lord Brittan

The head of the government’s inquiry into historic child sexual abuse allegations repeatedly re-wrote a letter to Theresa May, the home secretary, to play down her links with former home secretary Lord Brittan, it has emerged.<p>Fiona Woolf has faced calls to resign over her close personal …

Kurdish women fighters, an unprecedented example of equality in Middle East

The News Minute | October 31, 2014 | 01:30 pm IST Madrid: The Syrian city of Kobane, where resistance against jihadis of the Islamic State (IS) has …

Middle East

Iraq: ISIS Executed Hundreds of Prison Inmates

(Erbil) – Gunmen from the Sunni extremist group Islamic State systematically executed some 600 male inmates from a prison outside the northern Iraqi …

The Day Israel Attacked America | Politics

In 1967, at the height of the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, the Israeli Air Force launched an unprovoked attack on the USS Liberty, a US Navy spy ship that was monitoring the conflict from the safety of international waters in the Mediterranean.<p>Israeli jet fighters hit the vessel with rockets, cannon …

The British colonial origins of anti-gay laws

During the past half-century, many countries have eliminated criminal laws against what are variously called “homosexual offences”, “sodomy,” “unnatural acts” or other terms used to describe consensual sexual relations between people (often specifically men) of the same sex.<p>Yet, the …

Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil

One of Saudi Arabia’s preeminent activists, who led the right-to-drive movement, describes her decision to take off the niqab.<p>No piece of cloth …

What makes great teaching? – expert views

Popular teaching methods, such as lavishing praise on pupils and grouping students by ability, are not based on evidence and can harm student development, a report has found.<p>The Sutton Trust examined 200 pieces of research on what makes great teaching, concluding that some common practices have no …

Robert Wade · Organised Hypocrisy on a Monumental Scale

First, some figures. In the combined territory of Israel plus Palestine, the population of Israeli Jews is just over six million, of whom about half …

DfID not doing enough to protect poor from corruption, says aid watchdog

The UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) is failing to address the petty but widespread corruption that blights the daily lives of the world’s poorest people and has a particularly corrosive impact on women and girls, Britain’s aid watchdog has warned.<p>In a report published on …

If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it

This week, by law, I have to deride Russell Brand as a self-obsessed, annoying idiot. No article or comment on Twitter can legally be written now …

Penguin Random House

Greek police evict rebel monks from monastery headquarters

Associated Press in Thessaloniki<p>Dozens of Greek police have taken part in an operation to clear an apartment used as a hostel by a rebel monastery whose monks have been declared schismatic by the Orthodox church.<p>Police said one monk and five supporters were in the apartment in central Thessaloniki …

Healing Sindh: A tale of dog bites, struggle and broken USAID chairs

<b>By Morial Shah</b><p>August 2011:<p><b>A tiny redbrick building stood where the narrow dirt road ended. Barefoot women and children waited inside. A few gunshots</b> …

Community Health

Israel reopens al-Aqsa mosque compound before Friday prayers

Israel reopened the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Friday before the weekly Muslim prayers, after a rare closure following clashes sparked by the killing by police of a Palestinian shooting suspect.<p>The streets of east Jerusalem were calm before midday prayers, following an Israeli …

Anas Sarwar resigns as Scottish Labour deputy leader

The shadow cabinet is likely his next stop.<p>Anas Sarwar's decision to stand down as Scottish Labour's deputy leader, which he announced at the party's …

The Child Soldiers Of Islamic State

This week, Islamic State (IS) group social-media accounts circulated an image of a young boy of perhaps 12 or 13 years old. Clad in a black balaclava …

Islam

Inspiration Information: “The Last Illusion”

<i>The fifth in a series of posts in which we ask writers about the cultural influences on their work.</i><p>My second novel, “The Last Illusion,” is made up, quite simply, of two basic elements: myth plus imagination. It’s based on a short tale within a fifty-thousand-couplet-long medieval Persian epic, …

Confessions of a Prep-School Feminist

In what I think of as either the apotheosis or the nadir—maybe both—of my stint as a prep-school feminist, I once followed Gloria Steinem into a bathroom to get her autograph. It’s actually even worse than it sounds: first, I lurked outside the stall she was using, then I intercepted her when she …

Nationalisation by Sindh & Punjab governments

A midst the hustle bustle of last year, the enactment of The Sindh Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2013 (the Sindh Act) is an …

Pakistan

Egypt's media freedom at all-time low? | US & Canada

<b>New York, USA -</b> He has been insulted by fellow journalists, threatened, faced-off against angry mobs and had his phone-tapped conversations broadcast on television. For Wael Abbas, a popular Egyptian blogger, the country's media scene has hit an all-time low.<p>"I've annoyed the authorities for 10 …

جیو کا حشر فرنٹیئر پوسٹ جیسا تو نہیں ہوگا؟

<b>پاکستان میں انگریزی روزنامہ ’دی فرنٹیئر پوسٹ‘ 1980 اور 90 کی دہائیوں میں ملک کے سب سے آزاد اور دلیر اخباروں میں شمار ہوتا تھا۔</b><p>یہ اخبار فوجی صدر ضیا الحق کی آمریت کے کڑے دور میں وجود میں آیا لیکن پھر بھی اپنی آزاد صحافت کے باعث اسے دنیا بھر میں پذیرائی ملی۔<p>فرنٹیئر پوسٹ کی پالیسی بہت بے باک ہوا کرتی …

برا ہو مشیل اور ملالہ وغیرہ کا

<b>براعظم افریقہ کے سب سےگنجان مسلمان ملک نائجیریا کے شمالی صوبے بورنو کےقصبے چیبوک کے گورنمنٹ سیکنڈری گرلز سکول کے ہاسٹل سے بارہ تا پندرہ برس کی طالبات کو اغوا ہوئے لگ بھگ ایک ماہ ہو چلا۔</b><p>276 میں سے 53 طالبات چنگل سے فرار ہونے میں کامیاب ہوگئیں۔ ان کے بیانات کے مطابق پیچھے رہ جانے والی 223 میں سے دو …