Ayesha Kazmi

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Why Anti-OWS Speech Scares Me

In The Political on 17/10/2011 at 23:40

To their credit, various “occupy” protesters have warded off critique quite well. We have read the counter arguments and even witnessed a Wall Street protester tearing a Fox News reporter to shreds.

Many of us want to hurl objects at our television screens when we hear the likes of Bill O’Reilly spewing his venomous disgust at the occupy movement.

Rather than carry out our typical “knee-jerk” responses many of us are inclined toward with the likes of talking heads like O’Reilly, I have an alternative suggestion. Read the rest of this entry »

From Freshie to British Muslim

In The Personal on 13/10/2011 at 23:59

Fresh off the boat with £3 in his pocket. That’s how my dad arrived in the UK back in the summer of ’65, leaving his home, country and family five thousand miles behind him to start a new life on British soil.

My father’s story is not unique. It’s the story of thousands of Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis migrating to the UK in the 1960s, many responding to the call of the British government which sent employment vouchers to tackle the severe shortage of doctors and teachers in Britain at the time. My father took up a teaching post in a rural Kent village, where I live to this day. Read the rest of this entry »

At its Core, Occupy Wall Street Will Always Remain a Product of its Time and Place

In The Political on 04/10/2011 at 00:34

Criticisms about the various occupy movements now spreading throughout the United States were expected from the outset.

Generally speaking, and for various reasons, there will be underlying elements that will seek to undermine popular movements. Often this is accomplished by questioning the purpose, usefulness, motives, tactics, or by constructing moral judgments to rally around, and even by slandering individuals within the movement or the movement as a whole. Read the rest of this entry »