Ayesha Kazmi

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Oh, Mona!

In The Political on 24/04/2012 at 22:27

Since yesterday it appears Mona Eltahawy has had her hands full fending off the massive outrage her Foreign Policy article entitled “Why do they hate us? The real war on women is in the Middle East provoked. Even much to the dismay of disappointed feminists, her tweets suggest those disagreeing with her have not bothered to provide intelligible debate. However, it was pretty clear, even yesterday, this was certainly not the case.

I realise Mona has likely been quite swamped with responses. But her tweeting patterns suggest that she is responding mainly to two types of people: those that are lauding her work, and those that have been shamelessly slandering her. The problem is that there is a whole host of people in between who want to engage with her intellectually and respectfully while explaining to her precisely why they disagreed so deeply with her piece. Read the rest of this entry »

Anonymous: How techies became ‘terrorists’

In The Political on 20/04/2012 at 22:55

The original version of this article was published at www.cageprisoners.com

Our persistent concern with the threat of terrorism recently brought the public eye to Toulouse, France. On 19th March, a gunman opened fire on the premises of a school killing 4 – including 3 young children – the same gunman, it is believed, having previously killed 3 French Soldiers. Two days later, a standoff ensued between police and the suspected killer, 23-year-old mechanic Mohammed Merah, who the French police and media claimed was an “Islamic extremist” inspired by Al Qaeda having travelled both to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In the days after, a standoff between French police and Merah ending with his death, Muslims worldwide braced themselves for a backlash. Read the rest of this entry »

My Interviews with Anonymous: Musings

In The Political on 19/04/2012 at 20:44

Published here are two of three interviews that I conducted to write my report entitled Anonymous: How Techies Became Terrorists. Since the publishing of my interview, I have seen twitter buzzing with tweets calling out the folks at “YourAnonNews” for their apparent “ego-fag” behaviour. I am not wholly aware of where this is coming from, but I have become somewhat annoyed at seeing my work used as “evidence” in order to advance some of the infighting between Anonymous actors.

My work stands alone. I was offered these interviews by members and former members of the “CabinCr3w” many months ago – in fact, in November to be exact. Read the rest of this entry »