The Meaning of “Being News”: The Persecution of Religious Minorities by ISIS

The rise of The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and its extreme form of intolerance, persecution of Christians and Yezidis, and brutality have shocked the world. As noted by many commentators, ISIS is too violent and intolerant even for al-Qaeda, which is some feat to achieve.… Read the rest

George Galloway’s Victory and the Out-of-touch Political Establishment

George Galloway is back in town, having won the Bradford West byelection by a majority of over 10,000. And that is not good news for many if not most politicians. Galloway’s victory is outstanding by any measure. A powerful performance by him would have surprised observers, but an outright win, let alone by this margin, was well off the cards.… Read the rest