Anjem Choudary and the Media’s Failure to Report on Islamic Extremism

Anjem Choudary, who the BBC characterized as “one of the best known Islamist speakers”, was sentenced to five years in jail for promoting ISIS. Along with declaring the legitimacy of ISIS, Choudary praised the 9/11 attacks, refused to condemn the 7/7 bombings, and founded Islamist groups like al-Muhajiroun and Islam4UK. He was often painted as an irrational psychopath, but his effective use of mainstream media … Continue reading Anjem Choudary and the Media’s Failure to Report on Islamic Extremism

The Irish Obligation to Fight for Equality

Editor’s Note: The following piece is a submission from an anonymous public policy professional. The editors of The Retrospect welcome thoughtful submissions on public policy and politics. – Conor R. Laing Recently, I’ve been seeing articles being shared on social media claiming (falsely) that the Irish were slaves in America. The moral people get from this story is that African Americans should stop “whining” about … Continue reading The Irish Obligation to Fight for Equality

Why I Love America: A Reflection Fifteen Years On

It was a sunny day in San Antonio fifteen years ago. I was ten years old. I remember being picked up from school by my grandmother, who was fraught with worry. I can’t recall the exact details of that conversation, but I remember the words “twin towers” sticking out in my mind. Was that in New York? You see, as a fifth grader, my conception … Continue reading Why I Love America: A Reflection Fifteen Years On