Khadija Ravat and the niqab’s good name

The contrived controversy over the Channel 4 “Alternative Christmas Message” dragged on today, with the Daily Mirror featuring an interview with the lady in which she told the interviewer that she, being a patriotic British citizen, will be watching the Queen rather than her own message. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, however, comes out with the usual attack on the niqab, alleging that Channel 4 “has decided to glamorise and validate the veil, showing cool indifference to the meanings of one of the most violently contested symbols in the world today”. The article appeared in the Evening Standard, which does not generally publish its opinion pieces online.

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Searchlight features Nazi bombs and niqab

The latest edition of the British anti-fascist magazine [Searchlight](http://www.searchlightmagazine.com/index.php] has a front-page feature on last month’s incident where chemical precursors to explosives were found at a house belonging to a member of the British National Party, which was under-reported in … Continue reading