A few links

Indian journalists protest.
Indian journalists protest.

Here are some links to my recent work, pulled from various corners of the internet.


Why another high profile rape case in India will fail to tackle the root causes of sexual violence (New Statesman)

This blog looks at the on-going Mumbai rape trial, and whether any significant change has resulted from the worldwide outcry about the Delhi gang rape case.

Hakimullah Mehsud was hardly Pakistan’s great hope for peace (Guardian)

Although US drone strikes trouble Pakistan’s politicians, peace talks with the Taliban leader may well have come to nothing.

Why conspiracy theories about Malala won’t go away (New Humanist)

When Malala Yousafzai’s book was released in October, there was a backlash against her at home – which risks obscuring a very real need to fight for education and against extremism.

The Maryville rape case raises questions about online vigilantism (New Humanist)

Support from Anonymous appears to have given rape victim Daisy Coleman the strength to pursue justice. But does this kind of web activism risk undermining the legal process?

A new report suggests teenage combatants are particularly vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s vital that we support those who return from war.

It may seem like stating the obvious, but when cultural sensitivities lead to the toleration of FGM, it’s vital that we treat the practice as the crime it is.


I’m a regular contributor to Monocle Radio, and have appeared on several shows recently. I won’t share links to all of them, but here’s a selection of the most recent podcasts. On 5 November I talked over the day’s foreign policy headlines with Robert Fox on this show. On 28 October I provided commentary on talks between Karzai and Sharif in London. On 22 October, I set the day’s news agenda, talking over the top headlines on this show. Last week,  I was also on the Richard Bacon Show on BBC 5 Live, with a light-hearted look at the week’s headlines.

I also recently took part in a panel discussion at the Royal Court Theatre (31 October), discussing Islam and feminism. I’ll post about it in more detail at some point.


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