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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

 Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Known for her sharp commentary on issues of multiculturalism, race and religion, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown won the George Orwell Prize for political journalism in 2002 and the Emma Award for Journalism in 2004. She is also a radio and television broadcaster and author of several books including the acclaimed No Place Like Home and Who Do We Think We Are? Imagining the New Britain.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: In Kampala, 1968 was a bit more complex...

"So what were you doing then?" I am asked at dinner parties these days as the nation looks back in awe at 1968. "I wasn't here, I was in Kampala," I reply, and the conversation falls off the edge of the table, impossible to retrieve, like a napkin that slips off the lap and disappears.

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Why should Muslims put up with being stereotyped?

Monday, 28 April 2008

Looking back at what I did this week, a parade of identities walks past, each one a part of the whole, none the whole of me. A passionate Londoner, I declared against Boris Johnson. With Billy Bragg at the Barbican on St George's Day, I was graciously invited by him to feel part of "progressive" Englishness and, funnily, in that hall, I did.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Londoners would be mad to vote for Boris

Monday, 21 April 2008

As 1 May approaches, many Londoners feel only presentiment and ire. None of the candidates for Mayor are inspiring, and the two frontrunners are so flawed that it shames democracy itself. We lurch between democratic duty and an enervating loss of will. Our diverse and lively city is invited to choose either a jaded, aging Labourite who doesn't want to let go or a refashioned Tory with elitist, colonial and libertarian values. It is a contest between practised rogues.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: A reminder of the real cost of living

Monday, 14 April 2008

Suddenly you notice the costs have really shot up. For me the wake-up call came with the last few supermarket bills, which were already too high because we now need so many more fancy foods. The hairdresser costs a third more than this time last year, petrol too, and on Saturday the Chinese restaurant in the West End charged punitive prices, perhaps to pay for the Olympics back home. So, there will have to be longer gaps between getting the roots done, more trips to Shepherd's Bush market for fruit, meat and veg, and obviously less dining out.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: We must learn more about these murderous men

Monday, 7 April 2008

I am haunted by the faces of the eight British Muslim men currently on trial at Woolwich Crown Court, accused of plotting to blow up several transatlantic airliners. Prosecutors allege they contemplated the possibility of taking their own wives and children on their once-in-a-lifetime suicide trips. Recorded videos, played to the court, are chillingly solipsistic, callous and self-righteous.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: The real star of the show wasn't Carla

Monday, 31 March 2008

I was in New York when Mme Sarkozy was presented to the nation naked on the pages of some newspapers. Back here on Thursday, Carla was still provoking fantasies and drooling Britons had gone demented with hot desire, all very unseemly.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: This unhealthy strain of left-wing McCarthyism

Monday, 17 March 2008

Reading about the forthcoming book by Tony Blair's Chief of Staff, Jonathan Powell, gives me an excuse to write on something that has been bugging me. The venerable John Pilger wrote just before Christmas on the British American Project (BAP), an Anglo-American network set up by the Right in the US in 1983. Alumni include the arch strategist, Mr Powell, several New Labour ministers, Tory top boys, business leaders and powerful media people – Paxman and Naughtie among them. Many US Masters ( and Mistresses) of the universe are also members.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Powell's Rivers of Blood are back again

Monday, 10 March 2008

Back in the spring of 1968, East African Asians were adjusting to the retreat of colonialism. We were, remember, the essential middle-class buffer between whites and blacks, set up to service the empire . East African political leaders were "blackenising" the civil service and other institutions. Asians, born and bred there, found themselves jobless and hopeless.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Being a mother is a tough job, but wonderful too

Monday, 3 March 2008

My mother, Jena, died on this day exactly two years ago, as winter was finally giving way. Her last months were desolate and she was starving herself so she could get faster to her maker. All that was left was a skeletal waif, her eyes somewhere far away or looking pleadingly at us. I longed for the woman who was my mother – lively, funny, intensely affectionate, optimistic, feisty, demanding, obstinate, and manipulative. I miss her so much. I need to talk to her, quarrel with her, stroke her still lovely skin.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Corruption is now endemic in our political culture

Monday, 25 February 2008

I wonder if dishonesty at high levels is now so embedded in the British political culture that those who indulge in it truly don't consider it a wrong, consider the odd financial naughtiness nothing more than that or a treat they occasionally give themselves.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: We've a problem with food – and Delia's not helping

Monday, 18 February 2008

Delia is back after five years. The reassuring, neat, polite, comforting, eminently practical and no-fuss cook is just the antidote we needed, I thought. Until I read that her book is called How to Cheat at Cooking and is a collection of gut-wrenching recipes using tinned mincemeat, soups and sauces.

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