Yasmin Alibhai Brown

Known for her sharp commentary on issues of politics, 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 'The Settler's Cookbook: A Memoir of Migration', 'Love and Food' and 'Who Do We Think We Are? Imagining the New Britain'.

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The Talibanisation of British universities has got to stop

Universities UK is to reconsider its tolerance of sexual apartheid

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This capitulation is a disaster for feminism, progressive ideals and above all Muslims

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Too many people think others have idyllic lifestyles, bodies, relationships, sex

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The party tries hard to project inclusion, but can’t be inclusive

They’ve betrayed feminism, they define life in terms of sex, they’re always whingeing. What’s wrong with today’s younger generation?

Each decade the spoiling gets worse and is mistaken for perfect child rearing

Western armies know they are not answerable to any overseer – they do as they please

The murder carried out by Marine A is not just shocking in itself. It speaks of a wider Western attitude in all its arrogance and brutality

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford urged his police chief today to release a video that media reports say show him smoking what appears to be crack cocaine

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Unattractive designer Karl Lagerfeld has for years been rude about non-skinny females

Our hostility towards migrants is both shameful and hypocritical

One in three NHS workers is trained overseas. Without them there would be no service

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