A little about me and why I commenced this podcast/blog.
I’m an Australian and a non-Muslim. I have been very concerned at the rise of Islamophobia over the last decade in particular and witnessing the growing vilification of Muslims worldwide and how it has been normalised. I’ve been frustrated and somewhat disgusted at the biased mainstream media and their racist and biased portrayal of Muslims. I have been increasing fearful at the direction this propaganda has been taking us and the consequences of it. I am equally distressed and appalled at the ongoing invasion of one Muslim majority country after another by the US and its allies including the actions of my own country. I’ve done my best to highlight this over the years on social media, but in the wake of the appalling hate crime against three Muslims (Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha) where they were executed in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina USA on Feb 10, 2015, and in view of the ongoing vilification of Muslims globally, as well as the ongoing imperialist military adventures against Muslim majority countries by the US and its allies, I felt compelled to start this podcast/blog site. This page’s intention -in its own small way – is to highlight Islamophobia and the issues surrounding it, and to promote peace and nonviolence.
I intend to commence a regular podcast in the not-to-distant future which will address various issues in the mainstream and independent media relating to the rise in Islamophobia worldwide. I hope to, if I am able, interview some members of the Muslim community. I also hope to (if I am able) interview some authors of books which address Islamophobia including the current genocide in Gaza.
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I will do my best as a non-Muslim and a Westerner to present issues and I will do my best to pronounce people’s names and places correctly but please forgive me if I fail terribly. I welcome anyone who is able to give me constructive feedback on how to pronounce these names correctly. Phonetic spelling would be helpful
I hope to do my first podcast in the next week or so when I have more time as I am somewhat busy at present and will be for the next few months in particular.
I dedicate this page to Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Deah Barakat and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. I dedicate this page also to all Muslims who have been victims/survivors of hate crimes. In particular those living in the open air prison that is Gaza. I dedicate this to any Muslim who has suffered injustice and/or who has lost their home, family or whose country has been invaded and occupied by US and allied forces. I deeply apologise for my own government’s participation in this. For many here in Australia, our government does not act on our behalf. Our government is a corporatocracy (as many governments are today) and their actions are not done in our name. I hope that in some small way I may be able to assist in highlighting arguably one of the most invisible and widespread forms of discrimination today — Islamophobia.
I look forward to your company. Stay tuned