BY ALEXANDER MELEAGROU-HITCHENS
I have a short piece in this month's issue of Standpoint where I discuss the recent revelations that the New Statesman's senior editor (politics), Mehdi Hasan, has a rather low opinion of non-Muslims.
Above all, the Hasan episode should finally kill off all remaining pretensions that the New Statesman is a liberal outfit. From John Pilger's disgraceful apologia for the forces of Islamofascism after 7/7 to the framing of the Afghan war as an imperialist venture against noble goat herds and tribesmen, the magazine has clearly lost all sense of shame and must have figured that hiring a sectarian Muslim as one of its senior editors couldn't possibly make them look any worse. They were wrong.
Bertrand Russell must be spinning in his grave.
Focus on Islamism is a blog dedicated to analysing and exposing the modern ideological phenomenon known as Islamism.
Shiraz Maher is a writer and broadcaster.
Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens is a PhD student at King's College, London. He has contributed to various online and printed publications including, The Daily Telegraph, Lebanon's Daily Star, Standpoint and NOWLebanon.
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