How can we distinguish violence driven by ideology from sociopathic rage?

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Analysis and perspective come together in this article for the UK’s Guardian newspaper, by author, academic, and broadcaster, Kenan Malik, in the wake of last Wednesday’s terror attack in central London. Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Biculturalism: A Different Take on Omar Mateen

“[Omar Mateen’s ex-wife] described him as mentally unstable and traumatised”. So said Suzanne Moore, in her article yesterday1 in the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

It’s just one word, but it raises an interesting question, one that the author doesn’t address at all in the article: If Mateen was traumatised, then by what? By whom?

I don’t think it was by the sight of two men kissing, which is what the media seem to be suggesting was what enraged him and galvanised him into action. The traits and behaviour thus described by his ex-wife predate the tragic events in Orlando.

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