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Malia Bouattia


Malia is the New Arab’s opinion editor. She was a prominent activist during her years as a student at the University of Birmingham, and was elected the first woman of colour of the National Union of Students in the UK in 2016. She has contributed to a number of publications, including ‘For the Many: Preparing Labour for Power’ as well as ‘It's Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race’. She produced and hosted prime-time talkshows on a SKY channel, which covered a range of subjects from the war on terror, to gendered violence. She has worked as a journalist for several years. Before taking on the role at TNA, she was an editor of a print publication. Malia was awarded Media Diversified's '#EightWomen' prize in 2014 and the 'Good Citizen' prize at the Muslim News Awards in 2017.

Areas of focus: Politics, social justice movements, the war on terror, Algerian and North African politics, Imperialism, French politics, Women’s rights, civil liberties.


Follow her on Twitter: @MaliaBouattia

Palestinian academic Shahd Abusalama was not the first and, unfortunately, will not be the last, to be targeted by smear campaigns. But her victory provides a model for other solidarity campaigns in the future, writes Malia Bouattia.

04 February, 2022

Arab intellectuals and artists have condemned the Arab World Institute’s inclusion of Israeli artwork and reiterated the call for cultural boycott, but the response of president Jack Lang show where his true intentions lie, writes Malia Bouattia.

27 January, 2022

Standing against Tony Blair's knighthood is not only about holding him accountable for the death and suffering he has caused in Afghanistan and Iraq, it is also about confronting the imperialist endeavours he stood for, writes Malia Bouattia.

14 January, 2022

The Tory government's new plan to scrap the Human Rights Act is the latest in a series of flagrant attacks on basic civil rights that undermines our legal protections and ability to hold the powerful accountable, writes Malia Bouattia.

24 December, 2021

Opinion: Amid the Conservative party's concerted effort to target migrants and minorities, Priti Patel's latest citizenship amendment proves that the UK has always been a home for some more than others, writes Malia Bouattia.

25 November, 2021

Since its release in 1966, Gillo Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers" still resonates in the present War on Terror era, writes Malia Bouattia.

19 November, 2021

As leaders continue to convene at the COP26 summit to address the globe's worsening climate conditions, the gulf in emphasis between the Global North and South continues to infuriate, with those in the Maghreb particularly enraged by their apathy.

11 November, 2021

Islamophobia Awareness Month is not only an opportunity to spotlight ongoing anti-Muslim hatred, it is also a moment for Muslims and their allies to defiantly proclaim that their struggle for equality and dignity continues, writes Malia Bouattia.

01 November, 2021

60 years on since the massacre of hundreds of Algerians in Paris, pleas for truth and justice have yet to be answered by Macron and the broader French society, writes Malia Bouattia.

25 October, 2021

Opinion: Macron’s gamble - through racist rhetoric and policies - to garner more rightwing votes in the upcoming April 2022 French elections will only worsen lives within France and outside it, writes Malia Bouattia.

08 October, 2021