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My Poem is Deemed Hate Speech by Some Editors…

Since I have got active on Medium, the Illumination family of publications with Dr Yildiz at the helm, have invariably, within a few hours accepted and published my story or poem. To act so speedily is very impressive given how some publications take days or even a week or two to respond.

In fact, given that all the editors on Medium are contributing as volunteers, and obviously have work, their own writing to do and other responsibilities, taking a week to respond would be pretty good going. …


On Writing, To Give Voice to the Silenced

The brave and brilliant Egyptian medical doctor, writer and feminist activist Nawal El Saadawi passed away on Sunday, aged 89. What a life! What a great example of a human being!

From her youth, Nawal El Saadawi spoke out against women-harming traditions including FGB and the forced marriage of children. These were traditions so normalised in Egypt of the 1950’s, that questioning them was a taboo, unbroken for untold generations.

On qualifying as a doctor, El Saadawi used her knowledge base and experiences to empower women. She used her skills as a writer to campaign for children and women’s…


For me, living in the U.K with reduced hours work hours, no need to commute anywhere; with all social obligations as a ‘caring-giving, sharing responsible’ woman, more or less excused, the Covid 19 situation became a wonderful -though sometimes very painful, opportunity for reflection and self healing.

Years and years of pent-up tension, physical and emotional exhaustion surfaced as I gave myself permission to sleep in, often way after lunch time. For a reason that I will go into later on, I ate little, did some yogic stretches and took great pleasure (morning, noon and night) in reading books that…


Love how you link up your connection to your cat and wider issues about Life and Consciousness...

If you explore Indigenous thinking and philosophy, and the pre-capitalism era of Europe, you will see permutations of an awareness that each of us - as a collectivity of cells, intrinsically shaped by Culture and Nature, are part of a Universal consciousness, which the more enlightened amongst us, become aware of and those ones are often respected as 'seers', shamans', wise women'.

Hindu and ancient sanskrit writings and practices such as Yoga, (er... not the ugly, for profit, ego-driven, body-displaying monster it's become…


The Double F***ing Standards of the White Patriarchy are Alive and Kicking

It was on the 8th of June 2021 that Wayne Couzens, a detective with the Metropolitan Police, admitted to the kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard. He also admitted responsibility for killing her. A further article printed by the Guardian on 16th of July, reported that Couzens had been sacked from his position as a serving police officer. So from the 8th of June when he confessed, to say, mid-July… this rapist-murderer had not been sacked but had kept his position as a police officer. I was truly astonished.

Why in hell’s name had it taken the authorities over five…


To Cleanse and De-Toxify Body and Soul, I Move out of Languishing and Begin Fasting

The story about the German philosopher Nietzsche’s descent into an incoherant madness, from which he never emerged, goes like this: while walking outside, he saw a man brutally whipping a horse. Nietszsche dashed across the street and clung to the horse’s neck, begging the man to stop.

Nietzsche is the philosopher who wrote,”You have served the people and the people’s superstitions, all you famous philosophers!- you have not served truth! And it is precisely for that reason that they paid you reverence.”

What a tragedy that this highly sensitive, deeply compassionate and courageous philosopher has had his name taken over…


Bravo for your carefully written, nuanced advice, which I really really appreciate, Mallory. Just to explain, it was a solicitor ( who brought to my attention that all the key people involved in the harassment of me at my first college were Jewish - he said al the names that were colours eg 'Brown, Green, etc were likely people who'd moved to the Uk and changed their names to blend in. This was the first I head of it, and I was simply astonished.

Becuase of my concerns not to feed into anti-semitism, I never broached the subject publicly. I…


Advice to my nephew and his friends in a white-dominant school.

On Truthfulness in the White Supremacist State and Its Institutions

I used to share my thoughts and feelings straightforwardly. Whether at home, as a teenager, at University, or at the various colleges where I worked as a lecturer/teacher, I was applying a dialogical humanist mode of engaging, learning and teaching that was essentially in opposition to the norm of being authoritarian.

Very very slowly, I learnt that being truthful and straightforward in all of these settings, was a catastrophic mistake. I was a woman of colour and it took me ages to realise that despite a liberal or left of centre stance, deep down, very few white people could cope…

Azadehruh Alam

I’m an artistic writer who loves to use pen, paper, clay and computer to support self and societal health, empowering thru the light of truthtelling stories.

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