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Presenter BBC Front Row&Newswatch.Freelance Journo,Visiting Prof Kingston Uni.Spiritual Berliner,ex-LosAngeleno,movie connoisseur,especially Westerns&SF.

Malala, Muslim women and “misery” memoirs — I was reading memoirs and novels by the authors taking part in Thursday's Asia House panel discussion about women, freedom and the Islamic world, when the multimillion pound book deal of Malala Yousafzai was announced. What does the apparent popularity in the West of Muslim women's misery memoirs and fiction reveal?

Outrage is cheap: Challenging politicians about Rotherham, race & misogyny — Cafe board in the Imperial Buildings, Rotherham Spotted while filming on location I suppose it's good to still get agitated about stories I cover.

Widespread sexual abuse in Rotherham has caused outrage - but little action — If political outrage were currency, Rotherham would be overflowing with cash, action and initiatives to help the survivors. But as I found when I went to make a BBC film about the role of "political correctness" in the child sex-abuse scandal there, it's not.

Beating time: The secret musical life of metronomes, prison camps & airport lounges — Something Understood preview: Beating Time from Samira Ahmed on Vimeo. For this week's Something Understood producer Natalie Steed and I explored the idea of beating time. There's the piano I still keep by the front door, just where my mother used to place it, to use up spare time waiting for deliveries or visitors or to work off some stress.

Something Understood preview: Beating Time — Something Understood on BBC Radio 4 Sunday October 5th 6am and 1130pm and i player after

Electric cars, the tinned sardine aquarium & the stink of Hearst Castle - an eco-trip through John Steinbeck’s California — A giant eye in an inky mass rose up of the water and beheld me. It was a humpback whale calf surfacing unexpectedly close to the prow of the boat where I stood. It was just a moment before it plunged again; but long enough for me to gasp out loud.

Samira Ahmed: In California the tide is turning — A giant eye in an inky mass rose up off the water and beheld me. It was a humpback whale calf surfacing unexpectedly close to the prow of the boat where I stood. It was just a moment before it plunged again; but long enough for me to gasp out loud.

On The Road with Buddha: The Prince Who Walked Out of His Fairy Tale — What happens when a prince walks away from his kingdom? I love the symbolism and and dream like metaphors of fairy stories. So a "real life" one is all the more intriguing. I'd been fascinated with the story of Siddartha, the prince who became the Buddha.

We shouldn’t turn a blind eye to race over the Rotherham abuse scandal — I read the Jay report into child exploitation in Rotherham from cover to cover. As I did, I remembered my own experience as a Channel 4 News reporter in Bradford after the 2001 Manningham riots.

Richard Dawkins & the humanist’s dilemma: When faced with Islamic State does “moderate” religious discrimination really matter? — The trouble with believers.. And twitter. Interviewing Richard Dawkins at the World Humanist Congress 2014. Photo courtesy of British Humanist Association This piece first appeared in The Big Issue magazine - journalism worth paying for. Available from street vendors UK wide or subscription. Blackwell's bookshop in Oxford has 3 and a half miles of books.
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Oct 25, 2014

BBC Science Ed @davidshukmanbbc discusses Ebola news coverage on today's @newswatchbbc 745am BBC1 or iplay it here:

Oct 25, 2014

@mofgimmers Is that a reason to? I was wondering about about digital gravediggers.

Oct 25, 2014

Would you recommend deleting one's @twitpic account once you've downloaded all your photos?

Oct 24, 2014

On tonight's @newswatchbbc:ScienceEditor @davidshukmanbbc on challenge of reporting Ebola epidemic 845pm Newschannel

Oct 24, 2014

RT @sueturtonaje: The spectre of our boys hangs over the AlJaz studio today - we miss their journalism, humour & knowledge #FreeAJStaff htt…

Oct 24, 2014

Buy it at lunchtime or on way home:with the clocks going back it's time to celebrate the joy of the great boardgame in this week's @bigissue

Oct 24, 2014

A sci-fi tinged vision of decay: Nature takes over the abandoned but still flowing water fountain of Nero's villa.

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