Steven Zhou

Steven Zhou is a writer and journalist based in Toronto, Canada. Read his work at www.zhoujournal.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at @stevenzzhou


Steven Zhou is a writer and journalist based in Toronto, Canada. Read his work at www.zhoujournal.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at @stevenzzhou



ARTICLES BY Steven Zhou



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The Violent Reputation of Religious Conservatism

The dual tyrannies of the “Islamic State” group (ISIS) and Bashar Assad’s blood-soaked Syria have converged to cre


The dual tyrannies of the “Islamic State” group (ISIS) and Bashar Assad’s blood-soaked Syria have converged to create one of the most urgent refugee crises of modern times. Those fleeing terror, war or despotism have by-and-large been portrayed with a significant degree of collective sympathy by the West, itself familiar with the deep trauma of […]

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India and Pakistan’s Nuclear Rivalry

The United States-led war on terror has cast an all-encompassing shadow over the Indian subcontinent over the past 15 ye


The United States-led war on terror has cast an all-encompassing shadow over the Indian subcontinent over the past 15 years, and has in some ways redefined the age-old rivalries in the region with the language and logic of defeating world terrorism. But as the U.S. drew down its forces in Afghanistan after more than a decade of […]

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Fear, Loathing, and Misinformation in San Bernardino

Those paying attention could pretty much read the minds of Western Muslims as police in California’s San Bernardino Co


Those paying attention could pretty much read the minds of Western Muslims as police in California’s San Bernardino County chased after two shooters who killed 14 people (injuring 17) at a community center servicing the disabled. “Please God, don’t let them be Muslim,” was undoubtedly what many innocent people were thinking as they waited for […]

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Paris and the Post-9/11 Cycle to Nowhere

Not long after the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the worst attack on French soil since WWII, President


Not long after the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the worst attack on French soil since WWII, President Francois Hollande vowed to wage a “pitiless” attack on the group, whose crime he called an “act of war.” As of writing, at least 129 people were killed in a coordinated string of attacks Friday the […]

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The Meaning of “Mecca_Live”

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia isn’t exactly known for its openness. The powerful Saudi monarchy, which exercise signific


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia isn’t exactly known for its openness. The powerful Saudi monarchy, which exercise significant regional and global influence, are heads of a state that has yet to address a number of critical human rights problems afflicting its society, and thus drawing criticism the world over. Saudi Arabia has long been a […]

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Omar Khadr and the Passion of Dennis Edney

When I took a plane from Vancouver to Toronto in 2006 as 17-year-old, I was already full of piss and vinegar about what


When I took a plane from Vancouver to Toronto in 2006 as 17-year-old, I was already full of piss and vinegar about what I thought of the world. I had my mind all made up about George Bush’s dumb wars, as well as this thing I heard everybody refer to as the “War on Terror”—some […]

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Misrepresentations of the Intellectual

A Muslim scholar half-jokingly once said that “Muslims are all nerds.”  Skeptics can pay a visit to one of the annu


A Muslim scholar half-jokingly once said that “Muslims are all nerds.”  Skeptics can pay a visit to one of the annual Islamic conventions in North America, where tens of thousands of Muslims go to hear (when they’re not hanging out with their friends) scholars lecture on a number of different topics. They do this largely […]

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Death and Reporting for Chapel Hill

That The Independent of Britain had a long article on what happened last night in Chapel Hill, North Carolina before any


That The Independent of Britain had a long article on what happened last night in Chapel Hill, North Carolina before any major U.S. outlet made mention of the incident is a good reflection of how the “mainstream” media works these days. Their subsequent framing of what happened is perhaps more indicative of how prevailing assumptions […]

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The Politics of Racism in the Middle East

Editor’s note: first published in December 2014 in the print edition. Nothing in the Middle East stays the same fo


Editor’s note: first published in December 2014 in the print edition. Nothing in the Middle East stays the same for long. Extraordinary political and electoral shifts throughout the second half of 2014 have facilitated some of the most startling changes to the face of the region. Both state and non-state actors have used religious and […]

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Charlie Hebdo and Kang Xi

What happened earlier this month at the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo has been commented upon ad nauseam; some rea


What happened earlier this month at the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo has been commented upon ad nauseam; some really good pieces have resulted alongside some terrible ones.  What needs to be said has probably been said already, and readers can look here and here if they are interested in what I have to say […]