IN January LBC Radio sacked one of their key presenters, Maajid Nawaz, for having the temerity to question the wisdom of mass rollouts of booster shots. He had been hosting his shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for nearly six years, from 2016 to 2022, when LBC summarily announced that he would no longer be one of their presenters ‘with immediate effect’. In response, Nawaz asked his Twitter followers to subscribe to his Substack, as LBC had been his family’s ‘only source of income’. The man who had ticked all the politically correct boxes was out on his neck for a moment of dissent from the mainstream Covid narrative.
This first-generation Western Muslim was born in Southend-on-Sea to parents of Pakistani origin and educated at a boys’ grammar school. He gained a degree in law and Arabic from SOAS and a master’s in political theory from London School of Economics. He was the founding chairman of Quilliam, a think tank which sought to challenge the narratives of Muslim extremists. This was after a stark conversion from leading the UK arm of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist revolutionary organisation aimed at the establishment of a unified global caliphate. Nawaz’s Damascene moment when he disavowed his radicalised past occurred during incarceration in Egypt under the Mubarak regime following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
It was his firing from LBC which catapulted him to social media fame, and via his Substack and 451,000 Twitter followers he’s been driving conversations with dissenting and radical headlines. He said he would refuse to go quietly into the night and he didn’t. His first Substack welcome post urges us to resist what he calls the democratisation of truth.
It is little wonder, then, that Joe Rogan invited Nawaz for an interview on his show, The Joe Rogan Experience (no 1780) podcast dated February 19 (which you can catch on Spotify here.)
I was gripped from the start.
The podcast began with a discussion of John F Kennedy’s assassination as an example of political intrigue at top government levels and the suggestion that what we are currently engaged in is a ‘hybrid war’ waged via weaponised social media channels such as Twitter to accomplish mind control and amalgamate ‘soft power’ in the hands of cruel authoritarians.
The three-hour podcast touches on a wide range of topics. Nawaz speaks about meeting world leaders including Bush, Blair, Trudeau and Cameron. He discusses the assassinations of innocent family members of CIA targets and flagrant human rights violations committed in the ‘War on Terror’ including what he calls the ‘outsourcing’ of torture (financing foreign powers to carry out atrocities on detainees). He mentions how Guantanamo Bay was turned into a system of internment camps for hundreds of children unlucky enough to have been born there due to the sins of their Jihadi parents. He also notes the unprecedented number of drone strikes under President Obama, whose ‘kill list’ was never once made accountable to the United States Congress.
As to recent events in the West, Nawaz sees the echoes of emergency human rights suspensions in Egypt after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat, citing the condemnation of the January 2021 Capitol Hill protesters and vilification of anyone who questions the official Covid narrative as examples. Discussing the Covid debate in the context of his cancellation from LBC, he says the UK Government’s suspension of constitutional rights by emergency power grab in the pandemic mimics similar tactics in its War on Terror, including under the TACT (Terrorism Act) 2000. As a political prisoner in Egypt he was forcibly injected with an unknown substance – an episode to which he had flashbacks in 2021 under the UK Government’s ‘no jab, no job’ diktats. Nawaz suggests that vaccine passports are designed to lay the infrastructure for a Chinese-style social credit score system in the West.
He is one of a handful of media voices at the moment refusing to fall into lockstep with the established Ukraine/Russia narrative. He notes in the podcast that soft power through ideological strength is the most dangerous of current weapons, wielded most successfully by China and stronger than any army fortified with mere tanks and ammunition.
Indeed he is on to something – as every time I switch on the news I am met with a full-scale bombardment from media platforms crafted to melt away any semblance of rational or critical thought.