We are excited to announce the hiring of Sarah Foster. Sarah is an expert on Islam and joins our staff as senior researcher. She is from London and lives there. She represents the beachhead for a new Fixed Point office in London. This will be a forward outpost, so to speak, addressing issues that are of fundamental importance to both Britain and America. Sarah published this excellent article over the weekend about the Islamic origins of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. “Roots of Hate.” Read it and pass it on!


As a British woman with Caribbean heritage, watching events unfold in America and debates over statues of slaveowners from the past, I was reminded of my recent trip to the Gambia, where I went in search of the origins of the slave trade.

“The Arabs started it… The Portuguese followed in the footsteps of the Arabs…
 More Europeans followed in the footsteps of the Portuguese…
 No one came back. Only Alex Haley.” 

Those were the haunting words of our tour guide, Lamin, as we, in seemingly unsuitable glamour, were returning by speed boat from Kunta Kinte island just off the coast of The Gambia. It is the place where many Africans from the 15th to 19th centuries last touched African soil. Perhaps even my own ancestors…

Read the full article here.