A liberal Dutch politician who had to go into hiding after helping make a film that criticised Islam has returned to public life. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was born in Somalia, has not been seen for over two months. It is reported she was taken to the US after facing repeated death threats. Ali has renounced her Muslim background, calling the religion “backward”. It is a position that has won the 35-year-old friends and votes in the Netherlands.