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French Investigators Reveal How Authorities Failed To Prevent The Paris Attacks

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK

There were multiple intelligence failings prior to the attacks in Paris last year, a French parliamentary investigation has found. Lawmakers have urge...

Mastermind Behind Britain's Biggest Gun Smuggling Operation Jailed For 35 Years

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK

The mastermind behind Britain’s biggest known gun smuggling operation has been jailed for 35 years for shipping £100,000 of weapons from the same s...

Trump Always Carries A shooter And Would Have 'Opened Fire' On Isis In Paris

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Politics

Donald Trump "always" carries a gun and would have opened fire on the Islamic State attackers had he been in Paris during the November massacre, the b...

Comedy, Politics and Free Speech

Alistair Jones | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Comedy
Alistair Jones

Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival is in full swing and there are rave reviews about so many of the performances. Prominent so far has been the UK Pun Championships of 2016. The event has been reported on YouTube as being "an absolute knockout". The festival is clearly going from strength to strength.

I'll Always Go Back To Paris, Regardless Of The State Of Emergency

Alex Jackson | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Jackson

The real attack on French culture here is the parliament's decision to reinforce the state of emergency, by no way a banner for tourists or French citizens alike. We look at France as the birthplace of modern democracy, and the country's founding call for liberté is something we should not take for granted the world over.

Alan Kurdi's Dad Reacts To Charlie Hebdo 'Sex Attack' Cartoon

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

The father of drowned Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi has told how he wept upon seeing a cartoon that mocked up his son as one of the migrant sex attackers ...

Charlie Hebdo and the Merits of Ignorance

Andrew Doyle | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Doyle

I've always wanted to write about football. Up until now I've refrained from doing so on the grounds that I know absolutely nothing about it. I know that there are two teams who wear different colours, and that they have to get the ball into a big net, and that sometimes the TV coverage includes erotic slow-motion replays. But that's about the limit of my understanding.

In Defence of Liberalism

Robin Lustig | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

No liberal believes in absolute freedom. We restrict freedom of speech by outlawing incitement to violence or racial hatred, and we restrict freedom of movement by putting in place border controls. Liberals are not anarchists: they believe in the need for some kind of State structure to protect life and liberty.

Charlie Hebdo Cartoon Linking Aylan Kurdi And Cologne Attacks Ignites The Debate It Wanted

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK

Charlie Hebdo has won plaudits from millions for pushing the boundaries of free speech and ensuring the debate around censorship remains fresh. Th...

One Year Since Charlie Hebdo, There Remain Many Assassins Court Toujours

David Browne | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

While we certainly cannot ignore the influence of religious fundamentalism worldwide in suppressing freedom of expression, I would submit that the future of free speech in Britain will depend rather on the willingness of those who believe in free speech to stand against criminalising offensive speech for its own sake...

Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks

Dan Reed | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dan Reed

Professor Jean Pierre Tourtier, Chief Medic of the Paris Fire Brigade, had never spoken in public about the aftermath of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo. His precise descriptions of what he saw had a barely-suppressed intensity that took me by surprise: "The first thing I remember, even before I entered the Charlie Hebdo office - was the smell. A smell that was a mix of gunpowder and blood - that metallic smell of blood. Then I saw a pile of bodies. And someone at the back of the meeting room said - in a voice that was almost gentle - 'Monsieur, s'il vous plaît, aidez-moi'."

Man 'Shouting Allahu Akbar' Shot Dead Outside Paris Police Station

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK

A man was shot dead after approaching a Paris police station brandishing a meat cleaver, wearing a fake bomb vest and shouting "Allahu Akbar", officia...

Charlie Hebdo Anniversary Issue Doesn't Hold Back On Attacking Religion

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK

French satirical cartoon magazine Charlie Hebdo has released a special edition to mark the one-year anniversary since attacks on its offices that saw ...

No, the Tricolore Is Not Like the Swastika or the Banner of ISIS

David Browne | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

That there is reason to write the headline of this piece should be concerning in itself. On Sunday, Rhodes Must Fall Oxford leader Ntokozo Qwabe descr...

2015: A Year of Terror

Robin Lustig | Posted 20.12.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

Bombing Islamic State targets in Syria may, possibly, help to reduce the threat of further IS advances in Syria and Iraq and may, again possibly, help to reduce the threat of further attacks in Europe. What it will not do is 'defeat' the ideology that underpins its appeal to those who flock to join its ranks.

Eagles of Death Metal: Inside The Bataclan

Aaron Vallely | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

Vice have released a sincerely gut-wrenching interview with The Eagles of Death Metal, the Rock'n'Roll band that played the November 13 show at the Ba...

In the Fight Against Islamic Extremism, Moderate Muslims Are Our Best Allies

David Amess | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Politics
David Amess

I remember almost a year ago, the enormous crowds that came together all across France, to rally against extremism. This rally showed everything that ...

Paris Attacks: France Intensify Intervention On Islamic State

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sophia Hyatt

If any region is familiar with the debilitating effects of political corruption, it's the Middle East. And the notion of a 'power-vacuum' is central, in a struggle to come to terms with the recent bloodshed in Paris.

Charlie Hebdo's First Cover Since The Paris Attacks Really Sticks One To ISIS

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has responded to the Paris terror attacks in typically controversial style. The magazine’s core of staff...

Let's Get One Thing Straight, The Victims of Terror Are NEVER to Blame

Alan Grant | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

The role of the journalist/polemicist is often misrepresented as to only report facts; this is especially true of the former. This terrible limitation...

Terrorism Has No Religion

Jess Readett | Posted 14.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Readett

I'm tired of people confusing Muslims with Islamic extremists either through their own ignorance, laziness or prejudice. I'm tired of people saying we need to get 'them' out of our country, as though the actions of a minority represent the views of so many other innocent people just like you and me.

At Least 127 Dead After Shootout And Suicide Attacks In Paris

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 14.11.2015 | UK

The death toll from the wave of Paris terror attacks stands at 127, French President Francois Hollande confirmed on Saturday as he said Islamic State ...

Lessons From Across the Channel: Putting Protest at the Heart of Democracy

Matty Edwards | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Matty Edwards

Throughout modern British history, mass demonstrations and protests have often been demonised and depicted as the work of trouble-makers, hooligans and extremists. It was the same old story last week as 10,000 students descended on London to protest against tuition fees and the abolition of maintenance grants, which led to the arrest of 12 protestors.

Russian Leaders Accuse Charlie Hebdo Of 'Blasphemy' Over Crash Cartoons

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK

Charlie Hebdo has sparked ire in the east after two cartoons were published in Wednesday’s edition satirising last weekend’s MetroJet plane crash ...

It Is Not the Job of Student Unions to Police Student Thoughts

David Browne | Posted 01.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

The banning of No Offence at Freshers' Fair (and let's not pretend that this doesn't put it at considerable disadvantage in terms of distributing it and exposing those who wish to read it to the ideas therein) ironically is the perfect showcase for the need for its existence.