Counter Terrorism

Post-Paris, Education Is Key

Nona Buckley-Irvine | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nona Buckley-Irvine

On home turf, with Islamophobia and myths being peddled about the religion and those who follow it, as well as the further racialisation of Muslims, critical thought and engagement is of the essence. Let's create a climate where that is genuinely possible, because 'we're all in this together' - right?

Safeguarding School Children From Extremism Without 'Policing' Their Free Thought

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Our political and media establishments have to appreciate that not all problems related with Muslims are ideological.

Cameron's Confused Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Alistair Burnett | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

This complexity doesn't brook simple solutions. It also requires greater honesty and self-awareness from western politicians, like David Cameron and Manuel Valls, of the impact of past and present policy on Muslims - both at home and abroad.

The Terror You Know, the Terror You Don't - How Extremism Has Gone Digital Since 7/7

Alex Krasodomski-Jones | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK
Alex Krasodomski-Jones

The role the internet plays in radicalisation is poorly understood. It is generally held that offline factors are at the heart of what turns young men and women to turn to violent extremism. Nevertheless, ten years after 7/7, digitally-driven radicalisation is a reality that must be at the centre of any attempts to counter terrorist narratives...

Why So Quiet? No Internet in Venezuela?

Sophie Bauer | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sophie Bauer

The other day I received a message from a friend clearly appalled by my poor Facebook presence since moving to Uruguay. 'Why so quiet, what no internet in Venezuela?', it read. Marvellous.

Terror Police Investigate Murder Of Muslim Preacher Found Shot In Car

PA | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK

Counter terrorism detectives are now leading the investigation into the death of a Muslim preacher who was shot dead in London, Scotland Yard has said...

Terrorism Laws Risk Putting Aid Delivery in Jeopardy

Abdurahman Sharif | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Abdurahman Sharif

Providing humanitarian aid in conflict zones can mean having to negotiate access to areas where proscribed groups operate. This poses a risk that can lead to prosecution under UK counter-terrorism laws.

Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson Can't Stop Kids Joining Isis, But These Characters Might

Tanya Silverman | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK
Tanya Silverman

With so much attention on the young girls flocking to join ISIS from the UK and elsewhere, surely a message like Jiya's that empowers girls and stands up to extremism should be spread.

Fifty Shades, BDSM and the Kinkyf**kery of Our Civil Liberties

Bex Felton | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Politics
Bex Felton

While we variously hand-wring about our moral turpitude or lament the lack of full frontal nudity ; while our services deploy emergency drills in the face of lapsed public virtue - we're averting our lusty gaze from a far more insidious threat.

They Want to Know if I Eat Halal Food - Should I Be Worried?

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

I've recently noticed that the more sugary the breakfast cereal is that I'm eating

Here's Why There's So Much Terror Content On YouTube

AP | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Tech

Internet giant Google said Wednesday that the sheer volume of video on its YouTube website makes it tough to catch all terror related content, complic...

I Am a Muslim and, by Now, You Should Be Scared of Me: An Average Citizen's Guide to Dealing With Muslims

Shaheen Sattar | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shaheen Sattar

I know this isn't just me feeling this way, so please be careful with your words, you could be marginalising an entire population. Really we know you can't help but ask Muslim people their opinion on what are shown by media channels as a Muslim issue. But please discuss other things too.

New Counter Terrorism Laws and Civil Liberties

Yasmin Qureshi | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK Politics
Yasmin Qureshi

Since 2004 the journey of the concept of radicalisation has become central to the study and scrutiny of terrorism. The profound resulting consequences on our society should not be underestimated. There is a stark warning from Kundnani who believes parliamentarians must be cautioned.

Concerns Raised Over Terror Bill Which Requires Universities To Ban Extremist Speakers

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

New anti-terror laws which will require universities to ban extremist speakers have drawn criticism from human rights groups, who say the measures are...

Is David Cameron a Violent Extremist?

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

The dropping of terror charges yesterday against celebrated human rights activist and ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg, after having been detained for seven months on grounds of facilitating terrorism at a Syrian training camp, speaks volumes about the self-defeating direction of Britain's failed counter-terrorism policies...

Ukip Aren't Happy With Theresa May's Anti-Extremism Orders...

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Politics

"Draconian" new anti-extremism laws announced by Theresa May are so wide-ranging they could be used to ban Ukip, the party has claimed. The Home Se...

Counter-Terror Finance Efforts Threaten NGO Financial Access

Tom Keatinge | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Keatinge

The impact of national and international counter-terror finance efforts on the work of NGOs has received marked attention in recent months. BBC Radio...

Millions of Nigerians Support Boko Haram's Jihadism

Daniel Brett | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Daniel Brett

Political illiteracy may not matter to those millions who support Boko Haram's nihilistic brand of jihadism, regardless of its negative impact on Nigeria's security, territorial integrity and communal relations. Yet, some may see the emergence of such violent insurrection as inevitable in a country plagued by corruption, state terror, political manipulation of ethnic divides and areas of extreme poverty.

Are Women the Next Frontline in the Syrian Conflict?

Rachel Briggs | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK
Rachel Briggs

Almost one-fifth (18 per cent) of those travelling to Syria from the EU are women... we can only assume that they will make their way to the frontline, as they have in many previous conflict zones.

Foreign Fighters: How to Win the War of Ideas

Rachel Briggs | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rachel Briggs

Today's report by the UK Parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee warns of the alarming number of westerners traveling to Syria to fight and calls for stronger efforts to counter the recruitment narratives of extremists.

Are Some Recent Religious Conversions Linked to Terrorism, Via Psychosis?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

The great majority of terrorists aren't found to have any form of mental illness. However, the situation is less clear with so-called 'lone actors', 'self-starters' or pairs who aren't part of any mainstream group.

Universities Allowing Students To Be 'Targeted' By Islamist Extremists

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Islamist extremists are infiltrating universities and becoming highly influential amongst students because institutions are continuing to invite contr...

Teen Hacker Charged With Hoax Calls To Counter-Terrorist Hotline

PA | Posted 14.04.2012 | UK

Police investigating hoax calls to a Scotland Yard counter-terror hotline have charged a teenager with two offences. A 17-year-old boy from Birming...

Lib Dems Would 'Kill' Snooping Plan, Vows President

PA | Posted 08.06.2012 | UK Politics

Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron has vowed the party would "kill" proposals for increased monitoring of emails and internet use if they were not ...

Integration and Prevent 2.0: Are They a Break From the Past or More of the Same?

Nick Micinski | Posted 16.05.2012 | UK Politics
Nick Micinski

Back in June 2011, the government presented their policy on counter terrorism - sold to us as the new Prevent strategy (what I call Prevent 2.0)- which supposedly signified a radical shift from Labour's approach to stopping extremism.