UK Counterterrorism

Away From The Police Sirens, Work To Protect The Young And Vulnerable From Radicalisation Is As Essential As Ever

Pinakin Patel | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK
Pinakin Patel

In recent weeks, the NSPCC reported a spike in the number of children requesting counselling sessions for race or faith-based bullying following the r...

What's The Solution?

Dr Siema Iqbal | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK
Dr Siema Iqbal

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has said it's time to press the reset button and ensure that this time the Muslim community is an equal partner in the fight against terrorism, but the question I want to ask is whether the government is brave enough to have the grassroots community around the table and start right at the beginning by clearly defining the problem we are addressing, as only then will we find a solution because for me, enough is enough.

Countering Paranoia: Muslim Women Are Leading The Fight Against Terrorism

Maria Munir | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Maria Munir

The arguments over how the attackers in London and Manchester were radicalised have veiled the fact that women and young people are tirelessly trying to speak up, and are often ignored. We are sick and tired of being held up as solely victims of gendered violence, when we also fight to stop it, by challenging outdated preachers and reviving new techniques of engaging with maligned people.

Why British Muslims Hate Extremism More Than You Do

Aaliyah Hussain | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Aaliyah Hussain

We are the ones who feel the full force of a racist backlash each time a terrorist attack happens. We are the ones who are made to feel guilty, on the defensive, anxious that our children will be picked on in the playground, or that our colleagues are whispering behind our backs. We are the ones who are abused, sworn at, spat at, pushed, punched, kicked, beaten and even killed on British streets. Our homes and places of worship are petrol-bombed and have faeces posted through their doors.

Is Prevent Really Just Safeguarding?

Dr Siema Iqbal | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Dr Siema Iqbal

It appears since Prevent became a statutory duty on those working in the health sector since July 2015 the NHS referred 420 patients and staff to police in England and Wales in a year over concerns they were at risk of radicalisation, which equates to an average of 35 referrals a month.

Unlike Syria, No 'Red Lines' For Chemical Attacks In Darfur

Aicha Elbasri, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Aicha Elbasri, Ph.D.

Sudan's absolute impunity for ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the western region of Darfur has entered its thirteenth year. This year, the regime escalated its slaughter of civilians to the point of apparently gassing its own people.

Radicalisation In British Prisons: Innovation, Not Isolation

Nour Kobayter | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Nour Kobayter

Can prisons effectively challenge extremist perspectives, or do they incubate and encourage them to spread? How should we deal those who, like Choudary, are able to persuade and recruit individuals towards an extremist, and in some cases violent, mindset?

Confusion Grows as UN Grills UK on Its Child Rights Record

Professor Aoife Nolan | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Politics
Professor Aoife Nolan

Ms Thewliss' efforts to focus attention on this issue are admirable. However, if the work of UN human rights bodies like the Committee is to be effective, then it is incumbent on both those who would use them - and those who report on them - to get the facts right.

Highlighting the Religious Hypocrisy of ISIS

David Winston | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
David Winston

Despite constant coverage of ISIS, known by their Arabic name as Daesh, Western media has overlooked the fact that a large proportion of their victims are ordinary Sunni Muslims - the very people they claims to represent. By doing this they are unwittingly aiding the narrative that Daesh is representing all Muslims against the West.

How Should We Respond to the Emergence of Daeshtopia?

Jasmiina Kauriola | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK
Jasmiina Kauriola

While the effectiveness of these campaigns could be improved through the usage of humour, simplistic mockery of Islam is not enough. We must deconstruct the image of stern believers and show IS for what they are: a corrupt, power-hungry organisation taking advantage of people's misery.

Medical Schools Should Teach Students to Combat Disease, Not Terrorism

George Gillett | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

Perhaps the most startling aspect of the training was that we were being taught how to recognise traits of radicalisation before we'd learnt the first thing about diagnosing psychosis. I don't make this comparison flippantly or for rhetorical impact; its ramifications are clear.

You Ain't No Muslim Bruv - How to Treat Alienation in Radicalised Young People

Karen Woodall | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Karen Woodall

As London stands on high alert, those of us who know how to work with alienated young people must link with those who know what Islam is really about and build circles within circles until these young people are surrounded, not by hatred but by love. Only then will our world become safer, only then will all of the children in the world get the safe childhood that protects them from becoming the sacrifices that feed this spiral of death and destruction.

Move Over Darkness, It's Time for Some Light

Jared Joffe | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Jared Joffe

It's been a while since I've written anything. With the troubling climate in the world right now, it's actually been a challenge to create content whe...

World Peace?

Noelle Reno | Posted 19.11.2016 | UK
Noelle Reno

*I dedicate this to those who have not yet seen the hope and potential of the generation of leaders to come. Peace? The only way to fight dark is t...

Analysing the Governments New Counter-Extremism Strategy

Lewis Barton | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Lewis Barton

As long as there are threats, both domestic and abroad, there must be strategies in place to prevent and counter them. This strategy may not be perfect but it is definitely a step in the right direction. Let's hope it can be built upon and become the effective counter-extremism tool the UK needs.

Tunisia: Lifting a 'Tourism Ban' and Supporting a Democracy

Keith Vaz | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

The promises of the Arab Spring have proven hollow across most of the Middle East and North Africa, with one notable exception, Tunisia. This historically rich country has emerged as a democratic, pluralist, secular state, with a strong government and moderate social and religious attitudes.

Extremism and the Battle Against Ignorance and Misinformation

Nasser D. Khalili | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Nasser D. Khalili

The collective despair and anger at the lives snatched away by terrorism, most recently witnessed in the horror of Tunisia, France and Kuwait, continue to remind us how a perverse ideology is polluting the minds of people in our communities.

Reflections of a Muslim Student: Cameron's Five-Year Plan

Yusuf Hassan | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Yusuf Hassan

We need dialogue between the police, security services and Muslim organisations to tackle threats and issues in local communities. This cannot happen if Muslim organisations feel targeted and are treated as being part of the problem instead of the solution.

Alan Johnson Is Nigel Farage's Biggest Fan. Guess Why

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh and Graeme Demianyk | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Politics

Alan Johnson is dressed for summer. Wearing a floral shirt, canvas trousers and deck shoes, he looks much younger than a 65-year-old former Cabinet mi...

So, Muslims Shopping at Marks and Spencer Are at Risk of Radicalisation?

Imran Awan | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Imran Awan

According to one of the most senior Muslim police officers, we should be observing children as young as five and looking to monitor and detect the earliest signs of anti-western sentiment. What does this mean in practice?

Remote Warfare - The Latest (failing) Phase of Counter Terrorism

Jon Moran | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK
Jon Moran

The reasoning behind these tactics they are not working. They are what military thinker Gian Gentile calls a strategy of tactics, the use of weapons and techniques because they seem to work rather than because they fit any larger long term plan.

Birmingham Woman With Toddler Arrested At Heathrow On Suspicion Of Terrorism

PA | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK

A 25-year-old woman has been arrested at Heathrow on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences. The woman, from Sparkbrook, Birmingham, was detain...

One Step Behind: Understanding the Shape of Terrorism

Nikita Malik | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

Terrorism, with its many forms, has the same general shape. Bombings, hostage taking, assassinations, and armed attacks are all perpetuated for religious, political, or ideological goals - sometimes, a combination of all three...

Reviving the Snooper's Charter Would Be Disproportionate and Misguided

Emma Carr | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Politics
Emma Carr

We must approach today's report with calm and thoughtfulness. We should recognise that surveillance of an entire population is both an unacceptable intrusion on our freedoms and creates nothing more than a chilling effect on free expression for anyone communicating in, or with, the UK.

Surveillance = Killing

Kevin Lo | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK
Kevin Lo

Reprieve recently filed a complaint with the UK government regarding BT's role in facilitating surveillance that leads to killing. BT has persistently refused to come clean on its collaboration with intelligence agencies. We can only hope that the UK government can get from BT the answers we deserve.