UK Counterterrorism

Highlighting the Religious Hypocrisy of ISIS

David Winston | Posted 05.02.2016 | 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 14.01.2016 | 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 31.12.2015 | 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 07.12.2015 | 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 02.12.2015 | 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 20.11.2015 | 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 21.10.2015 | 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 10.09.2015 | 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 29.07.2015 | 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 22.07.2015 | 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 27.05.2015 | 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.

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.

ISIS Jihadist Used To Have Ambitions To Be 'Britain's First Asian Prime Minister'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK

The British jihadist who called for more Britons to join the ISIS fight in Iraq and Syria was a moderate young man who wrote just four years ago he wa...

Nigeria: A Year of Emergency

Rachael Akidi | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Rachael Akidi

Exactly a year ago, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency across three north eastern states...

The Media Obsession With the Terror Suspect Wearing a Burka

Imran Awan | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK
Imran Awan

The news that a terror suspect, Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, had slipped past surveillance because he was wearing a burka has continued to make headline news. The media clearly has a love-hate relationship with the burka which some people would argue is based more on hate and is evident in the manner in which this story was reported.

Is Modern Surveillance Really 'Orwellian'?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

We need a much larger, open public debate to determine the balance between security and liberty in a digital age. But too many sensible opponents are disposed to calling surveillance measures 'Orwellian'... regular refrain to our most celebrated dystopian nightmare is not helpful.

Understanding British Jihadis

Tam Hussein | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

It is easy for security analysts, former Islamist penitents and politicians to rely on ready made narratives on why the UK is still producing Jihadists... But ultimately acceptance of these easy narratives has lead to misunderstanding and wrong policy decisions. The truth is our post-Enlightenment mind finds it difficult to comprehend men who look at the world differently from us.

Mosques Sent Porno DVDs With Offensive Images Of Prophet

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

An abusive DVD featuring images of porn, worms, rats, skulls and the face of the Prophet Mohammed has been sent to several London mosques, and is now ...