UK Counterterrorism

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 for...

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 ...

Is Foreign Policy Undermining National Security?

Daniel Wickham | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Wickham

For our own protection, we must discuss the security implications of our actions, not because the consequences are our fault, but because it would be irresponsible not too, perhaps dangerously so.

Terry the Terrorist: A Bedtime Story

Simon Cohen | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK
Simon Cohen

The media and government realized that using words like 'terrorism' would only serve Terry's objective of spreading fear. Why on Earth would they want to help a criminal? Why would the government want to spread fear when they were supposed to spread hope and unity?!

Why Did MI5 Miss Woolwich?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

There has been a lot of speculation following the Woolwich attack about how people are 'radicalised', that MI5 'knew' the suspects and therefore could have - should have - stopped this terrible event.

The Day Baghdad-Style Killing Came to South London

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ruwayda Mustafah

Our responsibility as British citizens is to make sure that we know the roots of such radicalisation, and the effective ways of ending it. We can only do this if we all work together, and not against each other.

The Woolwich Attacks Are Not New

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK
Jamie Bartlett

Our response now should also be familiar: calm and measured. Not creating a sense of panic - this it what these people want - but not underestimating the threat either. And everyone should take some strange comfort from the fact that this types of mindless violence is almost impossible to stop: because that also shows how very few people in our country want to do it.

Psychological Research Gets Inside the Minds of the Boston Terrorists

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

A person using this defense of splitting will be vulnerable and possibly even seek out a group that has as its central mission, restoring him to the true Islam. At the same time, he could destroy the corrupted West - which may have become for him the symbol of his corrupted self, that he now wishes to disown.

Where Now for the Draft Communications Data Bill?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

Not all of us were relaxing over Christmas: Home Office officials working on the draft Communications Data Bill were probably quite busy. Following the Scrutiny Committee's report on the Bill, the Prime Minister promised a redraft. So what now? Here's my advice to the Home Office on the changes needed if this Bill is to be passed this session.