UK Extremism

London Anti-Extremism Conference Must Challenge the Role of Iran

Lord Maginnis | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

On Thursday, London hosted a major conference to discuss the ISIS threat and strategies for confronting Islamic extremism around the globe. Unfortunat...

London Is a Melting Pot of Cultures, We Should Keep it This Way

David Ready | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
David Ready

To be British is to be multicultural and accept inclusion within British society. Furthermore, stronger leadership is needed within communities to undermine extremism and promote change and integration into the wider London community.

Religion's Leaders Have a Unique Responsibility to Tackle Extremism

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

As the representative of one of the oldest European minority faiths on this continent, I want to reach out to the diverse Christian communities, the diverse Muslim communities, secular groups, governments and politicians, to help us stop this growing trend of antagonism and conflict. I believe that we have the responsibility to recreate an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect between the secular modern state and religious movements, in order to make sure that the experiment, which we call Europe, is not going to fail.

The Poisonous Rise of Nationalism

Richard Neil | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Neil

I've always thought that a nationalist in politics is about as much use as a religionist in a science debate, their judgement is both clouded by fear ...

Should Freedom of Expression Have Limits?

Farooq Aftab | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Farooq Aftab

In light of the recent attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the debate on freedom of expression has once again come to the fore. It is claimed that Muslims are being overly sensitive and overreacting when it comes to the reprinting of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)...

Homerton and Hebdo: Thoughts on Violence in and From the Margins

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is one thing for some of the world's leaders to march for freedom of expression. Well done that they did so, even if some of them were being more than a little hypocritical. But freedom of expression should be used to help build a more just and fair world. Let millions march for that too.

I Am Ahmed, I Am Charlie, I Am Muslim - Let's March for Unity Not Hatred

Imran Awan | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Imran Awan

When the attackers from the Paris massacre, claimed that they were 'avenging' the dignity of the Prophet Muhammad, I was both shocked and appalled. No, No, No! Not again! This couldn't be further from the truth.

The Battle for British Islam = Propaganda for the CTS Bill

Dilly Hussain | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

The political agenda pushed by journalists such as Ware, is nothing short of a divisive and destructive mechanism to socially facilitate the British public's support, or at least acceptance for a draconian legislation, such as the CTS bill by capitalising on people's fear of Muslims.

A Tale of Two Cities: Paris and Peshawar

Farid Panjwani | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Farid Panjwani

It is time to choose between frenzy and rationality; between revenge and justice; between short term political mileage and long term solution; between national interests and cosmopolitanism. Our choice will determine the shape of the twenty-first century. Perhaps remembering that it is a tale of two cities' pain - one in the heart of a Muslim society and the other in the heart of the West - can help make the right choices.

'Bad Theology' and Religious Terror

David Knowles | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Politics
David Knowles

The journalists and policemen murdered in Paris are the latest tragic victims in an ongoing war of ideas and belief. To win this war theologians must get involved, abandoning relativism and, as blunt as it sounds, take sides.

Hull's Taxi Drivers and the Luftwaffe - Lessons About the Past and Warnings About the Future..

Karl Davis | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK
Karl Davis

Recent debates around the whole "local driver" issue involving a local taxi firm are illustrated beautifully by two buildings on Hull's Holderness Road. They are connected by real proximity, but separated by the passage of 70 years. Yards from 35 taxi's bustling taxi office stands the Boyes store, built on the site of what was the Savoy Cinema.

Killed for Simply Going to School, Don't Blame Religion - Blame Terror

Imran Awan | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Imran Awan

Attempting to rationalise the madness and senseless murder that took place today will no doubt be part of the investigation process. Indeed, beneath the massacre and rubble of hate, there are serious questions about how these individuals were able to conduct these acts of terror?

Five Years For 'Extremist Mother' Who Dreamed About Sending Her 8-Year-Old To Fight Jihad

PA | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK

An "extremist" mother-of-six who took pictures of her toddler son holding a toy gun and daydreamed about sending his eight-year-old brother to fight j...

Germany's 'Anti-Islam' Marches Have Become A Terrifying Weekly Occurrence

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK

German extremists converged on Monday night for one of the biggest far-right rallies the country has seen in years, with so-called "anti-Islam" marche...

'Foreign Fighters': Different European Responses to the Same Threat

Tanya Silverman | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

Many communities that foreign fighters come from have a troubled relationship with the police and a mistrust of the government. In response to this there have also been a number of civil society-led hotlines to report prospective travellers without the need to involve law enforcement.

When Is a Religion Responsible for the Acts of Its Followers?

Farid Panjwani | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Farid Panjwani

What is the relationship between the teachings of a religion and the actions of its followers? What is the relationship between the text and the act? When, if ever, a religion, in this case Islam, can be credited with the acts, good or bad, of its followers?

Reform the British Youth if you want to get rid of threat from ISIS

Meliha Hayat | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Meliha Hayat

Home secretary Theresa May has raised concerns over jihadist returning from Iraq and Syria but fails to realize the greatest threat we face is home grown extremism. Even if the government is able to implement new laws that will see returning jihadists losing their passports they will not be able to confiscate their funding, training and desire to overthrow the western world.

New Report Exposes Apparent Anti-Muslim Bias of Charity Commission

Salman Butt | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK
Salman Butt

The report mentions that Muslim charities have been disproportionately affected by investigations from the Commission since the appointment of Shawcross, with 38% of all disclosed investigations initiated between 1st January 2013 and 23rd April 2014 being on Muslim charities.

Slavery - An Anathema to Humanity and Islam

Farooq Aftab | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
Farooq Aftab

Whatever warped religion these terrorists are practising, it has little to do with the true teachings of Islam. But what can you expect from those whose only knowledge of the faith comes from 'Islam for Dummies'?

Why Are Muslim Charities Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

Abdurahman Sharif | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Abdurahman Sharif

What is even more alarming is that this type of 'prejudiced' open source information is then stored by software used by banks and other interested parties to monitor charities and assess risks involved with running accounts for them.

The Canadian Parliament Attacks, ISIS, and Echoes of the Toronto 18

Anne Speckhard | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Anne Speckhard

For many, the shooting attacks in the Canadian parliament this past week are a horrific surprise. Canada is a viewed by most as a very open, tolerant and friendly society, having welcomed many waves of immigrants from all over the world. However there are elements of extremism that have plagued Canadian society for some time.

Extremist Terror Reaches Liberal Shores

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK
Kokulan Mahendiran

While it may be more comforting to consider these men but lone wolves acting upon their own deranged ideas, that no longer seems to be the case. In this age of social media and easily accessible information in which we live, it is no longer necessary for contact to be made for a message to be passed on.

Tommy Robinson Won't Be Speaking At Oxford Union For One Crucial Reason

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK

Following the furore over the news that Tommy Robinson was due to talk at the Oxford Union, it turns out the former leader of the English Defence Leag...

Don't Blame Radicalisation on Britain's Mosques

Shamim Chowdhury | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK
Shamim Chowdhury

An unfortunate but perhaps inevitable consequence of the growing numbers of young British men travelling to Syria or Iraq to join ISIS is that the communities from which they hail will at best be scrutinised for answers, and at worst be blamed for playing a part in their radicalisation.

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...