UK Extremism

Ten Propositions About Religious Extremism

Ian Linden | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Ian Linden

In the grim light of recent events, I would like to put forward ten propositions about religious extremism. These are not for nailing to mosque, or indeed, church, doors but in pursuit of clarity and maybe constructive disagreement.

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.

The Data Behind Cameron's Radicalisation Plan: It Doesn't Add Up

Ismail Jeilani | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ismail Jeilani

David Cameron recently announced his 5 year plan to tackle radicalisation. I am concerned at the inconsistency in logic and the lack of data behind...

Civilisation vs Barbarism: Why There's Nothing New in Fighting Islamic State

Alan Grant | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK
Alan Grant

David Cameron should be able to look back on his record in office with a sense of pride and achievement. The Governments he has led have (partly) reve...

17 Signs You're A Young Person Ripe For Radicalisation

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Much has been made of the government's Prevent Strategy, part of which requires teachers and lecturers to monitor their students for potential extremi...

The 'Struggle of Our Generation' Needs a Suitable Strategy for Our Generation - 'Prevent' In Its Current Form Sadly Isn't

Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics
Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi

Mr Cameron's speech was never going to please everyone, but has made a good number of those he was reaching out to feel even more alienated.

David Cameron's Strategy on Extremism - The Way Forward?

Farooq Aftab | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK
Farooq Aftab

In short, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community supports the Government in its genuine efforts to curb extremism and we pray that their efforts are successful so that the evil of extremism and terrorism is finished and so that all people of all faiths and beliefs can live together in peace and harmony.

Tackling Radicalism Means Working Together to Build a Better Britain

Rabina Khan | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Rabina Khan

David Cameron, when still the leader of the opposition, quoted Edmund Burke saying, "To make men love their country, their country ought to be lovable." He continued, "Integration has to be about more than immigrant communities, 'their' responsibilities and 'their' duties. It has to be about 'us' too - the quality of life that we offer, our society and our values."

The Chink in Cameron's Counter-Narrative Armour

Professor Bill Durodié | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK
Professor Bill Durodié

In setting out to confront those who are born and raised in the UK but "who don't really identify with Britain", as he now puts it, the Prime Minister and others, like many before, implicitly reveal the real chink in their counter-narrative armour - which is that they do not offer any narrative of their own. They are clear about what they are against, but not about what they are for.

David Cameron Pledges To Help The US 'Destroy' Isis

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK

David Cameron has pledged to help America "destroy" self-styled Islamic State (also known as Isis, Isil and Daesh) extremists in Syria, signalling UK ...

The "Preventing-Prevent" Lobby is Gaining Momentum

Dilly Hussain | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

As Britain's Muslim community became more frustrated due to the draconian nature of Prevent, and its insistence in tarnishing mainstream Muslim organisations, speakers and activists as "extreme" for espousing normative Islamic beliefs, it was inevitable that a collective movement would emerge against it.

Finding Hope Amongst the Tunisian Darkness

Charlie Evans | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

If we stand in solidarity with one another, we defeat extremism. And if in 2025 we want to stop what we saw in Sousse two weeks ago, or what we saw in London ten years ago, then now is time to take some action.

An Open Response to the Authors of the Mannan Family ISIS Statement

Michael Mumisa | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Michael Mumisa

To the authors of the statement, On 3 July, 2015, you released a statement confirming that you had joined the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) which yo...

Why We're Teaching Students About the 7/7 Bombings

Neil McKain | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Neil McKain

Like many Londoners, 7 July 2005 began for me as a normal working day. I drove from my flat in Queens Park to Ealing where I was working as an estate agent. Morning briefing done, our team of sales negotiators 'hit the phones' to drum up business and book appointments. Then people's mobiles started beeping. Other offices started calling in. Something was going on in central London.

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...

Louise Ridley

7/7 Survivor Who Lost Her Legs On Her 'Second Life' Tackling Extremism

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK

To mark the 10 year anniversary of the London 7/7 terrorist attacks, HuffPost UK is running Beyond The Bombings, a special series of interviews, blogs...

Nicky Morgan Called Out For Hypocrisy Over These Homophobia Remarks

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics

Children who make homophobic comments at school could be reported under new anti-radicalisation plans, Nicky Morgan announced today. Asked about ne...

China's Clampdown On Uighurs Will Breed Further Extremism

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

While many of us are fortunate to reside in countries that permit a degree of religious freedom, one that allows us to practice our faith, for the Uighur Muslim minority in China's far western Xinjiang region such a freedom has been growingly truncated by the Chinese government in Beijing.

Cameron's Speech Feeds Anti-Muslim Prejudice

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Ajmal Masroor

Cameron blames the Islamic value system for extremism in the world today - I find such a statement totally ignorant and unenlightened.

UK Muslims Are Not Impressed That David Cameron Says They Are 'Condoning' IS

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK

The Prime Minister is set to warn of the dangers posed, particularly to young people, by those who "quietly condone" Islamic State militants' extreme ...

Religious Middle Way Is the Antidote to Extremism

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

In today's 24/7 social media and headline-driven world, the average Muslim wakes up each day either surrounded by a depressing narrative on the Islami...

We Must Tackle Extremism Without Compromising Freedom of Speech

Deeyah Khan | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Deeyah Khan

Freedom of speech is a human right, and the foundation upon which democracy is built. Any restriction of freedom of speech is a restriction upon democracy. We must defend democracy using its own mechanisms, through explaining and exemplifying its merits rather than through the heavy-handed and arbitrary silencing of its critics.

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?

More Shia Dead as Extremism Becomes Commonplace in Pakistan

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Fiyaz Mughal

The reality is that Pakistan has become a basket case and has always teetered on being a failed state.

As an Extremist, I'd Rather We Didn't Pass This Anti-extremism Bill

James Moran | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
James Moran

As this government takes its first tentative steps into the light, like a cute little faun that believes in cackhanded anti-constitutional remedies to specific problems, it has made its first priority clear. Getting all the stuff the Lib Dems stopped back in motion again.