UK Extremism

Our Struggle For Equal Opportunity Has Become Invisible To Governments Only Concerned With Counter Extremism

Basit Mahmood | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Basit Mahmood

I've seen plenty of campaigns and events aimed at the Muslim community dedicated to combatting extremism. Yet when I sit with friends I realise the sheer gap between what defines the lives of ordinary Muslims, desires for a sense of belonging, for equality, for a sense that we matter too and what governments and others think has come to define them.

What A Woman Wears Is A Woman's Choice

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Sahar Al-Faifi

I grew up wearing the face-veil as an act of worship. I live in a liberal, secular society that is politically charged and highly divided. For me, the face-veil has multiple meanings and dimensions; it is not reduced to "a piece of cloth," nor is it exclusively a religious symbol.

The Year Hate Went Mainstream

Nick Lowles | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Lowles

In a year dominated by the UK's vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump, there were mixed fortunes for Britain's far right. For them it was a year of further marginalisation, convictions and bans punctuated only by extreme acts of violence - such as the horrific murder of Jo Cox.

Jack Buckby Is No Harry Potter. He May Look Like Him But His Views Are Sickening

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Politics
Fiyaz Mughal

It is by no coincidence that far right activist Jack Buckby, used his opportunity on Channel 4 to stir up shocking comments against Barbara Ntumy, tel...

Political Polarisation Is Stark - And The Great Chasm Shows No Sign Of Narrowing

Chris Wright | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Wright

I recently commented that the last time I felt such a divergence between the two Americas - liberal and conservative - was during the Vietnam War. On Wednesday night, this polarisation manifested itself in the riots at UC Berkeley.

The Power Of The Internet

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Tech
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

When media changes, the world changes. We live in a world where the Pope and the President are on Twitter and Rabbis communicate on Facebook. We live today in a time, which some call the Fourth Industrial Revolution. A period which is distinct in the speed, scale and force at which it transforms production, distribution and consumption.

Now Is Not The Time To Question Our Values But To Stand Up For Them

Waqar Ahmed | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK
Waqar Ahmed

Prevent in the UK has focused on terrorism from a global violent jihadist perspective, but front-line workers like me up and down the country have always worked on all forms of extremism and have been dealing with a rise in referrals from far-right extremism.

I Was An Islamist Extremist. A Counter Narrative Is Essential To Stop Terrorism

Adam Deen | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Adam Deen

As a reformed extremist, I can identify better than most the Islamist platform from which these young men operate from. From my time in Al Muhajiroun, now a banned UK terrorist group, I remember well the exploitative nature of marrying religious ideology with geo-political events.

Muslims Like Us - Where Were The Religious Conservatives?

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

Like most viewers, I was gripped by the BBC's Muslims Like Us. Ten British Muslims were put in one house Big Brother-style. Within the first few minutes, most of them had taken against the notorious Islamist Anthony Small, who now calls himself Abdul Haqq.

Muslims Like Us - Early Christmas Present For The Far Right And Extremist Islamists

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

The BBC must not underestimate the impact the media has on gullible individuals and how this tragically impacts our most vulnerable. Muslims don't want preferential treatment, but equality. Why would we single out British Muslims, would we do this with other communities?

Democracy In Somalia: Overcoming Insurgency To Provide A Lasting Peace

Matthew Walker | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Matthew Walker

While the world has been fixated on the American presidential race, Somalia, once the epitome of a failed state, is holding its first elections since ...

Far Right Extremism Poses A Real Threat To Us All

Qari Asim | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Politics
Qari Asim

Post Brexit and in the Trump era, it is more important than ever that the authorities take steps to tackle the growing threat of Britain's far-right movement and dismantle their networks. There are already reports that the Far-right extremists in Germany are joining forces with like-minded groups across Europe and even the United States as they prepare to carry out more attacks on our streets.

Politicians Warned To Tone Down Their Brexit Rhetoric

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has written to the UK’s political parties telling them to tone down their Brexit rhetoric. The let...

Why Terrorists Like Jo Cox's Murderer Are 'Far More Hidden' Than Religious Extremists

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK

Terrorists such as Jo Cox’s murderer Thomas Mair are virtually impossible to detect and stop, an expert has warned, as Far Right extremists are “f...

The Murder Of Jo Cox Did Not Take Place In A Political Vacuum

John Wight | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
John Wight

While Mair acted alone he was undoubtedly buoyed in carrying out his crime by the climate of bigotry and hatred of 'the other' created by peddlers of the politics of division and scapegoating in the context of a campaign on Britain's membership of the EU that shamed our democracy.

Is Sufism The Antidote To Extremism?

Qari Asim | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

An ISIS-affiliated extremist group operating out of Egypt has released ghastly images purporting to show the execution of two leading religious figure...

Is The Media Too Politically Correct When It Comes To Reporting Extremism?

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK

The media has a duty to seek out alternative voices to showcase ways of living as a Muslim in Europe, Quilliam Foundation co-founder Maajid Nawaz has ...

In The Online War On Terror, How Do We Protect Digital Freedoms?

Philip Ellis | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

In a bid to stem the tide of digital radicalisation by terrorist groups such as Islamic State, the European Parliament has approved plans for new legislation which will allow rapid and widespread removal of extremist content from the internet. Digital rights activists are up in arms over the decision, which they fear will lead to private organisations policing and censoring internet users with impunity.

The Importance Of The Freedom Of Religion And Belief

Baroness Anelay | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Baroness Anelay

Freedom of religion and belief can help in the struggle against violent extremism. The connection between these issues may not be immediately obvious, but the spread of violent extremism is one of the biggest challenges we face, and so looking for new ways to tackle it is essential.

Schools Need To Talk About Extremism, Urges Maajid Nawaz

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK

Schools should be holding open conversations about extremism with their pupils, alongside teaching the history of jihadism, according to Maajid Nawaz....

Time To Stop Saying Terrorists Have 'Been Radicalised'

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Why, when someone knowingly and deliberately chooses to embrace a cancerous and poisonous ideology which has been responsible for mass murder and attempted genocide, do we act as though they're passive bystanders and say they 'have been radicalised'?

'People Think Violence Is In Libya's DNA, In Our Blood'

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK

A young woman fighting to combat extremism has lashed out against global counter-terrorism policies, saying they criminalise Middle Eastern people. Ha...

Confessions of a Former Prevent Officer

Sean Arbuthnot | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK
Sean Arbuthnot

Ultimately I work in Prevent because it makes a difference. It transforms lives and protects communities. I believe that it is the right thing to do. And when staunch critics are unable or unwilling to put forward credible alternatives, it is clear that at the moment it's the best we've got.

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?

Training Manual To Help Prisons Tackle Islamic Extremism Is Woefully Out Of Date

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK

Islamist extremists are set to be held in separate prison units, after an inquiry revealed that inmates were acting as “self-styled emirs” behind ...