UK Extremism

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 09.12.2014 | 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 27.11.2014 | 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 18.11.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 04.11.2014 | 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 28.10.2014 | 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 27.10.2014 | 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 21.10.2014 | 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...

Ukip Aren't Happy With Theresa May's Anti-Extremism Orders...

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Politics

"Draconian" new anti-extremism laws announced by Theresa May are so wide-ranging they could be used to ban Ukip, the party has claimed. The Home Se...

#BritishValues and #TerrorLaws - Has Theresa May Been Reading '1984'?

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

When the Home Secretary said "British values will prevail in the end" against extremism, if she's talking about freedom of speech, then she's certainly missed a trick. The fact that surfaces with the revelation of these measures under the banner of "British Values" is in reality a demonization of a single community - a community just like any other.

Theresa May Is Wrong - and Christians Should Care

Jonty Langley | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jonty Langley

Theresa May made her latest speech as Minister for Irony today, as she invoked tolerance, freedom of speech and diversity while announcing that a future Conservative government would introduce anti-extremist laws that can only be described as, well, extreme.

Theresa May Is Wrong About Extremism

John Sargeant | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

If we are really concerned about the likes of Anjem Choudary poisoning minds to take up violence to overthrow democracy, banning him from our television screens is the wrong way... We make much of the liberty to think and voice our opinions. The line that most free speech advocates draw is an incitement to kill. For which laws currently exist, along with counter terrorism legislation. The home secretary risks making Choudary a victim for Islamists to rally for with the new proposals. Young people, with radical religious notions of changing the world, will have an officially state stamped underground movement. How nice of us to signal that for them.

Hardline Hate Preacher's 'Party Animal' Past As Student Called 'Andy'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK

Anjem Choudary became a household name for courting controversy as a preacher of hate, and now the 47-year-old is under arrest today as part of an inv...

Anjem Choudary Among Nine Arrested In London Anti-Terrorism Raid

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary is understood to be one of nine men arrested today as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism. The men, wh...

It Is the Government's Prevent Programmes and Religious Quietism, Not Radicalism, Which Have Been Driving Young British Muslims into the Hands of Extremists

Michael Mumisa | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Michael Mumisa

While as a nation we should take all measures legally possible to combat violent extremism, racism, homophobia, misogyny, and anti-Semitism, we should have nothing to fear from young radical minds. A successful Prevent programme is one that ensures that such minds are nurtured and empowered to contribute positively to society, not silenced or marginalised.

Heroes or Villains?: Comics as Extremist Propaganda

Tanya Silverman | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Tanya Silverman

n the battle of good vs evil there needs to be balance. For every extremist-made comic there should be one purporting an adventurous alternative. Dilbert's gags about expense reports just won't cut it.

Mehdi Hasan

ISIS Is Trying To 'Suck The West' Into A New War

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics

ISIS is deliberately trying "to suck the west" into a new war in Iraq, one of the world's leading experts on Islamist terrorism has warned. Speakin...

ISIS and Clerical Fascism

John Sargeant | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

The need to fight fascism and prevent genocide are as close to self evident truths as humanity might wish to invent. When both present themselves in the form of ISIS the question is how, rather than why, they must be destroyed.

British Female Jihadists Are 'Running Sex Slave Brothels For IS'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK

British female jihadists are running 'brothels' where thousands of Iraqi women are being forced to work after being captured by Islamic State militant...