UK Extremism

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 ...

Anjem Choudary Has Been Silenced - His Followers, Not So Much

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK

Despite the conviction of hate preacher Anjem Choudary, his followers are still posting online videos promoting Islamic extremism. Many clips were s...

This Festival Brought 30,000 Muslims Together To Condemn Extremism

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK

A festival held in the middle of a field in rural Hampshire brought 30,000 Muslims together to try and tackle extremism. The ‘Jalsa Salana’, which...

Anjem Choudary's Conviction Is A Victory For Tolerance

Dr Moshe Kantor | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Moshe Kantor

For too long we have allowed people to incite hate and to further radicalism in the misguided and dangerous belief that freedom of speech is sacrosanct - whatever the cost. Freedom of expression is essential in any liberal democracy, but this ruling acknowledges that there must be a limit.

Extreme Dialogue: Former Extremists Can Help Teachers Educate Young People About Radicalisation

Henry Tuck | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK
Henry Tuck

Extremists attack schools and universities, and kidnap and murder pupils, teachers and academics because they fear genuine education. If we do not actively confront their abhorrent views they will take advantage of our silence. Young people will make up their own minds. We need to make sure they get the facts.

While the Physical State of Daesh Collapses, A New Virtual State Expands

Baroness Joanna Shields | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Joanna Shields

There is no panacea, no single piece of technology, intervention or public policy that will solve this. But we can make it harder for terrorist and extremists to use the Internet to recruit, inspire and incite. It only takes one individual to see sense in the Daesh fantasy for this bloody trail of terrorist destruction to continue. And it must be stopped.

Reacting With Hope

Daniel Singleton | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

Never before can I remember a time when the question 'What is the world coming to?' seemed most appropriate than the last couple of weeks. Yesterday ...

Rise in Hate Crimes Shows Importance of Maintaining Security in Europe - Brexit or No Brexit

Dr Moshe Kantor | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Moshe Kantor

Most importantly we need strong leaders in every country who can enforce these limits, encourage their citizens to live by our European values and be a united force against the hatred and intolerance that is infecting our society.

This Eid We Are Determined to Celebrate Togetherness

Qari Asim | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

Eid marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Celebrated by Muslims in the UK and around the world, it is a time when families and friends come t...

Bangladesh in the Hands of Terrorists

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ajmal Masroor

The terror attack is a sad way to end this blessed month of Ramadan for the people of Bangladesh. It is a terrible end of so many innocent lives. I feel intensely distressed by these massacres. As an Imam I offer my sincere prayers and condolences for those who have lost their lives in these atrocities. Bangladesh, may God grant you true freedom and shelter from tyranny. May God make you a great nation again.

University of Jihad

Deeyah Khan | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Deeyah Khan

We cannot leave vulnerable young men open to the exploitation of extremists, both for our own security, and their own wellbeing. If we simply see prisons as warehouses, designed to confine, then we should not be surprised if extremists see them in a similar way - as places where they can collect damaged young men for their jihads, and their crusades, wholesale.

The UK's Counter-Terrorism Strategy Is Flawed - Is There an Alternative?

Benjamin David | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Benjamin David

Young people need to have the tools to see the importance of having one's beliefs proportion to the evidence, to see the importance of having an implacable smidgen of scepticism paired to every all-encompassing ideal, and to be readily receptive to having their views challenged whilst, simultaneously, prompt in challenging the views of others in a constructive, accommodating and deeply informed way.