UK Extremism

Three Years on From Breivik's Massacre, It's Time to Start Taking Survivors Seriously

Vidhya Ramalingam | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Vidhya Ramalingam

We now, to a larger and larger extent, see far-right extremists not only taking to the streets and intimidating communities, but entering European parliaments. De-politicising the incident in Norway did not help in stalling this development. This is not an alarmist claim, but an unfortunate reality we as Europeans must face.

British Muslims Are Asking: Are We All Extremists Now?

Museji Ahmed Takolia | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK
Museji Ahmed Takolia

This is the time for politicians of all hues to work with and not against the local and (new) national leadership in the Muslim communities. It may be weak and poorly organised, led largely by volunteers. But who is out there to engage with the Muslim community and bring a semblance of understanding and balance as well as practical support to the challenges they face to get things right?

Picking Your Enemies

Katie Welsford | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics
Katie Welsford

Since their removal from power this time last year, the Muslim Brotherhood has constantly been the focus of Egyptian headlines. But when, in early April, Downing Street ordered an inquiry into the group's 'philosophy, origins and activities', it entered the UK domestic political scene too...

The Truth About Religion and Extremism

John Sargeant | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
John Sargeant

Religion is an idea of life, the universe and everything stating how we should live. What will happen to us after death. A God - or at least a cosmic force - has set these things in motion and may or may not keep the wheels turning by active involvement.

'The Guards Don't Run The Prison, Islam Does': Tommy Robinson Breaks Silence On Life Behind Bars

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK

Tommy Robinson, the former leader of the English Defence League, has spoken for the first time about being locked behind bars in a prison that is appa...

Education is a Security Issue

Charlotte Keenan | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK
Charlotte Keenan

The news that some schools in Birmingham are under investigation by the Department for Education has caused widespread concern about the role educatio...

Trojan Horse

Yousef Dar | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK
Yousef Dar

The recent high profile media coverage of so called Islamist takeover of Birmingham schools has been really interesting to follow, yet equally depressing .There is a real Islamophobic drive within this some of the background and context of this...

The Left Needs to Take Control of the Fight Against Islamofascism

Sebastian Murphy-Bates | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sebastian Murphy-Bates

Fear and dogma on the political left has rendered opposition to Islamic extremism the property of the far right in the Western world - It's time to take it back.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: British Values For British Kids

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Tuesday 10 June 2014... 1) BRITISH VALUES FOR BRITISH KIDS Most of the papers lead with coverage of...

You Won't Believe What Ofsted Boss Said About Now About Failed 'Trojan Horse' School 2 Years Ago

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK

When Sir Michael Wilshaw, then the fresh-faced new head of Ofsted, met the headteacher of the first school in the country to be rated outstanding unde...

Education as a Security Issue: The Formation of Religious Identities

Ian Linden | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Ian Linden

The struggle against religious extremism, acutely in secular societies, presupposes coming to terms with powerful religious identities...

The Human Rights Abuses Must Stop - It's Time for Love For All and Hatred For None

Farooq Aftab | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK
Farooq Aftab

The past few weeks have unveiled some horrific stories of human rights abuse. The world was first shocked by the death sentence handed to Meriam Ibrahim, the then pregnant Christian mother in Sudan convicted of apostasy and adultery...

Tide Turns Against Anti-Extremist Student Rights

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The tide appears to be turning against an anti-extremist group following a motion by the National Union of Students to condemn the organisation. St...

Countering Terrorist Narratives: Time to Stop Talking and Start Doing

Munir Zamir | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Munir Zamir

A casual interest in the Syria conflict can easily turn into a genuine stimulus at which point an alternative narrative is needed to counter such effects. The broad aims of counter narrative work should be to build resilience to extremism by challenging the rationale behind its actions.

Challenging the Politics of Fear

Nick Lowles | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Lowles

First, is UKIP a racist party? Quite simply yes. It is deliberately whipping up fear - and by extension - hatred of foreigners, with its provocative posters and inflammatory language. It is deliberately exaggerating figures and playing on people's anxieties about immigration in order to win political support.

Islamic Charities Should Not Be Used as a Scapegoat

Dr Hany El-Banna OBE | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Dr Hany El-Banna OBE

Underneath the big headlines, who is going to appreciate the difference between an "Islamist" organisation and an "Islamic" one? Yet for over a century legitimate Islamic charities have been the backbone of the Muslim community in the UK.

Cut Aid To Pakistan Unless It Cracks Down On Extremism, Say MPs

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK

Britain should cut aid spending to Pakistan and divert it to poorer countries unless "clear evidence" is produced that it is helping reduce Islamic ex...

The Power of Female Education

Anna Rhodes | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Rhodes

The events occurring in Chibok are sickening, as is the minimal media coverage. This supposed insurgency in Birmingham is alarming, but the fact that such events are occurring highlights resistance within the female community. Women all over the world risk their lives every day by sending their daughters to school or attending themselves.

British Jihadis - Turning Mothers Into Informants Is No Solution

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

In the government's latest Orwellian measure, mothers and wives of "would-be jihadists" are ‎being urged to report on their loved ones, avowedly to "prevent tragedies". It won't escape notice ‎however, that despite protestations to the contrary, a message emanating from the police carries ‎criminalising potential. ‎

Are Universities an Easy Scapegoat in the Fight Against Extremism?

Sanah Sheikh | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sanah Sheikh

The general perception held by those we spoke to in Higher Education is that high profile public portrayals of the sector as being a 'hotbed' for extremists (a view sometimes expounded by the media and influential think thanks), were unfair and undermined the good work being done to protect students in universities.

Tony Blair, the Violent Islamist's Best Friend

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The former prime minister gives speeches pontificating about the threat from radical Islam in the Middle East, ignoring the fact that his invasion of Iraq helped bolster that threat. And so too does his support for the military junta in Egypt.

Cookie Monster Used By Far Right As Symbol In Germany, Say Police

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK

German police are probing an unlikely new symbol for neo-Nazi extremists - the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. The trend was first noticed when ...

Muslim Brotherhood In London Urges PM Not To Bow To Foreign Pressure

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK

The Muslim Brotherhood has come out swinging against an investigation into their activities in the UK, engaging a top QC and warning Britain has bowed...

What I Might Have Said If I Had Been on Newsnight...

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

The Muslim community is far from perfect, but our misrepresentation as ‎squabbling men who need reforming through those who have themselves rejected the faith is ‎palpably absurd. Who speaks for Muslims? How about the myriad Muslims doing the hard graft on ‎the ground.‎

Muslim and LGBTQ Students Unite Against 'Student Rights' in Run Up to NUS Conference

Hilary Aked | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Aked

It's sometimes said that attack is the best form of defence. Some of those think tanks and agitators who seem intent on marginalising Muslims appear to have worked out that the reverse is also true: while some right wingers are happy to go along with direct demonization campaigns, in order to get liberals to jump on the bandwagon of an Islamophobic campaign, defense is often the best form of attack...