UK Extremism

Facebook and an Online Orwellian Dystopia

Christopher J Stewart | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Tech
Christopher J Stewart

The reality we are living with is that violent extremist groups are using mainstream social media platforms to broadcast and amplify their niche, cult-like ideologies, and infiltrate the phones, homes and minds of the vulnerable and disillusioned.

2016: The Beginning of The End of Prevent

Dilly Hussain | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

Speaking to The Guardian's Owen Jones last week, journalist Peter Oborne described how a "soft apartheid towards Muslims" was emerging in Britain. His...

Bacha Khan University Attack and the Relationship between ISIS and TTP

Qari Asim | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

Militants have once again raided an educational institution in northwest Pakistan. The attack at Bacha Khan University has seen over 21 people killed and many injured after the militants stormed the University campus. The militants were met with resistance from security forces and after a period of intense gun fighting, the situation was brought under control.

Sorry Mr Cameron But We Do Not Need Your English Classes and We Are Not Extremists!

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK
Sahar Al-Faifi

David Cameron wrote an article in the Times that I found absurd, inaccurate and Islamophobic. In his article Cameron suggested that concerns of forc...

Muslim School In East London Had Books 'Promoting Stoning People To Death'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK

A Muslim school in east London has failed an Ofsted inspection after investigators found books in its library that promote "inequality of women and pu...

Be More British, Speak More English, Dress Like This - Another Normal Week for British Muslim Women

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

A forceful and vengeful political vehicle that seeks to differentiate, demarcate and subsequently discriminate against Muslims and their communities this week's political approaches and their appropriation of British Muslim women are little different.

Nicky Morgan Denies Signs Of Child Radicalisation Are Just Typical Teenage Behaviours

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

The government has defended advice issued to parents and teachers to help protect children from radicalisation online, after criticism that many of th...

Don't Link Muslim Women Who Don't Speak English To Extremism, Cameron Warned

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK

David Cameron has been accused of conflating education with radicalisation after announcing a £20m fund to improve the English skills of Muslim women...

Cameron Tells Muslim Women To Learn English - After Ditching English Classes

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been criticised announcing a £20 million fund for women to learn English - despite cutting a £45 million English language programm...

Congratulations to the Media and Politicians for Helping Demonise Muslims!

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Politics
Ajmal Masroor

The consequence of this portrayal was written on the wall in bold and brightly coloured letters: Muslims will become victims of terrible crimes motivated by racism and Islamophobia if this media onslaught continues. The media did not pay heed to those warnings, and that has happened, exactly as it was predicted.

Can Cake Counter Extremism?

Mike Yeomans | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Mike Yeomans

In 2013, one local community offered tea and cake to far-right protestors, helping to diffuse tensions and starting a conversation. Burton residents planned the same tactic for a Britain First march; a move the far-right group actually welcomed.

Why Are Only Muslims Called Terrorists?

Umar Nasser | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Umar Nasser

Can we improve the education of true Islamic values in Muslim countries? What drives extremist interpretations of Islam in the first place? And how should we tackle the socio-political causes of radicalisation?

Muslims' Participation in Public Life: Isolation, Extremism or Entryism?

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Sahar Al-Faifi

I have always believed that the battle against Islamophobia cannot be won by guns but through radical transformation of knowledge and promotion of mutual understanding and I will not spare any time or effort until I see Muslims accepted as equal citizens in our country.

Do the Teachings of Islam Promote Extremism?

Farooq Aftab | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Farooq Aftab

The rise in Islamophobia has become more prevalent recently. By way of example, a newspaper columnist recently wrote and an Australian politician also said that Muslims become terrorists because of the Islamic teaching of Jihad and other commandments of Islam...

It's Not Just the Police Who Are Failing Victims of 'Honour' Based Violence

Deeyah Khan | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK
Deeyah Khan

Whether within the police or other agencies, individuals who have expertise, cultural sensitivity and commitment to protecting women at risk are the greatest resource. The most valuable and dedicated of these are women's rights activists, fighting for change within their own communities, and providing a compassionate and effective source of help for women and girls at risk of their lives.

Tony Blair Compared To Donald Trump After Comments On Muslim 'Isis Sympathies'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK

Tony Blair has claimed that support for the so-called Islamic State stretches “deep into parts of Muslim societies”. In a speech in Washington ...

Names Of Children 'At Risk Of Radicalisation' Mistakenly Published

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK

The names of young children "at risk" of radicalisation were mistakenly released to the public, the BBC revealed on Monday. Waltham Forest Council...

British Values and the Politics of Double Standards

Deeyah Khan | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK
Deeyah Khan

Combatting extremism will take a multinational movement towards international relations based in humanitarian principles, rather than national self-interest only - a principle that has, in the past, served extremists rather than confronted them, and which reflects the interests of an elite corporate and ruling class rather than the people of Britain, regardless of background or religion.

We Need a New, Progressive Strategy to Tackle Terrorism

Rabina Khan | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Politics
Rabina Khan

We cannot fight terrorism effectively while the methods we are using to do so - drone strikes, repressive legislation, closing borders arbitrarily - help fuel the problem and stoke up intercommunal tension.

Bombs May Kill Extremists, but They Will Not Kill Extremism

Umar Nasser | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Umar Nasser

Nothing can ever justify an extremist taking an innocent life, particularly one who does so in the name of Islam. However, without a commitment to change deeply ingrained behaviours in our international approach, extremism is here to stay.

The Qur'an Would Condemn ISIS, not Support it

Damir Rafi | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Damir Rafi

A 2008 report conducted by MI5 concluded that the majority of 'Islamic terrorists' are in fact not Islamic at all. In fact a large number of them neit...

Is ISIS's Interpretation of Islam Legitimate? How Top Journalists Cenk Uyger, Julia Hartley-Brewer and Gavin Ashenden All Got it Wrong

Tahir Nasser | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tahir Nasser

In short, the Qur'an tells the reader how it should be interpreted, so the notion that "it's all in the interpretation" is false. Extremists are desperate for all to accept their poisonous narrative as Gospel truth. My message? Don't believe the hype.

Paris Attacks: France Intensify Intervention On Islamic State

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sophia Hyatt

If any region is familiar with the debilitating effects of political corruption, it's the Middle East. And the notion of a 'power-vacuum' is central, in a struggle to come to terms with the recent bloodshed in Paris.

As ISIS Strike Further Into the Hearts of a Nation, Are We Going to Wait for Death to Fall on Our Own Doorstep?

Tristen Lee | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Tristen Lee

As false reports of fresh gunfire in the central Paris square, near the Bataclan, sends people fleeing for their lives; it's clear the world is on tenterhooks, anxiously waiting for the next hit, for news on friends and loved ones fallen in the massacre, that has already callously claimed 132 lives.

Responding to Paris, Unintended Consequences and the Road Less Traveled

Ross Frenett | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Politics
Ross Frenett

Equipped with the training to employ proactive online engagement and the funding to do their work well, specialist workers like these should be the army we deploy against ISIS, to target that bottleneck and ensure that with all the training and financing in the world, they find it as difficult as possible to identify Europeans willing to murder their fellow citizens.