UK Extremism

The Limits of British Values

Deeyah Khan | Posted 27.11.2015 | 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.

Less Spying, More Talking

Olivia Flynn | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Politics
Olivia Flynn

The head of MI5, Andrew Parker, warned recently of the scale of terror threats facing the UK. As social interaction--and with it radicalisation and ex...

Youth, Violence and Extremism: The Urgency of a Counter-narrative

Simon O'Connell | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK
Simon O'Connell

If we are going to reduce violence and conflict in some of the most fragile places in the world, youth are going to be the ones to lead. We must not simply clamp down on youth as the trouble-makers, the dissenters, and isolate them. We must engage with youth and the opportunities they bring, offering them a new narrative and a better vision for the future.

Would Prophet Mohammed join ISIS?

Hiba Khan | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Hiba Khan

If he was here today, I can say with certainty, Mohammed would condemn IS and their brethren. But he is not. And so I, along with millions of other Muslims, stand firmly against the Islamist narrative.

Yiannopoulos Should Not Be Banned From Bristol, He Should Be Ignored

Ben Parr | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Parr

I think I've done it. You see, the feminist society at Bristol Uni seems to have a problem that they are unable to solve. They are utterly aghast at the University's journalism society inviting a speaker- Milo Yiannopoulos- to give a lecture, because Mr Yiannopoulos has made some pretty offensive, misogynist and ignorant remarks.

Analysing the Governments New Counter-Extremism Strategy

Lewis Barton | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Politics
Lewis Barton

As long as there are threats, both domestic and abroad, there must be strategies in place to prevent and counter them. This strategy may not be perfect but it is definitely a step in the right direction. Let's hope it can be built upon and become the effective counter-extremism tool the UK needs.

Muslim Council Worried About 'McCarthyist' Extremism Strategy

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron's counter-extremism strategy has "McCarthyist" undertones, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has said. On Monday the prime minister...

This Is Cameron's 5-Step Plan To Stop Teens Joining ISIS

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK

David Cameron is to warn that the "stakes are rising" in the battle against extremism as he unveils a series of measures today to prevent young people...

Who Is Your Hero?

Qari Asim | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Qari Asim

The article below appears in the second edition of the digital magazine Haqiqah (meaning the reality) and Qari Asim is the Senior Editor. The magazine...

Women Are Part of the Solution to Extremism

Deeyah Khan | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK
Deeyah Khan

Women in the Muslim world have been resisting extremism on the ground for decades - as community members, as family members, as professionals and as activists (which they often do so at grave personal risk) - and as those with the most to lose from the rise of extremist religion. Often, the first we hear about such brave women is when they are assassinated, and it is too late to support them.

Our Moral Duty to Help Save Fellow Human Beings

Qari Asim | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Qari Asim

The tragic conflict in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis has culminated in the now sadly iconic image of Aylan Kurdi on the beach in Bodrum. It has caused much soul searching; for individuals, communities, and nations, about how best to support the millions of people desperately searching for safety.

The Curious Incident Of The Muslim Student in the University Library Who Was Reading A Book (Which Clearly Meant He Was a Terrorist)

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

And this is why we should be really concerned because the duties will mean that all Muslim students will increasingly feel as though they are being monitored and scrutinised. Feeling increasingly pressured and marginalised, the result will be that Muslim students will find it increasingly difficult to just be 'ordinary students'.

Top Universities 'Named And Shamed' By Cameron For Letting Extremists Speak

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Leading universities have been named and shamed by David Cameron for giving a platform to extremists as a new legal duty on institutions to "protect ...

Ministers Urge Students To Back Counter-Radicalisation Programme Prevent

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Ministers are urging the National Union of Students to back the government's counter-radicalisation programme Prevent after the union voted to oppose ...

Safeguarding School Children From Extremism Without 'Policing' Their Free Thought

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Our political and media establishments have to appreciate that not all problems related with Muslims are ideological.

The Government's Prevent Strategy Won't Work if It Is Seen as Spying

Bob Morgan | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Muslim citizens should not have to account for the crimes of other people who happen to share the same religion as them. Equally they should not be seen as having a particular obligation to do something about violent extremism - but the Prevent Strategy would work better if more did.

Accusations of Jeremy Corbyn's Links to Extremists Are Rooted In Hypocrisy

John Wight | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

Thus, it is not Jeremy Corbyn who has questions to answer, it is those who supported the war in Iraq, the bombing of Libya, who provide unquestioning support to Israel, and little or nothing to say over Britain's shameful relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Thousands of Muslims Are Gathering in Hampshire This Weekend

Meliha Hayat | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Meliha Hayat

they are uniting to help target religious extremism by holding the largest international religious convention in the UK; global religious leaders, parliamentarians, civic leaders and diplomats will gather together to discuss how to combat fanaticism in Islam.