UK Extremism

Why Women Should Be At The Forefront Of Preventing Radicalisation And Extremism

Will Baldèt | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK
Will Baldèt

Parity between the sexes remains one of the most vital challenges of our society and one which has the power to resolve so many inequalities and social harms. Tackling extremism is yet one more area where this holds true, as it becomes increasingly clear that the push for - and protection of - gender equality is arguably the most significant counter-narrative to extremist ideology.

A Remote Nordic School Made Me Realise It's Wrong To Segregate Our Children By Faith And Privilege

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK
Lucy Sherriff

In today's social landscape, where we are witnessing the re-emergence of alt-right groups, the seemingly never-ending rise of extremist groups, and an increasingly-out of touch governments introducing misplaced anti-terror schemes, surely it's never been more important to have diversity in our schools, to ensure our future leaders are open-minded and well-informed.

Implementing British Values - An Irishman's Perspective

Sean Arbuthnot | Posted 03.09.2017 | UK
Sean Arbuthnot

In my view, this focus on Britishness facilitates lazy interpretations of values. Some lists suggest that children should be encouraged to listen to British music like Freddy Mercury or they should eat roast dinners at school! By all means, schools are welcome to display union flags and celebrate the Queen's birthday but this merely pays lip service to what British values are trying to achieve.

How Can We Stop Teenagers Turning Into Terrorists?

Ben Wardle | Posted 20.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Wardle

In today's world, we have so many resources available to help us understand human psychology. We can use brain scanning techniques, counselling skills and complete detailed research into people's backgrounds in order to understand what creates a terrorist.

How 'Mystery' UK Alt-Right Is Helping Fuel Charlottesville-Like Chaos

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 20.08.2017 | UK

As the far-right flotsam behind the Charlottesville protest continues to be exposed and the flaccidity of Donald Trump’s response ridiculed, a “my...

Prevent: A Personal Reflection

Will Baldèt | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK
Will Baldèt

It would be ridiculous for those of us who work in Prevent to be complacent, this area of safeguarding is too sensitive and too important. We need open dialogue and debate, but constructive critics are drowned out by the cacophony of detractors who demand to be heard but offer nothing but noise.

Terrorism And Islamophobia Are Two Sides Of The Same Coin Of Hate

Maha Akeel | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK
Maha Akeel

Terrorism and Islamophobia are two sides of the same coin of hate; they feed off each other. The distorted views of the 'other' held by both terrorists and Islamophobes, along with their extremist ideologies and convictions, are linked in a vicious cycle that is affecting world peace and security.

A Huge Human Chain Against Extremism Is Being Formed This Weekend, And Here's Why The World Needs To Hear About It

Damir Rafi | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Damir Rafi

With waves of terror attacks hitting Europe in recent months, mistrust of Islam has reached a higher level than ever. To save our societies from divis...

The #GCCCrisis: Conflict Resolution Or Trade Consolidation?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Dr Harry Hagopian

First, it was the turn of the German Foreign Minister. Then came the US Secretary of State, only to be followed by the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. A fortnight later, the Turkish president flew into Kuwait, followed by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Why Borough Market Always Bounces Back

Nick Jones | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Nick Jones

There aren't many places in London that have seen so much change as Borough Market. Nestled below the railways bridges, at the south end of London Bri...

Katie Hopkins And The Far Right In The Med

Nick Lowles | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK
Nick Lowles

What on earth is Katie Hopkins doing? No, not just "what" is she doing in terms of saying something outrageous (again) - part of her modus operandi to drive traffic - but in this case, why is she fraternising with far-right extremists and Holocaust deniers down in the Mediterranean and re-sharing their content on social media? And why is the MailOnline happy to give her a platform to do so?

Can the Study of Cults Help Us Understand Radicalism?

Benjamin David | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK
Benjamin David

Terrorism and the process that leads to it, radicalisation, are the pressing problems defining much of the discourse of our time. Although extremism i...

Mothers Are At The Heart Of Fighting Online Radicalisation

Sajda Mughal OBE | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK
Sajda Mughal OBE

The internet has transformed the way in which extremists radicalise and recruit, enabling them to reach global audiences in ever more dynamic ways. Vulnerable people, often seeking a sense of identity, are then radicalised through online material or groomed for recruitment. The rise in Islamophobic hate crimes leaves Muslims increasingly isolated and susceptible to radicalisation.

A European Version Of Islam?

Syed Kamall | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Politics
Syed Kamall

Some argue this indicates that Muslims cannot live alongside Western values and culture, that the two are fundamentally irreconcilable. But there is nothing in Islam to support such a view, indeed the Quran states that people are free to believe whatever they wish and makes clear that Muslims can fully observe Islam without living in a theocracy.

The Finsbury Park Attack Is Emblematic Of Growing Islamophobia - A 7/7 Survivor Calls For Unity

Sajda Mughal OBE | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK
Sajda Mughal OBE

In the same way that the Muslim community have been active in challenging and preventing Islamic extremism, there needs to be more done at the community level to prevent far right extremists from influencing people. Supporting a national narrative of unity, diversity and coexistence is at the heart of prevention, and should not be undermined by our politicians or by sensationalism in the mainstream media.

The Hate Equation

Will Baldèt | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK
Will Baldèt

The problem of radicalisation is a human one, but the issue of ideology is inextricably linked. Like an airborne virus waiting to strike when our immune system is weak, extremism permeates through society attaching itself to the vulnerable and cruelly imitating what they crave; identity, belonging and purpose.

Extremism Is Tearing London Apart

Rabbil Sikdar | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Rabbil Sikdar

The far-right and the Muslim extremists fuel each other with their messages of hate and intolerance and their actions. And it is up to each of us to disempower these people lurking within our communities.

Double Standards, Divisions And Diversions: Responses To The Finsbury Park Terror Attack

Aaliyah Hussain | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Aaliyah Hussain

As I awoke on Monday morning to yet more terrible news, this time the terrorist attack in North London, my immediate thought was that I couldn't remem...

Labelling Criminals As Terrorists Imbues Them With Undeserved Power: They Are Just Isolated, Egotistical Violent Offenders

Dr Mils Hills | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Dr Mils Hills

With the 18th June attack on the Finsbury Park Mosque, we see the latest case of the low-tech murder and maiming of individuals by someone nursing dis...

Why Theresa May Is Wrong To Suggest That Islamophobia Is A Form Of Extremism

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

If Islamophobic hate crime is to be framed by counter-terror and counter-extremism narratives, why is this necessary? What makes Islamophobia exceptional and distinct from other discriminatory phenomena? How does Islamophobic hate crime differ from hate crimes motivated by race, disability or sexual orientation?

Countering Paranoia: Muslim Women Are Leading The Fight Against Terrorism

Maria Munir | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Maria Munir

The arguments over how the attackers in London and Manchester were radicalised have veiled the fact that women and young people are tirelessly trying to speak up, and are often ignored. We are sick and tired of being held up as solely victims of gendered violence, when we also fight to stop it, by challenging outdated preachers and reviving new techniques of engaging with maligned people.

Terrorism Is The Enemy Of Britons Of All Faiths

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

I have family in Iraq and know how that country has suffered beyond endurance at the hands of Daesh. In the same way that my family, and friends have resisted this scum in Iraq, I will resist them here. In this struggle, I will link arms with imams, rabbis and priests. People of genuine faith and love must find the inner strength to build a wall that Daesh cannot penetrate.

Theresa May's Muddled Response To Terrorism

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

On Sunday 4 June 2017, in response to the latest London terrorist outrage, Theresa May came up with a new approach to the problem. However, upon examination, it is neither new nor practical but muddled and self-defeating.

Why Can't We Say What Is Patently Obvious? That Islamist Extremism Has Gone Unchecked For Far Too Long

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Fiyaz Mughal

After Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge, the real issue is this: will we finally see a robust challenge to Islamist groups or will they be allowed to undermine trust between our police, the Government and our State, thereby making us more vulnerable? For far too long they have run amok framing themselves as David against the Goliath of Government. The reality is that Goliath has been asleep for far too long. Now it must be shaken from its slumber.

The Fight Against Radicalisation Is Now An Online Battlefield

Claire Stead | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

Young people - who are both most exposed to the online world and the most vulnerable - need to be protected and shielded better than anyone. This education, between what is right and just and true, begins at home and in the school.