What to do when our intelligence agency, MI5, state the terror threat level is severe? Iain Dale spoke to a member of the public on his drive show on LBC last week, who articulated why he believed we are looking at a generational fight against this particular breed of terrorist: IS. David Cameron went further and said they pose an 'existential danger.' The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
Following the major offensive of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq last year, the country's key cities fell like dominos, increasing the Jihadist's con...
Last week saw the start of Ramadan and I couldn't help but notice a change in the media coverage since I started writing for this title two years ago....
Last weekend, 50 young British Muslims converged to the leafy surroundings of Kidderminster to be trained for counter-extremism work. Their purpose was to learn how to weed out emergent religious extremism from its ideological and theological roots, and therefore to prevent young people from being brainwashed into leaving their homes to join barbaric terrorist groups abroad.
What kind of state murders hundreds of people, including women and children, just because they express a different opinion, are of a different religion, or even for smoking a cigarette? The answer is a state that has no legitimacy, no functioning justice system, no connection with its people and no future.
In recent months, propaganda films showing extremists using sledgehammers and automatic gunfire to destroy remains of ancient civilisations have commanded swathes of media attention.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is facing mounting pressure to pardon Morsi or at least to commute the death sentence to a term of imprisonment to save Egypt from a long period of instability and bloodshed, and avoid a gigantic PR disaster.
In all seriousness, don't cry for me, Palmyra. If it had been my decision, you would be free of jihadists. Cry for those who supported the policies that enabled your current conquers to become as powerful as they are now.
According to one of the most senior Muslim police officers, we should be observing children as young as five and looking to monitor and detect the earliest signs of anti-western sentiment. What does this mean in practice?
In the absence of anything else, I might wish Zenobia would rise up from the sand and hold out a mailed fist to repel those faithless fighters of IS. It seems no one else will.
Coleen isn't in any way, which is obvious to anyone who has a mental capacity greater than that of an infant, attempting to compare gay rights to the religious terror promoted by the Islamic State.
The unemployment rates of young people - held back by political, physical, family, economic or educational obstacles - continue to increase. It is bad in many developed nations, but is in fact far worse in economies that are still in a state of development.
The news that Isis is possibly about to over-run Palmyra in Syria hit me especially hard. It feels strange to be so affected by the plight of a ruined town so far away, especially when you equate it to the hundreds of thousands of human victims of this murderous conflict but as Stalin so sensitively put it- "one death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic." Palmyra, on the other hand is a symbol- a symbol of a tolerant, multi-cultural Syria.
enying people the right of association based on an ideological factor, among other things, sets a dangerous precedent. To conclude, I do regret various factors connected with organised religion, but that does not mean that the very principle of it is regrettable.
Why are young people leaving Europe to fight for ISIS? They are looking for somewhere to belong.
Extremist use of Twitter represents an entirely new era for the Internet. They are the first group to step out onto social media and effectively play on the front foot. Undoubtedly, this has been a propaganda success for them.