Islamism

Islamic State's Control Of Twitter Is Starting To Get A Little Frightening

PA | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK

Supporters of Islamic State could control as many as 90,000 Twitter accounts worldwide, a new study suggests. The terror group exerts "an outsized ...

There Can Be No Masochism in the Face of Terror

James Snell | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK
James Snell

Reality as we know it is becoming repetitious. There has been another terrorist attack in a European capital. Once again an artist has been targeted. Once again an entire people have been attacked.

More Outrage for Drawing Blood Not Cartoons Needed

John Sargeant | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

The articles of a thousand words, detailing what is wrong with Charlie Hebdo continue. A quick line or two condemn the murder of the cartoonists. Then the rest of the piece that in life they were out of order to satirise and lampoon religion and the religious.

Britain Joins US War On Cyber Terrorism

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK

WARNING, THE VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES The video seems, for the first few seconds, like one of the now ubiquitous jihadist recruit videos from ...

J'accuse: Charlie Hebdo and the Rank Stupidity of the Infantile Left

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Politics
Karthick Ram Manoharan

s far Islamist terrorism goes, maybe the Left should remember what Robespierre, the patriarch of modern day revolutionaries, said - "To punish the oppressors of humanity is benevolence; to be benevolent to them is barbarism." This, and this alone, is real Jacobinism.

Four Men Arrested Over Alleged Islamist Terror Plot 'To Kill The Queen'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Paul Vale | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK

Four men have been arrested in connection with an alleged Islamist terror plot to kill the Queen. Reported by The Sun, the 88-year-old was to be assas...

ISIS and Clerical Fascism

John Sargeant | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

The need to fight fascism and prevent genocide are as close to self evident truths as humanity might wish to invent. When both present themselves in the form of ISIS the question is how, rather than why, they must be destroyed.

Why Obama's Strategy Against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria Is Likely to Fail

Dr Johan Franzén | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Johan Franzén

The strategy of "degrading and destroying" ISIS this way is therefore likely to fail without a comprehensive political solution involving an equitable share of power for the Sunni population in Iraq, a withdrawal of American support for Syrian rebels, and the forcing of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Gulf states to stop sponsoring Islamist terrorist groups throughout the region.

Douglas Carswell Is Wrong to Play Political Theatre at a Time of Global Crisis

Benedict Rogers | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

How could a man so widely praised for his "principles" play party political games and indulge in distracting political theatre at a time when we face some of the biggest global threats since the Cold War?

The Threat of Isis Cannot Be Overstated

James Snell | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Conventional wisdom, steeped as it is in years of de facto political homogeneity, would have you know that the 'War on Terror', as that nasty man George Bush grandly called it, was either misguided, pointless or actively detrimental towards the end it was claimed to champion.

Picking Your Enemies

Katie Welsford | Posted 30.08.2014 | 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...

Indonesia Is at a Crossroads - Its Future as a Pluralistic Democracy Hangs in the Balance

Benedict Rogers | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Benedict Rogers

It is not for me, as a foreigner, to tell Indonesians how to vote on 9 July. The choice of President is one for the people of Indonesia to make. But, if I were an Indonesian, it's clear where my sympathies would lie...

British Newspapers Have Absolutely Savaged Tony Blair On Iraq

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK

There was no hiding the strength of national feeling toward Tony Blair's skirting the blame for the current Iraq crisis. The Daily Mirror called th...

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...

Mehdi Hasan

When Did Michael Gove Become The Government's Expert On Muslims Or Extremism?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

"Michael Gove believes there has been a plot by extremist Muslims to take over schools in Birmingham and is preparing to drive them out," reports the ...

Tony Blair and The Big Picture of Radical Islam

Robin Simcox | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Simcox

Anyone who has listened to a Tony Blair speech in recent years would not be surprised that he is concerned about radical Islam. On that front, his speech on the Middle East at Bloomberg yesterday broke little new ground...

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.

'Trojan Horses' in Birmingham Schools Should Come as No Surprise

Rumy Hasan | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rumy Hasan

The 'Trojan Horse' plot in Birmingham - where some 25 schools have apparently been targeted for takeover by Islamic extremists - is yet another instance of the problems now rising as a consequence of Britain supposedly being a multifaith society; a view shared by all the three main political parties...

Book Review: Tabish Khair, How to Fight Islamist Terror From the Missionary Position

Claire Chambers | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Chambers

This is a fast-paced, hilarious novel that nonetheless has sufficient depth to withstand several re-readings. If there's any justice, it's going to be as big a hit in Euro-America as it has been in Khair's home country of India.

Free-Speech Jihadis and Their Defence of Maajid Nawaz

Salman Butt | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Butt

Over the last few weeks I've noticed an uncanny resemblance between the caricature flag-burning, blasphemer-threatening, riotous Muslims in the Middle-East, and some (perhaps equally intelligent) so-called 'liberal' tweeters, commentators and presenters in the UK...

The Decline and Fall of Egyptian Democracy

James Snell | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The fall of Morsi was a blow to those who wanted a stable and free Egypt, that's for certain, but there was a certain pleasure to be gained from watching the army - an institution viewed with distrust by a large number of the population for its support of Mubarak - stepping in to safeguard the future of democracy in the country. Personally, I was ecstatic, stupidly so.

Time to End UK Government Reticence to Extremism

John Sargeant | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

The Prime Minister's Extremism Task Force report "Tackling extremism in the UK" has apologised for not doing enough to tackle islamic extermisim: We ...

Arafat's Legacy

Barak Seener | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Barak Seener

A viable Palestinian state obviously requires territorial concessions on the part of the Israelis. It also depends on the Palestinian willingness to abandon the spirit of Arafat's resistance that has contributed nothing to the well-being of the average Palestinian.

Secularism in Egypt Once Again Means Authoritarianism and No-one Is Stepping in to Suggest Otherwise

Alex MacDonald | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK
Alex MacDonald

The main secular party in Egypt, the National Salvation Front, has abandoned all credibility. Riding a wave of popular dissatisfaction with the incompetent government of Mohamed Mursi, they foolishly threw their lot in with the military.

Mob Power Can Corrupt, Too: Bad News for Egypt's Future?

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Ian Robertson

The millions of protestors in Egypt who have brought down a president will today be experiencing the heady thrill of wielding the ultimate power - the jailing of their own leader. But power distorts thinking and emotions and there are strong lessons from psychology and neuroscience to predict that these crowds may live to regret what they have done.