Islamism

ISIS and Clerical Fascism

John Sargeant | Posted 16.09.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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.

It Is Liberal Racism to Argue That Muslims Are 'Driven' to Commit Murder By Britain's Foreign Policy

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

To claim that Western politicians bear true responsibility for what happened in Woolwich is to argue that the killers themselves do not bear responsibility, presumably because their ability to exercise moral judgement was overridden by... what, precisely? By a peculiarly Muslim fury?

Abu Qatada Case: A Vicious and Dishonest Attack on Civil Liberties

Tam Hussein | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

In a speech last week at Gray's Inn Sir Geoffrey Bindman Britain's foremost human rights lawyer, said that civil liberties are "undergoing a vicious a...

Theresa May: 'Thousands At Risk Of Being Radicalised'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK

Theresa May warned on Sunday there are potentially thousands of people at risk of being radicalised in the UK as she indicated plans for a fresh crack...

WATCH: 'One Point, One Demand, Atheists Must Be Hanged'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK

UPDATE: According to Reuters, two policemen and a member of a paramilitary force were among those killed in Sunday's clashes. Clashes in the capi...

Amina Is Free! Amina Ran Away!

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK
Inna Shevchenko

On Friday 12 of April Femen's topless Jihad reached Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki with the question: "Where is Amina?" The president was keeping silent, hiding himself behind dozen of security guards. Some time after I got a telephone call: "Inna, I am here. It's me, Amina!".

My Human Rights Wish-List

Benedict Rogers | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

In his superb article 'A Human Rights Wish-list for 2013', Jack Healey encouraged us to chose our own wish-list. I have taken up that suggestion.