People like cartoonist of Charlie Hebdo, Raif Badawi and many others of us become targets. They are too visible amongst others who prefer not to publish cartoons, not to speak, not to write, not to protest.
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.
This problem needs to be dealt with properly, and must be tackled with caution. However, to resolve it, we must first acknowledge that the problem actually exists. A massive step for the vast majority. Then again, to acknowledge a problem exists, we must first feel that the grief it causes matters.
The great political truth of our time is this - Islamism is a problem by itself and there are progressives from various Muslim communities across the world waging a life-or-death struggle against it. It cannot be excused or explained away by blaming Western imperialism.
The idea that the entire Muslim community should be watched for signs of adherence to Islam, which will then lead to potential criminal activity, underpins Prevent and the CTS Act. It would be expected that with such policies and matching rhetoric, the public would begin to see the Muslim community living by Islam as a problem, criminal community that should be ostracised.
You can't win a war without taking away fertile grounds for conflict and upheaval. This is why we need to target the root causes of terrorism and radicalisation... Not more but better intelligence. Not less but more Europe. Not only fighting, but also preventing. Addressing the terrorism threat is a long haul - but it is a route we must take.
Detaining foreigners without trial was thus held to be incompatible with fundamental human rights. As a result, section 23 was later repealed. 11 years on, we once more face a threat to the life of our nation..
Boko Haram may not have produced imagery that has travelled across the media landscape, burning iconic pictures into the minds of those of us in the West. But by interrupting the political process and denying ordinary Nigerians the chance for peace with a delay of even one day, Boko Haram has proven itself just as terrifying.
We know what happened, we know who did it, and we know what we should do- and that on its own should quite frankly be enough. By watching ISIS's videos, we're playing a part in their game, but we shouldn't. We should play ours...
When I joined all those years back I was sure that the UK Police should be unarmed. Now I can hear the cogs whirring. Ah, but now having been shot and had colleagues and friends lose their lives, you have now changed your mind! Actually no.
The irony behind the CTS Bill is that it goes against every liberal democratic value that Britain prides itself upon. When the bill becomes legislation, any remnant of tolerance that Britain has ever possessed or known will be single handily destroyed.
An alarming trend shows that an increasing number of Western women are taking a more active and potentially violent role in terrorism... The women we tracked offered three primary reasons for traveling to ISIS-controlled territory; grievances, solutions and individual motivations.
Many of us have probably wondered, "Are we next?" This is a scary prospect. For Londoners it's also bound to bring up painful memories of the 07/07 bombings. These fears are then fuelled by sensationalist media coverage. If we're not mindful, we can end up feeling paralysed by fear and despair.
I've recently noticed that the more sugary the breakfast cereal is that I'm eating
Two young Muslims, completely different backgrounds, the same objectives and similar rationale. They do not appear to be a new axis of evil, but a very natural by-product of our military behavior.
To paraphrase Natalie in her interview - We don't protect freedom by legislating against it. However much we might think we can empower the thought police, you can't put handcuffs on an idea.