Deciding who is and isn't an extremist is important when setting counter-radicalisation policy, because on the whole the government ought not work with extremists.
The actions of the brave soldiers encapsulate the story of the Iraqi people as they struggle against the forces of darkness, extremism and tyranny that are tearing the country apart. It is a heroic story, so why hasn't it been reported by western media?
As I sit here in Heathrow Terminal 4 having just finished eating some sub-par airport food with tiny cutlery, I can't help wondering if we've done more in the last decade to create a perception of being under constant terrorist threat than to come to terms with how much of a threat we truly face.
As a 17-year-old, in 1962, I was one of a group of about 10 Iraqi students doing A levels in a college in the UK. The group included three Christians, one Kurd (Muslim) and the rest were also Muslims. Please do not ask me how many of the Muslims were Shia and how many were Sunni. I had no idea and neither had anyone else.
A bold novelist takes the big bite - life and death, the metaphors within, identity and symbolism. Lucy Caldwell grew up in Northern Ireland, a fertile ground for all of that. She was not tribal, yet not entirely free from the intersection of death, once the signpost to the province.
Carlos the Jackal, the notorious terrorist and assassin of the latter part of the last century, hasn't got a nail clipper and he's peeved. It's mainly...
It is not so much Babar Ahmad's guilt or innocence as his right to a trial within the UK that is at question: something the current US-UK treaty does not seem to permit. Ahmad's extradition looks likely to proceed unless the British government intervenes.
As outlined at freedictionary.com, fallacy is an "incorrect or misleading notion based on inaccurate facts or invalid reasoning"; in other words, a fa...
The revelation a few weeks ago of the Gaddafi regime's US-UK spy links, and the allegation that MI6 planted Libyan spies in British mosques to hunt ou...
If Theresa May feels the current Human Rights Act is inadequate or not fulfilling its purpose, then allow her to make a case for it. I, for one, have full confidence that the values behind the legislation have enough force to hold their ground.
The military is thought to have backed Imran Khan to be the next president of Pakistan but while he is popular in Britain, he is less so in Pakistan
It simply beggars belief that there are some in the British media who still take the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, even vaguely seriously.
Amin Maalouf, the Lebanese author, got it right when he noted after 9/11 that it was a dangerous presupposition to ask someone with different cultural...
I don't know who started this war or how it will end. The beginning and end of this story does not lie with me alone. I only know how it came to be so for myself.
Whenever I'm asked about my reaction to what happened on 9/11, as has happened quite a bit over the weeks leading up the 10th anniversary of the attacks, my mind flashes back to the moment when I first heard that the unthinkable had happened. I was at home in Los Angeles, getting my two daughters, then 10 and 12, ready for school, and thinking about a column I was planning to write that day. In an instant that all changed, of course. As we commemorate 9/11, we should also remember that this is also the 10th anniversary of 9/12, the day when the shock began to wear off, the full dimensions of the tragedy began to become clear, and the US began to decide what its reaction was going to be.
For many years terrorist groups pursuing their political, religious and ideological beliefs have attacked our free and democratic way of life. Yet the largest loss of British citizens during a single terrorist attack did not occur in Britain but in the United States on 11 September 2001.