Category Archives: Extremism

Westminster Attack Reveals Weakness of Terror Groups

Today’s appalling terror attack in Westminster should not have come as a surprise to us. The UK’s terror threat level has been assessed as “severe” since August 2014 meaning that “an attack is highly likely”. It is to the immense credit … Continue reading

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Consigning “Blasphemy” to History

This week, the Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, signalled that he intended to crackdown on allegedly blasphemous content on the internet, calling it an “unpardonable offence.” We have been here several times before, of course, most notably during the Satanic Verses affair … Continue reading

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Orlando Massacre: The Need To Challenge Homophobia

Just over six months after a Muslim couple killed 14 people in San Bernardino County, USA – killings in whose aftermath US Presidential candidate Donald Trump would call for an immediate ban on all Muslims entering the USA – we … Continue reading

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Bradford Man Admits Killing Ahmadi Shopkeeper

Various news outlets including the BBC are reporting that Tanveer Ahmed, 32 – the Bradford man arrested and charged with murdering the Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah – has admitted killing him for allegedly “disrespecting” Islam. Ahmed’s lawyer, John Rafferty, said that … Continue reading

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BBC R4’s Moral Maze – The ISIS Problem

Yesterday evening, I took part in a discussion about the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Radio 4’s Moral Maze programme. The episode can be heard in full here. I mentioned that in light of the pledge by the so-called Islamic State … Continue reading

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Responding To The ISIS Threat

In the wake of today’s terror attacks in Brussels, ISIS have issued a statement saying: “We promise to the states that are allied against the Islamic State that they will face dark days in return for their aggression against our … Continue reading

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The Shameful Smearing of Sadiq Khan MP

We are less than three months away from London’s Mayoral election to be held on 5th May 2016 and it should come as no surprise that the front runner, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, is being targeted by the right-wing press. Earlier … Continue reading

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