The Rage

Adam Barnett  |  5 October 2017

Julia Ebner’s armoury of critical thought – and willingness to humanise even her deadliest enemies – is what makes her well-sourced book so deserving of an audience, writes Adam Barnett The Rage – out today from IB Tauris – is part dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox, the slain member of parliament who suffered the kind of …

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Don’t buy into the myths surrounding Prevent

Gray Sergeant  |  20 April 2016

Gray Sergeant responds to Andy Burnham’s comments on Prevent in the shadow home secretary’s interview with Progress this month Dealing with the threat posed by homegrown violent extremism remains one of the greatest challenges facing politicians in the United Kingdom today, and Labour must commit to a robust counter-extremism strategy. It needs to challenge misunderstandings …

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The ‘extremism asbo’: time for clarity

Erin Marie Saltman  |  30 September 2014

In today’s speech by home secretary Theresa May at the Conservative party conference, audiences were left with the overall sense that extremism, in its broadest sense, would be directly confronted by the Conservative government’s manifesto. Much of what May declared today should be welcomed by British audiences. However, we also need to be wary about …

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Preventing harm to Prevent

Jacqui Smith  |  9 June 2014

I can understand David Cameron’s frustration this week. A win at Newark (albeit in the 40th safest Tory seat) and the Queen’s speech (even a thin, feeble one) have been overshadowed by the egos and leadership ambitions of two of his cabinet. The Gove-May spat is pretty breathtaking even for those of us who have …

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A Norwegian Tragedy

Sally Gimson  |  25 February 2014

This book is a cry of pain from Norway. It is not a sensationalist or even terribly full account of that day in the summer of 2011 when Anders Breivik bombed the centre of Oslo and then drove to a holiday island where he killed 69 young political activists. Instead it is an agonised scream …

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After Woolwich

Jacqui Smith  |  29 May 2013

Our power to tackle terrorism must continue to evolve I was on the telephone to a senior official at the Home Office as the news emerged of the Woolwich attack. ‘I expect you can remember days like this’, the official said to me. I can. When an incident is serious enough to be reported straight …

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Uncomfortable conversations

Stephen Bush  |  28 May 2013

There’s a column I want to write, and it goes like this: Beneath all the froth about motivations, beneath the wild statements about heresy and depravity and rampant immigration, the English Defence League and the jihadists aren’t so very different: they are overwhelmingly socially and sexually frustrated men who, having made a mess of their …

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How universities are failing Muslim students

Hasan Afzal  |  1 May 2012

The progressive solution to campus extremism is not to ban or proscribe organisations or individuals but to counter them with moderate, progressive liberal Muslims. University is supposed to be a time where minds are opened up to fresh ideas, debates ensue and views are moulded. Indeed, for many students that is the story of their …

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Cameron wrong on multiculturalism

Rayhan Haque  |  10 February 2011

I respect David Cameron for setting out his thinking on extremism at the weekend. It is a deeply contentious issue and not something easy for those on the political right to wade into.

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