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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Addressing the roots of radicalisation

Erin Marie Saltman  |  8 September 2014

As western powers discuss to what extent their military capacity should be used against Islamic State they are also having to face the reality of radicalisation processes taking place in their own countries. Estimates of foreign fighters leaving Europe, North America and Australia remain staggeringly high compared with previous conflicts like the Afghan War. Rough …

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The challenge for the Israeli peace camp

Toby Greene  |  15 July 2014

The Israeli peace movement had a major relaunch last week. What, you didn’t hear about it? It was a big deal. Slick media campaign led by Haaretz; a couple of thousand delegates in a Tel Aviv hotel; cabinet ministers on the programme; even a message from Barack Obama. I am not making this up. It …

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The US on Independence Day

Inside Washington  |  4 July 2014

It is always strange as a Brit celebrating American Independence Day in the United States when the event they are celebrating is when they kicked the British out of the country. When Americans bring it up I make a few bad jokes about how everyone would be better off if they were still a colony, …

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Conflict fatigue must not become a paralysing straitjacket

John Woodcock MP  |  16 June 2014

There was something deeply depressing about the headlines on teaching British values in our schools this weekend. Not the idea itself, though most teachers have presumably been asking what exactly the government thinks they do all day if not that. Rather, it was depressing that David Cameron thought it was the most important thing to …

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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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The other reason we should worry for Malala

James Bloodworth  |  9 October 2013

Why did the Taliban shoot Malala Yousafzai? So far that’s the question everybody has been afraid to ask, mainly because we already know the answer. The Taliban tried to murder young Malala because Islamists tremble at the thought of a woman – any woman – demanding the right to an education. In the case of …

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All quiet on the Turkish front?

Rob Marchant  |  2 August 2013

It’s all gone quiet in Turkey. Actually, it hasn’t – only in the western media. After what were largely peaceful, legitimate protests, first there was the crackdown in early June, when protesters were violently ejected from Taksim Square, which resulted in four deaths and thousands injured. Since then, lower key but perhaps more worrying things …

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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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