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Countering extremism requires empathy and consistency
January 25, 2019 By Faith Matters

Countering extremism requires empathy and consistency

Yesterday, an interesting and fruitful discussion on the battle against extremism took place in Twitter HQ, held by Faith Matters. The debate included speeches from Sara Khan and others and focused on the twofold fight against Islamist and far-right extremism. The discussion offered a range of fascinating insights into the depth of the problem confronting […]

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Concerns raised over event sponsored by far-right Polish radio host
January 24, 2019 By Faith Matters

Concerns raised over event sponsored by far-right Polish radio host

Members of the Polish community have expressed concerns about the antisemitic and anti-Muslim views of a radio host who is sponsoring a cultural event on January 27 in London. Piotr Szlachtowicz, who hosts the online radio show ‘The Nowy Polski Show’, has described Islam as a ‘murderous ideology’, a ‘Nazi ideology’, and ranted about the […]

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Leftist internationalism is at its weakest point
January 24, 2019 By Faith Matters

Leftist internationalism is at its weakest point

Sometimes things have to be reread in a different climate and context to be appreciated properly. Disparaging an idea is easy when there isn’t anything intellectually pressing you or requiring some sort of ethical and moral legwork on your beliefs. That also itself involves introspection and the willingness to analyse and identify mistakes. That is […]

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Labour MP Threatened with Being Gunned Down
January 24, 2019 By Faith Matters

Labour MP Threatened with Being Gunned Down

A Labour MP said she has been threatened with being “gunned down” on the day a top Metropolitan Police officer warned about a “creeping rise” in far-right extremism as a result of Brexit. Melanie Onn, MP for Great Grimsby, shared on Twitter the message she received from a member of the public, who had given […]

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Opinion: Conspiracy Theories and the Pied Pipers of Hate
September 3, 2018 By Faith Matters

Opinion: Conspiracy Theories and the Pied Pipers of Hate

The slide into a bizarre world of believing conspiracy theories and voicing openly toxic and bigoted views took place slowly over the last decade whilst many of us were not able to fathom how quickly and extensively social media had taken charge of our lives. As the Founder and previous Director of Tell MAMA, which […]

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Kuwait: Emir announces visit to Washington for talks
September 3, 2018 By Faith Matters

Kuwait: Emir announces visit to Washington for talks

Kuwait’s ruler will travel to Washington on Monday for a working visit and hold talks with U.S. President Donald Trump, the state news agency KUNA announced on Sunday. The White House said in a statement the leaders would discuss trade, investment and security cooperation in their Sept. 5 meeting. Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah has […]

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Iran: Khamenei says war unlikely but urges defence boost
September 3, 2018 By Faith Matters

Iran: Khamenei says war unlikely but urges defence boost

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday war was unlikely but called on Iran’s armed forces to boost their defence capacities, according to his official website, as the country faces increased tension with the United States. On Saturday, Iran announced plans to boost its ballistic and cruise missile capacity and acquire modern fighter […]

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Germany: Two policemen suspended over Nazi salute
September 3, 2018 By Faith Matters

Germany: Two policemen suspended over Nazi salute

Police in Germany’s southern state of Bavaria are investigating two officers suspected of performing the illegal Hitler salute. The German constitution makes it a crime to exhibit Nazi symbols and the incident is likely to feed into a heated debate about racism and the rise of the far right after a record influx of mainly […]

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China: Newspaper blames West for encouraging Xinjiang extremists
September 3, 2018 By Faith Matters

China: Newspaper blames West for encouraging Xinjiang extremists

Turbulence in China’s restive far western region of Xinjiang has been caused by “external factors”, a state-run newspaper said Saturday in an editorial responding to calls by a group of U.S. lawmakers for sanctions on Chinese officials. “Western accusations of Xinjiang governance seriously misled the extremists, making them believe they were launching religious Jihad and […]

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U.K.: Briton jailed for life over plot to kill Prime Minister
August 31, 2018 By Faith Matters

U.K.: Briton jailed for life over plot to kill Prime Minister

A British man was sentenced to life in prison on Friday over a plot to kill Prime Minister Theresa May by first detonating an explosive device to get into her Downing Street office and then using a knife or a gun to attack her. Naa’imur Rahman, 21, of north London, planned to detonate an improvised […]

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