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In numbers: counter-terrorism powers disproportionately affect ethnic and religious minorities in Britain
May 18, 2016 By Faith Matters

In numbers: counter-terrorism powers disproportionately affect ethnic and religious minorities in Britain

In September 2015, the Home Office released data on terrorism statistics, allowing us to review the use of terrorism-related powers on ethnic and religious minority communities. What we have found is that there is a significant level of racial profiling across counter-terrorism powers in Britain. All minority ethnic communities are affected by disproportionality but we […]

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The Wider Image: On patrol with the Sinjar Resistance Units
May 11, 2016 By Faith Matters

The Wider Image: On patrol with the Sinjar Resistance Units

Pictures from resistance units in Sinjar Province – stand off against IS forces.  

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Israeli who abducted, killed Palestinian teen gets life term
May 3, 2016 By Faith Matters

Israeli who abducted, killed Palestinian teen gets life term

An Israeli man convicted of murdering a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem, a crime that helped trigger the 2014 Gaza war, was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison. Jerusalem District Court sentenced Yosef Haim Ben-David, who organised the killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair, to life, which in Israel usually means around 25 years, and […]

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Attack on Sikh Gurdwara May Indicate the Fusion of Criminality with Extremism
April 21, 2016 By Faith Matters

Attack on Sikh Gurdwara May Indicate the Fusion of Criminality with Extremism

News that the Sikh Gurdwara in the western German city of Essen may have been attacked by young people linked to a local fundamentalist extremist network has shifted focus away from far right groups, who were initially suspected for the attack. Police have suggested that the two suspects arrested have links to a local Salafist […]

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Azerbaijan Declares 2016, the Year of Multiculturalism
March 30, 2016 By Faith Matters

Azerbaijan Declares 2016, the Year of Multiculturalism

Not many people know about this nation surrounding the Caspian Sea. When some hear of Azerbaijan, they think about an exotic land and possibly about energy resources if they have kept abreast of news stories recently. Yet Azerbaijan has a deep history of tolerance towards other faiths and traditions. Many do not know that Azerbaijan […]

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Killings in Brussels Warrant a Response That Does Not Alienate
March 22, 2016 By Faith Matters

Killings in Brussels Warrant a Response That Does Not Alienate

The mass murder and carnage that took place today in Brussels has led to a measured response from the public and from others on social media. The sheer brutality of the killing has led to a response that has talked of communities ‘coming together’ against the extremists and terrorists. This is the right and proportionate […]

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On friendship between faiths
December 18, 2015 By Faith Matters

On friendship between faiths

Dear Community, Our synagogue received three unusual Chanukkah cards last week. They each begin Dear Jewish Community, I send this message to you as a Muslim. I share with you the celebration of spiritual light that opposes the darkness of religious hatred. Each concludes ‘Your Muslim neighbour’ and carries a personal signature. The Joseph Interfaith […]

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Extremism Project in Waltham Forest Hits Further Problems
December 1, 2015 By Faith Matters

Extremism Project in Waltham Forest Hits Further Problems

In May 2015, we were contacted by parents in Waltham Forest who were concerned about a ‘questionnaire‘ that was being circulated to young people in schools. We were aware of the following questionnaires being circulated in Buxton School in Leytonstone (Waltham Forest) and the questionnaires seemed to indicate that they related to Prevent work. The […]

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The Paris Terror Murders Show Us What We Are All Up Against
November 14, 2015 By Faith Matters

The Paris Terror Murders Show Us What We Are All Up Against

We are shocked and horrified to learn about the murders of over 120 people on Friday evening in Paris. As news unfolds, it is becoming clear that terrorists targeted the cultural and social heart of Paris. As the Turkish Prime Minister has stated, these crimes are a “crime against humanity”. These multiple attacks show the […]

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The Release of Shaker Aamer After 14 Years Highlights the Excesses of the ‘War on Terror’
November 1, 2015 By Faith Matters

The Release of Shaker Aamer After 14 Years Highlights the Excesses of the ‘War on Terror’

Faith Matters warmly welcomes the release of Shaker Aamer after 14 long years. Many of them were spent in the legal black hole that is Guantanamo and it is clear that the long periods of solitary confinement have also had an impact on his mental and physical health. Yet, it should never have come to […]

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