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The West's war on itself

Earlier this week Peter Harling, Alex Simon and Ben Schonveld published a detailed analysis and critique of the global programme called Preventing Violent Extremism and its sister programme Countering Violent Extremism called The West’s war on itself.

You can read the full, in depth, article here.

I would urge everyone to read this article with some tea, biscuits and a notebook and pen! There are many references that most of us would find easy to relate.

For those engaged in this area from 2001 onward – you may even claim that the father of the above two programmes is none other than the UK government's Prevent strategy and its wholesale co-option of the Neocon research and policy directions, from reports such as Civil democratic Islam, partners, resources and strategies by Cheryl Benard or think tanks such as Policy Exchange and others.

The article is broken in to the following chapters which themselves gives you a good insight of what this is all about.

The West’s war on itself,…

Commission for Countering Extremism: Why Sara Khan is not the problem

Since the announcement of Sara Khan, as the lead for the Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE), there have a been a few who have spearheaded the campaign against her and calling for her removal. Whilst many of the claims about her may well be right, calling for her replacement is the wrong thing to focus on. The issue is not Sara Khan, the issue is the Commission itself.

You will have noticed, that some of the most vocal of this call have yet to actually critique the CCE itself, and to be frank it smacks of 'my friend didn't get it so I'm upset.!

Please read below the outlines of why we must reject this Commission altogether.

A commission unlike others

This Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE) is unlike other commissions we have had in the past, that have traditionally had a remit to positively impact minority communities, such as the Commission for Racial Equality and the current Equality and Human Rights Commission. Those commissions were instituted through laws/…