Territory Archives: England

The Enduring Influence of 9/11 on Muslim Identity in Britain

Since 9/11 and the subsequent ‘global war on terror’ Muslims across the world have found themselves under greater scrutiny in the name of security, especially in Western states such as Britain where the motivations and loyalty of Britain’s Muslim minority population and their ability or intention to integrate into society have been questioned. The label […]

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Muslims, Extremism and the ‘Suspect’ Community

In 2011 European leaders such as the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the British Prime Minister David Cameron held an international conference in Munich to discuss issues of home-grown extremism, radicalisation, and multiculturalism, thus sparking a debate about how countries adopt counter-terrorism policies that are used to combat the extremist […]

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Party campaigns matter, including for those on the extremist fringe

It is widely accepted that the manner in which a party campaigns will shape its overall performance. Yet Matthew Goodwin observes that this has failed to translate into detailed research on party campaigning by parties on the radical and extremist fringe. In a recent project which focused on the 2010 general election campaign by the […]

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British Muslims and the discourses of dysfunction: community cohesion and counterterrorism in the West Midlands

George Kassimeris & Leonie Jackson Throughout most of the last decade, the issue of the proposed mosque dominated local politics in the West Midlands town of Dudley. From its launch in 2001 to the eventual scrapping of plans in May 2010, the project received a huge amount of local media attention, became the focus of […]

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United Kingdom Tracker 14.09.2012

Research: The Guardian: Hate crime in England and Wales: where is it worst?: Nearly 44,000 hate crimes took place in England and Wales in 2011-12 – This is how they break down: • 35,816 (82%) were race hate crimes • 1,621 (4%) were religion hate crimes • 4,252 (10%) were sexual orientation hate crimes • 1,744 (4%) were disability hate […]

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United Kingdom 12.09.2012

Research: Institute for Strategic Dialogue: Security in an Olympics Year: Reassessing the Threat from Right-Wing Extremism: The recent arrest of a number of individuals suspected of planning a terrorist attack at the 2012 London Olympic Games is a timely reminder of the security threats that face the Games. Confining the original security budget to the paper […]

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United Kingdom Tracker 07.09.12

Belfast Telegraph: Baggott Condemns parade rioting: Violence around controversial parades in Northern Ireland could be linked to social disadvantage in communities left behind by the peace process, the region’s Chief Constable has said. Matt Baggott condemned the three nights of rioting in Belfast that left more than 60 officers injured, but welcomed talks aimed at restoring calm […]

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United Kingdom Tracker 06.09.12

This is Staffordshire: Stoke-on-Trent BNP leader Michael Coleman in court over ‘racist’ blogs: “STOKE-ON-TRENT’S BNP leader posted racist articles on a website including claims the city was being ‘flooded with Muslims and blacks’, a court heard. Former city councillor Michael Coleman has gone on trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court accused of racially-aggravated harassment.” The Guardian: The truth about […]

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United Kingdom Tracker 05.09.12

Yorkshire Evening Post: EDL gang in court over Leeds pub attack: “A gang of English Defence League supporters caused terror when they attacked a pub as an anti-racism rock concert was being staged. Nine members of the gang were handed community sentences yesterday (Sept 3) after a court heard how windows and doors were smashed as bricks and […]

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The latest on the British Freedom Party

The British Freedom Party (BFP) is one of the numerous groups to have splintered away from the British National Party over the last several years. Lead by former UKIP candidate Paul Weston, the party announced its political alliance with the English Defence League (EDL) earlier this year and appointed Tommy Robinson as Deputy Leader. With […]

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