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Category Archives: CRT Editorial

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January 18, 2017

Chelsea Manning betrayed the US and endangered innocent lives – she is no hero

Originally published in the International Business Times.
It might have been thought that a consistent opposition to treason was not all that difficult. But President Barack Obama’s surprise decision last night to commute the sentence of Bradley, now Chelsea, Manning, showed …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Media Centre, Opinion Editorial
November 28, 2016

Prevent gets a bad press, but it’s a crucial tool against the far-right that killed Jo Cox

Originally published by Left Foot Forward.
Recent reports that there has been a worrying rise in the number of far-right referrals to the government’s counter-radicalisation programme, Prevent, have been given a grim postscript this week by the conviction of neo-Nazi terrorist, …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, Far-Right, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
September 25, 2016

Can President Rouhani really be described as a ‘moderate’?

Originally published by The Spectator
Mark Twain once said that if you give a man a reputation as an early-riser he can sleep in till noon. The same is true of calling someone ‘a moderate’. Call someone ‘a moderate’ and they can …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, Iran, Israel, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, United States
September 22, 2016

The Islamophobic attacks you don’t hear about

Originally published by The Spectator
Incidents of ‘Islamophobia’ are really getting out of hand in Britain. In fact there has been such a wave of attacks that it’s amazing that politicians and commentators across the political spectrum, (not to mention all those …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
September 7, 2016

The menace of Choudary is at last behind bars

Originally published in the Express.
After years of convening, inspiring and inciting radical Muslims across Britain, Anjem Choudary has finally been found guilty in a British court of encouraging support for ISIS. He is now facing up to ten years in …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
August 22, 2016

UK: Clerics Who Threaten Reformers and Praise Murderers

Originally published by the Gatestone Institute. 
The conviction of radical Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary — the most prominent extremist in Britain — has been widely welcomed in the UK. For years his followers and he have infuriated the vast majority of …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
August 19, 2016

Is jailing Anjem Choudary the best idea?

Originally published in the Spectator.
Don’t let off your celebratory party poppers just yet! Anjem Choudary may be facing jail, but he is a slippery man – an ex-lawyer always careful to push the boundaries of the law he despised without …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
August 17, 2016

The menace of Choudary is at last behind bars

Originally published in the Express.
After years of convening, inspiring and inciting radical Muslims across Britain, Anjem Choudary has finally been found guilty in a British court of encouraging support for ISIS. He is now facing up to ten years in …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
August 12, 2016

Why the Prevent strategy isn’t the problem

Originally published in the Spectator.
Earlier this week the Times had a leader column entitled ‘Protect Prevent’. As a defence of the government’s counter-extremism strategy it was all well and good, but it missed a very crucial point. It said:
‘The …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
February 10, 2016

Britain’s Jihadist Pipeline

Originally published in Commentary Magazine.
Little by little, we are learning of the identities of the masked ISIS executioners whose macabre group was once headed by the infamous Muhammed Emwazi, aka “Jihadi John.” Like their front man, it seems that this entire …

Posted in CRT, CRT Editorial, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
January 7, 2016

ISIS’s Newest British Recruiter

Published in Commentary Magazine
ISIS finally appears to be losing significant areas of territory. Along with Iraqi forces recapturing Ramadi, the group is believed to have been forced to retreat from as much as 40 percent of the ground it held …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Defence, Democracy & Development, Extremism, Global, Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
December 23, 2015

How Saddam Hussein Gave Us ISIS

Published in the New York Times.
WHOM should we blame for the Islamic State? In the debate about its origins, many have concluded that it arose from the American-led coalition’s errors after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In fact, the groundwork …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Iraq, Opinion Editorial, Syria
December 11, 2015

‘Victim blaming’ after terrorist attacks is a pernicious new trend

Originally published in Spectator Blogs
The term ‘victim blaming’ is most commonly used to describe people who claim that a woman walking out in a short skirt is ‘asking to be raped.’ But even this claim is not quite as gut-wrenching …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, Islamism, Media, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
November 26, 2015

The New Normal

Originally published in Standpoint
This is how it happens these days, isn’t it? Last February it was during an interval at the theatre, turning on my mobile phone to find a text from a friend in Copenhagen saying the bullets had …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, France, ISIS, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
November 25, 2015

Another day, and another terror attack that is ‘nothing to do with Islam’

Originally published in the Spectator
Another day and another group of men from an unknown religion storm into a hotel shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’. This time in Mali. Once again they take hostages. And once again they free only those who can …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
November 19, 2015

France’s perpetual battle against terrorism

Originally published in Foreign Affairs
Last Friday night’s simultaneous terror attacks on Paris served as a stark reminder of the threat the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS) poses to the West. At present, 132 are confirmed to be dead, …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Defence, European Union, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security

Politicians are finally starting to admit a link between Islam and the extremists

This article was originally published in The Spectator
One step forward, one step back.
Theresa May says in Parliament that the Paris attacks have ‘nothing to do with Islam’. And on the same day, later in the evening, her boss quite rightly …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Defence, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
November 18, 2015

Why are the Gulf states bankrolling IS barbarians?

Originally published in The Sun
THE horror keeps on happening. And each time we have the same discussion.
Why did the jihadists do it? Was it something we said? Something we did?
In asking this, we fail to understand the enemy. And one …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Defence, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security
November 16, 2015

Jihadi John was Britain’s most SHAMEFUL export. Celebrate his death, says DOUGLAS MURRAY

Originally published in the Express
SO Mohammed Emwazi – aka Jihadi John – has been killed in a drone-strike in Syria. This is very good news. Not only because it constitutes a fitting end to a foul and bloody life, but …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
October 9, 2015

Universities must ensure extremists are not given free rein

Originally published in the Times Higher Education blog.
As students returned to their studies this September, a report commissioned by the University of Westminster following the revelation the Islamic State executioner known as “Jihadi John” was a former student was released …

Posted in CRT Editorial, CRT News Coverage, Extremism, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Spotlight
September 29, 2015

“We Will Conquer Your Rome:” A Study of Islamic State Terror Plots in the West

The Islamic State (IS) presently controls significant amounts of land throughout Iraq and Syria. However, its ambitions are not restricted to this territory. Within days of announcing its ‘Caliphate’, the self-appointed ‘Caliph’ Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi vowed that IS would eventually …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Intel & Cyber Security, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Press Release, Publication, Religious Fundamentalism, Research, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security
September 18, 2015

Is New Electronic Surveillance Legislation Justified?

Robin Simcox, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, says Yes
The threat posed by terrorism has arguably never been higher. Yet in recent years, UK intelligence agencies have been increasingly unable to access the data needed to protect national …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, Opinion Editorial, Technology, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
September 9, 2015

After killing two British IS jihadists, is the government right to say it won’t hesitate to use drone strikes again?

Robin Simcox, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, says Yes
There is, correctly, a high threshold for the government to meet before carrying out a targeted strike against a British citizen.
This is the first time such a strike has …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Defence, ISIS, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
July 24, 2015

Al Qaeda Is Not Our Ally!

Originally published in The Daily Beast
A new argument among jihad analysts has it that the makers of 9/11 are now a handy bulwark against ISIS. Um, no.
Enemies becoming friends is seemingly all the rage these days. First Cuba. ThenIran. Now, …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security
June 11, 2015

Baghdad’s Policy of Failure

Originally published in Foreign Affairs
Last week, Iraqi Sunni tribes in Anbar Province pledged loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his Islamic State, also called ISIS. Their timing was stunning. Just hours before, at a press conference in Paris, U.S. Deputy Secretary …

Posted in CRT Editorial, CRT Highlight, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, United Kingdom
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