Tahir Abbas

Tahir Abbas is an assistant professor at the Institute of Security and Global Studies at Leiden University in The Hague, and a visiting senior fellow in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. For further information, please visit www.tahirabbas.co.uk.

Young Men Motivated by Hatred

Aug 05, 2019

Another weekend and another spate of terrorist shootings in America carried out by young men motivated by hatred toward people who are ostensibly different to them, to such an extent that they are willing to kill people in mass shootings. In the rush to come to an understanding as to...

The Rise (and End) of the Blond Bombshells

Jul 31, 2019

We have in our midst two political leaders who possess remarkably similar characteristics. This is not just in their demeanor, but also in how they share a political perspective on the world, and what it means for global politics as populism remains on the rise and division and discord are...

White Supremacism and the Christchurch Terrorist Attack

Mar 19, 2019

The attacks in Christchurch were not the result of a random mental health victim on a rampage. They were calculated, cold and clinical. As the fallout from the Christchurch terror attack becomes ever more pronounced, it is clear there are a number of matters that are important to state regarding...

UK School Undergoes “Homophobia Test”

Feb 12, 2019

In a Birmingham primary school, young children learn to accept homosexuality within the context of an equality-led curriculum, but parents are outraged. Parkfield Primary School in the inner-city area of Birmingham, UK, has around 98% Muslim students. It is geographically located near secondary schools infamously caught up in the 2014...

Brexit Is Far from Over

Jan 16, 2019

The underlying structural and cultural problems of the UK are not going to change by leaving the European Union. On January 15, the Tory government faced the biggest defeat in British political history, when Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement from the European Union was categorically dismissed by more than...

Harvey Weinstein: A Sordid Reality in Hollywood

Oct 13, 2017

The sad reality is that the Harvey Weinstein story is arguably only the tip of the iceberg. There is something disturbing about the Harvey Weinstein case as someone who has finally been revealed as one of the most predatory monsters of the Hollywood scene. There is a litany of cases, settlements...

Islamophobia is the Cause of Far-Right Extremism

Jun 24, 2017

Radicalization is intimately tied up with Islamophobia. This needs to be better understood. The media and political responses to the Finsbury Park attack in London have been lame. Islamophobia is the driver of far-right extremism inasmuch as far-right extremism thrives on Islamist radicalization. Arguably, Darren Osborne would not have been radicalized if...

The Morning After the Night Before

Jun 09, 2017

In Britain, the smack in the face the Tories have received confirms that the people have had enough. This is the morning after the night before. It wasn’t quite the tsunami but a huge wave has just swept over British politics. It is also possible that there will be long-term...

London Attacks: Responding Strongly to Terror

Jun 04, 2017

The reality behind the cause of terrorism is somewhere in between the failures of integration as a domestic policy level and the consequences of foreign policy in the Middle East. It was another night in London and another terrorist attack on Britain. On June 3, the capital witnessed a horrific...

Murder Comes to Manchester

May 23, 2017

Terrorism hits Britain once again, following a concert by American singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena. It is always disconcerting to wake up to news of terrorism, causalities, pictures of screaming children, ambulances, solemn looking police officers making official comments, and jumpy radio and television journalists speaking on the...

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