Should the Study of Extremism Be Part of the Curriculum?

November 22, 2021

The concept of decolonizing the curriculum within British higher education returned to the spotlight this year with the Sewell Report on ethnic and racial disparities. While there are myriad problems and risks in downplaying institutional racism, the section of the report that criticizes...

The Far Right and the Politics of Feeling

November 02, 2021

For researchers looking from the outside, the small, impassioned worlds generated by the extreme right can seem, to say the least, deeply unappealing. The agendas of such extremists are often hopelessly unlikely to succeed, and the views expressed by activists render them beyond the pale for most...

Is Big Tech Ready to Tackle Extremism?

September 22, 2021

A news story that falsely claimed that the COVID-19 vaccine caused the death of an American doctor was the most viewed article on Facebook in the US for the first three months of 2021. Instead of going public about the platform promoting such misinformation, Facebook held back on publishing the...

What Exactly Is the Radical Right?

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Islamic State Label Gives Legitimacy to Violence

August 04, 2016

The so-called Islamic State has become a label that actors and individuals can fall back on for personal and strategic reasons. While some were announcing the imminent death of the self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State’s (IS) terrorism agenda was not only stepped up,...

Why Can’t Islam Unite Against Violent Extremism?

July 07, 2016

The war, battle or campaign against Islamic extremism is one that only Muslims can lead. After at least 15 years of violent extremism within its ranks, Islam has still not organized an effective counter campaign toward the proponents of extremist Islam, such as the Islamic State (IS), al-Qaeda...

How Do Terrorist Groups and Cults Attract Followers?

November 29, 2015

Knowingly or unknowingly, we may be supporting and promoting groups like Daesh instead of crippling and destroying them. In the fight against terrorist groups or cults, we should take care not to promote them in any way or to make it easier for them to recruit. Our first line of defense should...

FBI Uses Teachers as “Soft Surveillance”

November 10, 2015

Teachers and nurses must not be made puppets of campaigns to silence dissent. Human and civil rights advocates throughout the United States are alarmed at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) game-like “Don’t Be a Puppet” website. The agency described its website as intended to...

How Not to Deal With Extremism in Britain

October 20, 2015

The UK government wants to get tough on fighting extremism, but will the extended approach help or is it a form of McCarthyism? The British government has announced a raft of measures to help fight the war against extremism. It is part of a revised counterterrorism and counter-extremism strategy...

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