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THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN IRAQ WAR PROPAGANDISTS, TONY BLAIR INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL CHANGE, THE ISLAMOPHOBIA INDUSTRY AND THE COMMISSION FOR COUNTERING EXTREMISM

Tony Blair has an impressive resume. The man hoodwinked an entire nation into pushing its men and women towards death into a pre-planned war that has now precipitated chaos and destruction in the Middle East, including the deaths of two million, and the rise of IS. It is expected, then, that propaganda and spin are a mature part of his skills matrix. This skill is usefully deployed into ensuring the reputations of unhinged, power-hungry, murdering despots are palatable to global audiences. Of significance is how the disgraceful Iraq war’s poison courses through the Tony Blair Faith Foundation (TBFF – now renamed as the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change – henceforth “Institute”) and into the Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE). Read more

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CAGE releases detailed report exposing how CCE is driven by Islamophobia

London – CAGE has released a detailed report that takes an incisive and revealing look into the controversial networks that have embedded themselves within the CCE and that are closely tied to the global Islamophobia industry. The report also tackles the theoretical basis of the CCE as it undertakes to build support for repressive counter-extremism measures. Entitled ‘The CCE Exposed’, the report is available online here and seeks to underline why this unpopular state-sponsored project enjoys little grassroots support. Read more

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Extremism tsar Sara Khan defends her job in front of parliamentary committee

The government’s controversial “extremism tsar” Sara Khan has defended her suitability for the job in front of a parliamentary committee. Khan appeared before the Home Affairs Committee yesterday and was quizzed about the unpopularity of the government’s Prevent counter-terror strategy among Muslim communities, as well as her credentials for doing the job given her own unpopularity among Muslim stakeholders. During her testimony Khan launched a defence of the Prevent strategy saying that if it were explained better to communities and if the government builds trust with Muslims it would have more support. Read more

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Why I am unable to engage with the Commission for Countering Extremism

The Commission for Countering Extremism has recently published the terms of reference for their study into extremism. Coming months after the Commission was launched, this is a welcome development that I have been pushing for over the summer. While it had been suggested to me that the terms of reference would offer me and other academics and community activists the assurances that were needed for us to engage with the Commission, they have in fac further dissuaded me from engaging. Read more

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Joint Statement: Commission for Countering Extremism

A number of academics including Rob Faure Walker (University College London and PREVENT Digest) have launched a joint statement expressing their concern with the Commission for Countering Extremism. Amongst the signatories are Dr Tarek Younis (UCL & British Academy Fellow), Tom Smith (Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Portsmouth), Lee Jasper (Fmr Policing Director for London, Momentum Black Caucus Press Officer), Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly (University of Warwick) and Asim Qureshi (Research Director, CAGE). Read more

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Joint Statement: Commission for Countering Extremism

JOINT STATEMENT: Commission for Countering Extremism We are concerned with the Commission for Countering Extremism’s recently launched ‘evidence drive’. The Commission states that ‘neither the issue of terrorism nor the government’s counter-terrorism strategy (which includes Prevent) are in the Commission’s remit’. The Commission, in excluding any focus on ‘terrorism’, pushes the narrative ever-more towards the inherently problematic and contested ‘non-violent extremism’. If ‘extremism’ refers to extreme yet non-violent beliefs and opinions it is unclear how the Commission’s aim of countering-extremism is compatible with the democratic values and human rights that they claim to uphold. The Commission shows an interest in the victims of ‘extremism’ yet fails to show concern for the well documented victims of counter-extremism. These victims have faced an erosion of human rights, been marginalised from democratic engagement and lost access to health and education services as a result of counter-extremism. For the Commission to fail to include […]