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New Film| Dear Terrorist, I Forgive You: Figen Murray
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New Film| Dear Terrorist, I Forgive You: Figen Murray

  “I have forgiven him.” Figen Murray is the mother of Martyn Hett, 29, a PR worker who was killed in the Manchester Arena bomb attacks in May 2017. 22 people were killed and 120 injured at the when Salman Abedi, 22, carried out a suicide bomb attack at the Ariane Grande concert. We ask […]

What really works in educating against extremism?  New learning globally, Prof Lynn Davies
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What really works in educating against extremism?  New learning globally, Prof Lynn Davies

  When it comes to educating against extremism, two fundamental questions inevitably arise – what works, and how can we measure it? Eight key principles of effective PVE (Preventing Violent Extremism) emerge from an extensive global review I have just completed,  commissioned by the Segerstedt Institute of the University of Gothenburg. They were interested in what educational […]

FILM Woolwich Boys: From Gangs to Extremism, October 2017
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FILM Woolwich Boys: From Gangs to Extremism, October 2017

      “It was 16 boys that went there and every single one of them died.” Listen to the story of the Woolwich boys – a largely Somali led south London street gang involved in county lines drug distribution.  In 2015, police monitoring criminal gang activity first became aware of a possible radicalisation crossover […]

Laura Zahra McDonald, BBC 1, Victoria Derbyshire show. 13th Jan 2016
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Laura Zahra McDonald, BBC 1, Victoria Derbyshire show. 13th Jan 2016

Listen to Laura Zahra McDonald talk about former extremists and the preventative roles. What does de-radicalisation mean versus disengagement? What happens when a former extremist does not give up belief in ideology especially through violent means. 850 UK citizens have gone to Syria as of 2016 so what role can the government play? What role […]

9/11: The Al Qaeda attacks on New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington on 11th September 2001, which triggered President George W Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ and the  wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

7/7: The co-ordinated bomb attacks on London by four young British men in the name of Al Qaeda, on 7th July 2005, which killed 52 people.

Al Qaeda: Terrorist group founded in 1988 by Osama Bin Laden, which committed the 9/11 attacks.

Islamic State (Daesh/IS/ISIS/ISIL): Terrorist group formed after the fall of Saddam Hussain in Iraq and the civil war in Syria. It is the most prominent recruiter of Westerners to its mission to establish its own state.

CONTEST & the ‘4 Ps’: The British Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy initiated in 2006, revised in 2011, consisting of 4 strands: Prepare, Protect, Prevent and Pursue.

Prevent: Aiming to stop (prevent) individuals from supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists.