In trying to build resilience to extremism and hatred, what sort of testimony has the most impact on young people? ConnectFutures, for example, has a 10 minute video of four former extremists (Islamist and far right, one woman, three men) that we use to start conversations in our training sessions about why people join […]
How can we ensure young people are not attracted to extremist far right and Islamist messaging, and how can we equally deny the oxygen of publicity provided to people like Anjem Choudary and Tommy Robinson?
Invitation: Nov ’18 Conference: Talking Terrorism with Young People. University of Birmingham. Free.
Free Conference: University of Birmingham, ESRC and ConnectFutures Date & time 07.11.2018, 9:30am -2:30pm. (Free Lunch provided.) News of a terrorist attack is always frightening, but for parents, teachers and those who work with children, there is the added issue of how to discuss these attacks with young people. How can the online, face […]
Penelope Gibbs | Director, Transform Justice “Oliver wondered what picking the old gentleman’s pocket in play, had to do with his chances of being a great man. But thinking that [Fagin], being so much his senior, must know best, he followed him quietly to the table; and was soon deeply involved in his new study” […]
Counterterrorism and the death penalty | Why human rights must be non-negotiable in the fight against terrorism
Author | Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert A leaked letter by Home Secretary Sajid Javid, in which he says the UK will demand “no assurances” that two suspected IS members will not be executed in the US, has caused a debate about the death penalty and the UK’s counterterrorism approach. In this blog post, Dr Jennifer […]
Background | “Why the Unpleasant Statements?” At ConnectFutures, we believe in drawing attention to disturbing trends in our society (not ignoring them), and generating discussion. We recognise they may not be pleasant statements but, it is part of the ConnectFutures remit of facilitating dialogue on difficult topics as well as school-based education around issues of […]
Blog: A cautious welcome to the Commission for Countering Extremism and its new team of Experts – with some caveats.
On 24th January 2018 Sara Khan was announced as head of the new Commission for Countering Extremism, a move met with controversy over the perceived partiality of a person seen by some as too close to government, and fears that the need to build bridges between diverse groups across all communities would not be met. Here’s our thoughts
Q+ A Factsheet: Any new duties for schools and colleges regarding extremism in the new CT strategy ?
Professor Lynn Davies and Zubeda Limbada The government has published its revised Contest strategy on counter-terror in June 2018. This strengthens the powers of police and security services, more than directly applying to educational institutions However, with new concerns about home-grown terrorism and right wing extremism, there are persistent questions about duties and strategies in schools […]
Dr Katherine E. Brown – University of Birmingham. Over the past decade, we had seen some awareness of the importance of gender in UK security policies. As early as 2005, the Home Secretary said women were, “the missing link in counter-terrorism,” and in 2008, Government funded a number of Pathfinderprojects that explicitly saw and targeted the development […]
All eyes interested in matters of security and cohesion will have no doubt devoured the 95 pages of the British government’s fourth iteration of CONTEST, its counter terrorism strategy, launched yesterday by the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid. Billed as ‘a new, more agile, flexible and co-ordinated approach designed to better prevent, detect and disrupt […]