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August 25, 2006

UK launches commission to address extremism

Filed under: General Homeland Security,International HLS — by Kate Phillips on August 25, 2006

Looks like I’ll be holding down the fort from the US. I also am glad to be on board – thanks to Christian for including me.

Building on Dan’s commentary in the previous post, it’s noteworthy that UK Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly unveiled today a new Commission on Integration and Cohesion to start work in September. As described by the BBC, the commission is designed to “establish common values across society” and will tour the UK to better understand the economic and social gaps that exist between different ethnic groups. According to BBC:

…its work will include examining the fight against extremist ideas amid concerns from some Muslim leaders that they are not receiving enough help in combating the growth of radicalisation.

Muslim communities have been divided since the London bombings over how best to address radical movements associated with extremism, with some saying there is a small but serious problem and others denying terrorism is linked to Islamist thinking.

The commission is designed to carry on some of the research that followed riots in northern towns in 2001. Following that violence, experts warned the government some communities were leading “parallel lives” with little or no contact with each other.

In the wake of this month’s aviation plot, the commission will undoubtedly be pressed to provide recommendations to address the phenomenon of European extremism, which terrorism experts like Peter Bergen believe to be one of the “most pressing threats to America from al Qaeda.”

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 25, 2006 @ 10:46 am

This is an extremely interesting effort by the British Government. Probably could not happen here because of political correctness dictates. But it did happen in the late 60’s with the investigation of the causes of the riots in that decade. Certain portions of that study for example the Hughes Panel Report identified discrimination by the property casualty insureres against both businesses and property in the old central cities-so-called redlining. Leading to FAIR plans for insurance and federal legislation on housing redlining. Have we been lucky or right so far with native born perps for terrorism? Might be worth a look.

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