War on Terror

Yesterday, I blogged about how public funds intended to prevent extremism (PVE) have been handed over to the Muslim Brotherhood.  Today, David Rich, of the Community Security Trust, has picked out further examples of the mismanagement of the PVE fund.

The Tax Payer’s Alliance (TPA) has released figures today on every local authority that has received Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) funding and what organisations have benefited from it.  The PVE fund has so far given out £12 million in tax payer money to projects aimed at preventing radicalisation.


The Muslim World News (MWN) has provided a translation of a report by NowLebanon which covers a high level meeting in Beirut between between members of Hamas, Hizbullah, Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Lebanese Muslim Brotherhood.

Times are tough in Afghanistan right now. British forces have long been under attack in Helmand where scores of troops have been lost to the Taliban.

Readers may remember that back in April, counter terrorism officers arrested 12 students in the North West of England as part of Operation Pathway.  The government has now released an update about the arrests and subsequent detentions, which have caused much consternation among some British Muslims, who (in some cases justifiably) saw the arrests as another example of the increased suspicion and victimisation of Muslims in the UK.

Last week, I blogged about  the head of the Scottish Islamic Foundation and SNP candidate, Osama Saeed, having to return £128,000 of tax payer money that was given to him by Alex Salmond. Today, the Express has reported more details about the shady relationship between Salmond and Saeed.

The Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) is claiming that al-Qaeda does not exist – still – despite the group having declared and waged war against the West for well over a decade now.

This week, the focus on Islamic extremism has briefly shifted to Nigeria and a group called Boko Haram. The group have gone on a killing spree in northern Nigeria, leading to the deaths of at least 150 people.

Yesterday, David Miliband indicated that NATO are considering political engagement with moderate sections of the Taliban.  He insisted that any military strategy must be combined with a political one in order for the Afghan mission to be a success.

Alaa al-Aswany is a good novelist. I enjoyed the Yacoubian building, a clever and witty exposition of Egypt after the rise of Nasser. Aswany’s writing has sensitively chronicled modern Egypt ever since. All this makes his paranoid ramblings in the Guardian on Monday even more disappointing.