War on Terror
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.
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.
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.