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Published: 02/23/11

Does Free Speech Radicalize Youth? In the U.K., Two Answers to a Divisive Question

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Does Free Speech Radicalize Youth? In the U.K., Two Answers to a Divisive Question

LONDON -- How much free speech is good for young people? Does exposure to extremist views enlighten young people or radicalize them? Here in the U.K., where I live, there are two competing answers to this question. On one hand, you have Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, who recently employed quite aggressive rhetoric on the topic of Islamic extremism. In a much talked-about speech in Berlin, he denounced Britain's long-held tradition of multi-culturalism as a "failure," calling for a more "active, muscular" approach to the issue. Cameron's view is that the U.K. has for too long...

Published: 01/24/11

Russia and Terrorism: A History of Violence

By  Theunis Bates - AOL News
Russia and Terrorism: A History of Violence

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev declared that this evening's explosion at Moscow's Domodedovo airport, which killed at least 35 people and injured 180, was almost certainly a terrorist attack. Few Russians will be surprised by their leader's conclusion. Although no group or individual has yet been blamed for today's outrage, civilians in this vast country have regularly found themselves targeted by Islamic extremists based in war-torn North Caucasus republics such as Chechnya and Dagestan. Militants staged their last major attack in March, when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up...

Published: 01/19/10

Smart Bombers: Do Universities Breed Terrorists?

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Smart Bombers: Do Universities Breed Terrorists?

LONDON -- In the aftermath of the Christmas Day bombing attempt, our nation is once again grappling with how best to protect itself against terrorist attacks. So far, the U.S. government has been directing its resources towards things like airport security and strengthening the government in Yemen, a new hotbed for al-Qaeda. But it's worth asking whether we'd be better served by focusing on what goes on inside universities....

Published: 11/18/09

No Spike in Concern About Islamic Extremism After Fort Hood

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
No Spike in Concern About Islamic Extremism After Fort Hood

Fifty-two percent of Americans say they are very concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism in the U.S. However, fears that the shootings at Fort Hood would further stoke this sentiment appear to be unrealized as that number is only modestly higher than 2007, according to a Pew Research Center poll conducted Nov. 12-15 after the Army base incident. In addition to the 52 percent who described themselves as "very concerned," 27 percent said they were somewhat concerned while 18 percent were not very or at all concerned, with 3 percent expressing no opinion. The numbers in November 2007 were...

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