The problem of violent extremism, which tends to dominate the headlines, is very real. But unfortunately, the headlines can often obscure the complex social factors from which the threat of terrorism emerges as a final result. Currently, the government’s approach to preventing violent extremism or countering terrorism is in danger of dealing overwhelmingly with symptoms, rather than root structural causes. There is a tendency toward ‘widening the net’ in the effort to find evidence of terrorist...
By Toufic Machnouk
Structural violence is the effect of a systematic imbalance in society that prefers the interests of some over others. Its dynamics are less visible than that of direct violence, where the causes are generally easier to identify. In terms of global relations, the use of direct violence is mostly a state affair manifested in armed conflict. The participation of the general population is predominantly one of inaction. Structural violence, however, tends to involve the participation...
By Saif Ahmad
The world today is at a crisis point, where humanity suffers from disease and hunger. Gross inequality exists between rich and poor. The potential of the vast majority of the world’s population isn’t merely unexplored, it is curbed. People are no longer born free, in the literal sense. The majority of them are, in fact, born with a huge burden of debt, which belongs not to them but to their parents or the nation they are born into.
By Tarek El Diwany
Five hundred years ago, a person who attempted to lend money for a commercial gain in the City of London risked arrest for the crime of usury. On those same streets today the cream of our educational establishments vie for a share of the usurer’s pie, and in plush city boardrooms those who were once despised make decisions that affect the entire world of commerce and politics. Yet the wealth earned through usury is an illusion. The Prophet Muhammad is reported to have said...
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