Propagandising Prevent: The Neocon Exploitation of the Manchester Arena Bombing

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The 22nd May Manchester Arena bombing has etched a particularly traumatic experience into the people of Britain. The attack in Manchester has claimed the lives of young teenagers, including an eight-year old.  My sympathies go out to the victims of this atrocity.

I delayed writing on this topic for two reasons; the first being in respect of the lives lost; the second because so little had been established concerning the motive.  With the Westminster attack, if we recall, there was a significant internalisation of blame by the Muslim minority without establishment of key facts – a dynamic that was fully exploited by neocons.  Indeed, once the motive was established, it pointed to an uncomfortable motive, which is increasingly being marginalised in the discourses that seek to analyse the “causes” of terrorism: Western violence.

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Waverley School in Birmingham hosting BBC film Crew to Shoot PREVENT Propaganda

KamalHanifPREVENTDavidCameron Those promoting PREVENT are getting desperate, it seems. Sources in Birmingham forwarded a letter from Waverley School (Birmingham) directed to parents, stating that the school will participate in a BBC Panorama documentary promoting PREVENT. The letter reads that the BBC programme will “showcase some of the excellent work we do around Safeguarding and the Prevent Duty”.   The film crew will be in the school tomorrow (25th November) and requests the parents to fill in a consent form.

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Letter to parents

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BBC Consent Form

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What did you learn at Rockwood Academy Today, Dear Little Boy of Mine?

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What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
I learned our government must be strong.
It’s always right and never wrong.
Our leaders are the finest men.
And we elect them again and again.
That’s what I learned in school today.
That’s what I learned in school.

What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
I learned that war is not so bad.
I learned of the great ones we have had.
We fought in Germany and in France.
And some day I might get my chance.
That’s what I learned in school today.
That’s what I learned in school.

~ A satirical protest song by Tom Paxton, 1963


Part 1 of the Rockwood Academy Series: Rockwood Academy is run by Trojan Horse Beneficiaries and Endorsed by “Extremists”


In this article, we will examine what is being done to the children at Rockwood Academy, Birmingham, and the implications of the initiatives pupils are being subjected to by the school.

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Transcending Borders to Combat CVE

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Cedar Riverside, credit Burhan Mohamud/arraweelo.wordpress.com

In Britain, the PREVENT counter-extremism programme is now being challenged academically and practically to the point that voices within the mainstream political spectrum are calling for it to be scrapped.

However, despite this policy failure, beyond Britain and in countries like Australia and the Unites States of America, the ideology of PREVENT is spreading like a virus.

Australia

There have been developments in Australia, where counter extremism policies are maintaining the discriminatory targeting of the Muslim minority.  Australia is looking to ramp up its counter-extremism measures, both in a hard and soft capacity.  The Australian measures will include the strongly-lambasted control orders to be used on individuals whom have not been convicted of a crime. Further those “high-risk extremists” whom have been convicted of a crime and have completed their prison sentence may be indefinitely detained. In other words, the rule of law is being decimated by disproportionate, authoritarian measures which will most likely be used majoritarily against Muslims.

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Home Affairs Select Committee Radicalisation Report is an Effort to Dissipate Momentum Against PREVENT and a Dangerous Script for a Closed Society

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The Home Affairs Select Committee report on counter extremism (“Radicalisation: the counter-narrative and identifying the tipping point”) was never meant to be more than a theatrical designed to stem the gaining momentum tearing apart Britain’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) agenda.  The momentum against PREVENT, constituted of Muslims on the ground, countless academics and a number of unions required arresting. The tactic was to take control of this spiralling situation through a “review” where there is token acceptance of issues that are then carefully spun away and the course set upon by neoconservatives in collectively punishing the Muslim psyche through the neo-imperialist CVE project is resumed.

The evidence for the effort to maintain the course of PREVENT is evident from the way the review was framed:

“Our concern was that families and communities were being deeply affected by recruitment of young men and women to fight in Iraq and Syria. We therefore decided to examine the Government’s strategy for tackling extremism to assess whether it is effective and reaches the members of society who are most vulnerable to radicalisation.”

Implicit within the above statement is the focus on the singular “pathway” to political violence: “extremism”.  When the report’s author aver that they sought to examine the “major drivers of, and risk factors for recruitment to terrorist movements” – this analysis is firmly limited to the dominant pro-Israel/neoconservative-designed lens of ideology and extremism.

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PREVENT has ended, ENGAGE is its rebirth

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The below comments by CAGE on the Home Affairs Select committee report on PREVENT make for an imperative read.  I will be posting my thoughts on this soon too.


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The Home Affairs Select Committee report into radicalisation has rightly recognised the toxicity of PREVENT. Yet, instead of scrapping the failed policy, it only proposes a rebranded version of it, named ENGAGE. This programme seeks to implicate community organisations in order to gain a veneer of credibility, while the underpinning premises of PREVENT are left firmly intact.

It is an attempt to force the Muslim community to take ownership of the problem of political violence, while at the same time reinforcing the good Muslim, bad Muslim dichotomy, with the government’s overarching narrative as the determining factor. Ironically, the report refers to and quotes non-independent organisations who are state sponsored as outlined in our report “We are Completely Independent”, and gives them a semblance of legitimacy.

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PREVENT is State-Sponsored Psychological Child Abuse

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Report: Preventing Education? Human Rights and UK Counter-Terrorism Policy in Schools

Further Reading: Muslim Children Through PREVENT: Victims of the War on Terror


The neoconservative social engineering programme of hate that is the PREVENT counter-extremism policy last week suffered a further set back.

Over the past year I have endeavoured to raise the impact on the rights as well as the psychology of children resulting from the application of PREVENT.  In January, the Institute of Race Relations issued a report looking at the impact on children from the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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