Monday, April 21 2014

'The Cold War on British Muslims'



 Spinwatch have today released a report which will make very interesting reading for British Muslims concerned at the reach and impact of the think tanks Centre for Social Cohesion,

(which merged with the Henry Jackson Society as of 8th April 2011), and Policy Exchange on public policy affecting Muslims in the UK.

The report, co-authored by Tom Mills, Tom Griffin and David Miller, details the rehashing of the Cold War counter-subversive strategy by these think tanks in their current ‘research’ output on multiculturalism, Islam and ‘Islamism’.

The report places the CfSC and PX in their historical context, looking at the counter-subversive strategy used against the Left during the Cold War and outlining the extension of the failed policy of the past in their present orientation and focus on British Muslims.

The report moves on to “critically examine the strategies and arguments that have been advanced by these two think tanks” demonstrating how “they have implicitly rejected counter-terrorism policies based on public safety, advocating instead a much broader campaign of political counter-subversion.”

The authors argue that the strategy of CfSC and PX has not only proved “a distraction from effective counter-terrorism policies,” it, more damagingly, has the potential to “stigmatise and even criminalise politically active Muslims”. Something we have often argued in our various analyses of ‘reports’ published by the two entities (see here, here, here, here, here, here and our Insight article, here).

The report also examines the financial backers of the think tanks to “reveal for the first time the network of individuals and foundations that are bankrolling the cold war on British Muslims.”

The report finds that “many of the donors have extremist political agendas, arguably calling into question the ability of these think tanks to produce fair and balanced research”.

The report also critiques the CfSC's studies on the BNP for "underplaying the extent to which the BNP has been influenced by other Islamophobic currents."

The report can be downloaded here.

Perhaps next the Spinwatch team might explore the media network that popularises the output by CfSC and PX to embed their counter-subversive strategy in the popular consciousness.

 









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