The fear of the other is both a psychological and a practical struggle that has exercised the pretensions, passions and politics of man. Acquiring the means to challenge racist values or a White-supremacist legacy has been the enduring test of dealing steady death blows to the concept of ‘race’. But unravelling this has been fraught with dangers, needing deft handling to untangle the mythologies and interests that many invoke to preserve ‘race’, even for those with a desire to be rid of racism. The two have become symbiotic, neither can live without the other but neither will they die alone.
Professor Kurt Barling BA MSc PhD
Professor of Journalism
Middlesex University London
Published November 2014
Kurt Barling was secretly filming for the Channel Four dispatches programme when he met Mi5 undercover agent Reda Hassaine in Finsbury Park Mosque. For the following decade he reported extensively on the story of Abu Hamza and his attempts to radicalise young Muslim men. Both men were unique eye-witnesses to the growth of the threat in London. Few people in the United States would have heard of Abu Hamza before his trial began in the Southern District of New York in April 2014. He was sentenced in early 2015 to life imprisonment with no parole for offences which led to the kidnapping and murder of American citizens, the support of Al Qaeda s international terrorist mission and creating instability in the West that will continue for a generation. Hamza inspired young men to take up arms against their own countries of birth in the name of Islamic jihad. He encouraged ordinary men and women to do extraordinary things which caused harm and terror. This is an original story of how a simple man became an international menace told by two journalists who tried to warn the world before it was too late.
Published April 2016
A highly topical book! How is an entire people seduced into the clutches of extremism and what do ordinary citizens really think about it? Again and again, Englishwoman Ernestine Amy Buller travelled to Germany and led, in particular between 1934 and 1938, intensive discussions with people of different social classes and political persuasions. She wanted to understand why so many people in so cultured a country could lapse into accepting Nazi ideology. She talked with officers, students, housewives, officials, pastors, aristocratic landowners and others, and eventually in 1943 she published a record of those intimate conversations in wartime England under the title “Darkness over Germany”. The voices of these witnesses are far more nuanced than we might assume. The book takes us on a journey into the past and forces us perhaps to consider how we might have behaved in the circumstances of the time.