Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

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Securitising education to prevent terrorism or losing direction?
This article examines the growing relationship between security and education, particularly in the light of the UK government’s Prevent Duty that seeks to tackle radicalisation in a variety of milieus, including universities
Bill Durodié, British Journal of Educational Studies, 2016

Who's Afraid of the Easter Rising? 1916-2016 The Easter Rising lit a fire that ended with the whole country turning against Westminster's rule, and founding a nation. But today, the heirs to the Irish state are embarrassed about 1916.

James Heartfield & Kevin Rooney, Zero Books, November 2015

Ireland to 'decriminalise' small amounts of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use
Minister also announced intention to implement 'injection rooms' in Dublin for addicts.
Rose Troup Buchanan, Independent, 3 November 2015

Promoting Fundamental British Values,
Deparment for Education,, 1 November 2015

Tick-box policy won’t raise free-range kids
Helene Guldberg, spiked, 16 October 2015

Left-wing moralising and EU bullying are making the case for immigration impossible
By simply proclaiming that 'migrants lives matter' rather than making any substantive case in favour of freer borders, many of the commentators around the crisis implicitly demonised those who harboured legitimate concerns about welcoming the migrants.
Luke Gittos,, 14 October 2015

Barack Obama's apocalyptic warnings about our oceans betray the opportunities hidden in their depths
The president's apocalyptic warnings presented our changing relationship with the oceans as a huge threat, yet our oceans and changing climate present us with opportunities.
Dominic Standish, International Business Times, 13 October 2015

Unleashing business investment will revive Britain's zombie economy
Lower British productivity follows directly from relatively lower levels of business investment and of spending on research and development going back many decades.
Phil Mullan, International Business Times, 12 October 2015

Exodus of youth leaves Syria bereft
The mass displacement of young men poses great challenges to countries such as Syria, home to more than half of those fleeing: the exodus deprives them of a demographic vital to reconstruction and economic growth.
Ben Hubbard, Business Day, 12 October 2015

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Genocide denial: should we defend the right to speak evil?

"To contribute to Battle of Ideas is to add a few words to a giant, communal speech-bubble out of the gap-toothed mouth of British opinion. It is a strong reminder that the joys of free, uncalculated speech and the right to attack orthodoxies can in no way be assumed in 2012 – that we use them or lose them."
Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen’s University Belfast

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