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David Powell worked for 20 years as journalist in pan-Arab television news, including BBC Arabic and MBC. He is now a an analyst of Middle East affairs specialising in media and Islamist movements.

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Why we should support Britain's new counter-extremism chief

13 February, 2018

Comment: Criticism of Sara Khan's appointment as head of the Commission for Countering Extremism is misguided, and distracting from the task at hand, writes David Powell.

Who is promoting extremism in the UK?

02 August, 2017

Comment: The Saudi-led bloc continues to accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, but a recent report suggests it should be looking closer to home, writes David Powell.

Sectarianism - from myth to reality

06 July, 2017

Comment: There was nothing inevitable about the sectarian nature of the conflict in Syria. Instead, it was a product of the regime's 'divide and rule' strategy, writes David Powell.

Muslim Brotherhood praise for terrorists undermines claims of non-violence

14 March, 2017

Comment: Despite its protestations to the contrary, the Brotherhood's eulogising of Sheikh Omar Abd al-Rahman shows it has not yet abandoned ties to violent groups, writes David Powell.

David Powell
David Powell

David Powell worked for 20 years as journalist in pan-Arab television news, including BBC Arabic and MBC. He is now a an analyst of Middle East affairs specialising in media and Islamist movements.

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