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British Muslims unite to condemn ISIS as “Un-Islamic State”

Muslim leaders in the UK have come together to urge Prime Minister David Cameron to help de-legitimise the extremist group ISIS, starting with refusing to acknowledge their preferred title “Islamic State”. The open letter to the Prime Minister was, coincidentally, published just hours before ISIS released video footage of the murder of British aid worker David Haines,a dreadful reminder of the senseless violence that the group employs, writes Joe Cryer.

Most Europeans would make concessions to keep Britain in Europe – new research

Most EU voters believe their governments should do more to accommodate British concerns about its terms of membership, writes Sunder Katwala, so as to make it more likely that Britain would stay in the European Union.

Scottishness and me: Coming home without going back

I spent the first 40 years of my life in England, writes Chris Creegan, before coming to live in Scotland in 2003. It was a coming home, strange perhaps for someone born in Sussex. But I’m adopted.

Scotland: Five reasons the No campaign should (just about) win in the end

The referendum in Scotland is shaping up to be a nail-biter. Scotland will, quite rightly, get whatever the majority of Scots want. While the margin will be tighter than many expected, writes Sunder Katwala, that still looks like the Union.

Cross-party support for international students

Politicians across the political spectrum voiced support for the new joint report by British Future and Universities UK, ‘International students and the UK immigration debate’, released on Bank Holiday Monday.

Public “baffled” students included in government’s migration targets

The British public do not see international students studying in the UK as “immigrants”, and do not want the number coming here reduced, even if this would make it harder to reduce overall immigration numbers, according to new research by Universities UK and British Future, writes Joe Cryer.

100 years ago Britain welcomed Belgian refugees to our shores

100 years ago today, the first of many Belgian refugees fleeing the German invasion began to arrive in Britain. It was to become the largest ever single refugee flow from one country to the UK, with over 250,000 Belgian refugees, many of them children, arriving on our shores, writes Joe Cryer.

‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ – WW1 Commemoration

The installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, designed by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, which commemorates those fallen during the First World War already covers a huge swathe of the Tower of London’s dry moat, writes Joe Cryer.

Marking a century of Muslim service in British armed forces

An event has launched a new Armed Forces Muslim Forum, committed to deepening relationships between the armed forces and Britain’s Muslim communities, writes Sunder Katwala.

Sol Campbell gives Westminster lecture on racism in football

Campbell's decision to tell his life story put his complaints about racism in football in context for this football-illiterate observer, writes Henry Hill.

The making of True Brits

New play True Brits explores two national events - 7/7 and the 2012 Olympics - and one man's journey of identity and integration between them, explains its writer Vinay Patel.

Our schools must teach British values, for Britain’s sake

Nations are held together by the common bonds between their citizens. Without British values, what is to stop Britain drifting apart?

REVIEW: Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs and World War One

A new exhibition highlights the pivotal contribution of Sikh soldiers to the Allied war effort. Through their stories we don't just learn what life was like for these soldiers; we learn a lot about ourselves as a nation a century on, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.

Public support teaching British values in schools

Almost eighty per cent of the public support using Commonwealth contributions to the Great War to foster shared British values and boost integration, a new poll reveals.

Migrant footballers score 80% of goals at the World Cup

England might not have made it past the group stages, but players based in England have nevertheless scored one in five of the World Cup goals, placing our Premier League ahead of Germany and Spain in the World Cup goals table.

The battlefield summit: Cameron at Ypres

Twenty-seven European leaders will observe Thursday 26th June the Last Post at Ypres before getting down to business as they haggle over the priorities and personnel for the European Union, writes Sunder Katwala.

Windrush Day shows how migration keeps faith alive in Britain

Faith leaders and descendants of the ‘Windrush generation’ gathered in London today to mark Windrush Day, an event which casts a spotlight on the positive contribution immigrant groups have made to Britain's faith community.

The World Cup: a tournament of nations and migrants

This migrant-majority World Cup tells a story of skilled emigration, writes Sunder Katwala.

Our national honours can give Britain a proper place in devolution

The devolution of the national knightly orders could bring honours closer to the people and inject a British dimension into devolved government, writes Henry Hill.

Immigration and the BSA: reaching the ‘pragmatic middle’

Cultural polarisation over attitudes to immigration could generate long-term political headaches for politicians who adopt a tough anti-immigration agenda in search of public support, writes Sunder Katwala.