Raheel Raza – The Clarion Project

Raheel Raza, senior advisor of the Clarion Project and its “Preventing Violent Extremism” campaign comes on the podcast to discuss the existing dangers of terrorist recruiting in the west. “Preventing Violent Extremism” is a campaign to prevent the spread of radical Islamic ideology and violence among American children and youth.

Raza is president of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, a founding member of The Muslim Reform Movement, author of the book Their Jihad – Not My Jihad, award winning journalist, public speaker, and advocate for human rights.

Raza has spoken on Human Rights in the parliaments of Sweden, UK, Israel and on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. She is also accredited with the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva through The Centre for Inquiry (CFI).

in this podcast, we discuss:

  • What is the Clarion Project?
  • Where are we in combatting terrorism and what is the root of violent extremism?
  • Why is there an active recruiting effort for jihad in the west?
  • Why are people attracted to nihilism/extremism?
  • How do people recognize the signs of extremism?
  • Extremism exists in all 50 states and Virginia is particularly susceptible. Why should everyone be concerned?
  • Americans have had pockets of both international and domestic terrorism since 9/11. Why should Americans have a sense of urgency?
  • The dangers of stereotyping and the importance of looking for the true signs of extremism.
  • The dilemma of labels.
  • What will be learned by participating in the Clarion Project?

Background info:

The FBI is investigating radical Islamic terror plots in all 50 states, but many Americans are ignorant to this fact and wrongly believe “it won’t happen to me.” The U.S. has no national program to prevent and counter violent extremism—and most local programs intervene too late.

Raheel Raza contends that America’s youth are being radicalized, and that this crisis requires immediate action to prevent violent attacks in the United States and Western world.

“According to CIA estimates about 2000 Westerners have travelled to Iraq and Syria (many via Turkey) to join ISIS. It’s estimated that from these more than 100 came from the USA,” says Raza.

The Clarion Project’s “Preventing Violent Extremism” (PVE) campaign is a training program offered to the public, educators, law enforcement and government sectors that provides a three-stage strategy as follows:

1) How radicalization works and the process of recruitment

2) How to identify the tendencies in a child that would potentially lead him or her to extremism

3) How to meet the emotional and psychological needs of these children