How to solve the problem of extreme ideologies

First of all let’s discuss what extremism is.

Mainstream Sunni Islam is the one followed by 90% of Muslims. It teaches respect for the differences of opinion, respect for non-Muslims, treasures diversity, protects minorities and has an intellectual tradition of wisdom and reason.

On the other hand, extreme ideology pushed by Isis, Al Qaeda, Maute, and the rest , are violent reactions that does not tolerate differences in opinion, critical analysis and unfollowers. It misinterprets Islam to justify political ambitions.

So how does one  solve the problem of extreme ideologies?

  1. Fix the socio-political and economic stability by not only promoting livelihood conditions of the people, but by removing social inequality and injustice by promoting inclusive, democratic participation from the marginalized , particularly the Muslim Moro community

2. Give proper holistic education to citizens in order to develop their intellectual, spiritual and emotional ability to cope with the social problems

3. Promote and strengthen the institutions and teachings of mainstream Islamic scholars to destroy extremist ideology.

The Department of Interior an Local Government (DILG) has a campaign to prevent violent extremism.

1. Law Enforcement

Philippine National Police (PNP) efforts to identify, conduct surveillance, and arrest individuals involved in extremist groups, including terrorism and de-radicalization efforts (e.g. Establishment of Salaam Police Center and other monitoring and intelligence-sharing efforts)

 

2.  Community Engagement /Participation

Expanding opportunities for members of the community with the help of various stakeholders (e.g. interfaith organizations, NGOs)

3. Good governance

Ensuring Local Government Units (LGUs) perform their mandate to promote Peace and Order in their communities while  holding accountable officials who do not perform such

4. Provision of Essential or Basic Services

Especially to impoverished and  affected areas to ensure government presence is felt.

A major element has been missing from the conversation on the global fight against violent extremism that has focused on mostly top-down. This is  how ordinary citizens and communities are successfully challenging the acute corruption that drives young people and others into the folds of radicals.”  A new qualitative study by one of the authors documents 16 such cases in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, and Uganda. Research has shown that there is a link between corruption and violent extremism which is now starting to make its way into policy conversations and the popular consciousness. It is important that anti-corruption and integrity-building measures must be included in future security, peacebuilding, and reconstruction efforts.

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 11 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and online media publishing and over 21 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.

She is a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.

Her personal blogs such as aboutmyrecovery.com (parenting) , pinoyfoodblog.com (recipes), techiegadgets.com (gadgets) and beautyoverfifty.net (lifestyle) keep her busy outside of Blog Watch.

Disclosure:

She was a Senior Consultant for ALL media engagements for the PCOO-led Committee on Media Affairs & Strategic Communications (CMASC) under the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council from January 4 -July 5, 2017. Having been an ASEAN advocate since 2011, she has written extensively about the benefits of the ASEAN community and as a region of opportunities on Blog Watch and aboutmyrecovery.com.

Organization affiliation includes Scrap Pork Network. I do not support or belong to any political party . Family friends with House Representative Pia Cayetano and Former Senator Alan P. Cayetano. I did not vote for any presidential candidate in the 2016 elections.

Updated July 30, 2017

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