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Lydia Wilson

Lydia Wilson

Culture Editor

Lydia Wilson is culture editor at New Lines. She is also a research associate at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Lab, and a research fellow at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at the University of Oxford. She is an editor for the Cambridge Literary Review and the presenter of BBC series: “The Secret History of Writing.”

Latest from Lydia Wilson

Mainstream Culture Helps Spawn Extremists

Mainstream Culture Helps Spawn Extremists

We are used to thinking of terrorism in terms of extremism, which suggests something on the fringe. But when we look at these disenfranchised angry young men, they have drawn legitimacy for their hatreds — most notably against two main groups, women and Jews — not only from online chatrooms but also from YouTube celebrities, mainstream authors, newspapers, news programs and politicians. If we genuinely want to address and counter violent extremism, we need to start by holding those closer to home to account.

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We Need to Talk About How We Cover Terrorism

We Need to Talk About How We Cover Terrorism

Some argue that over-reporting terrorist attacks plays into their hands by amplifying the message. But we also need to understand the insidious threat of the far right, and we can do so only by paying attention to their words.

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How an Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Thrives in the UK

How an Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Thrives in the UK

Responses to a recent podcast series, The Trojan Horse Affair, vary from lackluster to defensive and show that the U.K. is failing to address its problems with Islamophobia — the very issues the podcast explores.

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Governments Try to Fight Crime via Google Ads

Governments Try to Fight Crime via Google Ads

Pervasive use of strategic communications in preventing radicalization has been adopted wholesale by other areas of law enforcement, despite a lack of evidence or understanding of potential harm.

Ben Collier,
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Christmas in Britain: Candles for All, God for Some

Christmas in Britain: Candles for All, God for Some

A citizen celebrates and reflects on Christmastime in the United Kingdom. Lydia Wilson, a New Lines editor, takes us through the traditions, rituals, and — increasingly — opportunities for consumerism in the holiday season in her hometown of York. She also ponders whether this season, rooted in and still reflecting religious rituals and traditions, is also now a time of year for all people to come together.

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Jordan’s Elite Shrug Their Shoulders in Light of Latest Revelations of King’s Wealth

Jordan’s Elite Shrug Their Shoulders in Light of Latest Revelations of King’s Wealth

Jordan’s King Abdullah was a central headline in the Pandora Papers scandal. But far from denting his reputation, the elites he draws his power from are seeing it as an attack on Jordan, giving rise to speculation bordering on conspiracy as to who’s behind it, reversioning other political events of the past year. As a result, sympathy for the king has only grown.

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Gone to Waste: the ‘CVE’ Industry After 9/11

Gone to Waste: the ‘CVE’ Industry After 9/11

After the rise of the Islamic State, I was part of this race for cash, working on CVE projects from media messaging to radicalization research, and it slowly dawned on me how flawed the industry is. Not only has expertise been invented to snag funding, but existing development work has been molded into the shape of “CVE,” stigmatizing entire communities as terrorist-producing.

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In a Sea of Broken Glass, Beirut Museums Work to Preserve Their Antiquities

In a Sea of Broken Glass, Beirut Museums Work to Preserve Their Antiquities

After the explosion last August, help poured in from volunteers and international organizations. The city has been healing slowly, but with the country’s economic and political crises, efforts are stalling.

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‘Everyone is Hamzah’

‘Everyone is Hamzah’

This week in Jordan sees the start of a trial for sedition and incitement, with charges brought against a member of the royal family and a formerly trusted adviser to the king, and the king’s half-brother Prince Hamzah taking the stand as a witness. Lydia Wilson uncovers how this unprecedented threat of instability to the kingdom feels to Jordanians.

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Prince Hassan’s Progress

Prince Hassan’s Progress

Prince Hassan bin Talal, ex-Crown Prince of Jordan, has no “delusions of grandeur” for himself but plenty of ambitious plans for his country. He talks to Newlines about his vision for a more participatory system in which the legion problems facing both the planet and human societies are addressed together.

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The Promising Young Women of Syria

The Promising Young Women of Syria

Ten years ago, war shattered the hopes of many Syrians. But none have suffered quite like the women. Lydia Wilson writes about what it is like to be a young woman in Syria today, facing mundane hardships, greater responsibility, and diminished prospects.

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Syria’s Famished Victory

Syria’s Famished Victory

Food, especially in a country so famous for its cuisine, is not just about nutrition; it is also about culture. What do you do when you can’t afford the food? You stop inviting people, apart from the ones you don’t feel embarrassed in front of when you can only serve coffee.

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The Riddle of the Sinai Sphinx

The Riddle of the Sinai Sphinx

A small sphinx in the Sinai’s Temple of Hathor had carried a riddle for millennia. In solving it, archaeologists discovered how turquoise miners from the East had replaced hieroglyphs with letters and invented the alphabet.

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