The Fight for the Muslim Vote: The British Election

Ahead of the UK general election on May 7, VICE News explores voter apathy within the British Muslim community and finds out if issues such as the country’s counterterrorism policy and Islamophobia are pushing young Muslims into disenfranchisement.

In the 2010 general election, a lower percentage of British Muslims voted than any other religious group. Despite being the fastest growing religion in the UK and boasting more young adherents than any other religion, it appears young Muslims are becoming more and more dissatisfied with the government.

VICE News speaks with Islamists who are rejecting voting and British society, those trying to get Muslims to vote, and those trying to win those votes. We meet with young Muslims to hear their opinions on the election and explore what influences them at a time when they are facing numerous challenges.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – June, 24 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Pakistani riot police clash with supporters of anti-Taliban cleric, tensions escalate in northern Kosovo between local Albanians and Serbs, British MP says ISIS has recruited up to 1500 British Muslims, and Doctors Without Borders warns West Africa ebola outbreak is ‘out of control’.

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PAKISTAN
Police Clash With Cleric’s Supporters in Islamabad
The plane carrying Tahir ul-Qadri was diverted to Lahore due to security concerns.

KOSOVO
Protest Reignites Ethnic Tensions in the North
The dispute is over the blockade of a bridge by Serbs refusing to integrate with the Albanian majority.

UK
Politician Says ISIS Has Recruited as Many as 1500 Britons
Britain’s anti-terror chief initially reported the Al Qaeda offshoot had successfully recruited 500 Muslims.

WEST AFRICA
Ebola Epidemic is ‘Out of Control’
Doctors Without Borders warns governments and aid agencies must spend massive resources to stop the virus from spreading.

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