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Brian Brady's report on the role of jihad and al-Shabaab in Somalia attributes the threat of international terrorism to close links between the Somali-based al-Shabaab and Hizbul-Islam with al-Qa'ida ("The Somalia connection", 13 September). The situation is even more complex.

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The street violence outside a new mosque in Harrow last week was the worst in a recent series of running battles provoked by right-wing groups. The immediate cause of the fighting, which has flared up in several British cities in recent weeks, has been aggressive demonstrations by groups called "Stop the Islamification of Europe" and "English Defence League". They have succeeded in goading young Muslim men and far left groups into responding and sometimes into attacking the police. Plainly, ignorance about Islam is an underlying factor, but the causes of this conflict are a little more complicated than that.

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The Conservative education spokesman Nick Gibb claims that the academies programme is too expensive ("Ed Balls attacks Tories for 'office block' schools", 6 September). While the academies programme may well have proved financially expensive, the pupils at such institutions have, typically, been let down by the education system in the past. What "expense" do you attribute to children who are failed at school, gain poor if any qualifications, do not find work, have to rely on government benefits, and in extreme circumstances, offend. Surely such cost to society is far higher? No price can be put on ensuring such children receive a decent education and start in life.

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