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Douglas Murray is Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society and an author, most recently of Islamophilia.

Forensic police officers near the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada on October 22, 2014 (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Why would jihadi terrorists attack Canada? Better to ask: why not?

23 October 2014 12:32

The attacks in Canada probably seem non-sensical to some people. After all, much of the press and political class in the West has spent years trying to cover over the… Continue reading

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The UK doesn’t need Barroso’s ‘positive’ messages about the EU

20 October 2014 22:47

What a godsend to Ukip José Manuel Barroso must be.  On his recent short visit to the UK he not only managed to tell the British public that limits to… Continue reading

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An Iraqi Yazidi woman in the mountain village of Lalish on 6 October (Photo: Safin Hamed, AFP/Getty)

‘Islamophobia’ strikes again – national students’ union refuses to condemn Isis

16 October 2014 10:01

In a world often devoid of good news, there has been a fine development on the farthest-flung shores of insanity. The British National Union of Students aspires to represent students,… Continue reading

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Ramallah, August 2014 (Photo: Abbas Momani, AFP)

Recognising a Palestinian ‘state’ in Parliament is not only pointless, it’s dangerous

13 October 2014 17:36

Today in Parliament, MPs are voting on a backbench motion (supported by a one-line whip from the Labour party) proposing that Britain recognises Palestine as a state. The motion attempts push a… Continue reading

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Why is Theresa May pretending that Islam is a ‘religion of peace’?

30 September 2014 18:14

In advance of the Home Secretary’s speech today the Conservative party issued an advance briefing of its ‘new strategy for tackling extremism’. It was gratifying to see that a huge… Continue reading

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Anjem Choudary (Photo: Getty)

Why are we paying more benefits to Islamist preachers than our own soldiers?

25 September 2014 14:27

‘We need new laws’ is a phrase most often heard from people who haven’t much bothered to investigate whether laws which are already on the books can be used. For… Continue reading

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Are Syria air strikes legal? Perhaps not, but why should we care?

23 September 2014 19:00

‘Are Syria air strikes legal?’ asks the BBC as part of its lead story today. The answer is that nobody is very sure. But personally I do wonder: ‘Why should we even… Continue reading

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Anna Nicole is a masterpiece

20 September 2014 19:18

It isn’t often that you can say you’ve seen an opera not only of but about our times. But Anna Nicole – which I saw Thursday night at the Royal Opera… Continue reading

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Scottish Referendum 'Better Together' Campaigners On The Streets Of Glasgow

Vote for Britain to be a force for good in the world. Vote to keep the Union

17 September 2014 20:36

I have been almost silent about the Scottish independence campaign. Not just because, like a lot of British people, I had assumed that this terrible matter would never have been opened… Continue reading

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Reaction To Execution Of British Hostage David Haines At The Hands Of IS Militants

Isis are setting our news agenda. We need to stop playing their game

14 September 2014 18:22

Isis are playing a game with this country and America. We need to take a view about what our response to that game should be. The ‘game’ is the gradual drip-drip of beheading… Continue reading

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How can Jews oppose Muslim anti-Semitism without being ‘Islamophobic’?

2 September 2014 19:00

On Sunday there was a rally in London demanding ‘zero tolerance’ of anti-Semitism. About 4,500 people gathered in front of the Royal Courts of Justice. Speakers who addressed the crowds… Continue reading

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Modern Britain’s apathetic, inadequate response to child sexual abuse

27 August 2014 19:07

The customs developing around how modern British officialdom reacts to the gang-rape of children is very interesting. I’ve just watched an interview (above) with Shaun Wright, the Police and Crime… Continue reading

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Police forensic experts search for clues by the body of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004. Van Gogh was shot, stabbed and partly beheaded while cycling along a street in Amsterdam. Image: TOUSSAINT KLUITERS/AFP/Getty Images

The reluctance to talk about the link between beheadings and Islam

26 August 2014 19:37

Why do they behead people? Why do Islamic extremists—like those who killed the American journalist James Foley—choose beheading as their savage tactic of choice? I have not heard anybody ask… Continue reading

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Illustration: Christian Adams

Britain’s beheaders – how we came to export jihad

20 August 2014 14:34

It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The standing man denounces the West and claims that his form… Continue reading

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Shelves in Sainbury's, Holborn, emptied of kosher foods. Image: Colin Appleby

Britain’s anti-Semitic whiff of Weimar

18 August 2014 18:52

There is a whiff of Weimar in the air in Britain. Barely a week now passes without some further denigration caused by anti-Semitic, sorry, pro-Palestine demonstrators targeting businesses run by… Continue reading

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When it comes to jihad porn, abstinence is best

13 August 2014 15:27

This feature is a preview from this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow: I am sure we’re all in agreement that watching videos of adults abusing children is wrong. At least outside… Continue reading

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The Scottish National Party And Labour Battle For Control Of Glasgow In The Local Elections

Why is the SNP endorsing Israel haters?

13 August 2014 11:46

Regular readers will have noticed that I don’t like Islamic fundamentalists. Nor — though this is perhaps less often on display — do I much like Scottish Nationalists. Not just… Continue reading

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Here's the (daily) proof of Hamas's murderous intent. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Owen Jones is lying about Israel. Plain and simple.

11 August 2014 17:22

Owen Jones’s column in the Guardian is headlined ‘Anti-Jewish hatred is rising – we must see it for what it is.’ Sadly the article falls well short of that headline’s… Continue reading

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The black flag of jihad is flying in Europe. (SAID KHATIB/AFP/GettyImages)

The black flag of ISIS is flying in London

8 August 2014 12:36

There is a phrase used of, and by, jihadists: ‘First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.’ Well there’s a fine example of this on display at the moment in… Continue reading

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The three golden rules of intervention

8 August 2014 9:05

Barack Obama has authorised the use of targeted airstrikes in Iraq against forces of the Islamic State, which are hell-bent on massacring Yazidi and Christian minorities, and threatening American assets… Continue reading

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The Conservative Party Hold Their Annual Party Conference - Day 1

Violence, threats and blackmail ought to have no place in politics

6 August 2014 15:41

I have never issued a call for violence before, and I’m certainly not going to start now. But I wonder if people might consider the following, purely hypothetical situation. In… Continue reading

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Cameron and Warsi

Baroness Warsi was over-promoted, incapable and incompetent

5 August 2014 11:57

Farewell then Sayeeda, Baroness Warsi. The most over-promoted, incapable and incompetent minister of recent times has finally done the nation one service and resigned. This morning she announced on Twitter that… Continue reading

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Why are the reporting restrictions imposed by Hamas not mentioned? (Photo: MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty)

Hamas censors British journalists. Why don’t we care?

3 August 2014 20:46

I wonder if any readers have an answer to this question: Has anybody, throughout this whole conflict around Gaza, heard any reporter inside Gaza, at any time, preface or conclude… Continue reading

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A picture taken from the southern Israeli-Gaza border shows rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, on July 19, 2014. (Image: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Jon Snow’s view of the Middle East is biased, inaccurate and dangerous

28 July 2014 15:42

I suppose viewers of Jon Snow’s Channel 4 News don’t expect impartial journalism, any more than viewers of Fox in the States expect their political opponents to get a particularly… Continue reading

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Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

British Muslims must confront the truth of the ‘Trojan Horse’ schools

24 July 2014 10:15

The Trojan Horse reports are in, and they make for damning reading.  ‘An aggressive Islamist agenda… a coordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos’.… Continue reading

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