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

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Is London’s ‘diversity’ to blame for its ‘unprogressive’ views on homosexuality?

19 March 2015 18:41

I have been most interested in recent posts here by Alex Massie and Matthew Parris.  Here is a poll which might interest them both. YouGov recently carried out a survey… Continue reading

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Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah (Photo: Hassan Ammar/Getty)

Meet Saudi Arabia’s top cleric. Like Isis, he also thinks churches should be destroyed

18 March 2015 16:39

Today a quick game of ‘spot the difference.’ First, here are some photos, released yesterday, of Isis pulling down the crosses on ancient churches and desecrating Christian holy sites in Mosul,… Continue reading

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Israel Heads To The Polls As The Election Is Too Close To Call

We can’t just blame Benjamin Netanyahu for the lack of peace in the Middle East

18 March 2015 15:13

The re-election of Benjamin (‘Bibi’) Netanyahu in Israel has not gone down well in the chancelleries of Europe, let alone the White House. During his terms of office, a majority… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg has damaged Britain’s counter-extremism strategies

17 March 2015 19:04

There is some fuss around the publication delay on the government’s review into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK.  But why the fuss?  After all, if other… Continue reading

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This new crowdsourcing site allows anyone to use their skills to advance basic human rights

16 March 2015 17:36

One of the questions I most often get asked is: ‘What can I do?’  If you agree that actual liberals are the only palatable future in authoritarian societies and also… Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo was awarded an international award for 'Islamophobia' by the IHRC (Photo: Damien Meyer/Getty)

Does the Islamic Human Rights Commission think The Spectator was born yesterday?

13 March 2015 16:28

It seems that the laughably misnamed ‘Islamic Human Rights Commission’ did not like my last piece. Indeed the Khomeinist organisation has written to complain to my editor.  Here is their letter:… Continue reading

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The IHRC gave their international ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ award to the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo (Photo: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty)

A new low: Charlie Hebdo's murdered staff receive an 'Islamophobe of the Year' award

10 March 2015 10:22

I have always treated the ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ event with the scorn it deserves. Not least because each year this fantasy prize for a fantasy concept is run by a… Continue reading

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Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Iran (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

5 March 2015 11:40

For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here in DC. Did Speaker Boehner adequately notify the White House… Continue reading

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Cerie Bullivant, acting as a spokesperson of campaign group Cage (Photo: Justin Tallis/Getty)

Cage deserves all the scrutiny the relevant authorities can muster

27 February 2015 12:41

So the identity of ‘Jihadi John’ appears to have come out.  And surprise surprise he is a man associated with the group Cage (formerly Cage Prisoners).  The leaders of this… Continue reading

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Want to stop nice British girls going to Syria? Then show them the X-rated ‘Joy of Jihad’

23 February 2015 18:15

I’m with Rod on the wannabe jihadi brides going to Syria.  The whole official approach demonstrated by the BBC et al is just the same as the government-sponsored videos that… Continue reading

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Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind. Photo: PA.

Forget lobbying, the real scandal is that MPs don’t have enough to do and aren’t paid enough

23 February 2015 16:48

I am sorry to hear about Malcolm Rifkind, though less sorry to hear about Jack Straw, whose ‘outside interests’ I have had cause to write about here before. How often… Continue reading

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Forensic police officers work at a cultural centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, where shots were fired during a debate on Islam and free speech on February 14, 2015.

How many more terror attacks until we have a serious discussion about offending religions?

15 February 2015 17:00

Another week and another completely random attack by a gunman hunting down cartoonists before inexplicably heading to the local synagogue. My guess is that events in Copenhagen yesterday have already… Continue reading

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The pen is only powerful when we defend it unconditionally

11 February 2015 20:42

It looks like this year’s Simon Hughes prize (awarded each year to the non-Muslim who does the weirdest impression of holding Islamic principle) must go to Lord Woolf. In a speech… Continue reading

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Assad is hoping Isis will make his regime look moderate. This is no accident

10 February 2015 11:48

Jeremy Bowen’s half-hour long interview with Bashar al-Assad is being heavily trailed by the BBC this morning.  And while it has little that is new it does provide an interesting… Continue reading

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A petition is delivered to 10 Downing Street by members of the protest (Photo: Getty)

Freedom of speech is a sacred British value (and those who disagree can hop it)

9 February 2015 17:22

In the aftermath of last month’s Paris atrocities there was a remarkable piece in one of Denmark’s leading papers signed by more than a dozen prominent Danish Muslims.  It said… Continue reading

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Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt.

In defence of Tristram Hunt

8 February 2015 15:15

I have never had any particularly strong views on Tristram Hunt other (naturally) than finding it bleakly hilarious that he should be the Labour party’s Parliamentary representative for Stoke. But… Continue reading

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Does the battle for gay rights not extend to Islam? (Photo: Qais Usyan/Getty)

Why does the battle for gay rights stop at the borders of Islam?

3 February 2015 13:09

You can tell when a battle has been won.  Read the Pink News or any other gay news site and you will see that there are almost no stories left… Continue reading

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Former SS and Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann (1906 - 1962) in Nazareth, preparing his defence in the trial brought against him for war crimes (Photo: Evening Standard/Getty)

Adolf Eichmann hoped his ‘Arab friends’ would continue his battle against the Jews

27 January 2015 9:56

Over Christmas I finally got around to reading Eichmann Before Jerusalem by Bettina Stangneth.  I cannot recommend this book – newly translated from the German – highly enough.  It challenges… Continue reading

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I don’t want to live under Islamic blasphemy law. That doesn’t make me racist

24 January 2015 14:40

I have spent most of the last fortnight debating Islam and blasphemy and wanted to take the opportunity to put down a few unwritten thoughts. In the immediate aftermath of… Continue reading

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By depicting Shin Dong-hyuk as a fantasist, the media strengthens North Korea’s regime

19 January 2015 18:46

Shin Dong-hyuk really shouldn’t need defending.  The thirty-two year old was born in, and grew up in, the North Korean gulag system.  And as he has related in his book… Continue reading

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Do Theresa May and Mr Henry Bellingham think we were born yesterday?

16 January 2015 12:57

On Wednesday the Home Secretary made a statement in the House of Commons about the terrorist attacks last week in Paris. Here is part of the Hansard transcript of the… Continue reading

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The siege in a kosher shop in Paris proves why Israel needs to exist

9 January 2015 17:10

As I write a siege is ongoing in a Kosher shop in Paris.  In France, Belgium and across Europe in recent years, Jews have repeatedly been the targets of Islamist… Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo stood alone. What does that say about our ‘free’ press?

7 January 2015 18:10

listen to ‘Douglas Murray discusses the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine’ on audioBoom Over the coming hours and days there will be a lot of talk – largely by anonymous… Continue reading

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The damning, shocking, depressing life of Jeremy Thorpe

5 January 2015 12:54

Jeremy Thorpe by Michael Bloch Little, Brown, pp.606, £25 The back story of Michael Bloch’s biography of Jeremy Thorpe is a story in itself.  The book’s appearance, in the same month… Continue reading

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The oldest trick in the detainees’ book

17 December 2014 16:41

The £31 million al-Sweady Inquiry is in. And it describes claims that up to 20 Iraqis were killed and mutilated by British troops after a battle in 2004 as “without… Continue reading

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