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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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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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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott gives a statement to the media about the hostage situation which took place in Martin Place yesterday, at Parliament House on December 16, 2014 in Canberra, Australia.

Tony Abbott is no common sense speaking politician — just look at his comments on ISIL

17 December 2014 8:01

Wow. Anyone who still harboured the idea that Australia was led by no-nonsense, common sense speaking politicians should look away now. Here is Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia, talking… Continue reading

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Pakistani soldiers transport rescued school children from the site of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar (Photo: A Majeed/Getty)

From Sydney to Peshawar – Islamic extremists are civilisation’s common enemy

16 December 2014 12:08

Yesterday it was Sydney. Today it is Peshawar. Yesterday a coffee shop. Today a school. Yesterday a lone gunman. Today a gang of them. If anybody wondered about the global and… Continue reading

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‘Torture is torture’ ignores the complex nature of intelligence gathering

14 December 2014 10:11

On Thursday I was on the BBC’s ‘This Week’ to talk about the CIA and torture. It is, for many reasons, perhaps the most gruesome subject possible. And not just… Continue reading

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Isis's headquarters in Aleppo (Photo: Mohammed Wesam/Getty)

Isis murder a homosexual man (but presumably it has nothing to do with Islam)

11 December 2014 13:21

I see that Isis have begun the holiday season by ‘executing’ (or murdering) a man who they say was homosexual in Syria/Iraq. They did this in the traditional manner, by throwing him… Continue reading

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The apple of Putin's eye (Photo: Getty)

The Kremlin thinks Russell Brand is good news. Does that not worry him?

8 December 2014 13:34

An interesting story in today’s papers: ‘Russia’s last politically independent TV station will be forced to close at the end of this month after the state-owned company that transmits its… Continue reading

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Should the next coronation service in Westminster Abbey include readings from the Quran?

28 November 2014 13:17

Earlier this week the former Bishop of Oxford, Lord Harries, suggested in the House of Lords that the next coronation service in Westminster Abbey should include readings from the Quran.… Continue reading

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We’re too frightened of appearing ‘racist’ to have a debate about immigration

22 November 2014 12:56

A rather typical 24 hours in the life of modern Britain.  Everyone does another round of ‘we need to be able to talk about immigration.’  The main parties once again… Continue reading

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Baroness Warsi uses her retirement to provoke British Jews

18 November 2014 17:27

If anyone ever wondered what the over-promoted, incapable and incompetent Baroness Sayeeda Warsi was planning to do in retirement, now we know: provoke British Jews on Twitter. Today, after four Jews,… Continue reading

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Another American citizen has been murdered — and it’s nothing to do with Islam

17 November 2014 12:37

I suppose this is the inevitable end-point of the ‘nothing to do with Islam’ meme. Another American citizen has had his head chopped off by a gang of men aspiring… Continue reading

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Am I responsible for inciting a British jihadi to join ISIS?

15 November 2014 19:49

I fear I may be done for incitement.My friend and expert on all things ISIS, Shiraz Maher, alerts me to the fact that Abu Rumaysah has gone, apparently to fight… Continue reading

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Citizenfour: the paranoia of Snowden & co will bore you to death

13 November 2014 13:50

In simple entertainment terms Citizenfour isn’t as interesting as watching paint dry. It is more like watching someone else watching paint dry. People with opinions on Edward Snowden tend to… Continue reading

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‘Swamped’ much? David Blunkett 2014, meet David Blunkett 2002

4 November 2014 10:57

Last week saw an example of the cynicism, not to mention circularity, of our immigration debate that is too important to miss. The former home secretary, David Blunkett, took to… Continue reading

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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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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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