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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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Will Theresa May allow Muhammad Salah to enter the UK?

22 May 2015 15:05

Unencumbered by the regressive Liberal Democrats, the new government has already managed to start taking extremism seriously.  The counter-extremism legislation which the Lib Dems managed to stall will be included in… Continue reading

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Earl Grey appealing to the Bench of Bishops in the House of Lords to pass the Reform Bill (Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty)

Secularists need to prioritise their targets

20 May 2015 17:06

I was on the BBC on Sunday morning discussing the government’s new counter-extremism legislation. Unusually for a discussion on this area the debate seemed to me to be constructive and engaging. … Continue reading

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This election campaign has shown a democracy in a horrible state of disrepair

6 May 2015 10:47

It is often said that we get the politicians we deserve. But throughout this election I have kept wondering, ‘Are we really as bad as all this?’ The answer must… Continue reading

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(Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty)

If Ed Miliband makes ‘Islamophobia’ illegal, I volunteer to test the new law immediately

27 April 2015 12:57

I am out of the country at the moment and I see that Ed Miliband has used the opportunity to ‘say’ in an interview with the ‘Muslim News’ that he… Continue reading

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Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman tells the demonstrators they have won and should go home. 3rd September 2011.

The fall of Lutfur Rahman shows the power of brave campaigning journalism

23 April 2015 22:20

So farewell then Lutfur Rahman. On Thursday the Islamist-aligned Mayor of Tower Hamlets was found guilty of electoral fraud. The poll in which he was ‘elected’ has been declared void… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson during a visit to the Husseini Mosque in 2008 (Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty)

Islamic extremism doesn’t need a rebrand

21 April 2015 11:11

I have been wondering why nobody so far in this election seems to have made any mention of what most people recognise to be the biggest security problem facing this… Continue reading

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The Green Party Launch Their Election Manifesto

What’s more disturbing than a group of discredited old Nazis? The Green Party

20 April 2015 16:05

Yesterday’s Mail on Sunday had an interesting account of a meeting in London of Nazis, neo-Nazis, British National Party types and anti—Semites of various other hues. The paper infiltrated the meeting and exposed… Continue reading

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A statue of Edward Snowden is seen at the Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn on April 6, 2015.  A group of artists on Monday installed a bust of the fugitive US intelligence analyst before authorities quickly removed the illicit statue (Photo: Jewel Samad/Getty)

Snowden now faces the traitor’s fate – worship from hipsters and Hollywood

7 April 2015 18:05

New York Brooklyn is the hipster heaven of New York, which is perhaps why it was there that a bust of Edward Snowden was unveiled yesterday.  Not that it stayed… Continue reading

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Abase Hussen. Photo: PA.

Is Britain losing the war against radical Islam?

30 March 2015 13:36

Some stories are almost too predictable. Take this one. Three schoolgirls from Britain disappear to Syria, apparently in order to join Islamic State and become ‘jihad brides’, or more precisely… Continue reading

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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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(Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty)

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 Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

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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