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Ed West is deputy editor of the Catholic Herald and author of The Silence of Our Friends and The Realm: The True history behind Game of Thrones.

Isis fighters destroy ancient artefacts at Mosul museum

For modern-day Assyrians their present is under attack from Isis, as is their past

27 February 2015 14:40

The historian Tom Holland tweeted this morning: ‘What ‪#ISIS are doing to the people & culture of ‪#Assyria is worthy of the Nazis. None of us can say we didn’t… Continue reading

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Asim Qureshi of campaign group Cage (Photo: Justin Tallis/Getty)

Nobody will dare satirise the multiculturalism that allows Islamism to flourish

27 February 2015 10:54

So, ‘Jihadi John’ is Mohammed Emwazi, a young Kuwaiti immigrant from Queen’s Park in north-west London, another first-rate product of the British education system. Queen’s Park is one of those very mixed… Continue reading

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Kashmiri protesters hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), during a protest against Israeli military operations in Gaza, on July 18, 2014 in Srinagar, India.

Isis are just very un-progressive Open Border fanatics – we need an Atatürk to fight them

20 February 2015 10:42

If you haven’t already seen it, I recommend reading this fantastic essay by the Atlantic’s Graeme Wood on What Isis Really Wants. He takes the time to look into the theology of… Continue reading

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What does it say about Owen Jones that he isn’t interested in scientific research?

18 February 2015 16:30

Owen Jones writes in the Guardian today on the subject of trans rights, making a revealing statement in the process. He says: ‘In truth, debates over the latest scientific research… Continue reading

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Fancy a job in academia or the media? Best brush up on the new political correctness

9 February 2015 16:18

Why has political correctness proved so enduring? This is the subject of cover pieces in The Spectator by Brendan O’Neill and Damian Thompson, which follow an article by American liberal… Continue reading

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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks before a meeting with the US Secretary of State at his private residence on June 27, 2014 in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

Why is Westminster Abbey honouring the king of a country where Christianity is banned?

23 January 2015 16:02

Private Eye will have a field day when it comes to the tributes being paid to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia – it’ll be like beheading fish in a barrel… Continue reading

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Welcome to the completely bonkers world of the Green Party manifesto

21 January 2015 15:14

I was about to shut down my computer last night when I made the mistake of clicking on an article about the Green Party’s manifesto, possibility the scariest thing since… Continue reading

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James Blunt and Chris Bryant.

Good question, Mr Bryant, where are the Albert Finneys and the Glenda Jacksons?

19 January 2015 15:48

James Blunt, the self-deprecating musician who may or may not have stopped World War III, has written an open letter to Chris Bryant calling him a ‘classist gimp’ after the… Continue reading

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British autor Richard Dawkins photographed during his Doctorate of Honnor at the Antwerp University. Image: Getty

Can we have some critical thinking in discussing Islam?

15 January 2015 12:14

There are many disheartening aspects to the war on cartoonists, one of which is the way that some people are so caught up in their own culture war that they… Continue reading

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A demonstrator holds a crucifix in the colors of Germany during a rally by a mounting right-wing populist movement called Pegida on January 5, 2015 in Dresden, eastern Germany. AFP PHOTO / ROBERT MICHAEL

PEGIDA and the Left’s morality play

6 January 2015 17:36

Germany is on its feet again, ja, so what can go wrong? This week Good Germans have been taking to the streets to counter-protest the PEGIDA (the Bad Germans) and… Continue reading

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House Prices Hit New High In The UK

A radical plan to ease Britain’s housing shortage – double the population of London

15 December 2014 13:55

Roger Scruton writes in today’s Daily Telegraph, a sentence that in itself fills me with a sense of Wa – harmony, order. He writes: ‘Whether or not our political class… Continue reading

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Alex Proud, owner of the Proud Gallery auctions off a signed photographs at The Six Shooters exhibition at Proud Camden on July 21, 2010.

Wow, just wow – liberalism is dead

10 December 2014 12:50

I tend to avoid Camden these days as it makes me feel even more like Mark Corrigan than usual, so it’s been a few years since I visited the Proud… Continue reading

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Why are the Elgin Marbles going to Russia? They belong to Greece

5 December 2014 10:59

There can’t be a better spot in the whole of London than the British Museum, the crown jewel of the city’s cultural life and a fantastic tribute to the British… Continue reading

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The late Comandante, Hugo Chavez. Photograph: Reuters

Hugo Chavez – the ballet

28 November 2014 17:12

Here’s something to watch next time you’re visiting Venezuela, if you can avoid getting murdered while you’re there – a ballet based on the life of the glorious late president… Continue reading

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Despite its problems, the United States of America is still the best. Thing. Ever

27 November 2014 14:29

There are not that many things I find more irritating than Europeans getting on their high horses about America and the subject of race, violence and inequality. Everyone seems to… Continue reading

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Survey Indicates Scotland Have Different Views On Migration From Rest Of UK

The BBC's bias is the reason we're arguing about immigration now

19 November 2014 17:02

Wonderful: Labour has a new slogan on immigration, which appears to be the Conservatives’ old slogan from 2005, the one that Labour said was racist. I have far more respect… Continue reading

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England should withdraw from the 2022 World Cup

13 November 2014 13:38

Mark Steyn once wrote of the United Nations: ‘It’s a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of ice-cream and a quart of dog feces and mix ’em… Continue reading

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Anita Sarkeesian – threats against her have become part of the ‘#Gamergate’ controversy. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Why Social Justice Warriors are losing

12 November 2014 17:46

What has happened to social justice warriors recently? Every campaign seems to fail, the latest being a cack-handed attempt to police Twitter in order to win the Gamergate saga (turn… Continue reading

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A worker poses outside the Dwa Koty Polish delicatessen in Crewe, England (Photo: Getty Images)

There is no such thing as ‘immigrants’ – only Poles, Yanks, Somalis…

6 November 2014 15:50

There was much glee about yesterday’s publication of a report into the economic impact of immigration, which concluded eastern Europeans had provided a net benefit of £4.4 billion to the… Continue reading

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‘Community leader’, ‘call out’, ‘dreamer: The worst words and phrases in the English language

31 October 2014 12:54

In this week’s magazine Rod Liddle has a piece on the worst ‘clichés, lies, evasions, obfuscations, PC euphemisms and disingenuous balls words and phrases which, in recent years, have annoyed… Continue reading

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Pope Francis meets immigrants at the pier in Lampedusa, Italy, in July 2013 (Photo: Getty Images)

Border controls are a basic human right – is it un-Christian to oppose mass immigration?

28 October 2014 10:13

Is it sinful to be not so keen on the whole immigration thing? I suppose Justin Welby thinks so, according to his recent comments. ‘We have to be careful and… Continue reading

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Where did the BBC find last night's Question Time audience? They were so sensible

17 October 2014 18:09

When I first learned about Athenian democracy as a teenager I was baffled that they could have decided government positions by lottery; what was to stop someone totally unsuitable and useless from… Continue reading

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Lt. General William Mayville Jr. Briefs The Media At Pentagon On Recent Strikes Against Isis In Syria. Image: Getty

Multiculturalism makes Isis a threat to Britain

26 September 2014 18:00

So we’re back to bombing Iraq again, by the looks of things, for the third successive decade – this time to destroy the Islamic State, or Isis or whatever they’re… Continue reading

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Can the Game of Thrones option save the UK?

25 September 2014 11:12

I’ve been in Turkey the past week, which as anyone will tell you is the friendliest and most beautiful of countries, and a kinder and more welcoming people you will… Continue reading

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Cycling, HIV, domestic abuse. You can find discrimination everywhere, if you try

16 September 2014 18:13

You have to wonder about the future of the Conservative party when you hear stories like this, from the Birmingham Post: ‘Councillor Deirdre Alden (Con, Edgbaston) said she was concerned… Continue reading

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