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Freedom of speech

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 Chinese state is terrified by the spread of Christianity. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Why is China tearing down church crosses? Because it’s terrified of religion

6 August 2014 17:12

Since the beginning of this year, China has been engaged in a cruel and bizarre campaign against Christians in the south-eastern province of Zhejiang. Its main target is Wenzhou, a… Continue reading

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Anti-Semitic double standards: the arts and the Jews

6 August 2014 15:35

‘Would you force anyone else to behave like this?’ the promoters of the UK Jewish Film Festival asked the artistic director of London’s Tricycle Theatre. Indhu Rubasingham and her colleagues… Continue reading

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Icons and overturned funiture on the ground at the church of Saint Michael in the Syrian village of Qara

The Left’s blind spot with Islam: opposing bigotry does not mean liking a religion

25 June 2014 15:05

I agree with something Owen Jones has written, a confluence of beliefs that will next occur on September 15, 2319. Addressing the subject of Christian persecution, he argues in the… Continue reading

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Britain is not alone in its mad attitude to Islamism

21 June 2014 12:24

There is a tendency in Britain to think we are alone in our national madness. So I thought I would cheer everyone up on this lovely weekend by pointing out that… Continue reading

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Pakistani journalists hold placards during a protest against the attack on Geo television journalist Hamid Mir by gunmen in Islamabad on April 23, 2014. (Image: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan’s ISI accused of subverting media freedom

18 June 2014 14:30

Media freedom is under attack in Pakistan, declared Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan’s most prominent journalists. He had six bullets pumped into him by bike riders in Karachi on 19… Continue reading

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Peter Robinson deserves applause for his stance on religious expression. AFP PHOTO / POOL / WILL OLIVER

Let Evangelical Protestants be Evangelical Protestants

29 May 2014 10:07

Pastor James McConnell of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast has gone and done it. He declared in a sermon that: “Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine… Continue reading

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Abu Hamza embodies Britain’s self-destructive madness

20 May 2014 19:57

A jury in the US has taken less than two days to find Abu Hamza guilty on multiple terrorism charges. He can now expect to spend the rest of his… Continue reading

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World War II Reenacted In Yorkshire Villages

Yorkshire village bans Nazis. Why didn’t Neville Chamberlain think of that?

19 May 2014 10:12

D-Day would have been effected with far less trouble if, at the time, we had insisted on the same rules that pertain in Haworth’s annual commemoration of the event. The… Continue reading

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America’s Left is just as ‘eccentric’ as its Right

9 May 2014 17:04

Rory Sutherland writes in this week’s magazine that the Mozilla/Brendan Eich affair has finally put him off his dream of moving to the United States, quoting Andrew Sullivan that ‘The… Continue reading

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Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

Hurrah! A setback for the enemies of free speech

8 May 2014 10:51

This has been a bad month for those who want to shut down free speech in Britain. First there was the wholesale failure of Fiyaz Mughal (whose ‘work’ I have… Continue reading

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Ayaan Harsi Ali is a classic of example the trend whereby 'traitors' are abandoned by people who ought to be their friends.

How to be a traitor

8 May 2014 10:51

No one is as hated as deeply as the apostate. Ordinary opponents are nothing in comparison. They are unbelievers, who know no better. It is not their fault if the… Continue reading

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Cyril Smith pictured in the House of Commons in 1982. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Are you fit to be a Liberal Democrat? (A response to Nick Cohen)

28 April 2014 18:43

My colleague Nick Cohen has a piece asking ‘Are you fit to be British? Take the UKIP test.’ In it he cites a number of horrible and silly and things said… Continue reading

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You sexist/racist/liberal/elitist bastard! How dare you?

7 April 2014 14:49

While he was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, Tony Judt found the breath to educate those who believe they could ameliorate pain with soft words and bans on ‘inappropriate’ language.… Continue reading

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Equality campaigners have stormed the Bastille. It would be tragic if they built new Bastilles in its place.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Mozilla controversy suggests that the sexual revolution is getting ugly

4 April 2014 11:04

If you’re reading this on Firefox, you can rest assured that your custom is not going towards any hateful, disgusting, evil people who might disagree with you on something. Not… Continue reading

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Caught Smoking

We get the message: smoking is bad for you. Now leave fag packets alone

3 April 2014 23:31

What form do you reckon the government’s consultation on cigarette packaging is going to take? Given that health minister Jane Ellison has said that the government’s intention is clear and… Continue reading

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Demonstration Outside Houses Of Parliament As MPs Debate Lobbying Bill

Index on Censorship is thriving and defending free speech around the world

Index on Censorship defends free speech and debate for all – so we defend Nick Cohen’s right to write a blog highly critical of Index. The problem is, however, that… Continue reading

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Demonstration Outside Houses Of Parliament As MPs Debate Lobbying Bill

The Crisis at Index on Censorship

31 March 2014 17:13

Index on Censorship, once home to the most important defenders of free speech in Britain, is falling apart. Seventeen full-time staff members in place when Kirsty Hughes, a former European… Continue reading

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Maajid Nawaz deserves support. If the Lib Dems won't provide it then the Tories must.

Hampstead and Kilburn – it would be a disgrace if the Lib Dems don’t back Maajid Nawaz to the hilt

27 March 2014 14:41

In the past 30 years British English has received a number of loan words from Arabic, words which would have meant very little to our young grandparents but are now… Continue reading

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Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

FGM is a shaming indictment of multiculturalism and mass-immigration

25 March 2014 15:05

A number of interesting things have happened recently: The Law Society has provided legal guidance to ensure that Muslims in Britain can have their wills judged according to Sharia. BBC… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

The BBC is more scared of offending Muslims than gay people

20 March 2014 17:39

Just to ring the changes, I’ve written about the BBC and political correctness for the mag this week. Yeah, yeah, I know – you haven’t heard enough about that subject.… Continue reading

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Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

Who judges the judges?

18 March 2014 12:53

I like Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake of the Sunday Times. I will not pretend they are anything like close friends or family. I doubt if I see them more… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

When Free Speech isn’t free

13 March 2014 14:33

BBC3’s Free Speech programme is a good example of why the channel deserves to be shut down. Aimed at giving a voice to young people it is endlessly dumbing-down, seeks… Continue reading

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mentalhealthcop Police inspector's Twitter suspended

Why the police silenced one of the best officers in Britain

18 February 2014 17:45

West Midlands Police’s announcement that it had ordered the closure of the blog and Twitter account of Inspector Michael Brown – ‘the mental health cop’ – has caused astonishment and anger… Continue reading

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Maajid Nawaz on Youth Radicalization Redefined At The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Taking offence and freedom of speech

26 January 2014 16:37

The row about Lib Dem candidate Maajid Nawaz continues, with some confusion over whether or not one of his critics has a meeting with the party leadership to discuss the… Continue reading

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