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Why wasn’t the head of Hamas properly cross-examined during his BBC interview?

10 April 2015 13:26

When journalists have the much sought after opportunity to interview the heads of states and organisations with appalling human rights records the very least we expect is to see such… Continue reading

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on April 3, 2015 (Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty)

The Iran deal heralds a new era for US policy across the Middle East

8 April 2015 11:12

What is it about a nuclear deal with Iran that induces hysteria in certain quarters of the West?  In recent weeks, editors at both the New York Times and the Washington Post have seen… Continue reading

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Britain might want a holiday from history, but we’re not going to get one

4 April 2015 11:06

The more I think about the debate on Thursday night, the more I think it was a disgrace that there was no question on either defence or Britain’s role in… 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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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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Members of the Iraqi security forces  head towards the al-Dawr area south of Tikrit to launch an assault against the Islamic State (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/Getty)

The assault on IS-held Tikrit could trigger sectarian war in the region

3 March 2015 15:55

The Iraqi military’s attempt to retake Tikrit from Islamic State tells us several things about the current politics of the region. First, the Iraqi state is heavily reliant on the… Continue reading

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Cameron’s reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attacks has been depressingly predictable

14 January 2015 15:47

Last Sunday, David Cameron marched through Paris in solidarity, so it seemed, with those who stand up for free speech. Anyone who thought he meant it must now be crying… Continue reading

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The Saudis are playing a clever game with oil supplies. Here’s how to understand it

6 January 2015 15:32

As oil prices continue to plummet, the rather sterile debate over Saudi intentions drags on. Some believe the Saudis are locked into a secret conspiracy with Washington to stiff Russia… Continue reading

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Kurds can pull off miracles, but they need help against Isis

6 November 2014 12:05

The Kurds can pull off minor miracles when they need to. They require active support, however, now they are at the centre of the global struggle against the self-styled Islamic… Continue reading

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Video: Does Cameron have an Iraq policy? Or is he just making it up?

18 August 2014 15:43

The Prime Minister has returned from his holidays, and yesterday wrote an intriguing piece in the Sunday Telegraph about the ongoing struggles in Iraq and Syria. ‘True security will only be… Continue reading

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Who would join the Iran lobby? MPs and Lords, it turns out

1 July 2014 14:44

Who on earth would argue for a regime which hangs homosexuals, stones rape victims and sponsors terrorism across three continents? Who would act as a spokesperson or advocate of such… Continue reading

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The West should be careful when dealing with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Getty Images.

The West shouldn’t be too soft on Iran during ISIS crisis talks

17 June 2014 15:18

The choice in Iraq appears to be between the devil and the deep blue sea. On the one hand, ISIS need beating back. On the other, the West doesn’t want… Continue reading

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The Middle East’s own 30 Years War has just begun

17 June 2014 13:25

In January, Douglas Murray explained in The Spectator how relations in the Middle East were becoming increasingly tense. With northern Iraq now in turmoil, following the advance of Islamist militant… Continue reading

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World Cup diary: Iran vs Nigeria. Who to support?

16 June 2014 23:21

So – Nigeria versus Iran, then. I wonder who Boko Haram were cheering for, surrounded by their infidel abductees in some sand-blown, bilharzia riven hellhole. I was cheering for our… Continue reading

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There's lots of competition for the coveted title of 'Islamophobe of the Year'; but I am hopeful of victory. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Islamophobe’ of the Year

3 February 2014 10:20

I have been honoured to receive a number of awards in my career. Yet one which I have especially yearned for has so far eluded me. Now it seems finally within… Continue reading

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Soldiers in Fallujah, which has been retaken by rebel forces. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Podcast: Islam’s 30 year war, Westminster’s wandering hands and the Tories’ NHS legacy

23 January 2014 9:00

Is the Sunni-Shia conflict in the Middle East making a new great war ever more likely? On this week’s podcast, Douglas Murray discusses the battle involving Iran, Iraq, Syria and… Continue reading

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Despite last weekend's agreement, Iran still plans to continue its uranium enrichment programme.

Surprise, surprise, Iran has betrayed the Geneva deal

28 November 2013 18:54

At the start of this week I hinted that the negotiations which went on in Geneva last weekend were not a meeting of equals. On one side were the Iranians,… Continue reading

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The deal with Iran is full of risks; but, for now, it has made the world a safer place. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

The world is a safer place, thanks to the deal with Iran

26 November 2013 11:20

Much though I like and respect Douglas Murray, I reckon he and other Ayatollohaphobes* are wrong about the deal struck with Iran. If Iran’s willingness to negotiate was evidence that… Continue reading

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William Hague, Cathy Ashton and John Kerry celebrate this weekend's deal with Iran. Picture: Getty

William Hague: We will need to reassure Saudi Arabia and Israel about Iran deal

25 November 2013 17:20

The Commons was in congratulatory mode this afternoon when William Hague gave his statement on the deal with Iran. Baroness Ashton, not familiar with heaps of praise falling on her,… Continue reading

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Iran went to Geneva with a plan: to buy time so that it can build a nuclear bomb. The international community, especially the West, had no plan. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

William Hague’s appeasement of Iran’s mullahs is a historic and terrible mistake

25 November 2013 16:31

Well, I wondered in this place last week if David Cameron knew what he was doing in relation to the Iran nuclear negotiations in Geneva. And now the answer is… Continue reading

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David Cameron meets Saudi Arabia's Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, who is no liberal. (FAHAD SHADEED/AFP/Getty Images)

The Malala phenomenon – as seen from Pakistan

23 November 2013 9:30

Mixed emotions stirred here in Pakistan when Malala Yousafzai came within kissing distance of the Nobel Prize. The reaction was reminiscent of how we felt when Sharmeen Chinoy’s Saving Face was up… Continue reading

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Would you trust this man?

20 November 2013 19:16

In Geneva, America and her allies are limbering up for another round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear project. In a sign of the thaw Barack Obama and our own Prime… Continue reading

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Lord Leveson Publishes His Eagerly Awaited Report Into Press Standards

The Leveson Test – separating the ‘Decent Left’ from ‘the Idiots’

22 October 2013 14:18

If the Leveson Inquiry does nothing else, then it has at least provided a useful guide to the British Left for those of us on the saliva-speckled wastelands of British… Continue reading

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President Rouhani addressing the United Nations.

Is President Rouhani’s Iran serious?

26 September 2013 17:58

Is Iran serious? That is the question everybody has been asking for the last 24 hours since the new Iranian President went to the UN in New York and gave… Continue reading

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The radical left has long gloried the despots of China and Iran. It has little besides anti-Americanism. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/GettyImages)

Extremists and the mainstream: the case of Comrade Newman

17 September 2013 13:08

The Chippenham Labour Party has decided that its candidate to contest the 2015 general election will be one Andy Newman. As the anti-totalitarian blogs Howie’s Corner and Harry’s Place have… Continue reading

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