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David Cameron should do more to stop the persecution of Christians. (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Will David Cameron stand up for persecuted Christians?

18 April 2014 10:00

Last week, David Cameron surprised a number of people when, during a pre-Easter gathering at Downing Street, he spoke about religion. Not religion in general, the all-faiths-and-none diversity-speak of the… Continue reading

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The west has a choice: abandon Ukraine or punish Russia? It should choose the latter.

18 March 2014 14:47

An astonishing number of useless twits appear to think Russia’s annexation of the Crimea is somehow not Vladimir Putin’s fault. The poor Russia despot – no longer much too strong… Continue reading

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Injured Iraqi Christians wait outside a hospital after treatment following explosions near two Baghdad churches on 1 August 2004. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s refusal to defend Christians in the Middle East is shameful

11 December 2013 16:15

I have an ebook published next Thursday, called The Silence of Our Friends, on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and the apathy of the West about this… 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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Hitting Assad – and hitting him hard – is urgent and necessary

29 August 2013 11:44

There has been lots of debate about our impending intervention in the Syrian conflict today. Many of my Coffee House colleagues have counselled against intervention, arguing against Danny Finkelstein’s piece… Continue reading

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Syria is not Iraq (but at least the Iraq War had a clear objective)

28 August 2013 15:47

A decade ago, I was sure that going to war in Iraq was the right thing to do. I persisted in that belief for a long time too, well beyond… Continue reading

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Tony Blair Meets With British Troops in Basra

Max Hastings, Mind-Reader

2 July 2013 12:48

Max Hastings is one of the foremost military historians in the English-speaking world. His multi-volume history of the Second World War is magnificent. Until recently, however, I had not known… Continue reading

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British soldiers inspect a 'Snatch' Land Rover vehicle outside Basra in September 2006. (ESSAM AL-SUDANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Bring on the drones – the Supreme Court has changed the way we fight wars

20 June 2013 11:30

On the face of it, the Supreme Court’s decision to allow three suits to be brought against the Ministry of Defence is surprising, almost shocking. My colleague Alex Massie has… Continue reading

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Fight For Basra Continues

The Supreme Court Mothballs the British Army

19 June 2013 14:51

The British Army may never go to war again. Not because it is under-resourced and over-stretched but because, as of today, it may no longer be able to afford casualties.… Continue reading

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Prize winning novelist Ben Fountain warns that writers must never trust politicians.

Ben Fountain interview: Lies are an affront to writers because lying is the corruption of language

18 June 2013 16:23

Ben Fountain’s debut short story collection, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, was published in America eighteen years after he left his job at a Dallas real estate law firm to… Continue reading

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Image: John Slinger

A mass grave and a refugee camp for Syrians – Iraqi Kurdistan teaches that military intervention can work

10 June 2013 17:16

Two experiences stand out from my recent visit to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq: meeting refugees fleeing Syria at the Domiz refugee camp; and seeing a weeping son uncovering the… Continue reading

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US President George W. Bush (R) listens as British

The Chilcot Inquiry is a pointless endeavour. Tony Blair’s critics will never be satisfied.

30 May 2013 12:47

I never really saw the point of the Chilcot Inquiry and nothing that has happened in the years since it first sat has persuaded me I was wrong to think… Continue reading

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The Rehabilitation of George W Bush: A Sisyphean Task

25 April 2013 11:20

Freddy Gray is quite correct: the drive to rehabilitate George W Bush is suspicious. It is also a dog that won’t hunt. It is true that recent opinion polls have… Continue reading

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Soldiers take a cigarette break at base Kalsu on July 17, 2011 in Iskandariya, Babil Province, Iraq. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Fobbit by David Abrams – review

10 April 2013 9:58

Fobbit, by David Abrams, is an attempt at describing a wartime tour from different perspectives, including soldiers and support personnel. Chapter by chapter our viewpoint rotates within this cast of… Continue reading

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A picture taken during the Special Air Service's celebrated operation in the Iranian embassy in London, 1980. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Zero Six Bravo proves that too much secrecy over Special Forces is a bad thing

3 April 2013 9:30

Zero Six Bravo tells of 60 Special Forces operators forced to remain silent in the face of accusations of ‘cowardice’ and ‘running away from the Iraqis’ in the 2003 war.… Continue reading

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The spy who went into the fold?

7 March 2013 15:00

What are the Times trying to say about noted Spectator fan and new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby? They have delved into his past. It turns out to have been… Continue reading

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Children gather beside a toppled statue of Saddam Hussein as two men place their feet on the head to pose for a friend taking photographs April 14, 2003 in Bagdhad, Iraq.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Iraq fury still burns, fuelled by unanswered questions

5 March 2013 15:23

I was fascinated to read the reaction to Nick Cohen’s article expressing his view that after 10 years he still believed the invasion of Iraq was the right thing to… Continue reading

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Craig Raine's thesis is that fiction is franker than reminiscence; if you want to understand Salman Rushdie, read 'The Satanic Verses' rather than 'Joseph Anton'. Image: Getty

Craig Raine: Fiction is franker

20 February 2013 10:17

Issue 39 of Areté starts with the words “MEMOIR ISSUE” on the front cover. It is dedicated to writing which remembers its author. Hence we get essays on Proust; Art… Continue reading

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Bianca Jagger protesting against the Iraq war with Tony Benn. Photo: Getty.

15 February 2003: What Do They Want? Victory for Saddam

15 February 2013 16:05

Ten years ago today, Lloyd Evans joined the anti-Iraq war march in London. Evans had an open mind about the war, until he joined the peace movement and met Bianca… Continue reading

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Thousands of people march along the Embankment towards Hyde Park as they participate in an antiwar protest march February 15, 2003. Picture: Getty

What if the stop the war protesters had got their way?

15 February 2013 11:39

It’s the 10th anniversary of the Stop the War protest today, which led me to think about a point Christopher Hitchens once made: how the world would look if the… Continue reading

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Antiwar Demonstration In London

The Iraq War's Real Victims? Laurie Penny and the Narcissistic Left

14 February 2013 16:18

Don’t take my word for it. Ask the redoubtable Ms Penny herself. Contemplating the “lesson” of the anti-war protests a decade ago, she writes: Tony Blair’s decision to take Britain… Continue reading

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US soldiers carry a wounded comrade through a swampy area during action in Vietnam in 1969. NATIONAL ARCHIVES/AFP/GettyImages

War is not to be envied

11 February 2013 13:09

Donald Anderson is a former US Air Force Colonel and current professor of English Literature at the US Air Force Academy. His new book, Gathering Noise from my Life: A… Continue reading

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If Barack Obama is an isolationist then isolationism no longer has any meaning - Spectator Blogs

22 January 2013 18:18

Con Coughlin suggests Barack Obama has “given up” fighting al-Qaeda which, frankly, is a curious assessment given the ongoing drone war (and other operations) in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Roger Kimball,… Continue reading

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Dominic Grieve's office has said that it is 'inappropriate' for it to intervene in the case of Sgt. Danny Nightingale. Image: Getty.

Cabinet row over imprisoned SAS soldier

20 November 2012 14:55

A lunchtime spat has broken out over Sergeant Danny Nightingale, the SAS serviceman who was sentenced to 18 months in prison by a court martial after pleading guilty to possession… Continue reading

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President Obama Speaks To Troops Returning Home From Iraq At Fort Bragg

Annals of Neoconservative Delusion: Leaving Iraq Edition - Spectator Blogs

14 November 2012 14:33

Douglas Murray’s latest post is a rum ‘un indeed. He asks us to believe that Barack Obama’s “foreign policy boasts” are unraveling now that the American election is usefully out… Continue reading

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