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An Iranian woman walks past an anti-US mural painted on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on November 19, 2011.

The short road from anti-Westernism to anti-Semitism

24 August 2015 17:37

Corbynmania has unleashed a great feeling of hope and change in the British public, especially among people hoping to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Whether or not… Continue reading

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Muhammad really is the single most popular boys’ name in England and Wales

18 August 2015 12:21

Why doesn’t the Office of National Statistics want us to know that Mohammed is the most popular boys’ name in England and Wales?  Yesterday, it put out its annual survey… Continue reading

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Sectarian tension between the minority Shia community and the dominant Sunni groups in the UK is increasing

Muslims in the UK are attacking mosques. Does that make them Islamophobic?

14 August 2015 17:53

The Times today reports that leading Muslim clerics in the UK are warning that ‘religious sectarianism is on the rise in Britain’s Muslim community and threatens to spill over into… Continue reading

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A supporter of the Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir (Photo: Adek Berry/Getty)

Here’s more evidence that the left might be screwed

4 August 2015 14:33

Friends of mine who still call themselves ‘liberals’ or ‘leftists’ occasionally confide in me that they think the left might be screwed.  Depending on how I feel on that particular… Continue reading

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The Islamic historian who can explain why some states fail and others succeed

3 August 2015 12:06

I have a new Kindle Single out, an essay on the 14th century Islamic historian Ibn Khaldun, who can rightly claim to be called the ‘father of social science’. Ibn… Continue reading

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Tributes And Reaction To Paris Terror Attacks After Gunmen Kill 17 People

Je Suis Charlie? Even Charlie Hebdo has now surrendered to Islamic extremism

23 July 2015 16:41

Bad news from the continent.  In an interview with the German weekly Stern, Laurent ‘Riss’ Sourisseau, the editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo, announced that he would no longer draw cartoons of… Continue reading

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Swedish nationalists plan a gay pride march through a Muslim area, hoping for trouble

23 July 2015 10:57

I haven’t seen this reported in the press anywhere, but in Sweden the right-wing nationalist Sweden Democrats are staging a gay pride march featuring men kissing each other. Why? Simple: the… Continue reading

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Syrian schoolgirls on their way to school (Photo: Zein Al-Rifal/Getty)

We’ve always messed up the Middle East. Let’s stay out, for once

21 July 2015 17:55

I suppose I should cease carping. We got a Blue Labour budget (except for the ludicrous stuff on inheritance tax), and far better than anything we would have got under… Continue reading

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David Cameron delivers a speech about extremism on 20 July 2015 (Photo: Paul Ellis/Getty)

Why we need to talk about theocracy

21 July 2015 13:58

David Cameron is right to speak against religious extremism, even if it claims not to support violence. But what exactly is religious extremism? He defined it in opposition to British… Continue reading

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David Cameron must ally himself with moderate Muslims

20 July 2015 17:38

Those who have been involved in counter-extremism in recent years would be forgiven for thinking that there is little new in the Prime Minister’s speech today. However, we need to… Continue reading

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Keep the cops away from the radical clerics, be they Christian or Muslim

15 July 2015 13:40

If you want to see our grievance-ridden, huckster-driven future, looks to Northern Ireland, which has always been a world leader in the fevered politics of religious victimhood and aggression. Just… Continue reading

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Nothing is safe, not even a joyous, throwaway TV show

Isis aren’t the only ones guilty of censoring the past

4 July 2015 11:11

Aside from reports about terrorism, war and the Vatican cosying up to Naomi Klein, few news stories this year have upset me as much as the ones about TV Land cancelling… Continue reading

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Polygamy could be the next sexual liberation campaign

2 July 2015 17:00

Back in the early 1990s when the kind old 17th Duke of Norfolk was special guest at prize-giving night at our school he remarked that in Islam one was allowed… Continue reading

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Aid is no substitute for defence, and Michael Fallon knows it

30 June 2015 10:20

It’s been obvious for a while that the Prime Minister is exasperated by the way American and other allied officials – including President Obama himself – keep expressing concern about Britain’s… Continue reading

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We assume British Muslims support British values. Do they?

29 June 2015 15:26

Let’s put the question very bluntly: do British Muslims affirm British values, or are they outsiders to our way of life? Or, even more bluntly: can we trust them? It… Continue reading

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If love now rules supreme, should incest and polygamy also be legalised?

29 June 2015 10:09

The question is, says the Guardian in a report from San Francisco, whether God is actually gay, what with the gay marriage movement being on such a roll. The US… Continue reading

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British people need rescuing from North Africa. Where’s the Royal Navy now?

28 June 2015 9:39

Just a thought – but might now be a good time to revisit our policy of using the Royal Navy to ferry large numbers of people from the North African… Continue reading

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‘Religion of peace’ is not a harmless platitude

27 June 2015 8:51

The West’s movement towards the truth is remarkably slow. We drag ourselves towards it painfully, inch by inch, after each bloody Islamist assault. In France, Britain, Germany, America and nearly… Continue reading

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Islamic State marks ‘caliphate anniversary’ with multiple attacks

26 June 2015 16:33

Today’s attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait appear to be Islamic State inspired and designed to mark the first anniversary of its declaration of a new caliphate. I suspect, though,… Continue reading

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Pringles versus Tesco versus Islam. Whose side are you on?

26 June 2015 15:33

Tesco is in trouble for religious insensitivity. A store in east London had a special Ramadan promotion. Prominently positioned within its offers were Smokey Bacon Flavour Pringles © – and… Continue reading

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Since when was the hijab a feminist statement?

25 June 2015 16:22

Over ten years ago, the satirical American magazine the Onion published an article under the headline: Women Now Empowered By Everything A Woman Does. If you’ve ever heard someone insist that… Continue reading

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Western idealism is making the jihad problem much worse

24 June 2015 12:57

I’ve just been reading Jonathan Sacks’ excellent new book, Not in God’s Name, which sets out to explain why people kill for religion. Although he explores the theology of the… Continue reading

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A British policeman shouldn’t take orders from a radical Islamist preacher

23 June 2015 16:58

Each year Anjem Choudary earns more in benefits than a soldier does starting off in our armed forces. This is a fact I never tire of pointing out – especially… Continue reading

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UKIP Hold Their First Conference Since The General Election

It may actually be in Ukip’s interest to lose the EU referendum

12 June 2015 15:35

Will the country be torn apart by the EU referendum? That’s the argument made by Chris Deerin on the capitalist running dog website CapX. Deerin, a Scottish Unionist, says it’s… Continue reading

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Is worker health and safety just a Eurocentric construct? (Photo: Getty)

Qatar doesn’t deserve to host the 2022 World Cup but Turkey does

1 June 2015 14:16

The campaign against Qatar’s plans to host the World Cup is racist and Islamophobic, according to the former prime minister of the oil-rich absolute monarchy where Indian workers are treated… Continue reading

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