Islamism

David Cameron and Theresa May during a ceremonial welcome for the President of Singapore Tony Tan, and his wife, at Horse Guards Parade in London.

Theresa May on tackling extremism: ‘we’re not talking about curbing free speech’

20 July 2015 9:26

David Cameron will outline the ‘struggle of our generation’ today: tackling Islamist extremism. The Prime Minister is set to deliver a significant speech in Birmingham, where he will say ‘the root cause… 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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The defaced Protein World advert at Liverpool Street

Feminism becomes more like Islamism every day

28 April 2015 12:42

Here’s a tip for political activists: if your rabble-rousing echoes the behaviour and ideas of Islamists, then you’re doing something wrong. Consider the Protein World advert which — clutch my pearls!… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson during a visit to the Husseini Mosque in 2008 (Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty)

Islamic extremism doesn’t need a rebrand

21 April 2015 11:11

I have been wondering why nobody so far in this election seems to have made any mention of what most people recognise to be the biggest security problem facing this… Continue reading

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Why the apologists for the Islamist far right must make Jihadi John a victim

27 February 2015 13:07

Islamic State allows its adherents to be both cultists and psychopaths: an L. Ron Hubbard and a Fred West rolled into one. The reasons why young men want to travel… 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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Armed soldiers patrol outside a school in the Jewish quarter of the Marais district in Paris (Photo: Jeff Mitchell/ Getty)

Marine Le Pen’s rhetoric is convincing French Jews to trust the Front National

24 February 2015 10:56

A report in today’s Times suggests that French Jews are ready to discard their long-standing distrust for the Far Right and vote for the Front National. In January, Rachel Halliburton described… Continue reading

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Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed at their trial last year. Greste has now been released but the two other journalists remain in prison. (Photo: Khaled Desouki/Getty)

If Al Jazeera English was truly fearless it would use the term ‘Islamist’

3 February 2015 11:58

Next year Al Jazeera English (AJE) will celebrate its 10th anniversary.  It was launched to great fanfare in 2006 luring across the brightest and best in the industry with a… Continue reading

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The Confirmation Of Justin Welby As The New Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop shows politicians a more honest way to answer the question

24 January 2015 11:46

After Islamist terrorist atrocities, political leaders often rush to say that the attacks had nothing to do with Islam. One can understand why they feel the need to do this… Continue reading

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Je Suis Charlie

7 January 2015 14:18

It is important, today especially, to remember that this is nothing new. We have been here before. On the 11th of July, 1991, Hitoshi Igarachi was murdered in his office… Continue reading

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A dog named Moily with US Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province in February 2011 (Photo: Dmitry Kostyukova, AFP/Getty)

Isis are dogs; pet the dogs, kill the terrorists and defend moderate Islam

31 October 2014 12:38

Malaysian pharmacist Syed Azmi has emerged from hiding to apologise for organising ‘I Want to Touch a Dog’ earlier in October, a canine-petting event that drew a few hundred mostly… Continue reading

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Two Syrian Kurds looking out from Mursitpinar, Turkey, across the border to Syria  (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Fear, loathing and an Ottoman shrine in the cold war between Isis and Turkey

27 October 2014 16:04

Turkey and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) are engaged in a cold war. Although they despise each other, they will avoid direct engagement, for fear of the… Continue reading

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Forensic police officers near the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada on October 22, 2014 (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Why would jihadi terrorists attack Canada? Better to ask: why not?

23 October 2014 12:32

The attacks in Canada probably seem non-sensical to some people. After all, much of the press and political class in the West has spent years trying to cover over the… Continue reading

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An Iraqi Yazidi woman in the mountain village of Lalish on 6 October (Photo: Safin Hamed, AFP/Getty)

‘Islamophobia’ strikes again – national students’ union refuses to condemn Isis

16 October 2014 10:01

In a world often devoid of good news, there has been a fine development on the farthest-flung shores of insanity. The British National Union of Students aspires to represent students,… Continue reading

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Anglican bishop to address Ukip. Now that’s courage for you

8 October 2014 0:14

The former Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, has agreed to talk to members of Ukip about ‘Magna Carta and the Perfectly Virtuous Pages of our History’. I blogged earlier about the… Continue reading

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Why is Theresa May pretending that Islam is a ‘religion of peace’?

30 September 2014 18:14

In advance of the Home Secretary’s speech today the Conservative party issued an advance briefing of its ‘new strategy for tackling extremism’. It was gratifying to see that a huge… Continue reading

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Anjem Choudary (Photo: Getty)

Why are we paying more benefits to Islamist preachers than our own soldiers?

25 September 2014 14:27

‘We need new laws’ is a phrase most often heard from people who haven’t much bothered to investigate whether laws which are already on the books can be used. For… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Michael Gove visiting Perry Beaches III Free School in Birmingham in September 2013. Image: Paul Rogers - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Cameron has silenced the only minister who understands Islamism

22 August 2014 17:31

Only one person sitting around the cabinet table truly understands how Islamism works – and David Cameron has silenced him. I’m referring to Michael Gove, who in addition to studying… Continue reading

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Jihadi John – a very British export

20 August 2014 14:34

It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The standing man denounces the West and claims that his form… Continue reading

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Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams visiting an Islamic seminary during a trip to Pakistan in 2005. Image: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic extremism and the hypocrisy of the Church of England

17 August 2014 21:20

The Church of England has written to David Cameron accusing him of lacking ‘a coherent or comprehensive approach to Islamic extremism as it is developing across the globe’. The letter,… Continue reading

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Refugees Fleeing ISIS Offensive Pour Into Kurdistan

Inaction is easy; action is harder but needed now

14 August 2014 13:16

It’s easier to oppose than propose war. The conflict between Israel and Hamas inspired #NotInMyName on Twitter, and opposition to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was spearheaded by the… Continue reading

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Female members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and an Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter take position on the front line in Makhmur, some 50 km south of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on 9th August 2014. (Image: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

A lesson of Iraq in 2014: the nation-state is the future

12 August 2014 12:45

The collapse of some of the Sykes-Picot states in 2014 will spur people to ask which way the world is heading and what it all tells us, just as with… Continue reading

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The three golden rules of intervention

8 August 2014 9:05

Barack Obama has authorised the use of targeted airstrikes in Iraq against forces of the Islamic State, which are hell-bent on massacring Yazidi and Christian minorities, and threatening American assets… Continue reading

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The Conservative Party Hold Their Annual Party Conference - Day 1

Violence, threats and blackmail ought to have no place in politics

6 August 2014 15:41

I have never issued a call for violence before, and I’m certainly not going to start now. But I wonder if people might consider the following, purely hypothetical situation. In… Continue reading

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Cameron and Warsi

Baroness Warsi was over-promoted, incapable and incompetent

5 August 2014 11:57

Farewell then Sayeeda, Baroness Warsi. The most over-promoted, incapable and incompetent minister of recent times has finally done the nation one service and resigned. This morning she announced on Twitter that… Continue reading

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