Islamists

Why did the BBC give a platform to Anjem Choudary?

17 August 2016 8:12

Anjem Choudary’s arrogance eventually led to his downfall. He was convinced he could stay one step ahead of the authorities…

Postcard from Tunisa – voters reject Islamists, embrace sanity in cradle of Arab Spring

28 October 2014 15:06

Tunis A bloody two-day siege at a house in the outskirts of the capital last week didn’t augur well for…

Ottawans to jihadists: our city is stronger than ever

24 October 2014 13:29

I was born in Ottawa. I grew up in Ottawa. I studied in Ottawa. I work in Ottawa. Ottawa is…

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…

Who are Britain’s stupidest jihadis?

10 July 2014 13:41

You have to laugh. Two men who’ve admitted to trying to go abroad to fight jihad had to buy copies…

Absolute moral squalor on display at a London church

3 January 2014 16:09

‘Did Israel spoil Christmas again?’ I only ask because the claim that they did is becoming a modern tradition in…

Another reason to biff the hawkers of Marrakech

2 September 2013 13:12

Apologies for the prolonged absence. This was due to a holiday in which I stayed away from all forms of…

The Muslim Brotherhood’s fight for existence

14 August 2013 12:43

Speak to members of the Muslim Brotherhood and you get a sense of just how imperilled they feel. Ever since…

It looks like we must hope for the best in Syria

18 June 2013 20:31

Is there not something odd about a Prime Minister talking of getting involved in the Syrian civil war on the…

Gita Sahgal was upset at Amnesty’s relationship with Moazzam Begg. Picture: Getty

A long overdue counterblast to the Left’s thinking on Islamists

11 February 2013 13:42

A three year open sore within the human rights community will be closed this evening when Gita Sahgal officially launches…

Can Hamas contain Gaza’s other terrorist groups?

15 November 2012 13:02

One of the things to watch for as tensions escalate between Gaza and Israel is the extent to which Ismail…

Sarkozy shows extremists the door

3 April 2012 17:00

Who on earth does Nicolas Sarkozy think he is? The answer, of course, is President of the French Republic. And…

Learning to live with Islamists

5 December 2011 15:56

Islamists have won a landslide in Egypt, with the Muslim Brotherhood and the ultra-Conservative Al Nour party winning some 60…

How Do You Say Alea Iacta Est in Arabic?

30 January 2011 3:15

Like everyone else of sense, I’m wary of people who are too certain about anything that might happen next in…

Ken Livingstone stoops to new levels

23 May 2010 10:25

Thanks to Richard Millett who has alerted me to the latest outburst from Labour’s failed mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone on…

Gita Sahgal: A Statement

7 February 2010 23:29

Gita Sahgal has now published a statement following her suspension from Amnesty International. I have seen it at Stroppyblog, but…

Amnesty International, Moazzam Begg and the Bravery of Gita Sahgal

7 February 2010 11:21

It is not often that my cynical jaw drops open at a story in the papers. But the piece on…

Wodehouse on Islam4UK

12 January 2010 15:00

Not the Black Shorts but Anjem Choudary and the Black Tunics. As always, Wodehouse is our trusty guide: The trouble…

Progress On Our Pernicious Libel Laws

3 December 2009 17:31

It was great to see the cover story in Progress about this country’s pernicious libel laws. The magazine did well…

My BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme on Secrecy

25 October 2009 21:32

Can secrets ever be good for you? I used to describe myself as a “free speech fundamentalist” and believed that…

What Am I Supposed to Say About This?

24 July 2009 22:22

It was with great sadness that I left the New Statesman. I always said it was a privilege to work…

The Importance of Being Libelled

22 July 2009 9:02

There has been an interesting repsonse to my last post about the libel laws. “Engage”, an organisation ostensibly committed to…