A mass is held in Erbil (Photo: Safin Hamed/Getty)

The Christian communities helping to heal Iraq’s wounds

2 June 2015 17:22

Iraq remains a dangerous and difficult place for everyone there but especially for its religious and ethnic minorities.  Assassinations, kidnappings for ransom, expulsions from villages and towns of whole communities… Continue reading

Jordanian anti-riot police guard the American embassy in Amman in 2011. Picture: Getty

Jordan risks unrest with subsidy cuts

24 January 2013 16:40

Keep an eye on Jordan next week where King Abdullah is set to announce further subsidy cuts to water and electricity to ease the country’s economic crisis. The last time… Continue reading

Jordanians have been protesting today over the price of fuel. King Abdullah has responded passively. Image: Getty.

Jordanians protest against King Abdullah

16 November 2012 17:11

Large protests have gripped parts of the Jordanian capital, Amman, today in a country where criticism of the king is punishable by three years in prison. King Abdullah has been… Continue reading

Abu Qatada has again escaped deportation. (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Abu Qatada and the problem of freedom-stomping friends - Spectator Blogs

12 November 2012 16:13

And so, once again, the judges are in the dock for insisting that due process be followed even when, as in the case of Abu Qatada, it is inconvenient to… Continue reading

Theresa May is expected to give a defiant statement to the House after Abu Qatada evaded deportation again. Image: Getty

Abu Qatada evades deportation, again

12 November 2012 13:39

On any normal day, the fact that Abu Qatada has won his appeal against deportation would be a major news story. But today it has been pushed down the running… Continue reading


A Victory for the ECHR

18 April 2012 13:21

As Pete said yesterday, the arrest and presumed deportation of Abu Qatada to Jordan is worth a cheer or two. So too is the fact that the British government orefers… Continue reading


After Abu Qatada

17 April 2012 18:05

It has been a mixed news day so far as Britain’s relationship with the ECHR is concerned. There’s been the good stuff: Abu Qatada has been arrested and is set… Continue reading


Cameron’s ECHR problems won’t end with a Qatada deal

17 February 2012 15:11

The news that Theresa May will fly to Jordan to continue talks about Abu Qatada shows how close the government thinks it is to a deal with the Jordanians that… Continue reading


Making a call on Qatada

9 February 2012 13:33

The Prime Minister, we are told, has been trying to reach the King of Jordan to see if some kind of arrangement can be made so that Abu Qatada can… Continue reading


Ignore the European Court and deport Abu Qatada tonight

7 February 2012 13:24

The Al-Qaeda preacher Abu Qatada is a Jordanian national who is in the UK illegally (having come here in 1993 on a forged United Arab Emirates passport). The headache he… Continue reading


Queen’s gambit

3 March 2011 10:56

Is Queen Rania of Jordan turning into the Marie Antoinette of Jordan? She is loved in the West, and seen as the very model of a modern Muslim monarch. But… Continue reading