Syria

A protester holds a flag reading 'welcome' during a rally against ill-treatment of migrants after the bodies of 71 refugees were found in an abandoned truck last week in Vienna on August 31, 2015 (Photo: Patrick Domingo/Getty)

The Tories are playing a risky game with their ‘hostile environment’ policy on migration

2 September 2015 14:11

It comes to something when the rather bizarre Labour leadership contest forces David Cameron to defend his government’s approach to the refugee crisis. Yesterday Yvette Cooper described ministers’ refusal to… Continue reading

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Here’s the answer to your migrant crisis, Mr Cameron

2 September 2015 10:16

For all its difficulties, Europe is prosperous and safe: one of the best places on Earth. Many other societies have yet to achieve this happy state: some are murderous and… Continue reading

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11 January 1939: a camp leader ringing the dinner bell at a camp for young Jewish 'Kindertransport', refugees from Germany and Austria, at Dovercourt Bay near Harwich (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Why don’t we launch a Kindertransport scheme for Syrians?

1 September 2015 17:56

I never knew my paternal grandfather, who was apparently a bitter, angry right-wing journalist who thought the world was going to hell; although as this was the 1930s, he was… Continue reading

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Migrants crawl under a barbed fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke (Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/Getty)

Sorry Owen Jones, but your moral grandstanding won’t solve the migrant crisis

30 August 2015 11:44

I’m getting tired of the self-righteousness of Owen Jones. His response to the terrible spate of deaths of people fleeing Syria and Africa is to imply that if only everyone… Continue reading

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Khaled al-Asaad, the Director of Antiquities and Museum in Palmyra, in 2002 (Photo: Marc Deville/Getty)

Remembering Khaled al-Asaad, the Syrian archaeologist who dared to stand up to Isis

20 August 2015 11:07

Erudite and bespectacled, he was the sort of Arab the Islamic State loathed. Khaled al-Asaad, an 81-year old archaeologist, was for the past four decades inseparable from Palmyra’s ancient ruins.… 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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Déjà-lu in today’s Times — but where was the Spectator’s credit?

7 August 2015 16:37

Mr S couldn’t help but notice that the Times made for familiar reading this morning. A leader titled ‘Ending the Exodus’ suggested that the government ought to ‘Give Syrian refugees… Continue reading

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Migrants try to enter the Eurotunnel site to attempt to reach Britain (Photo: Philippe Huguen/Getty)

The Calais crisis needs a better response than fences and dogs, Prime Minister

7 August 2015 10:20

David Cameron should be in real trouble over Calais. It goes to the heart of two of the central issues by which British voters judge governments: are you competent and… Continue reading

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Yet another tragedy in the Mediterranean. Here’s an actual rescue plan

6 August 2015 8:21

Another week, another appalling boat disaster in the Mediterranean, another round of the same tired row on migration. Yesterday a boat carrying 600 people sank off the coast of Libya; 400 people… Continue reading

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Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Huthi movement attend a rally in the capital Sanaa on July 24, 2015, protesting against air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in the country. (Photo: AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

Why Yemen is quickly becoming the new Syria

4 August 2015 12:45

Though it hasn’t been hitting the headlines recently, the situation in Yemen has been rapidly deteriorating and looks set to grow worse in the coming months. The country now seems to… Continue reading

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Michael Fallon speaks to the media after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with New Zealand Minister of Defence, Gerry Brownlee on May 29, 2015

Michael Fallon: ‘Iraqi forces are slowly but surely beginning to push ISIL back’

4 August 2015 8:55

Is the government set to bring bombing Islamic State terrorists in Syria before the Commons soon? The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that the RAF’s Tornado aircraft will be kept… 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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Podcast: working with al-Qa’eda and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn

16 July 2015 9:06

How has al-Qa’eda become the ‘moderate’ option in the Middle East? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Ahmed Rashid and Douglas Murray discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on how a fear of Isis is… Continue reading

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Labour sets out conditions for supporting intervention against Isis in Syria

2 July 2015 16:12

Michael Fallon was very careful indeed to push the issue of military action against Isis in Syria in as gentle a fashion as possible when he came to the Chamber… Continue reading

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Michael Fallon to urge MPs to think again on strikes in Syria

2 July 2015 8:45

Michael Fallon is making the case to MPs today for British airstrikes against Isis in Syria. The Defence Secretary yesterday told the World at One that ‘It is a new… 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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In the footsteps of Marco Polo: the journey that changed William Dalrymple’s life

24 June 2015 17:23

This is the introduction to the 25th anniversary edition of William Dalrymple’s first book, In Xanadu: A Quest At the end of the windy, rainy April of 1986, towards the end of my… 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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Telling young men that ISIS is ‘dangerous’ will only encourage them to go

18 June 2015 11:23

‘The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had’ When we were both sixteen, my then-best friend Dave carved the above lyric on his school desk. It… Continue reading

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Miliband’s position on Libya is deeply hypocritical

26 April 2015 11:10

What Ed Miliband lacks in charisma, he is attempting to make up for in polemic. Tragically for the UK’s future, this represents an ‘Americanization‘ of British electoral politics. In all likelihood, its… Continue reading

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Refugees from the Syrian town of Kobani (Photo: Gokhan Sahin/Getty)

Ed Miliband should be careful when discussing foreign policy errors

24 April 2015 18:01

If someone accuses you of doing something that you haven’t done, there’s a really easy way of convincing them that you are not in fact guilty. The first thing you can… Continue reading

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The Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, where Islamic State fighters have launched an offensive (Photo: Getty)

Don’t expect to hear anything about Islamic State during the election campaign

7 April 2015 15:50

Granted, you don’t really expect foreign policy to feature much in an election campaign – we’re not saints – but it’s still shaming the way that the biggest foreign policy… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

Ed Miliband’s brother bother is back

23 March 2015 11:44

Miliband finally got some good media coverage this weekend. Alas, it was David rather than Ed who was on the receiving end. The Labour leader’s brother was branded ‘Celebrity Big Brother’… Continue reading

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This new crowdsourcing site allows anyone to use their skills to advance basic human rights

16 March 2015 17:36

One of the questions I most often get asked is: ‘What can I do?’  If you agree that actual liberals are the only palatable future in authoritarian societies and also… Continue reading

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Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Iran (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

5 March 2015 11:40

For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here in DC. Did Speaker Boehner adequately notify the White House… Continue reading

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