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An Iraqi Christian woman who lives outside Mosul  
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As Christians are massacred in Iraq, laid-back Obama maintains his shameful silence

19 July 2014 19:11

Christians in Mosul have been offered three choices by ISIS: 1. Convert to Islam. 2. Pay the ‘jizya’ tax that renders them dhimmis – i.e., second-class citizens granted limited protection… Continue reading

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Hamas has fallen out of favour with ordinary Gazans

11 July 2014 16:57

Earlier this year, Daniella Peled suggested that Hamas had finally lost its grip on Gaza: Gaza City   Tattered green Hamas flags still flap above the streets in central Gaza… Continue reading

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Islamic Jihad is experiencing a revival (Photo: SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty)

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 of Islam for Dummies and The Koran for Dummies before… Continue reading

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Murderous Islamists or Islamophobia?

27 June 2014 7:06

I have a nominee for idiot of the week. I had never heard of him until yesterday, but he is one ‘Andreas Krieg’ who the Daily Mail has referred to… Continue reading

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Jihadists to Joe Bloggs: a ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ would mean everyone could be spied on

25 June 2014 11:29

Theresa May has suggested she may reignite plans for a ‘snoopers’ charter’, in order to provide intelligence services with greater surveillance powers.  She has called for new powers in order… Continue reading

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ISIS - the Middle East's most impressive brand managers

I don’t want to fight with ISIS. But I can see why their online campaign is convincing

20 June 2014 15:51

Yesterday evening, I returned home, made a cup of tea and slumped down to catch up on the day’s news. A piece on Twitter caught my eye. Posted by Channel… Continue reading

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Rebel fighters in Syria. Image: Getty

The Security Services have lost track of 1 in 4 of those who’ve gone to fight in Syria

20 June 2014 12:00

We have just had a second intelligence failure on Iraq. The speed and extent of ISIS’s sweep into the country took the UK governnment by surprise. Whitehall was not alone… Continue reading

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America and Britain could save Iraq’s Christians – it’s just they don’t care

20 June 2014 11:03

The Syro-Iraq war, as the firestorm should probably now be called, rages on, with the sword of Damocles hanging over us in Britain. Some 400 British Muslims are fighting with… Continue reading

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We need to know much more about ISIS’s ‘British’ jihadists

19 June 2014 13:15

The social media exchanges of British jihadis in Syria and Iraq, as just revealed, are perfectly riveting, don’t you think? Fancy worrying about things like where to leave your luggage… Continue reading

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The Middle East’s own 30 Years War has just begun

17 June 2014 13:25

In January, Douglas Murray explained in The Spectator how relations in the Middle East were becoming increasingly tense. With northern Iraq now in turmoil, following the advance of Islamist militant… Continue reading

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Full text: Tony Blair’s speech on why the Middle East matters

23 April 2014 10:49

It is unsurprising that public opinion in the UK and elsewhere, resents the notion that we should engage with the politics of the Middle East and beyond. We have been… Continue reading

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David Cameron should do more to stop the persecution of Christians. (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Will David Cameron stand up for persecuted Christians?

18 April 2014 10:00

Last week, David Cameron surprised a number of people when, during a pre-Easter gathering at Downing Street, he spoke about religion. Not religion in general, the all-faiths-and-none diversity-speak of the… Continue reading

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John Woodcock suggested Britain's failure to intervene in Syria was 'shameful'

Britain’s failure to intervene in Syria is ‘shameful’ says Labour MP John Woodcock

12 March 2014 14:00

One of the more remarkable exchanges of today’s PMQs was the intervention by John Woodcock towards the end of the session. He surprised colleagues by calling the failure to intervene… Continue reading

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Where are Barack Obama’s ‘red lines’ in Crimea?

1 March 2014 19:23

When Barack Obama warned Vladimir Putin that “there will be costs” for violating Ukrainian sovereignty, I doubt the Kremlin worried too much. The Syria crisis taught is all about Obama… Continue reading

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British jihadists in Syria cannot be compared to George Orwell and Laurie Lee

11 February 2014 15:27

George Monbiot had a moving piece in yesterday’s Guardian in which he reflected on the UK government’s efforts to arrest and charge returning British subjects who have gone to fight… Continue reading

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The first Asians to be expelled from Uganda under the regime of Idi Amin in 1972 to arrive in England. (Photo by George W. Hales/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

The Spectator on Britain’s treatment of refugees

30 January 2014 14:51

The British government has said it will allow in some of Syria’s most vulnerable refugees. The Home Office hasn’t specified how many will be admitted but says it will probably… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Cameron kick-starts a Miliband recovery

29 January 2014 17:21

Cunning work from Milband at PMQs. He played Syria like a fixed-odds betting machine and came away with a minor jackpot. Last week he had urged the prime minister to… Continue reading

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‘Punch and Judy’ returns to PMQs. Image: Getty

Class war at PMQs leaves Labour in better heart

29 January 2014 13:58

It was back to business as usual at PMQs today. Gone was Miliband’s effort to raise the tone, which Cameron ruthlessly exploited last week, to be replaced by an old-fashioned,… Continue reading

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Thousands Of Syrian Refugees Seek Shelter In Makeshift Camps In Jordan

Govt deal means UK will accept Syrian refugees

28 January 2014 22:29

As expected, the government has changed its stance on Syrian refugees this evening ahead of what had looked to be a difficult vote in the House of Commons tomorrow. Nick… Continue reading

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A Syrian child in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Today Theresa May said the government would set out its position on any further help in the next few days. Picture: Getty

May promises response on Syrian refugees in next couple of days

27 January 2014 16:35

Yvette Cooper chose to focus her attack at Home Office questions on the government’s position on Syrian refugees. She continually pushed Theresa May on whether the the Home office would… Continue reading

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Soldiers in Fallujah, which has been retaken by rebel forces. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Podcast: Islam’s 30 year war, Westminster’s wandering hands and the Tories’ NHS legacy

23 January 2014 9:00

Is the Sunni-Shia conflict in the Middle East making a new great war ever more likely? On this week’s podcast, Douglas Murray discusses the battle involving Iran, Iraq, Syria and… Continue reading

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Syrian refugees wait near the Turkish border (Photo: OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty)

Syria’s humanitarian crisis must be addressed by Turkey

16 January 2014 17:38

On Tuesday morning, Turkish police in the border cities of Kilis and Gaziantep arrested 25 people on suspicion of aiding Jihadi fighters in neighbouring Syria, including two said to be… Continue reading

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Smoke rising from a building in the Syrian city of Daraya. Image: Getty

Assad will go – the question is how much blood will be spilled

16 January 2014 12:23

As we approach next week’s Geneva II Conference, the desire of the majority of Syrians, the moderate majority, for a just and sustainable resolution to the conflict in Syria must… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage is right – let the Syrians come, but let them stay

30 December 2013 11:27

It doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that Nigel Farage has appeared to out-leftie the three main parties on the subject of asylum for Syrians. It just surprises me that… Continue reading

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Europe should help Syrian refugees, but not indefinitely. (NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigel Farage is right about Syrian refugees, but asylum should not be permanent

29 December 2013 23:05

There has been a stagey sort of surprise at the news that Nigel Farage has called for refugees from the conflict in Syria to be given asylum in Britain. He’s… Continue reading

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