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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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Laurie Lee, pictured in the late 1930s.

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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Prince Charles pictured with leaders of the persecuted Syriac Orthodox Church. (Photo: Getty)

Thanks for trying, Charlie Boy

19 December 2013 13:06

I’d just like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our heir to the throne, Prince Charles, for, as he put it, spending ‘twenty years’ trying… Continue reading

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A makeshift Syrian refugee camp in Majdal Anjar, Lebanon (Photo: Getty)

Lebanon is falling apart on its 70th birthday

26 November 2013 12:46

It’s Lebanon’s birthday this month — 70 years since independence — but no one’s really in the mood to party. Our first birthday present last week came in the form… Continue reading

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The massacre at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi is a reminder of the tragic folly of assuming that Islamism was a spent force. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ignoring Islamic terrorism didn’t make it go away

23 September 2013 17:08

Not so long ago politicians were hailing the end of al-Qaeda and the global jihad movement. By the middle of 2011, key ideologues like Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki… Continue reading

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Tomahawks you can believe in: the video mocking Barack Obama’s “progressive” war

14 September 2013 15:51

Hats off to the Second City Network for the brilliant video above. The funny thing about the great Syria intervention saga has been the number of astoundingly smug and normally… Continue reading

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David Cameron and John Hayes on the day of the Syria vote in the House of Commons. Picture: Getty

Two weeks after his Syria defeat, David Cameron looks less wounded than many thought

12 September 2013 16:13

It’s two weeks since David Cameron looked rather sick in the House of Commons and Labour MPs jeered ‘resign’ following his defeat on Syria. On that night, all sorts of… Continue reading

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Kerry And Hagel Testify At Senate Hearing On Use Of Force Against Syria

In London, John Kerry Promotes World’s Smallest Syrian Whirlwind

9 September 2013 12:25

There’s little need for people opposed to launching any kind of attack on Syria to expend much energy doing so when those tasked with making the case for reminding Bashar… Continue reading

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Barack Obama and public opinion on Syria

6 September 2013 17:14

There are a number of obvious differences between last week’s vote in Parliament and the forthcoming Congressional vote on Syria. But today when he gave his closing statement at the… Continue reading

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G20 Leaders Meet In St. Petersburg For The Summit

David Cameron: We can’t let Russia dictate other countries’ foreign policy

6 September 2013 16:24

As well as having another extended Hugh Grant moment about how great Britain is (excluding David Beckham’s feet, but including One Direction), David Cameron got his chance to hit back… Continue reading

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Does Syria mark the end of American world dominance?

6 September 2013 14:36

Will historians see the Syrian war as ‘the start of the historic American retreat’? Syrian media seems to think so, and they’re not the only ones; there’s a big market… Continue reading

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Small island will need to talk big on Syrian aid

6 September 2013 9:10

Even though Vladimir Putin slotted Syria into the G20 agenda last night, no-one seriously thought that this meant the world leaders would come to a proper agreement on what to… Continue reading

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The View from 22: Obama’s zigzagging path to war and Cameron’s tiff with his MPs

5 September 2013 8:45

What is behind Barack Obama’s wobbly approach to Syria? In the latest View from 22 podcast, former US State department official Colleen Graffy and the Spectator’s Douglas Murray discuss Obama’s… Continue reading

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National Security Council Meet To Discuss The Response To Chemical Weapons Use In Syria

William Hague tells the 1922 that ‘lessons will be learned’ from Syria vote

4 September 2013 18:28

William Hague’s appearance at the 1922 Committee has underlined the fact that the Tory party is now split on foreign policy. I’m told that the questions that the Foreign Secretary… Continue reading

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