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Terrorism

A picture taken from the southern Israeli-Gaza border shows rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, on July 19, 2014. (Image: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Jon Snow’s view of the Middle East is biased, inaccurate and dangerous

28 July 2014 15:42

I suppose viewers of Jon Snow’s Channel 4 News don’t expect impartial journalism, any more than viewers of Fox in the States expect their political opponents to get a particularly… Continue reading

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Alleged Hyde Park bomber John Downey. Image: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Why won’t suspected terrorist John Downey be tried?

18 July 2014 14:57

The Hallett Review was published yesterday. This is the review ordered by the Prime Minister in February after the collapse of the trial of John Downey. Readers will remember that… Continue reading

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Video: Rules of engagement, according to Hamas

13 July 2014 13:50

CNN recently came across a video of Hamas officials calling on civilians in Gaza to volunteer to become ‘human shields’ so that Palestinian civilian casualties can be maximised. Fascinatingly a… Continue reading

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Palestinian men search through the rubble of buildings following an Israeli air strike, that killed 18 people of the same family in Gaza City, on July 13, 2014. Image: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images

If Britain was being shelled, as Israel is being now, how would we respond?

13 July 2014 10:41

Glaring, the ennui over Israel. The way we drag our eyes to the page, and sigh, and want to read something else. Sympathy is hard. Even anger is hard. It’s… Continue reading

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The emergency surveillance legislation will make us safer

11 July 2014 9:24

Isabel wonders whether it is a good thing that all main parties allied in passing emergency surveillance legislation into law yesterday. While it’s true that legislation passed without any significant… 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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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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Will Theresa May now become the Gordon Brown of this government?

8 June 2014 11:49

You can judge a minister by their special advisers. Ambitious ministers surround themselves with aides who view their primary loyalty as being to the minister rather than the Prime Minister… Continue reading

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They always come for the Jews

1 June 2014 22:37

Just over a week ago a gunman opened fire at the Jewish museum in Brussels. Four Jews – including two Israeli tourists – were killed, shot in the face and throat.… Continue reading

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Abu Hamza. Image: Getty

The Abu Hamza case shows that Britain has outsourced terrorism trials

20 May 2014 20:05

It must seem awfully peculiar to Americans that it should take their courts to convict Abu Hamza on terrorism charges, including a kidnapping he orchestrated in Yemen which resulted in… Continue reading

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Abu Hamza embodies Britain’s self-destructive madness

20 May 2014 19:57

A jury in the US has taken less than two days to find Abu Hamza guilty on multiple terrorism charges. He can now expect to spend the rest of his… Continue reading

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What about the boys? Cara Delevingne, Malala Yousafzai, Jessica Biel and Michelle Obama's selfie protests

Boko Haram also murder boys. Where’s the ‘selfie’ protest for them?

9 May 2014 12:31

The kidnapping of the 276 predominantly Christian schoolgirls by Islamic terror group Boko Haram is an atrocity, but it is not the first atrocity they have committed. It is just… Continue reading

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Martin McGuinness pictured in 1997 at a rally to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. (Photo by Steve Eason/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Truth, lies and Martin McGuinness

15 April 2014 10:35

Melanie McDonagh wrote a piece on Friday objecting to ‘those pundits who find Mr McGuinness’s presence anywhere intolerable.’ As one such pundit I would like to exercise a right of… Continue reading

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First State Visit Of An Irish President

The Irish Question, as recorded by The Spectator

10 April 2014 17:36

As the Irish president is making the first visit to the United Kingdom by an Irish head of state, some people have asked what’s taken him so long. The Spectator’s… Continue reading

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Former IRA commander Martin McGuinness attended a banquet at Windsor Castle to mark the visit of President Michael D. Higgins of Ireland. (Image: Getty)

Martin McGuinness at Windsor Castle. What an odious sight

9 April 2014 11:53

I know that the official line is delight at the ‘progress’ allegedly represented by the presence of Martin McGuinness, in white tie and tails, standing to toast the Queen’s health… Continue reading

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Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood march in Egypt. (MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)

At last, Britain is investigating the Muslim Brotherhood

1 April 2014 15:23

The UK government has announced a long-overdue investigation into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK. I am delighted. Why Britain should continue to act as an Argentina-like… Continue reading

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John Downey mistakenly received a so-called 'comfort letter' as part of the Good Friday Agreement. The police would not have blundered if the government hadn't been so craven.

The police’s blunder over John Downey is one thing, the government’s cravenness another

26 February 2014 16:00

So, the IRA terror suspect, John Downey, will now not face a trial for his alleged involvement in the Hyde Park and Regent’s Park bombings of 1982, in which eleven… 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 Winter Olympics should never have been awarded to Vladimir Putin’s Russia

14 January 2014 11:49

Last month’s terrorist attacks in Volgograd were doubtless an attempt to warn foreigners off the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month. An attempt, too, to remind Vladimir Putin that his… Continue reading

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Ariel Sharon looks over a possible relocation area for Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip May 17, 2005 in the Negev Desert in southern Israel. Sharon's government was planning to evacuate about 8,000 people from 17 settlements in Gaza as part of his proposed disengagement plan, which was praised by The Spectator. (Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO via Getty Images)

The wild life and times of Ariel Sharon

13 January 2014 14:40

When Ariel Sharon slipped into a coma in January 2006, The Spectator was just beginning to rather like him. Days after his stroke, the magazine ran a piece arguing that… Continue reading

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A Syrian woman mourns the death of three of Syrians who were killed by jihadists in the ancient town of Maalula, north of Damascus, earlier this year. (ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images)

‘If they kill us all, what would be the reaction of Christians in the West?’

18 December 2013 17:27

The Silence of Our Friends, my Amazon Singles ebook about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, is published today. I know I’ve written several posts on this subject… Continue reading

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Alan Rusbridger arriving for his select committee hearing. Photo: Getty Images.

Who is more powerful: a backbench MP or Alan Rusbridger?

4 December 2013 16:54

Well Alan Rusbridger has certainly received a glowing review from his own newspaper for his appearance in Parliament yesterday. In a moving paen, Roy Greenslade today describes how his boss ‘was… Continue reading

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Elephant tusks being transported in the Congo. Image from Twitter, via @GatelyMark

How al-Shabaab is keeping the black-market African ivory trade alive

16 November 2013 16:50

It has taken a while, but finally the world appears to be taking the illegal trade in ivory seriously. Why now? Reports of a ‘terror trail’ that links al-Shabaab and… Continue reading

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Theresa May in the Commons today

May sails through TPIMs statement with disapproving attack on Yvette Cooper

4 November 2013 16:45

Aside from having to explain her government’s policy on clothing that might be used as a disguise, Theresa May did pull it out of the bag, again, in that statement… Continue reading

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Richard Dawkins is right: bin Laden has made air travel insufferable.

Richard Dawkins is right: Osama bin Laden has made air travel insufferable

4 November 2013 13:54

It’s not that often I feel a real bond with Richard Dawkins but no sooner did I read his diatribe about Osama bin Laden having won the global war on… Continue reading

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