Terrorism

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Britain might want a holiday from history, but we’re not going to get one

4 April 2015 11:06

The more I think about the debate on Thursday night, the more I think it was a disgrace that there was no question on either defence or Britain’s role in… Continue reading

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The Home Office doesn't get to dictate what 'British values' are (Photo: Getty)

It’s not up to Theresa May to define ‘British values’

12 March 2015 15:51

A month after the Magna-Carta-mangling Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill crept onto the statue book, leaked documents seen by the Daily Telegraph over the weekend reveal Home Office proposals which are likely… Continue reading

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MI5 didn’t make Jihadi John; he made himself

27 February 2015 13:45

Poor Mohammed Emwazi. One day he’s your average ‘beautiful’ young man, nose buried in his computer studies books, looking for a job and looking for love. The next he’s being… Continue reading

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Asim Qureshi of campaign group Cage (Photo: Justin Tallis/Getty)

Nobody will dare satirise the multiculturalism that allows Islamism to flourish

27 February 2015 10:54

So, ‘Jihadi John’ is Mohammed Emwazi, a young Kuwaiti immigrant from Queen’s Park in north-west London, another first-rate product of the British education system. Queen’s Park is one of those very mixed… Continue reading

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A Coptic clergyman shows a picture of one of the men murdered by Islamic State (Photo: Mohamed El-Shahed/Getty)

Islamic State will flourish if the West picks sides in Libya

18 February 2015 10:34

Conventional wisdom suggests that Islamic State and its affiliates have mastered social media. Yet the group’s real talent lies in dominating the traditional media cycle and using sensational violence to goad its enemies… Continue reading

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Copenhagen shooting: we debated free speech despite the gunfire – we will not surrender

14 February 2015 19:16

I was invited to Lars Vilks* Committee in Copenhagen to present Passion for Freedom London Art Festival. The committee is organised annually, on the anniversary of Salman Rushdie’s fatwa. The meeting… Continue reading

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The Confirmation Of Justin Welby As The New Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop shows politicians a more honest way to answer the question

24 January 2015 11:46

After Islamist terrorist atrocities, political leaders often rush to say that the attacks had nothing to do with Islam. One can understand why they feel the need to do this… Continue reading

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The real danger of #CyberJihad is that anybody can get involved

13 January 2015 10:17

There was a certain irony to the news that @CENTCOM had been hacked yesterday afternoon. While President Obama was giving a speech on cybersecurity, the U.S. Central Command Twitter account… Continue reading

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The right to offend is nowhere near as important as the right to speak the truth

12 January 2015 8:30

Last week I lost count of the number of times we’ve been told, pace the Charlie Hebdo murders, that we have no right not to be offended, that freedom of speech… Continue reading

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Various heads of state at today's march in Paris (Photo: Getty)

Islam had nothing to do with this (and other fibs you’re likely to hear)

11 January 2015 19:58

I don’t always agree with Peter Hitchens but this is by far the best piece I’ve seen on the political reaction to the Paris attacks. As far as Cameron, Miliband… Continue reading

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Nothing to do with Muslims, of course

10 January 2015 14:55

Utterly brilliant piece by Brendan O’Neill at Spiked on what would have happened if Charlie Hebdo had been published in Britain, rather than in France. It does not strike me… Continue reading

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The situation outside the Jewish grocery in Paris (Photo: Getty)

Charlie Hebdo’s journalists were murdered for doing. Now people are being attacked simply for being

9 January 2015 14:49

After Wednesday’s attack on Charlie Hebdo, an argument doing the rounds was that it would have been better not to publish cartoons that were deliberately provocative when the magazines had… Continue reading

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Six key points from MI5′s Andrew Parker speech on the terror threat in Britain

9 January 2015 8:00

A lot of rot is written about what MI5 thinks, because the spooks don’t talk –even to deny wrong stories (like the supposed Remembrance Day Plot to kill the Queen,… Continue reading

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A man raises a pen during a rally in support of the victims of today's terrorist attack on French satyrical newspaper Charlie Hebdo (Photo: AFP/Getty)

The Islamic case for a free press

7 January 2015 17:14

Last year, I watched the British brouhaha over my friend Maajid Nawaz, the prospective Liberal Democrat candidate for Kilburn and co-founder of the counter-extremism outfit Quilliam. Nawaz had tweeted a… Continue reading

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Je Suis Charlie

7 January 2015 14:18

It is important, today especially, to remember that this is nothing new. We have been here before. On the 11th of July, 1991, Hitoshi Igarachi was murdered in his office… Continue reading

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Why do internet companies have one rule for paedophilia and another for terrorism?

19 December 2014 12:52

Today’s Times investigation into how the Islamic State is encouraging young British women to marry into this terrorist organisation is chilling. It is also a reminder that social media is the jihadis’… Continue reading

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Pentagon Holds Departure Ceremony For Rumsfeld

The CIA’s torture regime shames the United States. It will not be forgotten

10 December 2014 10:34

We knew and we knew years ago. Anyone who has been paying attention has known for a long time that the CIA committed appalling acts of brutality in the years… Continue reading

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Photo: Getty)

Sir Malcolm Rifkind suggests internet companies are ‘a safe haven for terrorists’

25 November 2014 12:45

The battle between the spooks and the geeks is heating up. A new report into the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby has suggested that the brutal attack could have been prevented… Continue reading

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Citizenfour: the paranoia of Snowden & co will bore you to death

13 November 2014 13:50

In simple entertainment terms Citizenfour isn’t as interesting as watching paint dry. It is more like watching someone else watching paint dry. People with opinions on Edward Snowden tend to… Continue reading

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Samantha Lewthwaite, the so-called ‘White Widow’. Image: Getty

How sure are the Mirror about their White Widow splash?

13 November 2014 11:52

Big news on the front page of the Mirror today as the paper goes heavy on the report from the Regnum news agency that Samantha Lewthwaite, the British female terror… Continue reading

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The US steps up its involvement in the war for Iraq

8 November 2014 17:40

If you want to know how serious the situation in Iraq with Islamic State is, just look at what the Americans are doing. President Obama, who made his political name… Continue reading

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From left: US General John Allen, Kuwaiti foreign ministry under secretary Khaled al-Jarallah and Qatari foreign minister assistant Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi, in Kuwait City on October 27, 2014 (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

The US won’t beat Isis alone; Qatar and other Gulf allies must help in Iraq

30 October 2014 11:07

Revelations keep pouring in about the uneasy relationship between Western aid givers and ISIS operators: from bribes given by humanitarian convoys to secure access in war-torn Syria, to food and… Continue reading

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An Afghan soldier mans the machine gun on a helicopter ferrying troops from Camp Bastion in Helmand province to Kandahar military base. October 12, 2009. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Farewell to Afghanistan (for now)

26 October 2014 22:01

Britain has ended combat operations in Afghanistan. The war did topple the Taleban, but it hasn’t got rid of them. It has improved some things in Afghanistan – better roads,… Continue reading

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Russell Brand: Newsnight’s tragic solution to its plummeting ratings

25 October 2014 17:17

The issue is not that Russell Brand seems to believe that 9/11 was some sort of joint effort between George W Bush and the bin Laden family – that’s sort… Continue reading

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Canada's National War Memorial, on October 23, 2014 (Photo: Getty Images)

Is Canada’s foreign policy making the country any safer?

24 October 2014 16:58

We Canadians like to think that we are a boring and peaceful nation, that nothing much ever happens here, and everybody likes us. It therefore comes as a shock when… Continue reading

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