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Terrorism

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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Home Secretary Theresa May Speaks At The College of Policing Conference

Theresa May has taken the heat out of Home Office rows

4 November 2013 13:46

Theresa May will give a statement to the House of Commons this afternoon on the disappearance of terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed. The Home Secretary has earned a formidable reputation… Continue reading

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Indian soldiers take cover during fighting in Kashmir in September 2013. (ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Brave, non-denominational freedom fighters

4 November 2013 8:41

Those of you who wonder why the BBC is so politically correct, so craven in its expressions regarding, for example, Islamic terror, may find a partial answer here:  Stephen Whittle Director… Continue reading

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Home Secretary Theresa May Speaks At The College of Policing Conference

Theresa May’s grubby little warning: an independent Scotland will be out in the cold

29 October 2013 18:10

It is a good thing that government ministers come to Scotland sometimes. It is a bad thing that they insist on opening their mouths when they do. Earlier this year… Continue reading

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Some British servicemen deserve to be prosecuted for what they did on 'Bloody Sunday', but, given what is going on in some Republican communities at present, now is not the time to prosecute them.

This is no time to prosecute the perpetrators of ‘Bloody Sunday’

21 October 2013 17:31

The front-page of yesterday’s Sunday Times carried the news that up to 20 retired members of the British Armed forces are likely to be taken in for questioning in relation… 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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People flee the Westgate mall in Nairobi


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Why does David Cameron refuse to admit that the terrorist attack in Nairobi is linked to Islam?

23 September 2013 15:51

Do you know the name of Muhammed’s mother? No, me neither. I can manage the names of two of his wives and his Christian concubine, plus his daughter, but not… Continue reading

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Armed policemen take cover outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, which has been occupied by murderous Islamists. (SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

No, Mr Cameron. The Kenyan massacre is all about Islamism

23 September 2013 15:42

Here we go again. A group of Islamist terrorists armed with guns and grenades head into a shopping mall in Kenya. They separate out the Muslims from the non-Muslims, let the… Continue reading

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Glenn Greenwald and David Miranda.

The reaction to David Miranda’s detention is completely ridiculous

20 August 2013 11:58

It may not have been the smartest move to detain David Miranda, the Brazilian partner of Guardian ‘journalist’ Glenn Greenwald, under the Terrorism Act.  But the explosion of righteous anger… Continue reading

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UK Terrorism Threat Level Raised To Critical

David Miranda’s detention shows that the state is not only malevolent but stupid too

19 August 2013 10:56

The problem is less that the state is malevolent but that it is stupid. And that stupidity means that a lack of malevolence may be a matter of luck, not… Continue reading

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Glenn Greenwald and David Miranda.

David Miranda’s arrest proves how sinister the state has become

19 August 2013 10:39

Always remember mornings like these, the next time police officers and politicians demand more powers to protect us from terrorism. They always sound so reasonable and so concerned for our welfare… Continue reading

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A Palestinian man holds a placard demanding the release of prisoners ahead of the latest talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Freeing terrorists for peace?

30 July 2013 14:16

Amid all the bloodshed in Egypt and Syria at the moment the fact that the Israelis and Palestinians are once again at the negotiating table has received less notice than… Continue reading

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Mehdi Hasan and the EDL

30 July 2013 10:17

At the weekend I was on the BBC TV programme Sunday Morning Live. We discussed pilgrimages and the ethics of the banking industry. But the first debate was the most… Continue reading

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