Kurdish Peshmerga show what they say is a mass grave of more than 50 Yazidis killed by Isis in Sinjar. (Photo: Getty)

A genocide is underway in Iraq and Syria. Why won’t the government recognise this?

20 April 2016 11:02

Later today the House of Commons will vote upon a motion expressing belief that a genocide is underway against Christians,…

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Does the UN not realise that Julian Assange has detained himself?

4 February 2016 12:18

Even by the high standards of the UN, its report on Julian Assange is ridiculous bordering on comic. The BBC…

Faisal Trad, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Geneva, 
meets with Michael Møller, 
Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (Credit: UN Watch)

The ten worst UN moments of 2015

31 December 2015 16:49

While a new year can mean new beginnings, Steerpike would hate for anyone to forget some of 2015’s more ‘interesting’ incidents. So…

Cameron leaves for PMQs (Getty).

PMQs: Corbyn fails to sustain the pressure on Cameron

21 October 2015 13:24

PMQs was a rather ill-tempered affair today. With tax credits and steel closures dominating proceedings, the two sets of benches…

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (Photo: Valentin Flauraud/Getty)

Military inspections must be a non-negotiable part of Iran’s nuclear deal

29 May 2015 16:00

It is probably safe to say that the negotiations with Iran aren’t going very well. As the 30 June deadline for…

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…

Pope Francis says it is OK to smack your children to discipline them — as long as their dignity is maintained (Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty)

The pope is right – smacking your kids is sometimes OK

10 February 2015 13:35

One good thing has come out of the fuss over the pope’s comments about it being ok to smack your…

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England should withdraw from the 2022 World Cup

13 November 2014 13:38

Mark Steyn once wrote of the United Nations: ‘It’s a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of…


Four-wheel-drives are to ISIS what longbows were to the English at Agincourt

12 September 2014 14:37

What exactly, I found myself wondering, would jihadists do without modern four-wheel-drives? Car ads are customarily shot on the French…


The ‘war on drugs’ has not been won. Dangerous ‘legal highs’ are booming

30 May 2014 8:00

It’s fashionable nowadays to claim that young people in Britain don’t know how to have a good time. There’s certainly…

World Leaders Meet For G8 Summit AT Lough Erne

Ukraine increases mistrust and misinformation between Russia and the West

14 April 2014 8:48

The tense situation in Ukraine has escalated overnight. A deadline has passed for pro-Russian agitators to vacate government buildings in…

Pro-Russian forces based in Crimea (Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty)

Ukraine and Syria expose the West’s lack of appetite for protecting human rights

12 March 2014 11:59

‘We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.’ So…

Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that Israel will recommence the construction of settlements in the West Bank has prompted international ire; but are they to blame for the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians? Image: Getty

Did Israeli settlements in the West Bank kill the two-state solution?

3 December 2012 16:18

When did the dream of a two-state solution die? When it became clear that there are already two Palestinian states…