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Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Iran (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

5 March 2015 11:40

For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here in DC. Did Speaker Boehner adequately notify the White House… 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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Benjamin Netanyahu has repeated his call for European Jews to immigrate to Israel (Photo: Menahem Kahana/Getty)

Israel has become a life-insurance policy for many British Jews

16 February 2015 12:22

Weekends are quality time in the Alderman household. On Saturday evenings, following the termination of the Sabbath, my wife and I are accustomed to sit together, review the week that… Continue reading

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Grant Shapps: Haggis is not terrorism

12 February 2015 14:22

Haggis was on the menu at the Tories’ Black and White Ball on Monday, and now it’s on the political agenda too. In an otherwise dry speech on the Transatlantic… Continue reading

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Mitt Romney Campaigns With AK Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan In Anchorage

The ineffable sadness of Mitt Romney 2016

16 January 2015 14:58

The suggestion Mitt Romney might make another run for the Presidency of the United States made me think of a line from one of my father’s novels: ‘There’s nothing so sad… Continue reading

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Peers demand PM lobbies President over haggis ban

15 January 2015 12:23

Patriotic peers have demanded that David Cameron raise the US haggis import ban with President Obama at the White House today. As Steerpike noted yesterday, the 1971 ban on the… Continue reading

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Could a Tory peer convince the USA to stomach imported haggis?

14 January 2015 18:19

Tomorrow, parliament will debate a topic of immense significance. Steerpike hears that Tory peer Lord McColl is planning on championing a great repressed minority, in a land that claims to… Continue reading

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@CENTCOM's Twitter page as it appeared after the hack

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 Battle of New Orleans, as imagined by  Edward Percy Moran in 1910

It’s 200 years since Britain last fought America. But it’s not a battle the British care to remember

8 January 2015 8:30

2015 is the year of Waterloo and Wellington. The 200th anniversary will be celebrated with grand commemorations on the battlefield and in London. But today, January 8th, 2015, is also… Continue reading

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Saudi Arabian men wait outside the Masma

The Saudis are playing a clever game with oil supplies. Here’s how to understand it

6 January 2015 15:32

As oil prices continue to plummet, the rather sterile debate over Saudi intentions drags on. Some believe the Saudis are locked into a secret conspiracy with Washington to stiff Russia… Continue reading

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Boris in his birth town (Photo: Getty)

Boris’s dilemma: relinquish his US passport or pay American tax

24 November 2014 18:18

When in doubt, blame wealthy foreigners for any political problems. That goes for pols in the US and the UK alike, and even the dual-national Mayor of London is not immune. Boris Johnson opposes blanket… Continue reading

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Crowds gathered outside The Capitol building in Washington D.C for the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States of America, in 1913  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: A word to America

14 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 12 September 1914: WE desire to address a word to the American people, a word which must be spoken, though we are fully aware that it will… Continue reading

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Has turned into a hermit with Noel Edmonds' hair: Julian Assange (right). Images: Getty

Julian Assange is a narcissist and a nut. But if America comes for him we should take his side

19 August 2014 17:33

This is an extract from Hugo Rifkind’s column in this week’s Spectator, out on Thursday Poor Julian Assange. Call me a contrarian but I’m genuinely starting to feel sorry for… Continue reading

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Don’t listen to the hawks — the west should leave Iraq alone

13 August 2014 19:31

This is a preview from this week’s Spectator, available tomorrow: Peering down from the Olympian heights of the New York Times, the columnist David Brooks writes that “We are now living in… Continue reading

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The minimum wage is broken – here’s how to fix it

2 April 2014 14:34

While welcoming George Osborne’s emphasis this week on raising employment, I have some caveats about his target – to have the highest employment rate in the G7. This isn’t hugely… Continue reading

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President Barack Obama and European leaders. Image: Getty

What the US really thinks about Europe (and why it might help push reform)

7 February 2014 10:00

Whether it wants to or not, Washington has a role to play in the UK’s EU debate. Eurosceptics and Europhiles constantly wrangle over what the US position is on Brexit,… Continue reading

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Meritocracy appears to be an impossible dream, which means that we need more social democracy. The Left should take this opportunity. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Meritocracy doesn’t work. It’s in the Left’s interest to recognise this

30 January 2014 14:15

At the end of Coming Apart Charles Murray mentions, rather enigmatically, that our assumptions about society will soon be blown out of the water by new discoveries about human nature.… Continue reading

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Visar Arifaj, Legendary President of Kosovo's Party of the Strong. (Image: Party of the Strong)

Visar Arifaj is Kosovo’s answer to Borat and Beppe Grillo – only funny

4 November 2013 8:49

Kosovo held regional elections over the weekend…and it rather looks as if the Serbs in the north of the country, in Mitrovica, stayed away in droves, notwithstanding the instructions from Belgrade… Continue reading

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Boston bombing suspect taken into custody

20 April 2013 3:00

After a day-long man hunt, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second named suspect in the Boston marathon bombing, has been taken into custody. He was found hiding in a boat that was… Continue reading

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Boston explosions

Boston Marathon blasts kill two and injure many more

15 April 2013 22:48

Update CBS News in the US are reporting that a Saudi national is being questioned by the FBI. He denies any involvement in the attack In a press conference just… Continue reading

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Martin Luther King was assassinated on 4 April 1968. Picture: Getty Images

45 years ago: The death of Martin Luther King

4 April 2013 18:21

45 years ago tonight, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr was shot and killed as he stood on a motel balcony, aged just 39. Here is the leader from the following… Continue reading

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, best mates. Image: Getty

Dreaming of the Cold War

25 December 2012 12:24

I’m thoroughly enjoying the playground spat between the USA and Russia. The Americans have banned Russians with dodgy human rights records from visiting the country, but have no such objection… Continue reading

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Connecticut Community Copes With Aftermath Of Elementary School Mass Shooting

Newtown, Connecticut: A Very American Tragedy - Spectator Blogs

18 December 2012 19:09

I’ve not written anything for a few days because, well, I’ve been trying to organise what I think about the awfulness of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Trying, also, to… Continue reading

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Police monitor a flat in Hoboken, New Jersey, believed be connected to the Connecticut school shooting. The gunman, Adam Lanza, was found dead at the scene. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images

The Connecticut shooting

14 December 2012 19:40

The news coming out of Connecticut is just awful. 18 children have been gunned down at their school and, reports suggest, that another nine people—including the gunman—are also dead. The… Continue reading

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The Newlyweds

The marriage plot: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger reviewed

14 August 2012 11:17

Few could accuse literary fiction of not doing its best to perk up the US export sector recently. It has been a truly remarkable year. A quick glance at my… Continue reading

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