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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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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 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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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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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 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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Sinophobia, the last acceptable racism

12 August 2012 12:30

The Chinese have excelled at London 2012, much to the annoyance of their Western rivals. In this week’s issue of the Spectator, Ross Clark argues that the claims against swimmer… Continue reading

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Who will rule the 21st century?

7 August 2012 11:01

This is a nice big question to ponder on the holiday beach or in the rented villa. A vast amount has already been written on the rise of China and… Continue reading

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The US has taken a stance against Argentina’s brinkmanship — it’s time we joined them

8 May 2012 16:48

The 30th anniversary of the Falklands War – and the bellicose rhetoric (and videos) currently emerging from Buenos Aires — has once more shone a spotlight on the UK’s relationship… Continue reading

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May Day, May Day

2 May 2012 14:18

There was a sense of urgency, even emergency, in many countries on May 1 this year. The goings-on in the UK were muted in comparison: France Presidential incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy… Continue reading

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Obama’s words meet with the Taliban’s bombs

2 May 2012 10:34

Political theatre, that’s what Barack Obama delivered in Afghanistan last night. A year on from the death of Osama Bin Laden, and with the US elections fast approaching, here was… Continue reading

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Britain’s longest downturn

25 April 2012 11:20

As of today, we now have four years’ worth of GDP figures since the UK first went into recession — and they don’t look pretty. By this point in the… Continue reading

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What today’s Abu Hamza ruling means

10 April 2012 18:00

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that five terror suspects, including notorious Islamist cleric Abu Hamza, can be deported to the United States — a decision welcomed by… Continue reading

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Cameron dines with Obama… and Clooney

15 March 2012 9:03

The Camerons weren’t the Obamas’ only big-name guests at the State Dinner last night. They were joined by a host of stars including Warren Buffett, Richard Branson and George Clooney,… Continue reading

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Afghanistan overshadows Cameron’s America trip

14 March 2012 17:23

Afghanistan, what now? After a week of death and retaliation in the country, it appears that a car bomb has been detonated on the runway at Camp Bastion — probably… Continue reading

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Today’s NATO leak highlights the need for more realism over Afghanistan

1 February 2012 17:12

Today’s leaked NATO report on ‘the state of the Taliban’ has generated the predictable responses: excessive attempts by the media to hype it up, and excessive attempts by NATO and… Continue reading

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Would Iran block the Strait of Hormuz?

24 January 2012 14:42

With the EU agreeing a new round of sanctions on Iran – outlawing European oil and gas purchases from Iran in six months, freezing Iran’s Central Bank and banning trade… Continue reading

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Dire straits

5 January 2012 17:27

The situation in the Strait of Hormuz continues to intensify, with Defence Secretary Philip Hammond showing that, like his predecessor, he is not shy of pushing back when he gets… Continue reading

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