Islamic State

‘Kurdexit’ would make Brexit look strong and stable

18 September 2017 13:28

Last week, American, British and UN diplomats tried to persuade the Kurds in Iraq to delay their referendum on independence.…

Islamic State has recreated The Handmaid’s Tale

26 August 2017 11:18

Well, don’t think there’s much milage in the charge against Peter Kosminsky’s drama about IS, The State,  that it glamorises…

A proper discussion about terrorism is the best way to honour Manchester’s dead

27 May 2017 8:30

Until last week, it was thought that the jihadi threat was subsiding and the security services were increasingly able to…

Was the Borussia Dortmund bus bombing motivated by greed?

21 April 2017 12:54

It seems the rush to blame the Borussia Dortmund bus bombing on Islamist extremists was wrong. German police have now arrested a…

Islamic State claims responsibility for Paris terror attack

20 April 2017 23:03

Just days before the first round of voting in the French presidential election, there has been a terrorist attack on…

Can Iraq’s Christians ever recover from Isis?

14 April 2017 9:00

Since June 2014, when Islamic State attacked northern Iraq, the desks at Mar Ephrem seminary in Hamdaniya, a city 18 miles southeast of…

Isis claim responsibility for Westminster terror attack

23 March 2017 12:38

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s deadly terror attack in Westminster. Isis described the man involved – a British-born jihadist who…

Syria is a world war without a solution

16 February 2017 14:17

The Afghans on the road in Serbia were wet from the rain. They were trying to hitch a ride into…

Europe is still struggling to face up to the terror threat

5 January 2017 17:12

Europe’s unpreparedness to deal with the terrorist threat it is now facing is highlighted in two reports today. The Wall…

Islamic State will want a landslide victory for Marine Le Pen

25 November 2016 10:23

Yassine was one of the most popular teaching assistants at his primary school in Strasbourg. What is known in the…

The battle for Mosul could create another refugee exodus

18 October 2016 13:00

As the sun set over the frontline in northern Iraq on the first day of the long anticipated Mosul offensive,…

Iraq’s endgame: The battle for Mosul

17 October 2016 8:11

At night, the temperature around the Islamic State-held city of Mosul drops to around 80°F. At the Bashiqa front line,…

This Labour leadership contest has represented an intellectual surrender to Corbynism

24 September 2016 9:05

The Labour leadership result isn’t announced until 11.45am today. But whatever the result—and no one seems in much doubt what…

Are Isis Islamic? Hillary Clinton seems to think so

9 September 2016 9:08

Here’s a strange thing. In a TV interview on Thursday morning, Hillary Clinton said that Isis want Donald Trump to…

Islamic State’s ‘Jizya tax’ for Christians is pure propaganda

5 September 2016 16:11

Christians continue to be slaughtered in the Middle East. But as reports of genocidal atrocities mount up, our governments have…

The Spectator Podcast: Marriage for one

27 August 2016 9:58

An increasing number of women are entering into the institution of marriage with their dream partner: themselves. In her cover…

Freedom is our best weapon against Isis

25 August 2016 14:36

Of all the guff churned out about Isis, the refrain that we are engaged in a ‘clash of civilisations’ and…

The Spectator Podcast: Marriage for one

25 August 2016 8:14

An increasing number of women are entering into the institution of marriage with their dream partner: themselves. In her cover…

The Spectator podcast: The real hate crime scandal

6 August 2016 10:00

Since the vote for Brexit, the media has fallen over itself to cover the apparently large upswing in the number…

The Spectator podcast: The real hate crime scandal

4 August 2016 9:04

Since the vote for Brexit, the media has fallen over itself to cover the apparently large upswing in the number…

French politicians have a major problem on their hands

26 July 2016 19:35

Today’s attack was the 7th Islamist terrorist atrocity in France since January 2015. Two hundred and thirty six people have…

After the Nice attack, Michel Houllebecq’s nightmare vision edges closer

15 July 2016 15:33

I only got around to reading Michel Houellebecq’s Submission last month, a darkly amusing book about how France destabilises as…

From the Tate to Palmyra: to preserve great art, let it decay and regenerate

1 June 2016 12:46

Strolling around Tate Modern’s recent Alexander Calder exhibition, something bothered me. Calder is best known for creating mobile, rather than static,…

Number 10 might be more confident than ever of EU referendum victory, but they’re still trying to load the debate dice

23 April 2016 10:00

Downing Street is more confident than it has ever been that the EU referendum will be won. It is not…

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,…