Islamism

When spring doesn’t turn into summer

29 May 2012 10:07

A high-ranking member of Hosni Mubarak’s disgraced government, or someone from the Muslim Brotherhood? It’s hardly an enviable choice —…

Sarkozy shows extremists the door

3 April 2012 17:00

Who on earth does Nicolas Sarkozy think he is? The answer, of course, is President of the French Republic. And…

A man surrounded — and some assumptions exposed

21 March 2012 18:28

There was an element of bafflement in the early BBC coverage this morning of the welcome news that police have…

Defecting to what?

8 March 2012 9:12

The wires are ablaze with the news that Syria’s deputy oil minister, Abdo Hussameldin, has switched sides to the country’s…

What the Taliban want

2 March 2012 9:04

How go those talks with the Taliban in Doha? Quietly, that’s how — although there’s a report in yesterday’s The…

Cameron’s ECHR problems won’t end with a Qatada deal

17 February 2012 15:11

The news that Theresa May will fly to Jordan to continue talks about Abu Qatada shows how close the government…

Why Baroness Warsi has it wrong

14 February 2012 17:56

For someone who has profited so well from her religion, it is particularly striking that Baroness Warsi should claim today…

Making a call on Qatada

9 February 2012 13:33

The Prime Minister, we are told, has been trying to reach the King of Jordan to see if some kind…

Our enemy’s enemy

9 February 2012 9:20

It’s unusual for The Guardian and The Spectator to agree on anything, but Seamus Milne and our own John R…

Ignore the European Court and deport Abu Qatada tonight

7 February 2012 13:24

The Al-Qaeda preacher Abu Qatada is a Jordanian national who is in the UK illegally (having come here in 1993…

Cameron’s coming battle over the ECHR

6 February 2012 19:17

The coming release of Abu Qatada on bail is going to put bellows under the whole debate about the European…

Person of the year: The Islamist?

29 December 2011 17:57

Last week, Time Magazine named ‘The Protestor’ as its Person of the Year. Myself, I’d be tempted to bestow the…

Learning to live with Islamists

5 December 2011 15:56

Islamists have won a landslide in Egypt, with the Muslim Brotherhood and the ultra-Conservative Al Nour party winning some 60…

Worrying developments in the Middle East

4 December 2011 15:47

It’s been an eventful , if worrying afternoon in the Middle East. First, the initial Egyptian election results confirm the expectation…

Iran crosses a line

12 October 2011 9:00

A flurry of news yesterday evening, among it Slovakia’s rejection of the euro bailout and even more ado about our…

Mullen adds to the tension between the US and Pakistan

22 September 2011 17:21

US-Pakistani relations will deteriorate even further following today’s claims by Admiral Mike Mullen, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs…

The randomness of al-Qaeda’s evil

12 September 2011 9:05

After all the nerves and security in New York, Washington and London, the only attempted terror plot on the anniversary…

Cameron winning over the Libya doubters

24 August 2011 17:55

“They’ll like us when we win,” the West Wing’s Toby Ziegler said of the Arab world. David Cameron might have…

A grateful nation

23 August 2011 12:00

This picture from Libya is doing the rounds on the internet this morning. Italian, French and British flags are also being…

An encouraging start for the new Libya

22 August 2011 14:28

The press conference by Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of the National Transitional Council, was encouraging. Jalil stressed that he…