Islamism

Party conferences: a vapid kind of hell

1 October 2012 17:37

As I may have intimated last week, political conference season is a particular kind of hell. Most of us just…

Freedom betrayed

20 September 2012 14:50

I have a piece in the magazine this week on the disgraceful behaviour of Hillary Clinton and other US officials…

No surrender for Salman

20 September 2012 14:39

As the Middle East reels and Parisian satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo up their security, one man who knows more than…

Joseph Anton, a brilliant and important book

20 September 2012 9:20

I’m halfway through Joseph Anton, Salman Rushdie’s memoir of what it was like to be given a death sentence by…

Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses’ revisited

17 September 2012 11:34

The publication of Joseph Anton (tomorrow), Salman Rushdie’s much anticipated memoir, has given newspapers cause to revisit The Satanic Verses. The…

Film protests in Middle East

15 September 2012 12:09

It’s about time we revamped the rather stale format of the BBC film review show, the one that has that…

Salman Rushdie: He’s still here

15 September 2012 12:04

Until the launch party for Salman Rushdie’s autobiography, the best story I’d heard about the forced marriage of literary London…

The Muslim Brotherhood’s rank hypocrisy

14 September 2012 13:49

Western media and governments which are currently white-washing the Muslim Brotherhood should take note of the following, a classic example…

General Dempsey’s disastrous intervention

13 September 2012 16:35

When the Danish Cartoons affair broke in 2005-6 there was considerable pressure on the Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen,…

Memoir of an Islamist

9 August 2012 12:48

It was a surreal experience to meet Maajid Nawaz for the first time. I had known of him for years and…

RIP Robert Hughes: Enemy of the Woozy

7 August 2012 18:23

Few books have had a greater effect on me than Robert Hughes’ Culture of Complaint. The clarity of Hughes’ style…

Peter Hitchens vs Mehdi Hasan

6 August 2012 14:54

A fascinating column in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday by Peter Hitchens asks ‘Am I an “animal”, a “cow” — or…

Anti-Semitism, Islamism and Islam

26 July 2012 15:03

My blog on last week’s bombing in Bulgaria and convictions in Manchester provoked a response from my colleague Martin Bright…

Anti-Semitism: no longer big news

23 July 2012 14:15

My fellow Spectator blogger Douglas Murray wrote a powerful post yesterday. Like him, I was disturbed by the way the…

An ideological hatred

22 July 2012 15:55

Two events this week have highlighted, from very different places, an identical problem. In Bulgaria on Wednesday a bomb was…

A self-regarding attack on free speech

9 July 2012 16:30

Imbecilic leftie authoritarians are whining again about being called nasty names by people with less power than them. Exhibit A…

Plus ça change in Cairo

30 June 2012 18:00

Don’t expect Cairo to become Kabul now that the Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate, Mohammed Mursi, has been sworn into power…

Al Qeada breathes again, but this is no time for dictators

26 June 2012 14:15

Two sentences in the speech by the Director General of the Security Service, Jonathan Evans, yesterday evening have drawn particular…

Euphoria gives way to worry

1 June 2012 9:15

The slaughter of the innocents in Houla, Syria, has concentrated the West’s collective mind. The Times declares (£), not unreasonably,…

Euphoria gives way to worry as fog of war descends

1 June 2012 9:09

The slaughter of the innocents in Houla, Syria, has concentrated the West’s collective mind. The Times declares (£), not unreasonably,…