Muslim Brotherhood

Sharia law and the relative mercies of French justice

21 October 2017 14:28

For many years, the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Tariq Ramadan, has been one of my closest…

The West has totally misjudged the situation in Libya

2 June 2016 9:26

Libya’s former Prime Minister Dr. Mahmoud Jibril has become the first senior leader of its Arab Spring revolution to call…

The Muslim Brotherhood review has left many questions unanswered

17 December 2015 16:35

The findings of the UK government’s review into the Muslim Brotherhood have finally been published.  Commissioned by the Prime Minister…

Michel Houellebecq’s vision of a France ruled by an Islamist regime is all too plausible

16 November 2015 14:12

No question about the book of the year: it’s Michel Houellebecq’s Submission (Heinemann, £18.99) in Lorin Stein’s fluent translation. It’s…

Giving the Nobel peace prize to Tunisia’s ‘quartet’ perpetuates a dangerous lie

9 October 2015 15:08

Tunisia is preposterously touted as the one success story of the nightmarish revolutions, counter-revolutions, civil wars, jihadist invasions and Islamist…

Tony Blair has long been an irrelevance in the Middle East peace process

28 May 2015 11:52

Following months of speculation, Tony Blair has finally announced he is standing down as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East…

Nick Clegg has damaged Britain’s counter-extremism strategies

17 March 2015 19:04

There is some fuss around the publication delay on the government’s review into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in…

The price of Egypt’s economic recovery: police brutality, torture and a strangled press

4 February 2015 13:26

Cairo’s Tahrir Square is turfed and tarmacked. Traffic police bustle about, watched at a distance by the soldiers in their tanks.…

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…

The Muslim Brotherhood thrives in Britain

15 November 2013 9:27

The Muslim Brotherhood aren’t doing so well in Egypt at the moment. Happily they are making some gains in Britain.…

How the Egyptian army handed the Muslim Brotherhood a victory

15 August 2013 16:28

You don’t have to be a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood’s clerical fashion to recoil at the draconian treatment of…

The Muslim Brotherhood’s fight for existence

14 August 2013 12:43

Speak to members of the Muslim Brotherhood and you get a sense of just how imperilled they feel. Ever since…

The View from 22 — Twitter abuse wars, Theresa vs Boris and Egypt’s Arab winter

1 August 2013 13:40

Will online abuse and trolling ever be stopped? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Hugo Rifkind discusses his Spectator…

Egypt’s institutions are so weak the army is all that’s left

3 July 2013 16:47

There’s a joke doing the rounds in Tahrir Square which goes like this: ‘Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak all tried to…

Egyptian-born cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi praised Hamas for firing rockets into Israel. Picture: Getty

Why engaging with the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t quite as simple as it seems

12 May 2013 17:48

Conventional wisdom has long suggested that we should engage pernicious groups like the Muslim Brotherhood in order to defang them.…

Bassem Youssef’s arrest is just one example of the attack on free speech in Egypt

4 April 2013 14:34

Bassem Youssef is better known as ‘Egypt’s John Stewart’. He is a 39 year old cardiologist who made his name…

Operation Pillar of Defence leads Israel to strategic failure

22 November 2012 16:56

Last night’s ceasefire is a strategic failure for Israel. While the end of military action must be welcomed, it is…

The Gazan conflict poses a dilemma for Mohammed Morsi

19 November 2012 17:34

As tensions between Israel and Gaza continue to flare, the real story is what’s happening in Cairo. The conflict represents…

Why I would vote for Mitt Romney

5 November 2012 16:58

What is the role of a commentator in an election in which he or she cannot vote? And how would…

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…