British Muslims extremists are joining ISIS. The UK must take responsibility — and action — before it’s too late

Thomas Pynchon’s new novel displays all the bravura imagination of the rest of his oeuvre, but sees the elusive writer finally coming to terms with the world

A sceptical look at America’s leading apologist for Islam, fêted all over Washington from the Saudis to the CIA

The arts have failed to respond adequately to 9/11. Stephen Daldry’s new film is no exception

‘The dance floor at the wedding of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Niall Ferguson would have been the Guardian’s worst nightmare’

‘Secular individuals are of course no less moral than their pious counterparts, but secular societies are living on the spiritual capital accumulated by their ancestors’

Ten years after 9/11, our societies need to restore their self-belief. Only a covenant between citizens can recreate the bonds we need

‘I do not care whether Osama bin Laden was cowering behind his wife or whether he had a gun. I’m just glad he’s dead’

‘A few Muslim extremists have transformed the experience of travelling’

News has emerged on al-Qaeda forums that one of their senior leaders, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, has been killed in Afghanistan. Yazid, 55, has been part of al-Qaeda’s inner sanctum for much of the last decade, playing an ever increasing role in the movement after many of its former leaders were either killed or captured in the aftermath of 9/11.