Anti-Semitism has never been confined to the Right. Its latest manifestation is the left-wing campaign to undermine Israel
‘Muslim anti-Semitism is a phenomenon that embarrasses Western liberal intellectuals and confounds their anti-Israel sentiment’
The historic city in Pakistan’s North West Frontier — home to the Smugglers’ bazaar, Khyber Pass and Grand Trunk Road — is seeing its rich culture eroded by religious fundamentalism
Reproduced in full — and not yet available via any of the Government or Conservative Party’s websites — David Cameron’s speech to the Community Security Trust on March 2
Pity the Islamists; the rug has been pulled out from under their feet.
There is a lot of debate at the moment about what the fallout from the Middle East’s uprisings will mean for the region. Is this the start of an Islamist uprising or the birth pangs of a more liberal and pluralistic Arab world?
In last week’s issue of the Spectator, Peter Oborne threw his weight behind a faction within the coalition government, headed by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who are urging David Cameron and some of his closest allies to reassess their current stance on the role Islamist groups should play both in the direction of British Islam and in the government’s counter-radicalisation efforts. He believes that Cameron’s neoconservative cabal in Whitehall has fundamentally misunderstood what constitutes extremist Islam, and is mistaken in its rejection of a wide array of British Islamist organisations. Instead, he thinks Cameron and his allies must understand that non-violent Islamist groups can act as a useful bulwark against violent extremism. As well as being flawed, his argument also reveals a surprisingly low opinion of Britain’s Muslims.
The Turkish-born German sociologist and critic of Islamism Necla Kelek and the classical liberal economist Karen Horn discuss the failure of integration with the Editor of Standpoint, Daniel Johnson, in Berlin
Why don’t Islamists and those on the ‘left’ read a history book or two instead of spouting ignorant canards about a so called ‘neo-McCarthyite’ movement against Muslims? The latest example of this flagrant abuse of history is to be found in a blog by the New Statesman’s Mehdi Hasan, in which he attacks Daily Telegraph journalist and blogger, Andrew Gilligan.
The “independent inquiry” into the radicalisation of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab at UCL was a pathetic embarrassment