Geoffrey Langlands has been deeply committed to education – even in an unstable region

From Syria and Iraq to Iran and Pakistan, Christians and other minorities are being persecuted by Islamists. Can they be stopped?

A poem composed in the aftermath of the death of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich

‘We need to present a career in the army as a proven route out of the structural unemployment which dogs young Muslims’

The loss of a figurehead as iconic as Osama bin Laden will come as a blow to al-Qaeda and its supporters, but is unlikely to fatally undermine the movement.

‘Only the West can botch anything up. And when the rest of the world botches things up, it’s the West’s fault for making them do it’

And so Pakistan’s descent into chaos continues to gather pace this morning with the news that another opponent of the country’s blasphemy laws has been assassinated. Shahbaz Bhatti, minister for religious minorities, was gunned down in Islamabad while travelling to a meeting. The Dawn reports:

The Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, was assassinated earlier today for supporting reforms to Pakistan’s arcane blasphemy laws. It is the most high profile and significant political assassination since former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007.

Our Mole inside cricket wonders whether the ICC has the guts to take on those who besmirch the game

Over at his new blog Inayat Bunglawala is already tying himself in knots over the guilty plea by failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. During his plea hearing Shahzad told the court: