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Opinion Editorials
March 24, 2015
Ukraine

To See Ukraine’s Future, Recall Crimea

Dr. Andrew Foxall
Originally published in The New York Times Just over a year ago, Russia annexed Crimea in the first major land grab in Europe since World War II. The world has paid little attention to Crimea since then, but developments on the ...
March 18, 2015
Saudi Arabia

Meet Saudi Arabia’s top cleric. Like Isis, he also thinks churches should be destroyed

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Spectator Today a quick game of ‘spot the difference.’ First, here are some photos, released yesterday, of Isis pulling down the crosses on ancient churches and desecrating Christian holy sites in Mosul, Iraq. They admit to doing this because they wish ...
March 18, 2015
Israel

We can’t just blame Benjamin Netanyahu for the lack of peace in the Middle East

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Spectator The re-election of Benjamin (‘Bibi’) Netanyahu in Israel has not gone down well in the chancelleries of Europe, let alone the White House. During his terms of office, a majority of western politicians and commentators have ...
March 18, 2015
Ukraine

How did Russia’s RNCB avoid Ukraine-related sanctions for so long?

Dr. Andrew Foxall
Originally published in the Financial Times Unwilling to go to war with Russia, the west’s main levers for persuading Vladimir Putin to back down over Ukraine are economic sanctions. Their importance was underscored last week, when the US announced new measures ...
March 16, 2015

This new crowdsourcing site allows anyone to use their skills to advance basic human rights

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Spectator One of the questions I most often get asked is: ‘What can I do?’  If you agree that actual liberals are the only palatable future in authoritarian societies and also recognise that they are a beleaguered ...
March 13, 2015
Religious Fundamentalism

Does the Islamic Human Rights Commission think The Spectator was born yesterday?

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Spectator It seems that the laughably misnamed ‘Islamic Human Rights Commission’ did not like my last piece. Indeed the Khomeinist organisation has written to complain to my editor.  Here is their letter: Dear Sir, I note that Douglas Murray’s article published ...
March 13, 2015
United Kingdom

This is no debate but a rally of hate directed at Israel

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Express EARLIER this month we once again saw what hotbeds of extremism and hatred some of our university campuses have become. The fact that Mohammed Emwazi (aka “Jihadi John”) had been a student at Westminster university could have ...
March 10, 2015
United Kingdom

A new low: Charlie Hebdo’s murdered staff receive an ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ award

Douglas Murray
Originally published in The Spectator I have always treated the ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ event with the scorn it deserves. Not least because each year this fantasy prize for a fantasy concept is run by a British Khomeinist organisation laughably named ...
March 9, 2015
United Kingdom

Will Gordon Brown’s critics finally admit he was right about al-Qaeda’s ‘major terrorist plot’?

Robin Simcox
Originally published in The Spectator There are not many things to celebrate about Gordon Brown’s time in office. He was a vilified leader; often quite rightly so. His Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, did not fare much better. However, a recent terror ...
March 8, 2015
India

The attitudes expressed towards women in India’s Daughter are chilling. But they’re also universal

Emily Dyer
Originally published in the New Statesman India’s Daughter has exposed that country’s rape culture. But don’t imagine that these attitudes aren’t found around the world. This week’s screening of the film India’s Daughter has brought long overdue attention to India’s national rape crisis, and the ...
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Key Publications
March 23, 2015

Crimea and the Kremlin: From Plan “A” to Plan “B”

Henry Jackson Society
This is the seventh in a series of guest publications and translations which The Henry Jackson Society is producing by arrangement with Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty. This publication was written by Vladimir Voronov, a Russian investigative journalist, and translated by Arch ...
March 16, 2015

Putin’s Peninsula: Crimea’s Annexation and Deterioration

Dr. Andrew Foxall
The organised crime, corruption, and discrimination that is the oxygen of Vladimir Putin’s ‘spoils for the few’ mode of governance have been boosted by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, finds this policy paper by the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry ...
March 11, 2015

Hamas Today: An Assessment of Alliances and Capabilities

Henry Jackson Society
Despite sustaining significant damage to its infrastructure and capacity for violence during the previous conflict, Hamas in Gaza is once again resurgent – replenishing its weapons stockpiles and resuming construction of its offensive terror tunnel system. Without counter-measures, it appears highly ...
February 26, 2015

Senseless and Merciless: “The Russian World” The Ideology of a Russian crusade

Henry Jackson Society
This is the sixth in a series of guest publications and translations which The Henry Jackson Society is producing by arrangement with Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.   This publication was written by Vladimir Abarinov, a Russian journalist, and ...
February 24, 2015

Community Policing and Preventing Extremism: Lessons from Bradford

Hannah Stuart
Since the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London, police forces nationally have implemented successive counter-radicalisation policies. Community Policing and Preventing Extremism, based on a series of interviews with senior police officers from the West Yorkshire Police and the North East Counter-Terrorism ...