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Douglas Murray

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Douglas Murray

A bestselling author and award-winning political commentator, he previously founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, which monitors extremism in Britain. Murray is the author of numerous publications including, "Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe's Muslim Communities". A columnist for Standpoint magazine, he writes for a variety of other publications, including the Spectator and Wall Street Journal. Murray is an expert on Islamist extremism and UK foreign policy. He recently published a book on the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

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August 24, 2016

The burkini ban is a political ruse

Originally published in the Spectator.
Private Eye used to run a column called the ‘Neo-philes’, listing some of the endless cases of hacks saying ‘X is the new Y’ (‘This season green is the new black’ and so on). So let …

Posted in Europe, Extremism, France, ISIS, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
August 22, 2016

UK: Clerics Who Threaten Reformers and Praise Murderers

Originally published by the Gatestone Institute. 
The conviction of radical Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary — the most prominent extremist in Britain — has been widely welcomed in the UK. For years his followers and he have infuriated the vast majority of …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
August 18, 2016

The Right to Dissent

It would be a fair assessment to conclude that many people consider some statements not what they would like to hear — whether by Salman Rushdie, Geert Wilders, Ingrid Carlqvist, Douglas Murray, Lars Hedegaard, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, Theo van Gogh, the …

Posted in Extremism, Human Rights, News Coverage
August 17, 2016

Vile hate preacher Anjem Choudary faces 10 years JAIL for ISIS rants

The infamous 49-year-old Muslim encouraged backing for the terrorist group in a series of vile talks posted on YouTube and shared around his jihadi followers.
Police pounced on the unhinged preacher after he put his name to an online video pledging …

Posted in Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom

The menace of Choudary is at last behind bars

Originally published in the Express.
After years of convening, inspiring and inciting radical Muslims across Britain, Anjem Choudary has finally been found guilty in a British court of encouraging support for ISIS. He is now facing up to ten years in …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
August 16, 2016

It’s a bad day for Anjem Choudary – and a good day for secular law

Originally published by the Spectator.
So farewell then Anjem Choudary. At least for a few years. Britain’s biggest loudmouth Islamist has finally been convicted in the UK for encouraging support for Isis. He now faces up to ten years in prison.
There …

Posted in Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom

Sweden: The Silence of the Jews

“There isn’t much of a desire to do anything about it [the problem of antisemitism]. It should also be said that the so-called interfaith outreach work… achieves almost nothing. A couple of old bearded men get together and agree on …

Posted in Extremism, Human Rights, News Coverage, Sweden
August 14, 2016

Islamic Islamophobia: When Muslims Are Not Muslim Enough, What Does It Promise for the Rest of Us?

Originally published by the Gatestone Institute. 
Earlier this year there was a murder that shocked Britain. Just before Easter, a 40-year old shopkeeper in Glasgow, Asad Shah, was repeatedly stabbed in his shop; he died in the road outside. The news …

Posted in Extremism, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
August 13, 2016

Matt Johnson: U.S. wasted countless opportunities in Syria

A week ago, Syrian rebels seized a major military installation in Aleppo and ended a month-long siege of the city. Afterward, citizens of east Aleppo rushed into the streets to celebrate, rebels captured a large stockpile of weapons and equipment …

Posted in ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria, United States
August 12, 2016

Why the Prevent strategy isn’t the problem

Originally published in the Spectator.
Earlier this week the Times had a leader column entitled ‘Protect Prevent’. As a defence of the government’s counter-extremism strategy it was all well and good, but it missed a very crucial point. It said:
‘The …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
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