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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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March 14, 2015

Did Cage director train Jihadi John? MoS uncovers new evidence that links apologists for ISIS butcher to his desert weapons camp

Originally published in The Daily Mail
The director of a human rights group which sparked outrage after it called Jihadi John ‘a beautiful young man’ may have been involved in training him at a camp run by militants in Syria.
A Mail …

Posted in Human Rights, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
March 13, 2015

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

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 …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Spotlight

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

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 …

Posted in Extremism, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
March 10, 2015

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

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 …

Posted in Human Rights, Islamism, Media, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
March 5, 2015

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

Originally published in The Spectator
For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here in DC. Did Speaker Boehner adequately notify the White House about the invitation? How angry was …

Posted in Defence, Iran, Israel, Nuclear Weapons, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, United States
February 28, 2015

Steering clear of mocking religion is not ‘good taste’; it’s cowardice

Originally published in The Sunday Times
Bad laws, fear and social media are eroding proud British traditions of free speech. Without the right to debate — and offend — we have nothing, writes Douglas Murray
‘We’re not that keen on free speech …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Media, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Spotlight, United Kingdom

Jihadi John and his ilk have many friends in Britain

Originally published in The Express
IS BRITAIN finally waking up to the monsters we have been creating?
For a year we have known of a British Muslim – dubbed Jihadi John – who is IS’s star executioner. With his British accent to …

Posted in Extremism, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
February 27, 2015

Cage deserves all the scrutiny the relevant authorities can muster

Originally published in The Spectator
So the identity of ‘Jihadi John’ appears to have come out.  And surprise surprise he is a man associated with the group Cage (formerly Cage Prisoners).  The leaders of this group – Asim Qureshi and Cerie …

Posted in Extremism, Opinion Editorial, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
February 23, 2015

Want to stop nice British girls going to Syria? Then show them the X-rated ‘Joy of Jihad’

Originally published in The Spectator
I’m with Rod on the wannabe jihadi brides going to Syria.  The whole official approach demonstrated by the BBC et al is just the same as the government-sponsored videos that crop up on YouTube urging people not to …

Posted in Human Rights, ISIS, Opinion Editorial, Syria, United Kingdom, Women's Rights
February 21, 2015

A survivor of the Copenhagen attack speaks: ‘If we should stop drawing cartoons, should we also stop having synagogues?’

Originally published in The Spectator
Two years ago the Danish writer Helle Brix helped found the Lars Vilks Committee. The group of media figures from left and right came together to support the Swedish artist who has been under constant threat …

Posted in Europe, Extremism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
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