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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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May 9, 2016

The right’s problem is the left has the best tune

Originally published in The Times.
Over recent years the Republican party had a photo-fit of the perfect candidate to transmit its ideas. It hoped for someone young with an “up by their boots-straps” story, preferably black, best of all Hispanic. Instead …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
May 7, 2016

How Recep Erdogan became the most powerful man in Europe

Originally published in The Spectator.
Is Turkey part of Europe? For most of our civilisation’s history, to have even asked such a question would have been to invite derision. The Ottomans were kept out of Europe not by some early-onset prejudice, but …

Posted in European Union, Germany, Opinion Editorial, Turkey
December 21, 2015

The Establishment Is In Denial — Yet Again

Originally published in Standpoint Magazine
There is a convention in British journalism that whenever the House of Commons holds a long debate on a matter of war, it is said to have “risen to the occasion”. MPs are then ordinarily reported …

Posted in Defence, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Media, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
December 11, 2015

The Young Fabians have an impressive guest of honour this evening – and they’re lucky to have him

Originally published in Spectator Blogs
Some days the world is so stupid that getting out of bed seems to carry too many risks.  Today, thanks to the Independent, the bottom of the stupid-pool has been reached. The ‘paper’ has just run a …

Posted in Extremism, Northern Ireland, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom

‘Victim blaming’ after terrorist attacks is a pernicious new trend

Originally published in Spectator Blogs
The term ‘victim blaming’ is most commonly used to describe people who claim that a woman walking out in a short skirt is ‘asking to be raped.’ But even this claim is not quite as gut-wrenching …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, Islamism, Media, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
November 30, 2015

The Real Lesson of the Paris Attacks

Originally published in Gatestone Institute

What if the terrorists had been targeting “just Americans,” or “just diplomats” — would that be “understandable terrorism” in John Kerry’s thinking?
“If we should stop drawing cartoons, should we also stop having synagogues? Should they be …

Posted in Extremism, France, Global, ISIS, Islamism, Media, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
November 26, 2015

The New Normal

Originally published in Standpoint
This is how it happens these days, isn’t it? Last February it was during an interval at the theatre, turning on my mobile phone to find a text from a friend in Copenhagen saying the bullets had …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, France, ISIS, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
November 25, 2015

In Sex and War, the Left Is in Denial about Some Obvious Facts of Life

Originally published in the National Review
Although we live in a forgetful culture, it is worth casting our minds back as far as last week. If you recall, back then we were all discussing the inability of students at Yale to …

Posted in Defence, Extremism, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom

Another day, and another terror attack that is ‘nothing to do with Islam’

Originally published in the Spectator
Another day and another group of men from an unknown religion storm into a hotel shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’. This time in Mali. Once again they take hostages. And once again they free only those who can …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
November 20, 2015

France’s civil war — and the struggle facing Europe

Originally published in The Spectator
In the wake of the massacre in Paris, President François Hollande said that France was ‘at war’ — and that it must be fought both inside his country and outside in the Middle East. As the …

Posted in European Union, Extremism, France, ISIS, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
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