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December 14, 2016

National Action is a neo-Nazi hate group. Will banning it work?

Originally published in Left Foot Forward
Dealing effectively with the threat posed by groups that encourage and promote hatred without being seen to suppress freedom of expression is one of the great challenges facing democracies as they attempt to challenge extremists.
However, when …

Posted in Opinion Editorial

We should not be shocked that Isis took Palmyra – Assad and Putin cannot hold back the jihadi hordes

Originally published by International Business Times
The Islamic State (IS) is supposed to be on its way to defeat. IS is under assault in Mosul and the operation to evict it from Raqqa began a month ago. Just this morning, Turkish-backed rebel …

Posted in Opinion Editorial

Putin’s Paradise: What If Russia Had Chosen Prosperity When the USSR Collapsed?

Originally published in Heat Street
Twenty-five years ago, in December 1991, the Soviet Union fragmented, ending the Cold War. Today, Russia and the West seem again set on an intractable conflict. Here Dr Andrew Foxall, an academic and Russia expert, imagines how …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, RSC Editorial
December 8, 2016

Putin will never restore Russia’s greatness

Originally published in CapX
Twenty five years ago, on 8 December 1991, the leaders of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine signed the Belavezha Accords, an agreement that dissolved the Soviet Union.
Fewer than two weeks afterwards, leaders from all but one of the …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, RSC Editorial

POPULISM: It’s the BBC’s new buzzword, being used to sneer at the ‘uneducated’ 17 million who voted for Brexit

Originally published on the Daily Mail.
There is a new buzz-word at the BBC. It’s been bandied about on countless programmes and dominates the pages of the Left-wing papers. The 17 million-plus Britons who voted to leave the EU are described …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
December 7, 2016

The campaign against Prevent is based on myths and distortion – and it’s helping Islamic extremists thrive

Originally published by the Telegraph.
The corrosive damage done to the fabric of society by extremist narratives from across the political spectrum has at its heart one key message: that the UK’s diverse communities cannot, and should not, peacefully co-exist alongside …

Posted in Islamism, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom

Why integration should concern British Jews, and everyone else

Originally published by The Times of Israel
In their 1963 book Beyond the Melting Pot Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Nathan Glazer cautioned Americans that ethnicity is a stubborn thing and that integration between people of different origins was going to be …

Posted in Far-Right, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
December 2, 2016

How was a gay Islamist porn star able to penetrate Germany’s intelligence agency?

Originally published by The Spectator
Anybody who has observed Germany in recent years may have noticed that the country’s politicians have gone a bit nuts.  For instance, it isn’t just Chancellor Merkel but a broad swathe of the German political class, …

Posted in Germany, Islamism, Opinion Editorial
November 29, 2016

What can we expect after the fall of Aleppo?

Originally posted by TRT World
The pro-Assad coalition in Syria has conquered more than a third of the rebel-held enclave in eastern Aleppo City, the last urban stronghold of the mainstream armed opposition. Without significant external assistance, it is difficult to …

Posted in Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Russia, Syria

Welcome to the world of right-wing gateway drugs. Are you ready for the ride?

Originally posted by The Spectator
Even in its twilight years the Guardian remains the gift that keeps on giving.  As the tin-shaking below the pieces grows stronger (generally presenting the publication as the only barrier between the reader and incipient fascism) the …

Posted in Far-Right, Opinion Editorial
November 28, 2016

‘Quitaly’ could cause collapse of crumbling EU empire if Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement kicks Italy’s PM into touch

Originally posted by The Sun
WHEN people debate the UK and EU they always ignore one thing.
Britain may be on a journey after Brexit but so is the EU. In fact it is the EU’s journey that looks the more dangerous.
Even …

Posted in Europe, European Union, Opinion Editorial

Prevent gets a bad press, but it’s a crucial tool against the far-right that killed Jo Cox

Originally published by Left Foot Forward.
Recent reports that there has been a worrying rise in the number of far-right referrals to the government’s counter-radicalisation programme, Prevent, have been given a grim postscript this week by the conviction of neo-Nazi terrorist, …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, Far-Right, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
November 26, 2016

UK: Two Systems of Justice

Originally posted by the Gatestone Institute
So farewell, then, Anjem Choudary. For two and half years at least. On September 6, the radical cleric was sentenced by a British judge to five and a half years in prison for encouraging people …

Posted in Far-Right, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
November 24, 2016

No Surprises

Originally published by Standpoint
I spent the night of the US election in Watford, listening to the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Nothing is more dispiriting than election night parties, with similarly sozzled hacks repeating the same swiftly disproved points of psephology.

Read …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, United States
November 20, 2016

When Marine Le Pen loses, it will not be because she’s too right wing

Originally published in The Times.
Surely after Brexit and Trump, President Marine Le Pen and “Frexit” will follow. That’s been the prevailing presumption of international punditry in recent weeks. And while the narrative arc may seem persuasive, what’s missing is the …

Posted in Far-Right, France, Opinion Editorial
November 17, 2016

Analysis: ‘Clinton’s weakness as a candidate made Trump’s win possible’

by Timothy Stafford
In Clinton, the Democrats nominated an establishment insider in an anti-establishment age, who provoked more hatred amongst Republicans than any other politician in the country.
International reactions to Donald Trump’s election victory have been defined by two soul-searching questions. …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, United States
November 15, 2016

Am I the victim of a homophobic SNP hate crime?

Originally posted by The Spectator
My editor has received a letter of complaint. The SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh writes:
Dear Fraser,
I read Douglas Murray’s blog on Friday “Where’s the proof that Donald Trump is homophobic?” with great interest. It’s fantastic to see …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, United States
November 11, 2016

Where’s the proof that Donald Trump is homophobic?

Did anybody see Question Time last night? The panel largely seemed to be competing to out-outrage each other about Donald Trump. And in their great Trump-off most of the guests continued to do that sawn-off shotgun ‘phobes’ thing. Trump as …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Uncategorized, United States
November 9, 2016

Donald Trump won’t be as bad as you think

Originally posted in The Spectator
For 18 months, Donald Trump was amazingly useful to British politicians. Whatever their party, he provided them with the most magnificent means with which to polish their liberal credentials.

Read the full article, here.

Posted in Opinion Editorial, United States
November 3, 2016

MI5 ‘failure’ to spot the resurgence of Russia

Originally posted by The Times.
Sir, MI5 is indeed scrambling to catch up with the threat from Russia. But blame for our woeful lack of preparedness lies not with the men and women who work at Thames House but with their political …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Russia
October 30, 2016

Stand by your imam: Shakeel Begg and his apologists

Originally posted by The Spectator
There have been two fascinating developments in the case of Shakeel Begg, the Imam of the Lewisham Islamic Centre. As I described here on Friday, Begg sued the BBC for describing him as an extremist, only for the …

Posted in Extremism, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
October 29, 2016

‘Donald’s always been the outgoing one’: meeting the Trump parents

Originally posted by The Spectator
I have never met Donald Trump, but I knew his parents. A fact that makes me feel about 100 years old. Which was actually nearer the age Fred and Mary Anne Trump were when, as a teenager, …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, United States
October 28, 2016

The BBC wins a landmark victory in the fight against Islamic extremism

Originally posted by The Spectator
Shakeel Begg is an influential extremist who is also chief Imam of the Lewisham Islamic Centre.  His radical views are readily available and well-known.  But despite these downsides a chap like him also possesses certain considerable advantages.  Not least is …

Posted in Extremism, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
October 20, 2016

When It Comes To Antisemitism, The NUS Just Doesn’t Get It

By Elliot Miller
Originally published by Huffington Post

With the release of the Home Affairs Select Committee’s (HASC) much publicised report concerning antisemitism in the UK, campus tensions facing Jewish students have once more become a pressing issue of public discourse.

Amid the general …

Posted in Israel, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
October 15, 2016

Lights, camera, politics: the triumph of showbiz over argument

Originally published by the Spectator
At the end of Sunday night’s US presidential debate, the moderators snuck in a final question from a slightly shell shocked looking member of the audience. After an hour and a half of brutal, bitter exchanges, a …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Europe, Opinion Editorial, United States
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