Author: Robin Simcox

09 May 2011

The morality of assassinating al-Qaeda

It has been reported that Anwar al-Awlaki, a top al-Qaeda (AQ) commander in Yemen, narrowly avoided meeting the same end as Osama bin Laden last week. U.S. armed drone strikes in Yemen killed two brothers known to shelter AQ militants, but missed Awlaki himself. U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan and North Waziristan are reasonably common, … Continued

03 May 2011

Questions Pakistan needs to answer

While it may seem an intimidating task to sift through the reams of fascinating information emerging from bin Laden’s recent assassination, one article certainly worth making time for is Steve Coll’s latest in The New Yorker. Coll speculates that ‘bin Laden was effectively being housed under Pakistani state control’, and asks a range of questions that … Continued

17 Mar 2011

British Universities’ Mideast Money Men

When protesters took to the street of Libya last month, they could not have guessed that the next regime to fall would have been that of the London School of Economics’ Sir Howard Davies. In January 2010 the LSE accepted £1.5 million from the Gadhafi International Charity and Development Foundation. At the time, the LSE … Continued

14 Mar 2011

David Cameron’s Bad History

I am not a naïve neoconservative who thinks you can drop democracy out of an aeroplane at 40,000 feet,” said British prime minister David Cameron last month. Like most of Europe’s political class, Cameron has a long track record of criticizing neoconservatism. What makes Cameron’s latest criticism noteworthy, however, is that it came at the culmination … Continued

27 Dec 2010

Britain’s Exploding Exports

If you wanted an example of a well-integrated European Muslim, you couldn’t have done better than the pre-2001 version of Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly. In Sweden in those years the Iraqi-born Abdaly played sports, went clubbing, worked as a DJ, and even had an Israeli girlfriend. But that was then; on December 11, the 28-year-old launched … Continued

23 Nov 2010

A Bonus Bonanza for Enemy Combatants

Britain’s war against radical Islam must be the first war in human history in which a country pays its enemies better than its own troops. If you fight the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan as a British soldier, you can expect to earn about £17,000. But if you are a U.K. citizen, or even … Continued

11 Nov 2010

The Case for Control Orders

If there was one issue that would break the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition, many presumed it would be the economy. Yet, as David Cameron said recently, instead they are heading for a ‘car crash’ on civil liberties – specifically control orders. For the Lib Dems, keeping control orders is a ‘red line’ that they will not … Continued


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