Terrorism

An Al-Qaeda double agent explains what’s really going on in Middle East

29 February 2020 9:00 am

When will the definitive history of the modern Middle East be written? For 20 years and more, a continent has…

Terror is the toughest issue facing the Tories

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

A prisoner is released early and just days later attacks people. It then emerges that he was known to still…

Wanting to kill us all is madness, not religion

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Sudesh Amman was singularly unsuccessful in his wish to kill kafirs, as he put it, and thereby find himself surrounded…

Terror cells: how Britain’s prisons became finishing schools for extremists

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Our prisons are fuelling radicalism, not fighting it

Portrait of the week: Terror in London, Trump in London and a resignation in Malta

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Home Usman Khan, aged 28, out of prison on licence after serving eight years of a 16-year sentence for preparing…

Six weeks is too long for an election campaign

7 December 2019 9:00 am

The number of parties represented in national election debate multiplies. There are now seven crowding on to television podiums and…

Who are we kidding – of course terror is a political issue

7 December 2019 9:00 am

It was pleasing to see that old clip of Gerry Adams endorsing Jeremy Corbyn re-emerge, just before the acts of…

Only fitfully funny: Chris Morris’s The Day Shall Come reviewed

12 October 2019 9:00 am

The Day Shall Come is a second feature from British satirist Chris Morris and like the first, Four Lions, it…

Revealed: Boko Haram’s child army

29 June 2019 9:00 am

In the rush to declare Isis dead now that its caliphate has been routed from Iraq and Syria, it’s easy…

Emily Maitlis (Rex)

What drives Emily Maitlis?

29 June 2019 9:00 am

It can’t be easy to find yourself on the other end of the microphone when you’re a journalist of the…

Why do we still use the Qwerty keyboard layout and not Dvorak?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

‘Can you fly down this evening?’ she was asked by her boss in the Delhi office of the BBC. ‘Yes,…

How not to fight a war on terror

27 April 2019 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to describe terror attacks as ‘senseless’. The horrific Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, which cost…

And I think to myself, not a wonderful world…

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The story of Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan is an interesting one, I think, for what it tells us about…

Tories who side with Labour on the customs union will be rebelling over a fantasy

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn wants Britain to ‘stay in a customs union’, according to the BBC. The phrase does not make sense.…

Alastair Campbell’s mix of football and terrorism makes for an accomplished thriller

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Alastair Campbell is a man of many parts.   Journalist, spin doctor extraordinaire, diarist and now novelist. For this, his third…

June Watson as Genevieve and Marylouise Burke as Mertis in John

There are many scenes in this overlong play that consist, literally, of drivel: John reviewed

3 February 2018 9:00 am

The NT’s new production, John, is by a youngish American playwright, Annie Baker. We Brits tend to assume that ‘john’…

Returning jihadis must be brought to justice

9 December 2017 9:00 am

At first sight, the evidence presented in David Anderson’s report into the four terror attacks committed between March and June…

Security overkill is terror’s real triumph

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The moment the news broke on Halloween that an Uzbek in a rental truck had just killed eight people on…

Calling Paddock a ‘lone wolf’ isn’t racist

14 October 2017 9:00 am

It’s been nearly two weeks since Stephen Paddock committed mass murder in Las Vegas and the FBI is still casting…

Navigating a new world

14 October 2017 9:00 am

In the 1890s, when British-owned ships carried 70 per cent of all seaborne trade, legislators worried about the proportion of…

Verbal diarrhoea

5 October 2017 2:00 pm

In Beckett’s Happy Days a prattling Irish granny is buried waist-deep, and later neck-deep, in a refuse tip whose detritus…

Ratings war

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Planning for the ‘war of the future’ is something generals and politicians have been doing for the past 150 years.…

Accept this as the new normal? Never

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Not long after the Parsons Green Tube bombing, another of those viral, defiant-in-the-face-of-terror cartoons started doing the rounds. It was…

A clash of loyalties

2 September 2017 9:00 am

If someone was to lob the name Antigone about, many of us would smile and nod while trying to remember…

Beyond belief: Sam Otto as Jalal in Peter Kosminsky’s The State

Straight to hell

2 September 2017 9:00 am

No, The State (Channel 4) wasn’t a recruiting manual for the Islamic State, though I did feel uneasy about it…