Britain's line on Israel is a cover for its impotence

By Douglas Murray, June 16, 2011

"When you can, you should." That was Tony Blair's opinion on intervention, as boiled down for a journalist a few days before sending British forces into Iraq.

The world has no shortage of dictators and despots. The Blair formula was that when such human-rights violators looked vulnerable, and provided you had the military capability and political will, you should seize the opportunity.


EXCLUSIVE: SOAS taught Gaddafi son and hosts al-Qaradawi on editorial board

By Martin Bright, June 15, 2011

The country’s most prestigious university for the study of the Middle East provided one-to-one English tuition to Mutassim Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan dictator, who acts as his national security adviser. It also hosts the controversial Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi on the editorial board for its Journal of Islamic Studies.


G8 urge substantive Israeli-Palestinian talks

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

The leaders of the G8 countries have released a draft communiqué calling for the immediate resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.


LSE stays silent on Libya link

By Martin Bright, May 12, 2011

The London School of Economics has refused requests from Harlow MP Robert Halfon for further information about its relationship with Libya.


Libya a fatal distraction from Iran

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 24, 2011

Why are British planes bombing Libya? Humanitarian intervention - that's the answer.

Consider this: until two months ago, Libya was a new friend - and a textbook example of the kind of cold, calculated, national interest-driven foreign policy that would get results and save the West from sentimental but ill-conceived efforts to export democracy to the Middle East.


Rifkind praises UN Libyan vote

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

Libya has declared a ceasefire to comply with a United Nations resolution passed last night.

The announcement of a ceasefire by foreign minister Moussa Koussa came as Prime Minister David Cameron said RAF warplanes would be in places in the "coming hours".


Questions over extremism monitor Quilliam and Saif Gaddafi

By Martin Bright, March 14, 2011

Since writing a piece for this week’s Jewish Chronicle urging people to back the anti-extremist think tank Quilliam, I received some disturbing information warning me off. I believe this came from a source close to government. The claims made against Quilliam were serious and my support for the organisation needs to be examined in the light of what they said.


Libyan exile plan for UK's frozen assets

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2011

Aldo Habib has not seen the country of his birth since 1967, when his family left Libya in the aftermath of the Six-Day War.

But now he thinks that the British government should consider using some of the £1 billion of frozen assets belonging to the Gaddafi family in this country to compensate Libyan Jews for what they lost.


Quilliam: A think-tank we must save

By Martin Bright, March 10, 2011

In a week in which events in Libya have again made us aware of how desperately the people of the Muslim world are crying out for liberty and democracy, how depressing it was to hear that the anti-Islamist Quilliam Foundation could face closure.


Libya exposes high hypocrisy at UN

By Robin Shepherd, March 10, 2011

There's nothing like a good bit of spring cleaning. So when the General Assembly of the United Nations suspended Libya from the Human Rights Council on March 1, there was a distinct sense of a fresh start. You could almost smell it in the air. Hope at last for the oppressed of the world.