Zinedine Zidane gesturing after head-butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi during the World Cup 2006 final football match between Italy and France (Photo: Getty)

The strange relationship between Islam, violence and French football

14 November 2015 13:10

It is not so surprising if the jihadists in Paris were targeting an international football match. There has for years…

French secular values may not be shared by all of the country's citizens (Photo: Jean-Sebastien/Getty)

French secularism is starting to feel the strain

23 January 2015 12:28

France is to institute something called a National Secularity Day, which will happen on 9th December every year, when French…

Troops enter Ansongo, a town south of the northern Malian city of Gao. Picture: Getty

David Cameron visits Algeria for talks on ‘generational struggle’

30 January 2013 8:55

The Prime Minister is visiting Algeria today to pay his respects to the victims of the hostage crisis. He will…

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, speaking during the recent hostage crisis. Image: Getty

There is nothing new about Islamism in Africa

22 January 2013 13:12

The Algerian hostage crisis is over and the Prime Minister has warned that the focus of the al-Qaeda’s franchise has…

David Cameron giving his statement on Algeria in the Commons today.

David Cameron redoubles his commitment to interventionism

21 January 2013 16:27

David Cameron’s Commons statement on Algeria just now was the most interventionist speech he has made since the one he…

William Hague

Hague fleshes out Britain’s role in the decades-long response to terrorism

21 January 2013 8:57

The Prime Minister’s two statements on the Algerian hostage crisis on Friday and Sunday set some tongues wagging about what…

David Cameron speaking this morning.

David Cameron: Terrorism in North Africa requires global response

20 January 2013 10:22

In his latest statement on the Algerian hostage crisis this morning, the Prime Minister built on the interventionist language that…

David Cameron leaves Downing Street for the Commons this morning to give his statement on the Algeria hostage crisis. Picture: Getty

David Cameron seems more and more committed to interventionism

18 January 2013 12:55

A visibly tired David Cameron has just completed his statement to the House of Commons on the hostage situation in…

Prime Minister David Cameron Meets Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen

David Cameron to give Commons statement on Algeria

18 January 2013 9:09

David Cameron had no choice but to postpone today’s speech: while it would have been a relief to get the…


Picking sides in Syria, the Algerian experience

14 November 2012 16:24

Some thirty-five years ago, in 1977 to be exact, I first published A Savage War of Peace, a definitive history…


The hypocrisy of Cameron’s Saudi trip

13 January 2012 17:25

A year ago, Tunisian strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia for Saudi Arabia, thus ushering in the Salafi…

Person of the year: The Islamist?

29 December 2011 17:57

Last week, Time Magazine named ‘The Protestor’ as its Person of the Year. Myself, I’d be tempted to bestow the…

What didn’t happen in 2011

27 December 2011 15:29

In the run-up to every New Year, newspapers and the blogosphere are full of articles about what happened in the…