The author was asked by John Kerry to write a briefing paper on the Islamist threat. He explains here what he told the US secretary of state and why he feels progressives have allowed themselves to be silenced by frightened self-censorship and the stifling of debate. Read Mona Siddiqui’s response to the piece, The Arabisation of Islam, here.
The British Muslim academic Mona Siddiqui writes about the “Arabisation” of Islam and changing attitudes to Muslims in the west.
If the Israeli government was at all committed to a two-state solution, it would have welcomed the agreement between the PLO and Hamas.
A new report from the London School of Economics lays out the case against the counter-productive decades-long attack on recreational drugs.
As a British citizen, I am ashamed that my government is willing to cosy up to standard-bearers of religious fascism – as long, it seems, as they aren’t Muslim.
When looking for solutions to the horrors in the Central African Republic, one is tempted to say that any ideas that don’t start or end with genocide qualify as good ones.
The shadow foreign secretary reports from a four-day trip to the States.
The tragedy of the two hundred girls kidnapped in Nigeria won’t be as high-profile a story as individual western kidnap victims – and the Nigerian authorities aren’t helping.
On 16 May we'll know the results of the world’s biggest-ever elections – with 814m Indians voting over six weeks. What’s at stake?
Most Belarusians have a somewhat weaker sense of identity than Ukrainians but they feel Belarusian rather than Russian.
While 2.6 million Syrians have fled the country, few have so far come to Britain. Yet the current anti-immigration climate ignores the desperate circumstances of those forced here.
A new report from Amnesty International describes how domestic workers in Qatar face abuse and exploitation. The problem isn't just limited to Qatar, however: domestic workers in the UK are similarly vulnerable.
The benefits of slavery have accrued down the generations, so why are we so nervous about the responsibility for the slave trade doing the same?
A flash in the pan, or the start of something big?
Ukraine has no future without Europe, but Europe also has no future without Ukraine.
With cameras in court, new 24/7 news channels and no-holds-barred commentary on social media, the trial of Oscar Pistorius has shaken up the South African media.
Our man in Washington John Bew has coffee with the former US president – and they talk Thatcher, Iran’s Islamic Revolution and the persecution of women.
The AAP’s leader looks like a cross between Gandhi and Charlie Chaplin and has an unwavering, energetic commitment to his cause.
Standing in front of the barricades, two pensioners held up a banner with “For ever with Russia” emblazoned across it. The sentiment was uniform and unambiguous.
The Supreme Court in India has issued a new law allowing transgender people to change their gender on official documents to reflect their gender identity – why are so many European countries still several steps behind?
Trapped by the Cold War and scarred after a failed revolution, Hungary fought one of its greatest battles against polio.
The problem is that many feel they have to pick a side. But we know that cultures are not as fixed and unchanging as powerful advocates within them may like to make out.
It was by accident, not by design, that the UK avoided being drawn into the sectarian vortex of Syria.
The country has embraced e-commerce since a series of tax reforms in the Noughties, despite stifling bureaucracy.
Big coastal cities do not always get good coverage, let alone the outback.
The Afghan presidential election has been declared a success – but as the west finalises its pull-out, what the country's prospects?
President Assad’s Instagram account is one of the more surreal examples of the use of social networking in the Syrian war.
Separatists in Donetsk and elsewhere are harking back to the 18th century territory of Novorossiya, as Moscow seems to be making moves to federalise Ukraine.
Why is Labour not yet talking about responsible capitalism in a global context?
Twenty years after the genocide, Rwandans are finding ways to reconciliation. But it’s too soon for the nations and institutions that failed to help to forgive themselves.