Sunday Telegraph: Emma Watson’s HeforShe campaign is short of concrete proposals

From The Sunday Telegraph, September 28, 2014 Men, have you been on the internet yet to show your support for women? It’s the big thing among young people these days, and last week thousands of them were at it, after the Harry Potter actress Emma Watson made a speech to the UN encouraging chaps to get behind the HeForShe campaign, “a solidarity movement for gender equality”. All you have to do is take a photo of yourself looking handsome, chin… Read on

The Church v the Family

From the print edition of The Catholic Herald, August 15, 2014 A month ago I read an inspiring obituary of a 93-year-old woman called Freydis Sharland, a pioneer who flew Hurricanes and Spitfires in the war. After 1945 she had continued her extraordinary career, on one occasion taking a 430mph Hawker Tempest V on a 4,000 mile flight to Karachi, where she was denied entrance to the officer’s club on account of her sex. A remarkable individual, but… Read on

Sunday Telegraph: The internet is just one big village

From the Sunday Telegraph: August 31, 2014 We recently let our flat to three groups of strangers through the website Airbnb. It’s an odd situation, entailing us placing a great deal of trust in people we don’t know and will never meet, who were free to steal, damage or squat, or rustle through our things – that unfinished novel or my secret collection of Third Reich memorabilia. (Only joking; I had those locked away, obviously.) Read the whole… Read on

‘I had never been in prison in Iraq': Iraqi Christian refugees in Britain

This is a longer version of an article that appeared in The Spectator in February 2013 It was after his second death threat that Wissam Shamouy decided to leave home. An Assyrian Orthodox Christian from Bakhdida in Iraq’s highly volatile Nineveh province, the 25-year-old was working part-time in a church-run internet café, while studying at engineering college, when he was told of what awaited him. “I got some messages, they told me I was going to be killed because of… Read on

Iraq: the Yazidis, Jews and Christians, and the origin of ‘genocide’

Iraq: the Yazidis, Jews and Christians, and the origin of ‘genocide’

This is an extract from The Silence of Our Friends: the Extinction of Christianity in the Middle East  The first Iraqi contact with Christianity came very early. Within Mesopotamia was a small vassal state called Osrhoene, its capital at Edessa, modern-day Turkey, the population of which was largely Aramaean. Legend has it that the incurably ill Abgar V, King of Osrhoene, heard of Jesus and wrote a letter offering to let him stay in the country, as he… Read on

Manners for men – a modern guide

From The Daily Express, July 21, 2014 Actress Gillian Anderson complained that men fail to help her when she’s struggling with the overhead locker on her twice-weekly flights. “I don’t ask for help but it’s amazing how people don’t even offer,” she told Glamour magazine. “Only three times in two months has any man offered help. It’s sad.” Are men selfish and useless or just confused? Perhaps it is time for a new rulebook of modern manners for gentlemen (and ladies). Here… Read on

Il “miracolo” di p. Ragheed Ganni, esempio e guida per la vita di mio figlio

Asia News has a translation of an article I wrote last December about Fr Ragheed Ganni, the martyred Iraqi priest, whose anniversary falls on June 3, and who wrote for the Catholic site before his murder. Ragheed is one of my son’s middle names, in tribute to an inspiring man.

Runaway liberalism, Nicholas Wade and the future of Britain

In response to no popular demand whatsoever, I’m linking to my three latest posts at Spectator blogs. Firstly last Friday’s piece on runaway political correctness and why the consensus can become extreme. On a similar evolutionary note, yesterday’s post on Nicholas Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance, which argues that the post-war concensus about recent evolution is wrong. And today’s bit on multiculturalism and the future of Britain (pessimistic naturally).

David Cameron va-t-il défendre les Chrétiens persécutés

David Cameron va-t-il défendre les Chrétiens persécutés

Someone has translated my last Spectator blog into French, on the subject of  la persécution des Chrétiens. C’est un grand honneur. Joueuses Pâques!

Talking Game of Thrones with James Delingpole

Talking Game of Thrones with James Delingpole

I’m talking to James Delingpole this week on - yes, Game of Thrones, once again, my favourite subject in the whole world, desperately trying to flog my ebook, which you can buy here.