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
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
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
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.
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).
Someone has translated my last Spectator blog into French, on the subject of la persécution des Chrétiens. C’est un grand honneur. Joueuses Pâques!
From the Spectator, March 29 A young pretender raises an army to take the throne. Having recently learnt of his father’s beheading, the adolescent — dashing and charismatic and descended from the old kings of the north — vows to avenge him. Despite his youth, he has already won in the field and commands the loyalty of many of the leading families of the realm; he is supported in this war by his mother, who has spirited away… Read on
I have a new Amazon Kindle Single out today, on the historical inspiration for Game of Thrones, which you can buy here. So if you follow me on Twitter prepare for a massive amount of spamming. Especially as the new series starts on Monday. It’s sort of like Our Island Story, Westeros version, but here’s the blurb: The HBO series Game of Thrones, based on the George R.R. Martin books, is one of the most popular television shows… Read on