Erdogan: We will not abandon our Qatar brothers

Peter Beaumont in the Observer, ‘The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called for the full lifting of the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, as the week-old crisis deepened amid concerns about its humanitarian impact. Erdogan’s comments came as the human … read more

Britain certain uncertainties

Lizzie Dearden reports in the Independent, ‘Theresa May has said she will form a Conservative government backed by the DUP, claiming it can bring “certainty” to the UK. After visiting the Queen, the Prime Minister claimed there was a “strong … read more

Mayor Sadiq Khan seeks to disinvite POTUS

Julian Borger reports in the Guardian, ‘ The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has called on the British government to cancel a planned state visit by Donald Trump after being criticised in two tweets by the US president. Trump initially criticised … read more

An object of ire

Patrick Wintour et al in the Guardian, ‘Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terror, in the Gulf Arab region’s most serious diplomatic crisis in years. The countries … read more

Mayhem in Kabul

Emma-Graham Harrison reports in the Guardian, ‘For years the Afghan capital was an island of relative security in a country battered by a rising tide of violence. The devastating bombing this Wednesday morning [80 killed, 350 injured] was confirmation that … read more

Why Quilliam Must Be Investigated


Jonas Spooner and Jono Stubbings in, ‘The Manchester Arena suicide bombing is a tragedy, but it’s just the latest in a series of tragedies which are a consequence of David Cameron’s 2011 Libyan regime-change which was justified by misinformation … read more

Intelligence sharing rupture

Vikram Dodd et al in the Guardian, ‘British police have stopped sharing evidence from the investigation into the terror network behind the Manchester bombing with the United States after a series of leaks left investigators and the government furious. The … read more

Indian Government targets Zakir Naik

Saif Khalid in, ‘. . .  in November, India’s counterterrorism agency, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), filed a First Information Report, an official police complaint, against Naik and the Mumbai-based non-profit Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) that he founded in … read more

Trump’s Saudi speech

David Shariatmadari in the Guardian, ‘. . . What was the real meaning of his speech, then? There were threads of sincerity. Trump certainly does believe Islamic State needs to be destroyed. But the more emollient language, and the venue, … read more