Isis

Here's my rule: If the word 'he' will offend, then always use it

7 February 2015 9:00 am

They want a gender-neutral pronoun? What the hell’s wrong with them?

A state of terror: Islamic State longs to be left alone to establish its blood-stained utopia

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The Sykes-Picot agreement will be 100 years old next year, but there will be no congratulatory telegrams winging their way…

Those ancient Greeks were bores — but things are looking up

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Thick snow is falling hard and heavy, muffling sounds and turning the picturesque village postcard beautiful. I am lying in…

Why does Isis slay hostages? To cover up the fact that it’s losing

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Isis slaughters kidnap victims because it guarantees headlines. It's better at slaughtering innocents than it is at winning wars

Valérie Trierweiler’s notebook: Christmas as a singleton

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Christmas will be a very warm occasion for me. I’ll be spending it with the Massonneaus — my family —…

For some left-wing men, the misogyny of the Islamic State is part of the appeal

22 November 2014 9:00 am

For some left-wing men, the misogyny of the Islamic State is part of the appeal

How Islamic State commanders squeeze their hostages for every penny

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Islamic State commanders know exactly how to extract the greatest possible profit from their hostages. Some care about little else

The myth of the White Widow

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Samantha Lewthwaite almost certainly isn’t as monstrous as the papers say. And she definitely isn’t as important

Wear a veil if you like – but don’t treat women like that

25 October 2014 9:00 am

What sort of clothing do you wear when you go to the opera? I assume some of you do go…

Does Jonathan Powell really want to negotiate with the Islamic State?

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Jonathan Powell’s stance on negotiating with violent extremists is consistently inconsistent and slippery

Here’s how to remain cheerful in the face of such a multitude of scares

18 October 2014 9:00 am

I don’t think I can remember a time when there have been so many scares about. They come at us…

What will it take for us to stop doing business with Qatar?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Qatari money has flooded into London – but also into much less savoury places

Dot Wordsworth on language: Why do we call it ‘Islamic State’?

27 September 2014 8:00 am

I’m puzzled by the dropping of the one part of the name of the Islamic State that seems certain. That…

What Romans would have made of Obama's Syria strategy

20 September 2014 9:00 am

President Obama was assailed for saying that the USA had no strategy on combating Isis. Vegetius (late 4th century AD), the…

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The brutal truth? Britain lacks the reach to bring any ISIS killer to justice

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Politicians’ promises to bring those who murder British hostages to justice almost never come true

Portrait of the week

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Home Britain’s terror threat level was raised from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’ in response to fighting in Iraq and Syria, meaning…

The lesson of the young men fighting for Isis: evil is in all of us

6 September 2014 9:00 am

I had an interesting discussion with my friend Aidan Hartley earlier this week about whether the young men fighting for…

Andrew Marr’s diary: Seeing shadows of Syria in Limousin’s ghost village

30 August 2014 9:00 am

No, no, no, you don’t want a house abroad — the paperwork, the taxes, the piping, the cost of the…

Six rivals for the name Isis

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Not in their name The BBC decided to start calling the Islamic terror group Isis by the acronym IS instead.…

The wars that really are about the oil

30 August 2014 9:00 am

You can’t understand any of the world’s crises without understanding petropolitics

Violence, fear, confusion: this is what comes into a leadership vacuum

16 August 2014 9:00 am

The old cliché that ‘nothing happens in August’ has again been brutally disproved. From the centenary of the outbreak of…

Portrait of the week

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, resisted calls for Parliament to be recalled to debate the crisis in Iraq. Philip Hammond,…

We can't afford to let Isis run wild in Iraq

16 August 2014 9:00 am

The West can’t afford to give up on Iraq

The West isn't the solution in Iraq. It's the problem

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Hawks are mistaking military action for strategy

The new journalism: Vice leaves the rest of the West’s media standing

Scoops, snark and jihad – this is Vice News's war

16 August 2014 9:00 am

War can reshape the medium of television. The First Gulf War was a landmark moment in broadcasting: CNN had reporters…