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Executive Editor, Opinion and columnist at the Guardian, presenter of BBC R4's The Long View and author of upcoming thriller The. 3rd Woman, out in July

Mohammed Emwazi was not radicalised at school, says ex-headteacher — The former headteacher of Mohammed Emwazi, the British man identified as an Islamic State killer, has insisted her school was not responsible for his radicalisation after it emerged that two other former pupils became jihadis.

Government row over limiting free speech on university campuses — A coalition row about limiting free speech on university campuses to ban hate preachers has broken out with the Conservative chairman, Grant Shapps, accusing the Liberal Democrat business secretary, Vince Cable, of trying to weaken the planned guidance to universities.

Isis’s promise of certainty is what lures the likes of Mohammed Emwazi — Maybe it was the goalpost that did it. In his last year of primary school, Mohammed Emwazi, the Kuwaiti-born Londoner exposed this week as the man behind the mask of "Jihadi John", ran headlong into a metal post and was knocked out cold.

Palestine papers: MI6 plan proposed internment - and hotline to Israelis — The Palestinian Authority's security strategy to crush Hamas and other armed groups on the West Bank was originally drawn up by Britain's intelligence service, MI6, leaked papers reveal. The strategy included internment of leaders and activists, closure of radio stations and replacement of imams in mosques - the bulk of which has since been carried out.

The Palestine papers

Leaders should calm fears — So now we understand how terrorism works. The clue is in the name. Its purpose is to spread terror - and the grim truth is, it's working. Right now, very many Jews are terrified. I know it from my own conversations.

Football is no longer England’s - this country is just the backdrop — My first mistake, he told me, was that I still thought of it as a game. Wrong. The best way to think of football was as a TV property, comparable to, say, Downton Abbey. My conversations with senior figures in the Premier League are sufficiently rare that this one stayed with me.

If this onslaught was about Jews, I would be looking for my passport — Don't laugh. Last week the Times splashed on "Suspect in terror hunt used veil to evade arrest". That sat alongside yesterday's lead in the Daily Express: "Veil should be banned say 98%". Nearly all those who rang the Express agreed that "a restriction would help to safeguard racial harmony and improve communication".

Israelis have a chance to dump Netanyahu. I fear they won’t seize it — One of the few things most world leaders, and doubtless much of world opinion, can agree on is that they'd like to see the back of Binyamin Netanyahu. The iciness of the relationship between Israel's prime minister and Barack Obama turned to permafrost long ago, but even Bibi's fellow rightists find him unbearable.

A Black and Disgraceful Site — In the very lowest reaches of organized English soccer, in the bottom division of the amateur Crawley and District Football League, there is a team whose name sets it apart from its rivals. They are identified with their home villages in Sussex in southeast England: Ifield, Maidenbower, Worth.
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Mar 01, 2015

@michaeldweiss certainly a debatable one. But it probably read a bit differently a year ago - and perhaps would be written v differently now

Mar 01, 2015

@michaeldweiss actually that piece is over a year old, written before the beheadings etc I think you have in mind

Mar 01, 2015

@Nickpheas Er. no. Just an amazing picture. Didn't mention Moscow. Obviously the two events are diametric opposites

Feb 28, 2015

RT @yaffaesque: Isn't that interesting: city snow-removal truck slowly drives next to Nemtsov on bridge, blocks moment of shooting.…

Feb 28, 2015

RT @wrmead: Egypt declares Hamas a terrorist organization. Big win for Netanyahu, Obama's and Turkey's ME policy in tatters.

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