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  1. beyondbrics

    February 9, 2012

    Further reading: wishful thinking

    Thursday’s picks from the beyondbrics team: why the West should invest in the secular groups that drove revolution in the...

  2. February 8, 2012

    It is time to banish wishful thinking about Islamism

    A year ago many western commentators were celebrating an Arab spring. The internet generation personified by Wael Ghonim,...

  1. January 20, 2012

    All the rage

    You Can’t Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom, by Nick Cohen, Fourth Estate, RRP£12.99, 224 pages Nick Cohen is...

  2. FT Alphaville

    November 11, 2011

    Further further reading

    For the commute home, - Man down, FT Alphaville blogger edition (feel better, dude). - Italy bans naked short selling. -...

  3. February 14, 2011

    Democracy is not a US dispensation

    From Mr Andrew Ballard. Sir, With regard to Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Comment “The revolutionaries’ fervour is also their weakness”...

  4. February 8, 2011

    The revolutionaries’ fervour is also their weakness

    When I practised Islam, I remember praying alone as a chore: I would perform my ablutions, shroud myself and spread my...

  5. June 14, 2010

    Stinging memoir of a renegade Muslim

    Towards the end of this memoir-cum-polemic, Ayaan Hirsi Ali lists some of those renegade Muslims who are or have been under...

  6. June 13, 2010

    Stinging memoir of a renegade Muslim

    Nomad: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Simon and Schuster, RRP$27, £12.99 Towards...

  7. June 12, 2010

    The List: Lessons ‘Big Brother’ has taught us

    This week Channel 4 launched its final series of the reality TV show Big Brother. Though the programme has had many critics,...

  8. October 6, 2008

    Another scoop for Tina Brown as she swaps print for the web

    The struggling US magazine industry is losing one of its biggest cheerleaders to the web as Tina Brown trades the glossy...

  9. October 5, 2008

    Another scoop for Tina Brown as she swaps print for web

    The struggling US magazine industry is losing one of its biggest cheerleaders to the web as Tina Brown trades the glossy...

  10. February 12, 2008

    Paris urges EU support for victims of extremism

    The French government will press the European Union to create a fund to protect individuals such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the...

  11. February 11, 2008

    Call for EU fund to protect former Dutch MP

    The French government will press the European Union to create a fund to protect individuals such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the...

  12. October 2, 2007

    Hirsi Ali returns to Netherlands

    The Netherlands was on Monday plunged into a bout of introspection after Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a highly controversial critic of...

  13. October 2, 2007

    Hirsi Ali 'returns to Netherlands'

    The Netherlands was yesterday plunged into a bout of introspection after Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a highly controversial critic of...

  14. July 7, 2007

    Autobiographies & Biographies in Canada

    1 JESUS OF NAZARETH by Pope Benedict XVI Doubleday $20.16 2 EINSTEIN: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson Simon &...

  15. June 2, 2007

    Bedtime reading to take the breath away

    I think it would be fair to say that I spend more time than is healthy thinking about pillows. This is chiefly (but not...

  16. The World

    May 23, 2007

    The collapse of Europe

    If you happen to be passing though Malibu next month, why not pop into an intriguing-sounding conference at Pepperdine...

  17. February 16, 2007

    Going Dutch

    INFIDEL – MY LIFE: The Story of My Enlightenment by Ayaan Hirsi AliFree Press ₤12.99, 368 pages FT bookshop price: ₤10.39...

  18. December 13, 2006

    Dutch government faces collapse

    The Netherlands was plunged into a fresh political crisis in the early hours of Wednesday that threatened yet another...

  19. November 29, 2006

    Observer: Bert Bakker's reversal of fortune

    A sad day for Bert Bakker, one of the prime movers in forcing last week's Dutch general election. Bakker and his colleagues...

  20. November 28, 2006

    Bert Bakker’s reversal of fortune

    A sad day for Bert Bakker, one of the prime movers in forcing last week’s Dutch general election. Bakker and his colleagues...

  21. November 5, 2006

    Economy boosts Dutch PM’s election chances

    Despite the resignation of two of his three governments in four years, Jan Peter Balkenende, Dutch prime minister, is...

  22. November 3, 2006

    Home is where the hate is

    Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance by Ian Buruma Atlantic Books ₤12.99, 256 pages...

  23. October 13, 2006

    Free, but not easy

    One of the things we like the Enlightenment for is the idea that it made us all individuals, freed from assigned roles under...

  24. September 9, 2006

    Netherlands has managed to bring about much-needed changes in migration policy

    From Mr Derk Jan Eppink. Sir, It is unfair of Simon Kuper to depict Pim Fortuyn, the murdered Dutch anti-immigrant...

  25. August 25, 2006

    Gone Dutch

    The Dutch national identity crisis of the past five years has featured several characters straight out of pantomime. First,...

  26. July 8, 2006

    Lines blur on extremism

    Recent days gave pause to anyone who thinks that western governments are fighting terrorism shoulder-to-shoulder. In...

  27. July 7, 2006

    Lines blur on extremism

    Recent days gave pause to anyone who thinks that western governments are fighting terrorism shoulder-to-shoulder. In Britain...

  28. July 5, 2006

    Dutch PM to lead minority government

    Jan Peter Balkenende, Dutch prime minister, whose centre-right coalition resigned last week following a row over the...

  29. July 5, 2006

    Observer: Work suspended

    Only days before his cabinet resigned last week in a row over the handling of the citizenship of anti-Islam campaigner Ayaan...

  30. July 3, 2006

    Government's collapse could easily have been avoided

    From Lousewies van der Laan MP. Sir, The Dutch Employer's Federation called the collapse of the Dutch government "tragic"...

  31. July 3, 2006

    Lubbers given task of putting together new Dutch government

    Ruud Lubbers, the veteran Dutch politician, has been handed the task of piecing together the third government in four years...

  32. July 2, 2006

    Lubbers given task of putting together Dutch government

    Ruud Lubbers, the veteran Dutch politician, has been handed the task of piecing together the third government in four years...

  33. July 1, 2006

    Business says fall of government is 'tragic'

    The Dutch employers' federation yesterday described as "tragic and incomprehensible" the government's fall in a row over...

  34. June 30, 2006

    Recriminations begin after fall of Dutch government

    As the Netherlands on Friday was on course for fresh elections, it was evident that the blur of events of the previous 24...

  35. June 30, 2006

    Hirsi Ali dispute brings down Dutch government

    A dispute over the citizenship of Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali brought down the Dutch government yesterday when D66, the...

  36. June 29, 2006

    Dutch coalition brought down by Hirsi Ali dispute

    A dispute over the citizenship of Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali brought down the Dutch government on Thursday when D66, the...

  37. June 28, 2006

    Hirsi Ali to keep Dutch passport

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born former politician who faced death threats for criticising radical Islam, is to keep her...

  38. June 27, 2006

    Hirsi Ali to keep her Dutch citizenship

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born former politician who faced death threats as the result of her criticism of Islam, is to...

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