The only real hope that exists for lasting peace is to strengthen the Afghan government and its institutions, not undermine them.
Posts by Martin Parsons
Martin Parsons has a PhD in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations and a major academic book on the subject. He is a former aid worker in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Its report focuses on hate speech – which is being weaponised by various groups, including Islamists, intent on censoring public disagreement with their own beliefs.
The real risk of all this is that it gets praised – but is then quietly filed away. What needs to happen is a change of Foreign Office culture.
Martin Parsons: The politically explosive small print in the Climate Change Committee’s report on sea defence
Destroying coastal barriers to “create a new habitat area” would mean leaving our seaside towns and villages to be flooded. People must come first.
A handful of ordinary members may let the rest of us down, but I have seen no sign that our Party systemically encourages anti-Muslim hatred.
The Green Paper isn’t perfect, but the Communities Secretary is right to reject oaths of office and an excessively broad definition of ‘extremism’.
There is a specific problem in Pakistan, especially where the majority of the Christians and Hindus respectively live, about non-Muslims being viewed as inferior.
The way in which the 0.7 per cent target is defined is out of date. Lack of money is not necessarily the primary cause of underdevelopment.
Martin Parsons: For Syria to have a future, the West must stop jihadist genocide as well as Assad’s war crimes
Action must go beyond ISIS to prevent other, similarly-minded, jihadist groups prospering.
The statistics actually suggest that, nationally, students of a similar ability do better in these schools than in comprehensives.
You can certainly get away with saying things about us that would be a sacking offence if aimed at things like religious beliefs.
For all its faults, the moral certainty of the Empire made the transmission of British principles possible. Modern equivocation offers no such hope.
The historic values of the English speaking peoples face an existential threat to their very survival – again.
The claim that Margaret Thatcher’s ‘Victorian values’ meant the reintroduction of ‘unregulated markets’ is simply untrue.
Conservative values of thrift, responsibility and self-reliance have a firmer footing upon the rock of Scripture than the Archbishop of York supposes.