H A Hellyer
H A Hellyer

Army vehicles drive near the Gaza Strip last week. Some Israeli ministers advocate Israeli resettlement in northern Gaza. AFP
Without Israeli concessions, Biden's Gaza day-after plan is a no-go

In a nutshell, no Arab state will go in if not invited by a Palestinian Authority in Gaza

June 10, 2024, 2:00 PM
Protests against Israel's war in Gaza have ignited heated debates about extremism and Islamophobia in Britain. Sopa
The UK's clumsy new 'extremism' definition could be turned on its own government

The latest announcement isn't about security challenges - it's about culture wars

March 14, 2024, 12:34 PM
A group of 'Stand Up To Racism' supporters protest outside the Conservative party headquarters in London last month. Getty Images
Too many UK politicians are playing with Islamophobia

Gripped by election fever, some are providing the mood music for anti-Islamic extremism

March 05, 2024, 4:00 AM
Bassem Youssef's interview about the Israel-Gaza conflict with British journalist Piers Morgan has gone viral. Getty
Bassem Youssef's interview and the West's silent angst over Gaza

The Egyptian satirist showed millions the contradictions in establishment narratives - something many in policy circles already see for themselves

October 19, 2023, 11:12 AM
Students at the Pasteur high school in Strasbourg, eastern France, in July. AFP
France's abaya ban is unsustainable. Britain offers a solution

The UK seems to understand that coercion is counter-productive in a multi-faith society

September 27, 2023, 5:00 AM
Peter Hellyer was instrumental in the launch of various English-language news outlets in the UAE. Ministry of Presidential Affairs
Activist, historian and archaeologist of the West and Arab world: my father, Peter Hellyer

Dr H A Hellyer reflects on his father's remarkable life and impact

July 05, 2023, 1:00 PM
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. Reuters
How significant would normalised Egyptian-Iranian ties be?

As two centres of power in the Middle East since ancient times, Cairo and Tehran have a long history

June 23, 2023, 5:00 AM
First ever Ramadan lights installation at Piccadilly Circus on the eve of the first day of Ramadan, in London, on March 21. Reuters
London's 'Ramadan Lights' are a way of celebrating religious diversity

The Church of England, for one, respects the existence of the country’s other faiths, which is how it should be

March 28, 2023, 4:00 AM
Gary Lineker looks on from the stands during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea in Leicester. Getty Images
The Gary Lineker row: don't shoot the messenger

We shouldn't be talking about his suspension for raising the UK's cruel policy on asylum seekers, but about the issue itself

March 12, 2023, 1:00 PM
Protesters hold a banner reading 'No to Nato' during a demonstration in Stockholm on Saturday against Sweden's bid to join the alliance. AFP
Sweden must not let the far right claim victory in the Quran burning episode

The incident is tantamount to hate speech against a minority group at a time when the mainstreaming of bigotry against it is widening

January 23, 2023, 2:02 PM
A Ukrainian soldier waves to a military helicopter returning from the combat, close to the frontline in the Kherson region this week. AP Photo
The West should stop pressuring Ukraine to accept the status quo

Policy wonks in Washington worry about a 'never-ending' war with Russia, but the premise of this argument is flawed

January 11, 2023, 5:00 AM
A pupil from France on a secondary school exchange in Edinburgh in May. AFP
Limiting foreign students in the UK is a bad idea

The economy benefits from the fees they pay, which are much higher than those paid by Britons, but that's not the whole point

November 30, 2022, 8:30 AM
Rishi Sunak departs 10 Downing Street, Westminster, London, to attend his first Prime Minister's Questions as Prime Minister at the Houses of Parliament, on October 26.
Sunak's appointment doesn't cancel bigotry in the UK

Despite ascent to power, his party still has a problem with racism and anti-Muslim sentiment

November 01, 2022, 4:00 AM
Giorgia Meloni , leader of the far-right party Brothers of Italy, in Rome, on September 26. Italians voted in a national election that might yield the nation's first government led by the far right since the end of the Second World War. AP
With Giorgia Meloni in, has Europe forgotten its sordid past?

A shift to the far-right should make Europe and the world consider consequences to national security

October 03, 2022, 2:00 PM
Studies show that bullying in academia is disproportionately common relative to other professions. Zephyr
These days, academics are some of the biggest classroom bullies

Academia is one of the most honourable professions, but its standards are being pushed aside by a toxic culture

September 08, 2022, 9:00 AM