Columnist

Chris Doyle

Chris Doyle is director of the London-based Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU). He has worked with the council since 1993 after graduating with a first class honors degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Exeter University. He has organized and accompanied numerous British parliamentary delegations to Arab countries.

Twitter: @Doylech

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Syria’s humanitarian catastrophe is far from over

Had Dante witnessed the suffering of the people in Eastern Ghouta, he might have rewritten his “Inferno.” Pancaked, besieged, and reduced to rubble — his immortal line is perhaps apt: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

April 02, 2018

Time to shine a light on the dark side of the web

Many people, even some governments, think the Cambridge Analytica scandal does not really affect them. They may not have a Facebook account, or, if they do, barely use it.   Some do not care that their data has been shared without their consent.

March 26, 2018

Britain’s growing struggle against hatred

Muslims in Britain, or anyone who might appear to be Muslim, will be marking April 3 in their diaries with trepidation. Various lowlifes have added a new date to the calendar: “Punish a Muslim Day.” 

March 19, 2018

Salisbury poison attack embarrassing for Britain

In early 2018, the British public was transfixed by a new TV series, “McMafia,” which shone a light on the murky world of the Russian mafia, the sex trade, assassinations and drugs, as well as the gilded lifestyle of Russian oligarchs living in the UK.

March 12, 2018

A royal visit that will make little difference

British royal visits have, over the years, conjured more than their fair share of controversial moments.

March 05, 2018

The abject ineffectiveness of the Eastern Ghouta ceasefire

One could almost hear the back-slapping and sense of relief from the hallowed halls of the United Nations Security Council on Saturday, when a text on Syria was finally unanimously agreed.

February 26, 2018

Isolationism has boomed since anti-Iraq War marches

The world seems a vastly different place compared to the days of the global anti-Iraq War marches of 15 years ago. Three million people in Rome alone reportedly marched against war.

February 19, 2018

The Great Game continues in Syria

A routine refrain among casual observers in recent months has been a sense of relief that the conflict in Syria is coming to an end.

February 12, 2018

Embattled May’s options are shrinking

It is hard to remember a day since the June 2017 election that went by without leaked reports of Tory plots to oust British Prime Minister Theresa May, bloodcurdling threats if there is no hard Brexit, or accusations of treachery at any hint of backsliding on commitments to exit anything European

February 05, 2018

Media has an opportunity to rebuild precious trust

Trust has become a scarce commodity, and nowhere is this more contested than over the Fourth Estate, the media. 

January 29, 2018