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William Shawcross: ‘Islamist abuse could be catastrophic for charities . . . we must be vigilant’
The Times
August 2015

Avedon's mission
Profile of celebrated photographer Richard Avedon
July 2014

Mum's the Word
Wall Street Journal
The Queen Mother's letters chronicle a century spent at the center (or top) of ... This astounding statistic is from William Shawcross's officialbiography
Wall Street Journal, November 22, 2012

A Diamond Jubilee History: 1952-56
One of my earliest memories is of my mother crying in our garden. When I asked why, she replied “The King has died”. It was February 6 1952; her grief was shared across the country and for a month afterwards she and millions of others wore black arm bands in mourning.
The Times, May, 2012

Murdoch the brave
Murdoch has been the bravest media owner in Britain in the last 40 years
I've had problems with his tabloids' excesses, but let's not forget that until Rupert Murdoch's victory at Wapping, newspapers were dying
The Guardian, May, 2012

Some reflections on Justice and the Enemy
In November 2009 Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he would put Khaled Sheikh Mohammed on trial in Manhattan and immediately drew protests from New Yorkers who did not relish a return visit of al Qaida in any fashion.
Powerlineblog.com, January, 2012

Justice and the Enemy: The Case for Guantanamo
Pre-trial proceedings against Khaled Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 suspects held in Guantanamo are likely to begin as early as March. As arguments continue to rage today over Obama's reversal of his commitment in 2009 to put these suspects on trial in U.S. federal courts, distinguished author and historian William Shawcross offers a defense of Obama's decision. In an excerpt from his just-released book, JUSTICE AND THE ENEMY: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Shawcross draws lessons from the famous trials of Nazi war criminals, over which his father, Hartley, presided as lead prosecutor.
Huffington Post, January 17, 2012

Terror on Trial
Expect to hear a lot about Nuremberg in the months ahead. The war-crimes trials of leading Nazis, begun in that German city in 1945, will form an important subtext as we approach the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of 9/11, and his associates. The pretrial proceedings at Guantánamo may start as soon as March.
Wall Street Journal, 7 January, 2012

Murdoch - you’ll miss him when he’s gone
Beware of what you wish for. If Murdoch’s business is destroyed, the diversity of British media will suffer seriously. Who might gather up the wreckage of the Times? Well, maybe Oleg Deripaska.
The Spectator, July 16th, 2011

Not everything Murdoch has done is from the dark side
Peter Oborne should have considered Rupert Murdoch more carefully before writing him off as someone from "the sewer" with whom "no Prime Minister should be seen dead"
Letter to the Daily Telegraph, 9th July, 2011

Underrated...Rupert Murdoch
William Shawcross says that the media mogul gets up the noses of the chattering classes for doing the right thing.
Standpoint, December 2010

Winston knew it was duff
A famous commentator from the BBC was contemptuous when I recently told him I would be voting against  A.V, the alternative vote, in the referendum on May 5th.
“If you’re against AV, you’re an enemy of progress,” he said. “An enemy  of progress.”
What arrogant nonsense!
The Sun, 18 April, 2011

Lessons From Nuremberg
GEORGE ORWELL is usually a footsure guide across political battlegrounds. In late 1943, when the tide had turned in the Allies’ favor, he wrote about postwar trials. Oddly, he advocated Hitler and Mussolini slipping away.
The New York Times, 9 April, 2011

Obama has gone Awol, just when it matters most
The fecklessness of President Obama threatens the core international relationship — the Western alliance — on which the freedom and prosperity of the postwar world has been built. The crisis is coming to a head in the maelstrom of Libya.
The Times, 26 March, 2011

Bush, Blair, Iraq and Obama
...the criticisms of President Bush and Tony Blair are often hysterical and disproportionate, particularly in regard to Iraq and the post 9/11 “war on terror”.

Are the sponsors of the mosque wise?
Enthusiasm for the Islamic centre and mosque near Ground Zero (Editorial Comment, August 17) is misplaced. It is not just easy hate figures of the right such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich who are opposed to this mosque – CNN’s poll showed 70 per cent of Americans to be against it and the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, has joined them. President Barack Obama has shilly-shallied.
Financial Times, 24 August, 2010

The victory of Coleman prison’s famous professor, Conrad Black
They had a party in Coleman prison, north Florida on June 24. The guest of honour was the prison's most famous inmate, Conrad Black, Lord Black of Coldharbour, former media mogul. The occasion was a unanimous decision by the US Supreme Court that day which called into question Black's 2008 conviction on fraud.
Evening Standard, 6 July, 2010

An irrational, obscene hatred
Israel is a cartoon villain, beyond sympathy, beyond even redemption. What is shocking – and frightening – is that the narrative the world accepts is always that of Israel as the evildoer.Jerusalem Post, 8 June , 2010

Even Obama holds Israel to a double standard
"Shut up. Go back to Auschwitz." That was the response from the "peace flotilla" when the Israelis broadcast a radio message warning the Turkish ships that they were about to enter an area under naval blockade.
Washington Examiner, 7 June, 2010

Why Bush and Blair were right about Iraq
Iraq is, even in its present condition, a rebuke to the dynasties and dictatorships of the Arab world'
Evening Standard, 5 March, 2010

Democratic dawn in Iraq
The Guardian, 3 February, 2009

Obama has a dream but he is no Messiah
The Sun, 30 October 2008

Vietnam era adversaries came together over Iraq
Wall Street Journal, 28 August, 2008

Democratic candidates' stance on Iraq
letter to Financial Times, London, January 22, 2008

We are at war with hatred, fanaticism and despair
The Spectator, January 5, 2008

Bush's Iraq/Vietnam speech

How we are beating al-Qaeda
The Sun, August 07, 2007

Killing fields - then and now
Powerline, August 23, 2007

Now, more than ever, Britain must stay in Iraq
The Spectator

Defeat's Killing Fields
New York Times, June 7, 2007

Remember: for Cambodia, read Iraq
The Times, 3 March, 2007

The West Must Show it is the Strong Horse
Spectator, 30 December, 2006.

Stark reminder from Bush
It took President Bush to tell the truth to Britain about the massive plot to blow US bound airliners out of the sky.
Wall Street Journal and Jerusalem Post, 13 August 2006

It's no time to quit Iraq - we're winning
William Shawcross reports from Basra on how Britain is training a new Iraqi army - but warns against too early a handover
The Sunday Times, May 21, 2006

Peace is not the answer
Calls to end Iraq's bloodshed are hardly noble when those who would triumph slaughter teachers as children weep.
Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2005

Saddam Removal
Why the U.S. had no alternative.
The American Spectator, September 2005

George Galloway, friend of Saddam
Independent, September 22, 2005

Coalition support in Iraq
The Times, Thursday, August 18, 2003

The force behind fanatics
The Guardian, Tuesday August 16, 2005

Why the media is critical of Galloway
The Guardian, Saturday May 14, 2005

Winston Blair
Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2005.

The Iraqi people will defy the Ba'athists and Islamofascists.
Blair is right. Why aren't more democrats backing these elections?
The Guardian, Monday January 24, 2005

America's Man at the United Nations
New York Times Op-Ed, December 4, 2004

Iraq's liberators should be proud
The Australian, Edition 1 - All-round Country
Friday 8 October, 2004

WMD did pose a threat
The Guardian, Wednesday July 21 2004

Darfur's agony is world's shame
Financial Times, May 20, 2004

We're not Bush's poodles: we're fighting on the right side of history
Times Online - Comment, April 2004

Nurture the seeds of civil society in Iraq
Financial Times, April 5 2004

The UN murderers must never be allowed to achieve their aim
Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2003
Profile by Ed Vulliamy
The Observer Sunday July 13, 2003

Hard Jobs Require U.S. Power
Los Angeles Times, 20 April 2003.

Baghdad Day
Wall Street Journal, 10 April 2003

Why does anyone think the UN wants to rebuild and run Iraq?
The Independent, 27 March 2003

After Iraq: America and Europe
2003 HarkneLecture, King's College, London, 27 March 2003

Could this become the next Vietnam?
Evening Standard, 25 March 2003

Blair Is Right About Saddam
The Independent, 3 March 2003

Why Saddam will never disarm
The Iraqi leader is prepared to go to any lengths to hold on to his deadly weapons
The Observer, 23 February , 2003

The Selfish Men Wrecking NATO
Just when Iraq seemed to be responding to the threat of force, France and Germany answer Saddam's prayers and destabilise the plan
Evening Standard, 10 February 2003.

European Israeli Dialogue
European Attitudes to Israel
Berlin 14-15 December 2002

Why this paper is wrong about Bush and Blair's stance on Iraq
Attacks on the premier and the president are ignorant and simplistic.
Independent on Sunday, 9 February 2003

Battling for Israel's future
William Shawcross meets Amram Mitzna, the new leader of Israel's Labour Party, who is offering voters stark choices as he seeks to end the violence.
Saga, February 2002

Iraq - Act Now Before It's Too Late
Western Morning News
13 January 2003

Kofi Annan - The Man To Save The World?
Portrait of Director General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan
Saga Magazine, November 2002

The Last Icon
Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II
Vanity Fair, June 2002.

When Kofi met Saddam
An account of a meeting between Kofi Annan and Saddam Hussein in 1998 giving a unique insight into the Iraqi leader's negotiating style.
The Sunday Telegraph, September 2002

This Is a New Kind of War
Al Queda and the war on terror
Evening Standard, 15 October 2002

Let's Take Him Out
The threat to the world posed by Saddam Hussein's rule of terror
The Guardian, 1 August 2002

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