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MELANIE PHILLIPS is a British journalist, broadcaster and author. Her weekly column, which currently appears in The Times, has been published over the years in the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times and Daily Mail. She writes regularly for the Jewish Chronicle and the Jerusalem Post, is a regular panelist on BBC Radio’s The Moral Maze and speaks on public platforms throughout the English-speaking world.
The Ascent of Woman, her study of the ideas behind the female suffrage, was published in 2003 by Little, Brown. Her best-selling book Londonistan, about the British establishment’s capitulation to Islamist aggression, was published in 2006 by Encounter, New York. She followed this in 2010 with The World Turned Upside Down: the Global Battle over God, Truth and Power, with a foreword by David Mamet and also published by Encounter.
As the West turns on its religious and cultural traditions, it is succumbing to the ‘soft totalitarianism’ of irrational, relativist ideals. With the Islamists intent on returning the free world to the 7th century, it seems western civilization is no longer willing or able to defend modernity and rationalism.
The suicide bombings carried out in London in 2005 by British Muslims revealed an enormous fifth column of Islamist terrorists and their sympathizers. Under the noses of British intelligence, London has become the European hub for the promotion, recruitment and financing of Islamic terror and extremism – so much so that it has been mockingly dubbed Londonistan.