Paul Wood


31 October 2019 3:00 pm

Kurdish politician Hervin Khalaf, who was apparently pulled from her car and executed last week by Turkish-backed paramilitaries [Photo: Getty]

Pax Russica: as Trump abandons Syria’s Kurds, Russia is ready to expand its empire

19 October 2019 9:00 am

While American troops were hurriedly leaving north-eastern Syria, a young female Kurdish politician called Hervin Khalaf was pulled from her…


Donald Trump’s blunderful presidency

1 October 2019 6:49 am

There’s a story about Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign that, apocryphal or not, explains why he’s now facing…


19 September 2019 1:00 pm

Katharine Gun: the spy who tried to stop the Iraq war

14 September 2019 9:00 am

In his memoir of office, Decision Points, George W. Bush writes about going to see Tony Blair in the Azores…

Lebanon: the world’s best failed state

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Look down from the mountains outside Beirut and, on most days, you’ll see a grey blanket of smog choking the…

mueller testifies

Mueller testifies – Trump wins

25 July 2019 7:07 am

Robert Mueller’s appearance before two Congressional committees today was something close to a disaster for the Democrats. The former special…


11 July 2019 1:00 pm

The brutality of the Isis Beatles

22 June 2019 9:00 am

 Beirut Television cameras get everywhere these days. Or maybe that was always true. Gore Vidal, the grand old man of…

Good News

6 June 2019 1:00 pm

What one activist’s death tells us about war crimes in Syria

18 May 2019 9:00 am

In the 1990s film The Usual Suspects, the detective character explains how to spot a murderer. You arrest three men…


16 May 2019 1:00 pm


25 April 2019 1:00 pm


The Mueller report: if not collusion, then obstruction?

19 April 2019 4:55 am

When Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel, ‘[t]he President slumped back in his chair and said, “Oh my God.…


Barr investigates the investigators

11 April 2019 6:03 pm

‘OBAMA TAPPED MY PHONES!’ When President Trump blared out this accusation in a series of tweets in March 2017, the White…

We should take a hard look at our reporting of Trump and Russia

30 March 2019 9:00 am

 Washington REVERSE FERRET! When he edited the Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie used to throw open his office door and bellow this…

‘The Islamic State will never die’: their territory is gone but the jihadis are always with us

23 March 2019 9:00 am

 Beirut As I write, Isis is still holding out on a few hundred square yards of dirt in the village…

‘Brexit? I’m stockpiling for a new statue of Thatcher.’


16 February 2019 9:00 am

‘Oh dear – I thought we were going to have a dry January.’

Brexit latest

3 January 2019 3:00 pm

‘I don’t want her to grow up reading fairy tales where she’s rescued by Prince Charming.’

All men

13 December 2018 3:00 pm


29 November 2018 3:00 pm

‘The children said they will be out to photograph it later.’


8 November 2018 3:00 pm

‘Brian’s off to watch the golf.’


11 October 2018 2:00 pm

‘There are rumours another crash could be on the way.’

Crash dummy

20 September 2018 1:00 pm

In Idlib, the final chapter in Syria’s civil war has begun

15 September 2018 9:00 am

 Beirut The customs man wore a white linen suit. He had a large moustache. His ample belly touched the edge…