Libya

Putin the peacemaker

7 October 2017 9:00 am

When Russia entered the Syrian civil war in September 2015 the then US secretary of defense, Ash Carter, predicted catastrophe…

Diary

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Boris Johnson is inspecting the guard of honour and we are doing our best not to giggle. The Foreign Secretary…

Hot Spring

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Imagine if Kathy Lette — or possibly Julie Burchill — had written a feminist, magic-realist saga that sent four women…

Portrait of the Week: doctors on strike, President Obama’s Brexit threat

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Home Junior doctors went on strike for two days, refusing to provide even emergency treatment. The 96 Liverpool fans who…

Portrait of the Week

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Home Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, prepared a paper on the four areas of concern between Britain…

Corbyn’s turn on Today was as graceful and twinkle-toed as Bowie himself

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Some might say that Jeremy Corbyn is cloth-eared, tone-deaf, socially inept but on Monday morning, as the death of the…

Voices from Benghazi: ‘We have lived through the worst five years’

2 January 2016 9:00 am

In their interview in the Christmas edition of The Spectator, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth asked the Prime Minister whether…

'This will take longer than I’d thought' - an interview with David Cameron

12 December 2015 9:00 am

The last time David Cameron sat down with The Spectator for an interview, he was on a train and looking…

Portrait of the week

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Home After the killings in Paris, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that seven terrorist attacks on Britain had been…

Isis takes its British schoolgirl jihadis seriously. Why don’t we?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

When the first schoolgirls ran away to Isis I had some sympathy for them — at least, I could see…

Why the Middle East needs more kings

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Watch the videos of 1950s Iraq on YouTube and you glimpse something close to an idyll. It’s true that Pathé…

Meet the men taking up arms to protect the Middle East’s ancient treasures

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Leptis Magna was deserted when I last visited — no wonder. Tourists daren’t visit Libya these days and so I…

Portrait of the week

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Home Andrew Burnham described calls from Yvette Cooper, a rival candidate for the Labour leadership, for him to withdraw from…

Cameron’s talking to the wrong Libyan government. He should call my old driver

15 August 2015 9:00 am

When I covered Libya’s revolution in 2011, I had a driver named Mashallah. Mashallah was a decent and stoical man…

The world’s most wanted people-smuggler

18 July 2015 9:00 am

It’s Saturday morning in the courtyard of the Al-Zawiyah detention centre on the outskirts of Tripoli and Colonel Nourdeen Mishaal…

Letters: Booming churches, brilliant Swedes and who gets the VC

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Growing congregations Sir: I would like to take issue with Damian Thompson (‘Crisis of faith’, 13 June) and his assertions…

Welcome to Italy: this is what a real immigration crisis looks like

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Let us suppose that along the coast of Normandy up to one million non-EU migrants are waiting to be packed…

Portrait of the week

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said of the EU referendum: ‘If you want to be part of the government,…

Libya is what happens when we try to bomb things better

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Call me petulant, but I’m not sure Britain is getting enough credit for our fine, fine work in Libya. The…

How Lampedusa copes when the migrant ships come in

2 May 2015 9:00 am

 Lampedusa The young hang about in packs or speed around town, two to a scooter. Old women group together on…

Gunboats are the humanitarian answer to Libya's refugee crisis

25 April 2015 9:00 am

More than a thousand migrants have died attempting to get into Europe over the past week, including 900 who perished…

Cameron led calls to remove Gaddafi. Why is he silent on Libya's drowning refugees?

18 April 2015 9:00 am

One Friday, 28 people were rescued by the Italian coastguard when the boat on which they were fleeing Libya capsized in…

Portrait of the week

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Home Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former Conservative foreign secretary, resigned as chairman of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee and promised…

Rambo wannabe, Matthew VanDyke: ‘Everybody wants cool stuff they can show their friends on Facebook’

Arabian Motorcycle Adventures review: enthralling and constantly surprising

7 February 2015 9:00 am

There were great numbers of young men who had never been in a war and were consequently far from unwilling…

Why does Isis slay hostages? To cover up the fact that it’s losing

10 January 2015 9:00 am

At this point in the war between the jihadist group known as the Islamic State and a US-led international coalition,…