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Oil on troubled waters: the US-Saudi alliance is crumbling

16 May 2020 9:00 am

The US-Saudi alliance is crumbling

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Oil on troubled waters: the US-Saudi alliance is crumbling

14 May 2020 1:18 pm

Donald Trump said in October 2018 that the Saudi royal family ‘wouldn’t last two weeks’ without American military support. Last…

Has Trump finally decided to dump Saudi?

8 May 2020 7:39 pm

In a dramatic move even by his own mercurial standards, Donald Trump has authorised the withdrawal of two Patriot missile…

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What is the US Navy doing in the Persian Gulf?

30 April 2020 5:39 am

American alliances and security commitments tend to live on long after the world has changed. Many of our far flung…

Saudi may have won an oil truce – but a greater conflict now looms

14 April 2020 11:23 pm

For the first time in months, the coronavirus panic was briefly demoted as the main news story on Sunday when…

Crude tactics: Russia and Saudi Arabia are at war over oil prices

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Russia and Saudi Arabia have chosen this moment to go to war over oil prices

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Crude tactics: Russia and Saudi Arabia are at war over oil prices

14 March 2020 4:52 am

It all started at what everyone thought would be a routine meeting between Opec and non-Opec nations in Vienna. There…

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Andy Khawaja: ‘The whistleblower’

25 February 2020 1:50 am

This article is in The Spectator’s March 2020 US edition. Subscribe here. It’s after 2 a.m. in Club 38, a nightspot in…

Donald Trump has just blown up his goal of isolating Iran

11 January 2020 9:00 am

A blood-red flag was raised over the Jamkaran mosque in the Iranian holy city of Qom last week, one normally…

Portrait of the week: Bercow steps down, Hoyle steps up and an election begins

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Home Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Labour MP for Chorley and deputy Speaker since 2010, was elected Speaker by the Commons.…

Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination was one of the century’s blackest farces

26 October 2019 9:00 am

The story of Jamal Khashoggi’s death is well known. A prominent Saudi journalist, he walked into his nation’s consulate in…

Portrait of the week: A Supreme Court ruling, Labour’s messy conference and Donald Trump’s ‘impeachment’

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Home Eleven justices of the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that in advising the Queen to prorogue parliament ‘the Prime Minister’s…

The alliance between America and Saudi Arabia is over

28 September 2019 9:00 am

The oil-for-security alliance between the US and Saudi Arabia, forged in 1945 when Franklin D. Roosevelt met King Abdul Aziz…

An oil price spike doesn’t mean a recession is on the way

21 September 2019 9:00 am

An oil price surge from $60 to $72 per barrel, as happened after the drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq…

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Why I prefer cows to humans

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   The cows are coming down, the cows are coming down, and I’m off to the Bagel. My Swiss…

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Robert C. O’Brien, Trump’s good soldier

19 September 2019 12:53 am

With the appointment of Robert C. O’Brien to serve as national security adviser, Donald Trump will once more disappoint his…

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Tulsi Gabbard, conservative crush

18 September 2019 3:59 am

Conservative sadbois like two things: hot moms and Middle Eastern despots. Enter Tulsi Gabbard, the comely representative for Hawaii’s second…

How America’s Iran policy is shaped in Riyadh and Jerusalem

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Iran’s seizure of a British-owned oil tanker transiting the Persian Gulf has let loose a fresh round of media war…

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Vice vs vice: Cheney barbecues Pence in Georgia

12 March 2019 12:13 pm

It was no cakewalk for Vice President Mike Pence. He had showed up in Sea Island, Ga., reckoning that he…

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Why I have fallen out of love with Donald Trump

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Here we are, 41 years down the road, and I’m once again writing for The Spectator’s Christmas issue. This is…

Turkey vs Saudi: the real story behind Khashoggi’s murder

27 October 2018 9:00 am

 Istanbul In another time, in another place, we might never have known about the death of Jamal Khashoggi. In a…

Why I’m a Muslim

1 September 2018 9:00 am

When Muslims make headlines, it’s invariably for the wrong reasons. The fuss over Boris Johnson’s burka joke is a case…

For Pester of TSB, like Patterson of BT, the only way is exit

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Should he stay or should he go — or will he already have gone by the time you read this?…

Mohammad bin Salman is not a revolutionary. He’s the prince of PR

10 March 2018 9:00 am

This week, Mohammad bin Salman, also known as MBS, is on his not-quite-state visit to Britain. A parade down the…

Forget the naysayers. Saudi’s crown prince is the real deal

10 March 2018 9:00 am

In an interview this week, Mohammad bin Salman offered an extraordinarily frank assessment of how to combat terrorism. It means…