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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…

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, March

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…

Why I am hanging up my crystal ball

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad I caught a whiff of it as it rolled in from the east, the smell of hypocrisy being different…

This time last year I was radiating optimism; what a difference a year makes

9 December 2017 9:00 am

As the song almost says, what a difference a year makes: 2017 is not over yet, but it’s been a…

Sexual misconduct claims leave government in crisis

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Home An air of crisis hung over the government. Priti Patel, the International Development Secretary, was told to fly back…

Saudi Arabia has united with Israel against Iran – and a desert storm is brewing

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Until last weekend, the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh’s exclusive Diplomatic Quarter was colloquially known as the Princes’ Hotel. It was a…

How Britain fell for Saudi Arabia’s reforming Crown Prince

11 November 2017 9:00 am

There are two ways of seeing the extraordinary rise of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince: the blood-stained debut of a new…

High life

9 September 2017 9:00 am

After the heat in Greece, the Alps are cool and green and very comfortable. My sensei Richard Amos is over…

Iran is our natural ally

2 September 2017 9:00 am

The Saudi town of Awamiya — like so many countless cities across Iraq, Syria and Yemen that are witnessing an…

Bending London’s listing rules to win Saudi favour smacks of desperation

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Now here’s a tricky question. The world’s largest oil company, potentially worth six times as much as ExxonMobil and ten…