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In Israel, there’s never an easy fix

30 October 2021 9:00 am

From an Israeli army base on the border with Lebanon, I can see the village of Maroun al-Ras. An Iranian…

How China won over the Middle East

12 June 2021 9:00 am

How China won over the Middle East

The strange tale of NEOM: Saudi Arabia’s struggling desert megacity

24 April 2021 4:30 pm

Prince Mohammed bin Salman is desperate to shake Saudi Arabia’s addiction to oil. Its price has still not recovered from…

What the Khashoggi murder report means for US-Saudi relations

27 February 2021 6:36 am

Today, after pressure from senior US lawmakers and staring at an impending statutory deadline, the Biden administration authorised the release…

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What Bahrain’s deal with Israel really means

12 September 2020 12:19 pm

On September 15, representatives from the oil-rich Kingdom of Bahrain will meet Israeli leaders at the White House to sign…

Pilgrimage in the age of pandemic

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Pilgrimage in the age of pandemic

The art of being a mistress

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad The jokes about keeping a mistress are old and I’ve yet to hear a truly funny one (‘The difference…

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…