Saudi Arabia

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…

Portrait of the week

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, decided to allow ministers to campaign for either side in the referendum on membership…

Why we have to stand by foul, brutal Saudi Arabia

9 January 2016 9:00 am

The Saudis have got the new year off to a busy start, haven’t they? The authorities executed 47 people, including…

2016 will be a vintage year for tech billionaires and jihadis

2 January 2016 9:00 am

This is going to be one hell of a year, hell being the operative word. It will be the year…

It is political correctness, not maniacal bigots, that will end civilisation

28 November 2015 9:00 am

What does one do, attend or refuse a party after a tragic event such as the recent Paris outrage? My…

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Why don’t the French bomb Belgium?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

I am always open to spiritual guidance from any quarter, all the more so if that guidance is of practical…

Four great demolition disasters

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Bang goes the plan The demolition of six tower blocks in Glasgow failed when the top half of two of…

Britain should not mistake its allies for friends

17 October 2015 8:00 am

It would be hard to dream up a more absurd piece of political satire than an agency of the British…

Let’s read the riot act to the kleptocrats who are buying us out

18 July 2015 9:00 am

I have signed an affidavit for a hearing in the High Court stating that Janan Harb was, to my knowledge,…

Why Saudi Arabia is kicking back against the USA

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Whatever happened to America’s desert kingdom? In the four months since Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud became king of Saudi…