War

The sin of neutrality

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Yet again, millions of civilians across the Horn of Africa are starving. The world blames the crisis on drought and…

Bitter harvest – how Ukraine’s wheat has always been coveted

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Publishers love books with ambitious subtitles such as ‘How Bubblegum Made the Modern World’, and this one’s, about American wheat…

Cross to bear: can Russia ever atone for Putin’s sins?

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Can Russia ever atone for Putin’s sins?

Our children are at breaking point – and it’s our fault

9 April 2022 9:00 am

I think it’s time we stopped scaring the children. I think they’ve had enough. They’re at breaking point now, every…

40 years on, war still casts a shadow over the Falklands

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Life on the Falklands, 40 years on

War, wine and the brilliance of Beychevelle

2 April 2022 9:00 am

If only toasts and good wishes were weapons of war. At every serious repast I have attended since the invasion…

Why Russian tactics won't win the war

26 March 2022 7:31 pm

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its second month, the war has settled into a largely attritional struggle –…

In praise of amateurs

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Two weeks ago in St Moritz I ran into both Nicolas Niarchos and Nikolai von Bismarck, two talented young men…

Why I’ve stayed in Kyiv

26 March 2022 9:00 am

I write this from my Kyiv air raid shelter. It has become my second home, an improvised bedroom, study and…

How should cartoonists respond to war?

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The art of wartime cartoons

The Russian army is running out of momentum

19 March 2022 8:29 pm

As the Russian invasion enters its fourth week it is clear that its forces are running out of momentum, although…

My oncologist has a new weapon in his arsenal

5 March 2022 9:00 am

‘We’re at war!’ said the taxi man as I installed myself for the long drive to Marseille. I put a…

Britain is finally remembering the forgotten soldiers of empire

11 November 2021 6:46 pm

Each year, flowers of remembrance are left on the tomb of the unknown soldier in Westminster Abbey. The memorial marks…

Would Japan defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack?

28 August 2021 12:31 am

In a parliamentary debate in early June about Covid, Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga said that Australia, New Zealand and…

Homeric levels of misery: Paradise, at the Olivier Theatre, reviewed

21 August 2021 9:00 am

The National Theatre has given Sophocles’s Philoctetes a makeover and a new title, Paradise. This must be ironic because the…

How many Lilibets are there in the world?

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Rare Lili Other than the new royal baby, is there anyone in the world formally called Lilibet? — There are…

The terrifying development of AI warfare

21 February 2021 6:30 pm

The Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in France contains some of the earliest known Palaeolithic cave paintings, including those of lions, bears, and…

Why is the smoky, febrile art of Marcelle Hanselaar so little known?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

I first became aware of the work of Marcelle Hanselaar in a mixed exhibition at the Millinery Works in Islington.…

The funniest current affairs show since Brass Eye: Into the Grey Zone reviewed

20 February 2021 9:00 am

It was something a friend said to me about The Revenant, Leonardo diCaprio’s bloody-minded and brutal Oscar vehicle: ‘The problem…

It’s been a tough year for socialites

19 December 2020 9:00 am

New York Here we go again, the annual holiest of holies is upon us, although to this oldie last Christmas…

Boldly going where hundreds have gone before: Brave New Planet podcast reviewed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Since technology is developing at such light-speed pace, why does it feel so strangely slow? There is a sense that…

If this is a war, let’s fight it like one

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Under the cloud of conformity that has settled over the land as a replacement for air pollution, heretics who doubt…

wmd virus

What if a virus were ever used as a WMD?

21 April 2020 2:56 am

This article is in The Spectator’s May 2020 US edition. Subscribe here to get yours. Faced with the coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump…

thucydides

The coronavirus is springing the Thucydides trap

18 March 2020 8:34 am

The first casualty of informational war is truth. The first American casualty of COVID-19 was the myth that the United…

How to be a man

1 February 2020 9:00 am

  The river of death has brimmed his banks And England’s far and Honour’s a name But the voice of…