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David Cameron has dropped his references to a ‘reformed’ EU. Will ‘safer’ be next?

24 February 2016 11:39

Obviously the 198 business leaders who signed a letter to the Times yesterday explaining why Britain should remain in the EU…

Does Ken Livingstone really get his advice on Islamic theology from The Sun?

23 February 2016 16:24

As some light relief from all this EU discussion, I thought readers might like to hear about Isis. Or at…

Hassan Rouhani is seen behind a horse sculpture in Italy (Photo: Reuters)

President Hassan Rouhani needs to get over the shock of the nude

28 January 2016 15:05

Has a new art installation opened up at the Capitoline museum? One might be forgiven for thinking so: nude sculptures were…

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the G20 Summit in November (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty)

Iran may have the upper hand in the Middle East’s power struggle

4 January 2016 19:44

It isn’t just Iran who have been angered by the execution of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr. Protests have erupted in…

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Iran has been at war with Britain for some time – it’s time that we took notice

4 January 2016 6:46

When British troops were on patrol in Iraq and Afghanistan, we faced many enemies, from jihadis to press-ganged civilians. But…

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The Middle East’s 30 Years’ War just took a turn for the worse

3 January 2016 21:37

In January 2014, Douglas Murray explained in The Spectator how relations in the Middle East were becoming increasingly tense. With…

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‘Death to America’ is more diplomatic than you think, says Iran’s supreme leader

3 November 2015 18:30

When the Iran nuclear deal was debated in Washington, the popular Iranian chant ‘Death to America!’ was a regular point…

The empty seat of Syria is seen during an Arab League meeting on August 5, 2015. (MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

Now we know where the celebrated ‘Ummah’ is

12 September 2015 17:24

Earlier this week I asked where the celebrated ‘Ummah’ is when it comes to Muslim refugees. I think we now…

The empty seat of Syria is seen during an Arab League meeting on August 5, 2015. (MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

Where is the ‘Ummah’ now?

7 September 2015 17:29

I have just returned from a trip abroad to find Britain and Europe in a state of madness. I will…

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond shake hands for media at the conclusion of their press conference in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.

Philip Hammond: we are not ‘blind’ to Iran’s faults

24 August 2015 8:42

Philip Hammond is the first Foreign Secretary to visit Iran in over a decade as he returned to reopen the Britain’s embassy in Tehran yesterday. But…

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Just because European companies can trade with Iran doesn’t mean they should

8 August 2015 7:55

Iran uses cranes to hang citizens for offences such as ‘waging war against God’ and ‘crimes against chastity’. These cranes…

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There was a credible alternative to the Iran deal. Obama just chose to ignore it

20 July 2015 18:08

President Obama has accused critics of the recently announced deal with Iran of having no credible alternative. According to Obama,…

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Podcast: working with al-Qa’eda and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn

16 July 2015 9:06

How has al-Qa’eda become the ‘moderate’ option in the Middle East? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Ahmed Rashid and Douglas Murray discuss…

An anti-US mural painted on the wall of the former US embassy (Photo: Atta Kenare/Getty)

The Iranian regime is anti-Western and anti-Semitic. Can we really trust its nuclear deal?

14 July 2015 21:10

It is often said that British ambition and influence in the world are on the wane. But there can be…

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (Photo: Joe Klamar/Getty)

An historic day for Iran and a horrifying one for Israel

14 July 2015 16:48

When the Shah of Iran gave the order to create the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) in 1974 it…

The annual Bilderberg conference is taking place in Austria (Credit: Paul Joseph Watson)

Bilderberg security is stepped up to protect masters of the universe from journalists

13 June 2015 11:07

This weekend the masters of the universe will gather at the annual Bilderberg conference. The secretive summit, which is being…

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (Photo: Valentin Flauraud/Getty)

Military inspections must be a non-negotiable part of Iran’s nuclear deal

29 May 2015 16:00

It is probably safe to say that the negotiations with Iran aren’t going very well. As the 30 June deadline for…

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Why wasn’t the head of Hamas properly cross-examined during his BBC interview?

10 April 2015 13:26

When journalists have the much sought after opportunity to interview the heads of states and organisations with appalling human rights…

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on April 3, 2015 (Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty)

The Iran deal heralds a new era for US policy across the Middle East

8 April 2015 11:12

What is it about a nuclear deal with Iran that induces hysteria in certain quarters of the West?  In recent…

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Britain might want a holiday from history, but we’re not going to get one

4 April 2015 11:06

The more I think about the debate on Thursday night, the more I think it was a disgrace that there…

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This new crowdsourcing site allows anyone to use their skills to advance basic human rights

16 March 2015 17:36

One of the questions I most often get asked is: ‘What can I do?’  If you agree that actual liberals…

Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Iran (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

5 March 2015 11:40

For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here…

Members of the Iraqi security forces  head towards the al-Dawr area south of Tikrit to launch an assault against the Islamic State (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/Getty)

The assault on IS-held Tikrit could trigger sectarian war in the region

3 March 2015 15:55

The Iraqi military’s attempt to retake Tikrit from Islamic State tells us several things about the current politics of the…

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Cameron’s reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attacks has been depressingly predictable

14 January 2015 15:47

Last Sunday, David Cameron marched through Paris in solidarity, so it seemed, with those who stand up for free speech.…

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The Saudis are playing a clever game with oil supplies. Here’s how to understand it

6 January 2015 15:32

As oil prices continue to plummet, the rather sterile debate over Saudi intentions drags on. Some believe the Saudis are…