Today in audio: Fallon says Putin would ‘Vote leave’

24 May 2016 17:34

Vladimir Putin’s name has popped up again in the Brexit debate. This time, however, it wasn’t the Prime Minister suggesting…

Liam Fox is wrong to suggest that the EU controls the Foreign Office

14 May 2016 9:07

Former Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox told an audience at the Royal United Services Institute last week that the Foreign…


Putin’s Palmyra concert shows he is winning the propaganda war

8 May 2016 8:15

The city of Palmyra, recently liberated from Isis, has seen a return to civilisation and culture with a performance by…

The Spectator Podcast: Putin’s Endgame in Syria

18 February 2016 12:18

In this week’s issue, Owen Matthews discusses Vladimir Putin’s endgame in Syria. He says Russia’s bombing of Aleppo this week…


Move over Royal Family. London’s oligarchs are the new tourist attraction

9 February 2016 19:13

‘And if you look to your left you will see a house once linked to Rakhat Aliyev, Kazakhstan’s former intelligence chief,…

Alexander Litvinenko (Photo: PA)

Is the West ever going to stand up to Vladimir Putin?

21 January 2016 15:59

If you walk down Holland Park Avenue, down the hill to Shepherd’s Bush, you’ll come across a statue wreathed with…


War & Peace is actually just an upmarket Downton Abbey

6 January 2016 12:07

Gosh what a breath of fresh air was Andrew Davies’s War & Peace adaptation (BBC1, Sundays) after all the stale…


Podcast special: 2015 in review

22 December 2015 15:52

Christmas is almost here, so it’s time for our annual year in review podcast. In this View from 22 hour-long…

A US air strike last year on Kobani, Syria (Photo: Gokhan Sahin, Getty)

What’s the plan in Syria? Yesterday’s debate gave us few answers

3 December 2015 11:22

David Cameron may now have his bombing mandate, but he still has no strategy. The PM’s ‘hope for the best’…

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Putin knows what he’s doing in Syria. Cameron is just flailing

30 November 2015 14:56

When MPs vote this week on Syria, they will have to decide whether intervention is right in principle. But there…

Video footage has emerged of the Russian SU24 being shot down

Syrian war heats up as Turkey shoots down a Russian jet

24 November 2015 9:59

The complications of acting in Syria have just become more apparent. The Russians are fighting in support of Assad – but Turkey,…

Turkey Hosts The G20 World Leader's Summit

Cameron sees ‘hopeful signs’ of political agreement on Isis

16 November 2015 8:41

After the attacks in Paris, what has changed? Islamic State is still a threat that world leaders don’t seem to…

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Russia suspends all flights to Egypt. What will it do next?

6 November 2015 17:33

Just yesterday, Vladimir Putin criticised David Cameron’s decision  suspended all flights to Egypt. This afternoon, he has done the same…

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Russia’s dramatic new policy towards Assad is very revealing

3 November 2015 17:36

Yesterday I argued that if it became clear that the Russian plane was brought down over Egypt by a bomb,…

The wreckage of the Russian passenger plane in Egypt (Photo: Getty)

The Russian plane crash could undermine Putin’s Syria strategy

2 November 2015 15:33

It now seems fairly likely that an explosion brought down the Russian passenger airline over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula over the weekend.…

The East-West divide is no longer between capitalism and communism, nor even democracy and authoritarianism, but multiculturalism and sovereignty (Photo: Getty)

The new East-West divide: multiculturalism vs sovereignty

21 October 2015 12:05

We all know that relations with Russia are at their lowest ebb since 1991, when Boris Yeltsin brought down Communism…


Is the West arming the Syrian People’s Front or the People’s Front of Syria?

14 October 2015 11:13

The United States has abandoned training rebel forces on the ground in Syria but not equipping them, or at least…

Michael Fallon speaks during day one of the Conservative Party Conference on October 4, 2015 in Manchester, England.

Michael Fallon: Russian air strikes in Syria are ‘extremely unhelpful and dangerous’

7 October 2015 9:53

Michael Fallon has been touring the broadcast studios this morning to send Russia a warning about its bombing campaign in…


Does Elton John genuinely believe he can change Putin’s attitude to gays?

18 September 2015 17:18

I’ve never been an Elton John fan. Never owned an album. Never added one of his tunes to my playlist…

Chernobyl's radar station, Duga-3, is the star of Chad Gracia's documentary 'The Russian Woodpecker' about what really happened in Chernobyl in 1986. Photo: Sundance

Conspiracies, hookers and bombs – welcome to the Odessa Film Festival

30 July 2015 13:16

Odessa, the pearl of the Black Sea, is one of the most charming port cities you can imagine, the centre…

Lucas Debargue at the 2015 Tchaikovsky music competition

The self-taught French pianist who wowed the Tchaikovsky music competition

6 July 2015 17:36

Vladimir Putin was sitting a few rows in front of me last Thursday evening in Moscow listening patiently to three…


Aid is no substitute for defence, and Michael Fallon knows it

30 June 2015 10:20

It’s been obvious for a while that the Prime Minister is exasperated by the way American and other allied officials…

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…

Sepp Blatter is shown the exit (Photo: Valeriano di Domenico/Getty)

Reforming Fifa will be an even more messy job than exposing it

2 June 2015 19:35

There he was, doing his lovable leader act: the little father of all the world, humble and slightly dishevelled. The…


Britain’s reaction to Fifa’s troubles makes us look like sore losers

30 May 2015 15:44

How pleasing that the sleazebags at Fifa are finally getting their comeuppance. We have all known what has been going on…