Arab Spring

Britain was wrong to back the U.N’s anti-Israel resolution

4 January 2017 14:01

Like all the best mistakes, it was done for the right reasons. Knowing that for once the US wouldn’t veto,…

Giving the Nobel peace prize to Tunisia’s ‘quartet’ perpetuates a dangerous lie

9 October 2015 15:08

Tunisia is preposterously touted as the one success story of the nightmarish revolutions, counter-revolutions, civil wars, jihadist invasions and Islamist…

We’ve always messed up the Middle East. Let’s stay out, for once

21 July 2015 17:55

I suppose I should cease carping. We got a Blue Labour budget (except for the ludicrous stuff on inheritance tax),…

Europe cannot allow an ungoverned space to exist on its doorstep

22 May 2015 16:11

Last month, 700 migrants attempting to sneak into Europe drowned when their rickety vessel capsized in the Mediterranean. This week, the…

Postcard from Tunisa – voters reject Islamists, embrace sanity in cradle of Arab Spring

28 October 2014 15:06

Tunis A bloody two-day siege at a house in the outskirts of the capital last week didn’t augur well for…

Tunisia is not following Egypt’s path

1 August 2013 16:01

In recent days Tunisia has seen major unrest after the assassination of opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi. Faced with growing unrest…

Islamists may turn into capitalists. Then again they may not

18 July 2013 18:12

A number of columnists have written recently about how we have all misunderstood ‘the Arab Spring’. Most prevalent among them…

Egypt’s institutions are so weak the army is all that’s left

3 July 2013 16:47

There’s a joke doing the rounds in Tahrir Square which goes like this: ‘Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak all tried to…

Egyptian-born cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi praised Hamas for firing rockets into Israel. Picture: Getty

Why engaging with the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t quite as simple as it seems

12 May 2013 17:48

Conventional wisdom has long suggested that we should engage pernicious groups like the Muslim Brotherhood in order to defang them.…

The glaring failure of the Arab Spring

24 April 2013 9:51

Two Bishops carrying out relief work in northern Syria appear to have been kidnapped by rebels, underscoring the increasingly sectarian…

Jihadis or ‘rebel forces’? It’s all in the labelling

26 March 2013 11:21

Very good report from Channel Four/Telegraph reporter Alex Thomson in Syria. This is about the use of ‘chemical weapons’ by…

Assad’s jihad against Syrian rebels, and what it tells us about his regime

11 March 2013 15:34

Syrian state TV broadcast a remarkable statement last night calling for an ‘Islamic jihad’ against what it termed ‘Zionist saboteurs.’…

Mali could be the gamble that defines Hollande’s presidency

17 January 2013 18:16

The crisis in Mali is yet another unintended consequence of the Arab Spring. Specifically, they are a result of the…

Arab Winter update

14 December 2012 9:54

Rachid al-Ghannouchi is a great British success story. This Muslim Brotherhood leader sought asylum in Britain in 1989 and stayed…

BBC begins to see that the Arab Spring has not sprung

11 December 2012 10:18

Hugely exciting Ten O Clock News last night on the Arab Spring – or ‘Arab Uprising’ as the BBC now…

‘Arab Spring’ is a misnomer

12 October 2012 16:58

What do you do when confronted with a prejudice so strong it takes your breath away? In my case, I…

Saudi Arabia is the early victor of the Arab Spring

14 August 2012 20:19

King Abdullah opened an emergency session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Saudi Arabia today to address ongoing instability…