International politics

Chris Christie and the Average American Joe

6 August 2013 17:45

Jonathan Bernstein objects to the notion that it’s Chris Christie’s supposed ability to speak like an “average Joe” than makes…

Max Hastings, Mind-Reader

2 July 2013 12:48

Max Hastings is one of the foremost military historians in the English-speaking world. His multi-volume history of the Second World…

Another Horror Story from Zombie Ireland

28 June 2013 12:29

Here’s a snapshot of life in 21st century Ireland: Vincent Campbell sold a house and 4.75 acres of land outside…

The vultures waiting for Nelson Mandela’s death

26 June 2013 19:55

Johannesburg I just called my pal Colin, a TV news cameraman who has been parked for days outside the Pretoria…

A hard rain’s a-gonna fall over Syria

18 June 2013 11:55

You know what it’s like. It starts getting hotter. Stickier, too. There’s something in the air you can’t quite put…

The Worst Argument Yet for Intervening in Syria: If We Don’t, Other Countries Will Snigger At Britain

18 June 2013 10:33

We should, I suppose, be grateful to Benedict Brogan for his column today examining some of the reasons for why Britain…

Just Give War A Chance: Obama’s Realpolitik Approach to the Syrian Civil War.

17 June 2013 16:31

Boris Johnson makes a strong case in today’s Telegraph that even if the west wanted to intervene in the Syrian civil war…

Cameron wants to change the military balance in Syria, but how do you do that without arming the Islamists?

16 June 2013 18:20

David Cameron and Vladimir Putin have just concluded their pre G8 talks, the main topic of which was Syria. Cameron…

Obama’s decision to arm the Syrian rebels will do little to address the Hezbollah threat

14 June 2013 16:03

Two years too late and with less than full conviction President Obama has finally announced that his administration will aid…

Yasser Arafat poisoning: Light fuse, stand back

13 June 2013 12:26

The wife of President Arafat, Suha, is understandably anxious. Next week, after nine years, she may finally learn whether her…

The tragedy of Taksim square

12 June 2013 17:38

First he set the police on his own people, now ‘democratic’ Prime Minister Erdogan is refusing even to meet them.…

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones goes mad on BBC Sunday Politics

9 June 2013 14:28

Everyone enjoys a good conspiracy theory, particularly Alex Jones. His Infowars.com site can explain every single problem in the world…

Solar panels are just another example of Brussels’ wrong priorities

7 June 2013 11:19

Over the years, Brussels has become adept at dishing out heavy-handed and often disproportionate pan-EU ‘solutions’ to problems that are…

Syria: when ‘red lines’ make the headlines

31 May 2013 16:39

What is a red line, exactly? We’ve been hearing a lot of talk about ‘red lines’ from our politicians in…

The Chilcot Inquiry is a pointless endeavour. Tony Blair’s critics will never be satisfied.

30 May 2013 12:47

I never really saw the point of the Chilcot Inquiry and nothing that has happened in the years since it…

Lee Rigby named as victim of Woolwich attack

23 May 2013 17:17

The Ministry of Defence has named the solider killed in Woolwich yesterday as Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion of…

‘Soldier beheaded’ in south London: the Islamists repeatedly said they would do such things

22 May 2013 19:09

Similar attacks in recent years include the beheading of a Dutch film-maker, Theo van Gogh, on a street in Amsterdam…

No, Iran does not posses nuclear weapons

1 May 2013 16:23

In the course of a long career as a polemical journalist I have got thoroughly used to being insulted, libelled…

The Miracle of Globalisation: Most of the World has Never Had It So Good

30 April 2013 12:03

Could life in Bangladesh be better? Of course it could. Is life in Bangladesh getting better? Of course it is.…

In Praise of Sweatshops

26 April 2013 10:43

In today’s Telegraph David Blair has a strong and angry piece arguing that we – that is, western consumers –…