International politics

The Rehabilitation of George W Bush: A Sisyphean Task

25 April 2013 11:20

Freddy Gray is quite correct: the drive to rehabilitate George W Bush is suspicious. It is also a dog that…

Why oh why oh why can’t Barack Obama be more like Lyndon Johnson?

23 April 2013 16:39

So, is Barack Obama a wimp or just another lame-duck second-term President? Maureen Dowd, in her typically sophomoric fashion, appears…

Has the taxpayer received bang for buck from Baroness Ashton?

7 April 2013 21:57

A great deal of fuss is being made about Baroness Ashton’s retirement salary. She leaves her ludicrous post as High…

Paolo Di Canio is right — Italian Fascism was not racist

2 April 2013 15:33

The truth is that the new Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is right: Italian Fascism was not racist — at…

Would you prefer to do business with the eurozone or China?

25 March 2013 17:51

Does it really matter now whether the eurozone breaks up or not? The damage may already have been done, in…

The Cyprus drama has only just begun

25 March 2013 16:21

Analysts today are talking about the GDP of Cyprus falling by 20 per cent over the next four years, and…

Europe should shut the door on immigration

23 March 2013 16:45

The Prime Minister is giving a speech about immigration on Monday.  I am sure we can all guess the content. …

Death of the Two-State Solution

12 March 2013 13:49

At the (rejuvenated) New Republic, Ben Birnbaum has a comprehensive and comprehensively-depressing survey of the last-gasp prospects for a two-state…

Hugo Chavez: A Clown Masquerading As A Threat

6 March 2013 14:05

As would-be dictators go, Hugo Chavez was on the clownish end of the repressive spectrum. By the end, however, the…

The febrile atmosphere within Saudi Arabia

1 March 2013 11:13

A Saudi court has sentenced Khaled al-Johani to 18 months in prison for protesting against the regime. His troubles started…

No, the Syrian civil war is not "Obama's Rwanda"

28 February 2013 15:30

Today’s Question To Which the Answer Is No is asked by Will Inboden over at Foreign Policy. To wit: Has…

Why I love Beppe Grillo

28 February 2013 12:54

‘Crazy Italians!’ you might think.  Offered the choice between Bunga Bunga Berlusconi, an ex-Communist and a Brussels stooge, one in…

Supporters cheer comedian-turned-political agitator, Beppe Grillo, as he arrives for his final rally in Rome. Picture: Getty

Weary Italian voters can teach UK politicians lessons

26 February 2013 9:32

Italian voters are clearly cheesed off: with the Establishment, and with the country’s austerity programme. The explosion onto the scene…

Italian elections: anti-politics on amphetamines

24 February 2013 19:37

Rome Italians go to the polls today, and Beppe Grillo still seems to be the name on everybody’s lips. Grillo…

No, Barack Obama has not declared an end to the War on Terror - Spectator Blogs

13 February 2013 17:18

I see that Con Coughlin is at it again. Apparently, you see, Barack Obama has “taken leave of reality”. How so?…

David Ward and the Ruthless Suppression of Anti-Israel Criticism - Spectator Blogs

7 February 2013 18:02

David Ward, Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, is unhappy that his recent comments about The Jews attracted such widespread…

Lockerbie Novel: It Was Iran, Not Libya - Spectator Blogs

5 February 2013 12:32

From a very entertaining New York Times profile of Gerard de Villiers, the French novelist who, though little known in…

Worthwhile Canadian Immigration Initiative - Spectator Blogs

25 January 2013 9:48

Reihan Salam highlights the latest pro-immigration move by Stephen Harper’s Canadian government: Canada is looking to poach Silicon Valley’s intrepid…

Mr Obama, Tear Down This Offal Wall - Spectator Blogs

25 January 2013 8:53

It is not often that I find myself agreeing with Sarah Palin. But the erstwhile Governor of Alaska and hockey-mom-in-chief…

If Barack Obama is an isolationist then isolationism no longer has any meaning - Spectator Blogs

22 January 2013 18:18

Con Coughlin suggests Barack Obama has “given up” fighting al-Qaeda which, frankly, is a curious assessment given the ongoing drone…