Iran

The Spectator Podcast: Desert storm

9 November 2017 16:42

On this week’s episode, we turn our attention to the Middle East and the unlikely alliance of Saudi Arabia and…

After his Iran blunder, Boris must learn that careless talk can cost lives

7 November 2017 14:11

Boris Johnson’s Iran blunder is a case of diplomatic friendly fire – accidental but devastating. The facts are clear enough.…

There’s still some method to Donald Trump’s madness

20 September 2017 9:30

Donald Trump’s speech before the United Nations General Assembly was both an echo of George W. Bush and something original.…

Forget our misguided friendship with Saudi Arabia: Iran is our natural ally

3 September 2017 10:00

The Saudi town of Awamiya — like so many countless cities across Iraq, Syria and Yemen that are witnessing an…

Iran’s growing influence points to a bleak future for the Middle East

2 September 2017 8:30

After six years of fierce fighting and with hundreds of thousands dead, the Syrian civil war finally appears to be settling…

Iran attacks: Why can’t Trump get his head around the difference between a death-cult and a serious state?

8 June 2017 11:02

‘The Iranian people are moving forward, and today’s fumbling with firecrackers will not affect the will-power of the people… the…

The great Sunni-Shia conflict is getting ever closer to the surface

7 June 2017 10:45

Several people have been killed in a terrorist attack in Iran today, with Isis claiming responsibility. This has potentially huge…

There’s a reason why Isis targets gigs: music is the enemy of fundamentalism

23 May 2017 15:48

Until last night Ariana Grande’s fans, predominantly tweens and teens, were more preoccupied with the concept of friendship than the…

How Donald Trump could decide Iran’s election

18 May 2017 10:20

Tehran Waiting to vote in Iran’s parliamentary election last year, Navid Karimi told me about his plans: to get a…

The shameful hypocrisy of Sweden’s ‘first feminist government’

13 February 2017 14:14

A couple of weeks ago I named the Labour MP Tulip Siddiq as my pious political hypocrite of the week,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

‘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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…