Syria

The West’s failure to speak up for the Kurds is shameful

18 October 2017 10:16

The enduring image of the fall of Kirkuk is the Humvee. The advancing Iraqi forces rolled into the Kurdish-held city…

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…

There’s still hope for photography: Sony World Photo Awards reviewed

28 April 2017 17:57

Much has been said about the endless photographic mediocrity of the digital age. The infinite glossy ads, the stream of…

Syria used to be Putin’s great asset. Now, it’s a huge liability

17 April 2017 10:00

For Vladimir Putin, Syria has been the gift that kept on giving. His 2015 military intervention propelled Russia back to…

Donald Trump is listening to his generals – and that’s great news for Britain

16 April 2017 11:00

‘Great Britain has lost an Empire and not yet found a role’. Fifty-five years on, Dean Acheson’s remark has not…

Our message to Assad: kill a lot more of your people, but nicely. And please spin it out

15 April 2017 8:30

Let me take this opportunity to join with our Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary in commending President Trump’s swift and…

Can Iraq’s Christians ever recover from Isis?

14 April 2017 9:00

Since June 2014, when Islamic State attacked northern Iraq, the desks at Mar Ephrem seminary in Hamdaniya, a city 18 miles southeast of…

The Spectator Podcast: Keeping the faith

13 April 2017 12:38

On this week’s episode, we discuss the future of Christians as a minority group, consider whether Trump has found an ally…

What the papers say: It’s time to stop blaming Brexit

13 April 2017 8:29

What does a spike in hate crime, a slump in sterling, supermarket price hikes, rising inflation and a squeeze on…

What the papers say: Did Boris bungle his first big test?

12 April 2017 8:52

Boris Johnson fell flat on his face at yesterday’s G7 summit. Having called for tougher sanctions against Russia to punish…

The G7 proves too weak to hold Putin to account

11 April 2017 12:28

The G7 has failed to agree on any new sanctions on Russia following the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons…

What the papers say: It’s time to crack down on council fat cats

11 April 2017 8:31

Theresa May’s £150,000 pay packet is dwarfed by that of many council employees up and down the country. Nearly 600…

America’s foreign policy on Syria is more sensible than the UK’s

9 April 2017 21:51

Well, Islamists certainly have a useful working knowledge of the Christian calendar — probably more than most secular Brits —…

The enigma of the Trump-Putin story

9 April 2017 11:00

Donald Trump’s Washington is a city of many secrets, but no mysteries. So much about the Trump-Putin story remains unknown,…

One missile strike alone will not change Syria. So what’s the American plan?

8 April 2017 11:21

President Trump’s missile strike on Syria seemed as determined to stick it to President Obama as to the Assad regime.…

Trump is listening to his generals, that’s reassuring

8 April 2017 10:51

The UK government has been ‘reassured’ by how Donald Trump has handled Assad’s use of chemical weapons, I write in…

Donald Trump isn’t Hitler. Actually, he’s the new Kaiser Wilhelm II

8 April 2017 10:00

 Massachusetts All politicians wear masks. Donald Trump’s favourite is that of Maximum Leader. It was on display during this past…

Is US foreign policy being directed by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner?

7 April 2017 11:56

If you want to know where President Donald Trump will bomb next, follow his daughter on Twitter: Heartbroken and outraged…

Jeremy Corbyn’s response to US airstrikes in Syria

7 April 2017 11:47

The US missile attack on a Syrian government air base risks escalating the war in Syria still further. Tuesday’s horrific…

Donald Trump enforces Obama’s ‘red line’ in Syria

7 April 2017 8:14

On Donald Trump’s orders, US forces have struck the airfield from which the Syrian military launched Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack.…

Watch: Donald Trump’s full statement on US airstrikes in Syria

7 April 2017 8:04

My fellow Americans, on Tuesday Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using…

The Spectator Podcast: Aid isn’t working

23 March 2017 12:48

On this week’s podcast, we consider how refugees could be better aided, whether David Cameron might be envious of George Osborne’s ‘retirement’,…

Syria is a world war without a solution

16 February 2017 14:17

The Afghans on the road in Serbia were wet from the rain. They were trying to hitch a ride into…

The Spectator podcast: Isis’s last stand

16 February 2017 11:28

On this week’s podcast, we discuss what the end of Isis means for a fragile Middle East, debate whether John Bercow…

The truth behind Germany’s ‘Mein Kampf’ sales boom

5 January 2017 15:47

A dead white man called Adolf Hitler has sold nearly 100,000 copies of his memoir, Mein Kampf, since a new edition was…