Tunisia

Seven years after the Arab Spring, Tunisia faces an uncertain future

17 January 2018 10:46

If Tunisia’s elite continues to fiddle while Carthage burns, the only fledging democracy in the Arab world risks self destructing…

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…

How Tunisia became a target for terrorists

29 June 2015 17:30

The terrorist attack at Tunisia’s Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba that left 39 people dead was remarkable in its brashness and its…

Cameron wants the UK to be more ‘intolerant of intolerance’

29 June 2015 16:23

The minute’s silence before David Cameron’s statement to the House gave proceedings in the Commons this afternoon a particularly sombre…

We assume British Muslims support British values. Do they?

29 June 2015 15:26

Let’s put the question very bluntly: do British Muslims affirm British values, or are they outsiders to our way of…

British people need rescuing from North Africa. Where’s the Royal Navy now?

28 June 2015 9:39

Just a thought – but might now be a good time to revisit our policy of using the Royal Navy…

‘Religion of peace’ is not a harmless platitude

27 June 2015 8:51

The West’s movement towards the truth is remarkably slow. We drag ourselves towards it painfully, inch by inch, after each…

Foreign Secretary says that 5 Britons have died in terror attack in Tunisia

26 June 2015 19:19

Speaking after the government’s COBRA meeting, Philip Hammond has told the BBC that five Britons died in the terrorist attack…

Islamic State marks ‘caliphate anniversary’ with multiple attacks

26 June 2015 16:33

Today’s attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait appear to be Islamic State inspired and designed to mark the first anniversary…

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…

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…

As the West titters, Islamists are bedding in

11 October 2012 19:00

I am starting to believe that this country is no longer interested in news, only gossip. Sometimes the gossip is…

The Arab Winter, continued

4 June 2012 14:45

Back in November I wrote a cover story for The Spectator arguing that the trend in North Africa for those…

When spring doesn’t turn into summer

29 May 2012 10:07

A high-ranking member of Hosni Mubarak’s disgraced government, or someone from the Muslim Brotherhood? It’s hardly an enviable choice —…

The hypocrisy of Cameron’s Saudi trip

13 January 2012 17:25

A year ago, Tunisian strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia for Saudi Arabia, thus ushering in the Salafi…

Person of the year: The Islamist?

29 December 2011 17:57

Last week, Time Magazine named ‘The Protestor’ as its Person of the Year. Myself, I’d be tempted to bestow the…

Do Muslims vote Islamic?

3 November 2011 9:09

The electoral success of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party and the likelihood that the Muslim Brotherhood will do well in Egypt’s…

A weekend in Libya

28 August 2011 14:57

There’s no respite in Libya, where there have been significant developments this weekend. There have been reports (and harrowing images)…

Cairo Diary: Libyan transit

29 March 2011 14:57

The road from Cairo to Salloum, Egypt’s Wild West town on the border with Libya, stretches out into the desert…