World politics

A new Iranian revolution should worry the West

3 January 2018 10:47

Is Iran on the brink of a revolution? The mullahs’ main political adversaries in Washington and Tel Aviv appear to…

Could Trump’s ‘ultimate deal’ for the Middle East be back on?

13 December 2017 7:30

The wailing and gnashing of teeth over Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital continues, but the President’s…

The West is failing to learn its lesson from the fight against Isis

11 December 2017 11:12

The last Isis-held town in Iraq, Rawa, has fallen; across the border in Syria, the Russians declared a ‘total rout of…

Tulip Siddiq’s shameful silence on Bangladesh’s missing people

1 December 2017 12:04

‘Just heartbreaking’, wrote the Labour MP Tulip Siddiq this week as she shared a picture of the daughter of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the…

The fall of tyrants is always a family story

26 November 2017 8:30

Robert Mugabe’s resignation fascinates because the fall of tyrants is always a family story, decline of the father, writ large.…

Israel is becoming ever more part of the Arab Middle East

25 November 2017 9:00

This month, I attended the spectacular centenary dinner for the Balfour Declaration at Lancaster House, with descendants of many of…

When will Jeremy Corbyn admit he was wrong about Venezuela?

15 November 2017 11:43

The socialist thugs who run Venezuela have made such a pig’s ear of running the economy that the country has…

The Maldives’ spotless beaches mask the story of a troubled nation

9 November 2017 16:26

The Maldives’ spotless beaches mask the story of a troubled nation. The country’s former president, Mohamed Nasheed, is in exile in…

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…

Jeremy Corbyn’s silence on Venezuela speaks volumes

30 September 2017 11:00

Jeremy Corbyn’s reluctance to condemn the president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, shows just how weak and mealy-mouthed he is. The Labour…

Why won’t Britain support the Kurdish referendum?

28 September 2017 17:02

Erbil They like the British here in Iraqi Kurdistan. You hear it from people everywhere in Erbil, the region’s capital.…

Kurdistan defies the threats to hold its referendum vote

26 September 2017 7:11

The Machko teahouse in the centre of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, has seen much of the area’s history. Founded…

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.…

Donald Trump discovers his inner neocon

19 September 2017 16:47

Donald Trump fully embraced his inner neocon before the United Nations today. He lashed out at North Korea, indicating that…

Hurricane Harvey could push petrol prices up to 121p a litre, and inflation to 3%

4 September 2017 14:15

While the horrific destruction that Hurricane Harvey has left in its wake might feel like a nightmare happening miles away, we might…

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…

How to deal with Pauline Hanson’s political stunts

18 August 2017 16:20

Before Trump or Farage, before Wilders or Marine Le Pen, there was Pauline. Pauline Hanson was the original rabble-rouser who…

Trump is treating Kim Jong-un like a rival New York real estate developer

11 August 2017 16:09

When I first heard Donald Trump threaten North Korea with “fire and fury,” I immediately despaired—because I’m sick and tired…

The method behind Donald Trump’s fire-and-fury madness

11 August 2017 15:20

Donald Trump’s latest eruption – saying that his threat of fire and fury didn’t go far enough – will have…

Jeremy Corbyn has no idea how hard life is in Venezuela

11 August 2017 13:22

And so Jeremy Corbyn has decided not to condemn the thugs who run Venezuela and instead would like us to…

Is Trump really about to rain down ‘fire and fury’ on North Korea?

9 August 2017 6:47

Today is the 72nd anniversary of the America atomic bombing of Nagasaki, a lovely port city that also served as…

How Britain should handle a Trump visit, by the former ambassador to Washington

5 August 2017 10:06

For reasons I find hard to fathom the French did not come out in force to riot against the recent…

Socialism is destroying Venezuela – but the left will never admit it

31 July 2017 19:03

If ever I have to live in a dictatorship, put me down for one of those right-wing set-ups. To toil…

The victory over Isis has left Mosul at risk of more brutality

25 July 2017 17:40

A grainy video posted to Twitter shows a bearded man, his hands raised, on his knees, pleading for his life.…

Ivanka Trump is Angela Merkel’s secret weapon to improving US German relations

9 July 2017 17:05

Was it really worth it? Rioting on the streets, hundreds of people injured and administrative costs of €100 million –…