Middle East

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The humiliation of Mohammed bin Salman

October 24, 2018 9:56 am

Angering all of the West’s most powerful investors at once is an unmitigated disaster for the House of Saud

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The real problem with the Saudis’ ‘Davos in the Desert’

October 23, 2018 3:00 pm

One Davos was almost certainly one too many. But the multiplication of forums for the global elite is getting out of hand

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American universities need to chop the hand that feeds them tyrants’ cash

October 23, 2018 10:17 am

How can politically correct universities take money from Mohammed bin Salman?

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Erdogan is building a new Turkish empire

October 22, 2018 10:17 am

Can the Turkish-US alliance survive Turkey’s play for regional dominance?

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Jamal Khashoggi was no fighter – but he was a turncoat

October 20, 2018 9:13 pm

It would be surprising if Trump’s Middle East policy is determined by the murder of a Muslim Brotherhood activist who happened to write an occasional column for the Washington Post

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Telling the truth about Jamal Khashoggi is not a smear campaign

October 19, 2018 9:47 am

Saudi trolls have been active in casting aspersions on Khashoggi, no doubt. But does that mean Khashoggi was nothing but a cuddly liberal? Clearly not

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Why is the media ignoring the most glaring questions about Jamal Khashoggi?

October 18, 2018 5:29 pm

Killing the journalist was utterly unjustified. But there are aspects of the columnist’s past that merit probing

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How Trump cleans up the Saudi mess

October 16, 2018 5:17 am

It’s a murky business. But the President can again prove his diplomatic skill

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Let’s talk about how the Turkish government deals with dissidents abroad

October 15, 2018 3:21 pm

Are Erdogan’s efforts to apprehend members of the Gulenist movement really so different from what the Saudis are alleged to have done?

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Wrestling with the Saudis

October 13, 2018 7:28 pm

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi has piled pressure on Vince McMahon

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What the media aren’t telling you about Jamal Khashoggi

October 11, 2018 6:42 am

The dissident’s fate says a lot about Saudi Arabia and the rise of the mobster state

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The EU are desperate to salvage the Iran deal. It isn’t working

October 8, 2018 9:02 am

American sanctions are forcing companies worldwide to choose between Iran and the US

Welcome to Trump Country: Israel

October 7, 2018 8:42 am

Unlike their liberal cousins in America, Jews in Israel much prefer the Donald to his predecessor

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Trump’s phony anti-globalism should fool no-one

September 26, 2018 6:17 pm

The President recognises the political utility of pretending he has instituted a hard philosophical break from prior administrations

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In Idlib, the final chapter in Syria’s civil war has begun

September 13, 2018 9:09 am

There are ominous signs that the regime is planning a chemical attack

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Why ‘we’ got Turkey wrong (and China. And Russia. And Iraq)

August 21, 2018 9:09 am

Another foreign policy item bites the dust

How Benjamin Netanyahu made the most of the Trump era

August 8, 2018 11:57 am

The two share an uncanny ability to connect on almost a metaphysical level with the fears and resentments of their voters.

Who gave Mahmoud Ahmedinejad the moral highground?

August 7, 2018 6:29 am

He tweets about millionaire American athletes while Tehran burns.

Abandoning Islam for a life in porn

August 6, 2018 12:25 pm

Yasmeena Ali fled the Taliban as a child — now she’s an adult film star.

When it comes to Iran, Trump is surprisingly impotent

July 31, 2018 9:14 am

Post-Vietnam, the US has acted militarily like the proverbial school-yard bully, picking fights only with the weaklings who can’t fight back.

Boris Johnson: Why we sent the jihadi Beatles for trial in America

July 26, 2018 10:24 am

The diary of the former British Foreign Secretary.

Donald Trump is going full neocon

July 23, 2018 10:44 am

The president who campaigned on extricating Washington from wars in the Middle East seems intent on starting a fresh one.

Trump escalates the anti-Iran rhetoric. But why now?

July 23, 2018 10:16 am

If we learned anything from the so-called Arab Spring, it’s that the victors in that part of the world are never the pro-Western ones we bet on.

Why hasn’t Italy joined the strikes on Syria?

April 16, 2018 3:34 am

Italy’s caretaker government has refused to allow crucial bases to be used for intervention let alone Italy’s armed forces. The…