The wars that really are about the oil

30 August 2014

You can’t understand any of the world’s crises without understanding petropolitics

(Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty)

The nun who took down an Isis flag – and stands up for east London's Muslims

30 August 2014

Sister Christine Frost on why young men from Tower Hamlets are going to fight in Iraq and Syria


Radek Sikorski’s notebook: Goose-steppers in Oxford, and a drone in my garden

30 August 2014

A college reunion can bring back some strange stories. Plus: My house and the people who photograph it

Candida Lycett Green

The wonderful and unpredictable Candida Lycett Green

30 August 2014

Something always happened when we met, nothing was ever straightforward or everyday, and whatever it was led to laughter-till-we-cried

It was unlike any whisky any of them had tasted…

The quest for the perfect malt

30 August 2014

It was a poker night. Glenmorangie won


Our boys in the Islamic state: Britain's export jihad

23 August 2014

We've become the West's leading producer of 'foreign fighters'. Some day the chickens will come home to roost


Travels in Isis country: priests, Peshmerga and property developers

23 August 2014

From the Kurdish boom city of Erbil to the disputed towns where Kurds fled the Islamic State

National Guard Called In As Unrest Continues In Ferguson

What we don't know about Ferguson, Missouri

23 August 2014

Michael Brown's death and the disorder that has followed are being seen through two specious narratives. We won't see the real truth until the trial – if then

Arab Bee Hive Village

The Islamic State and the land of lost gods

23 August 2014

From the dawn of civilisation, the Fertile Crescent has been a cradle to strange and fascinating sects. Not any more


Sorry, Kellie Maloney, but to be a woman you must first be a girl

23 August 2014

I admire the courage of transsexuals, but the defining of a woman solely by what you see when she is or is not dress is the province of Page Three


Revealed: the Pope's war with the Vatican

23 August 2014

Francis is firmly set on dealing with the Curia bureaucrats who did for Benedict XVI


The biggest civil liberties outrage you've never heard of

23 August 2014

'Bubble matches' sound quaint. In fact, they trample all over freedom of movement

The Plaza de España at dusk

Seville: a city to get lost in

23 August 2014

You'll find the youthful vigour amid the grand architecture, as long as you're not looking too hard


Another Iraq war is coming – the only question is whether we want to win

16 August 2014

A successful military intervention isn't just possible; it's essential

The Last U.S. Troop Brigade In Iraq Departs Country After Over Eight Years Of War

Is there anything worse than Isis? Bomb them and we'll soon find out

16 August 2014

No doubt the 'Islamic State' poses some danger. Direct western intervention will only make it more dangerous

The spokesman of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam, "Abu Ubaida," in

No, I haven’t seen that beheading video. And it’s not right to share it

16 August 2014

The net is full of murder porn, self-righteously shared. So, increasingly, are newspapers. It’s time to take a stand


I proposed to my wife in Haiti. Soon I won't be able to recognise it

16 August 2014

Everywhere I was struck by the fever of rebuilding and reconstruction


The squeezed middle is a myth

16 August 2014

Middle England is screaming about lost entitlements – but quietly doing rather well


The bizarre – and costly – cult of Richard Dawkins

16 August 2014

It’s like a church without the good bits. Membership starts from $85 a month


David Cameron could have been an anti-slavery hero

16 August 2014

Now it's up to the churches to make sure that someone seizes the chance


I believe in animal research. But it’s time to draw a line

16 August 2014

If we want to defend genuinely groundbreaking and beneficial work, we need to think more seriously about how animals are used in education

Activity break: Nira Alpina also offers kite-surfing

Nira Alpina, St Moritz: A cool Alpine hotel that's perfect for the under-tens

16 August 2014

No, I couldn't believe it, either


Boris is back – and he has George Osborne in his sights

9 August 2014

Can the Friends of Boris take down the Friends of George? Don't bet against them

Metropolitan Police Passing Out Parade

Seat-shopping with Boris Johnson

9 August 2014

He wants to stand for Parliament in 2015. Fine. Where?

Campaigning Official Starts For The Scottish Referendum

How can you tell that Alistair Darling's winning? Listen to the rage of Scotland's yes campaign

9 August 2014

The Scottish referendum battle still has six weeks to run. But right now there's no doubt who's ahead