Iran

Portrait of the week: Harry and Meghan quit, America avoids war and the Labour leadership race begins

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Home The Queen agreed to ‘a period of transition’ during which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would spend time…

I was joking about Meghan and Harry becoming king and queen of Canada

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Washington, D.C. On 8 January, I tweeted about the Sussex-Markles: ‘Obviously the plan is to return to Canada, lead a…

Portrait of the week: Crisis in Iran, fires in Australia and Manchester rapist jailed

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Home Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, who had not been told in advance of America’s killing in Iraq of Qassem…

This bungling Iranian regime is a threat only to the Iranian people

11 January 2020 9:00 am

If this is the start of the third world war, as some quivering liberal commentators seem to believe, then my…

All forecasts are off if Iran shuts the Strait of Hormuz

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… Late last year, a range of forecasts…

Donald Trump has just blown up his goal of isolating Iran

11 January 2020 9:00 am

A blood-red flag was raised over the Jamkaran mosque in the Iranian holy city of Qom last week, one normally…

Is there method – or madness – behind Trump’s actions in Iraq?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Is Trump fooling himself – or everyone else?

The Middle East for dummies

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   The French have a saying: ‘Il n’y a rien de plus bête que le sourire du gagnant.’ In…

The alliance between America and Saudi Arabia is over

28 September 2019 9:00 am

America’s alliance with Saudi is over

Letters: There is more to village life than shutters, benches and paint

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Shambles at sea Sir: On 19 July Iranian Republican Guard forces captured the UK flagged tanker Stena Impero, as described…

Penny Mordaunt: I’m fired. Job done

3 August 2019 9:00 am

I begin the week in Bamako, Mali, with a crackly telephone call to Commodore Dean Bassett, UK Maritime Component Commander…

Persia’s lessons for the PM

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Stanley Johnson suggests his son, the PM, will easily deal with Iran because he is well acquainted with Persian history…

Portrait of the week: The top job for Boris, gifts for Theresa and Carl Beech’s conviction

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson became Prime Minister after being elected the leader of the Conservative party by its members, with 92,153…

How America’s Iran policy is shaped in Riyadh and Jerusalem

27 July 2019 9:00 am

The truth about America’s Iran policy

Britain will soon have to pick a side in the US-Iran spat

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Crises in the Gulf and Conservative leadership elections come around with unnerving regularity. It is not unknown for both to…

Iran alone: Tehran’s perspective on escalating hostilities

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Tehran’s perspective on the escalating hostilities

Trump's Iran strategy: Keep your enemies close and your hawks closer

18 May 2019 9:00 am

 Washington, DC Donald Trump has an itchy trigger finger, and his name is John Bolton. The President’s national security adviser…

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I was forced to wear a hijab. It wasn’t liberating

16 February 2019 9:00 am

World Hijab Day is an insult to girls like me who were forced to wear one

A blast of restorative air: comedian Mark Steel. Photo: In Pictures Ltd./ Corbis/ Getty Images

The attempt to bring back topicality to Ambridge has been far too effective

2 February 2019 9:00 am

It’s becoming clear that the travails afflicting all the major players in The Archers, Radio 4’s flagship drama, are intended…

Iran’s boat people — and why they’re coming to Britain

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Why are so many Iranian migrants crossing the Channel?

The people have not forgotten me: the exiled Empress of Iran interviewed

15 December 2018 9:00 am

The widow of the Shah of Iran was painted by Warhol and assembled the greatest collection of art outside of Europe. Will Heaven meets her

Why Donald Trump's Iran sanctions won't work

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Trump’s sanctions on Iran are unlikely to succeed

Why do we support the Iran regime when it is bitterly hostile to our way of life?

11 August 2018 9:00 am

President Trump has ended US participation in the Iran deal and imposed sanctions. No doubt this is annoying to the…

The internal logic of the NHS makes it ruthlessly cold-hearted

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Gordon Brown, echoing Aneurin Bevan, says that the greatest gift that the NHS brings to people is ‘serenity’. He is…

Putin says he’s making Russia great again. In reality, it’s crumbling

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Russia has been the beneficiary, not the cause, of the West’s convulsions