Iran

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

How hospices make you think differently about life

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The timing of the Today programme’s series about hospices could not have been more apt, coming as it did so…

Death in the streets as anti-government unrest sweeps Iran

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Home In a message for the New Year, as though it were an immemorial custom, Theresa May, the Prime Minister,…

The Iranian rebellion the world wants to ignore

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Six hundred people have already been arrested and dozens killed. The civilians don’t stand a chance

Saudi Arabia has united with Israel against Iran – and a desert storm is brewing

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Saudi Arabia is gearing up for war with Iran

‘The Incredulity of Thomas’, by Caravaggio. (c.1603). It is only in St John’s Gospel that Thomas is portrayed as unbelieving

Wonder Beyond Belief: a book to challenge and change you

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I’m not a critic, I’m an enthusiast. And when you are an enthusiast you need to try your best to…

The Kurds are on their own

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The routing of Isis in northern Iraq ought to be a time of international celebration, but as ever in the…

Brexit talks stall after efforts to accelerate

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, and David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, went to Brussels and had dinner with Jean-Claude…

Was I first in line for the euthanasia chamber?

21 October 2017 9:00 am

On Saturday night, I toddled up to the village hall for the fish-and-chip supper, quiz night and raffle — bring…

Forget our misguided friendship with Saudi Arabia: Iran is our natural ally

2 September 2017 9:00 am

The West’s friendship with Saudi Arabia is misguided

Donald Trump keeps on blaming both sides for white supremacist violence

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Home Regulated rail fares will rise by 3.6 per cent in January, bringing the price of annual tickets from Oxford,…

I switch personalities depending on which Spectator party it is

22 July 2017 9:00 am

I switch personalities at Spectator parties, depending who the guests are: for our readers’ tea party, I am a warm…

Donald Trump’s Qatari masterstroke

1 July 2017 9:00 am

A major Greek ship owner, whose political knowledge matches his wealth and business acumen, explained to me what the Qatar…

Unlikely allies: Israel and the Saudis

24 June 2017 9:00 am

How Israel and the Saudis found themselves on the same side

Portrait of Persia’s Prince Abbas Mirza, c.1820. From his bailiwick near the Russian border he dispatched educational missions to Europe, sponsored translations of key European works and imported metal casting techniques and the printing press. (Getty images)

When Islam was synonymous with knowledge and erudition

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Christopher de Bellaigue, a journalist who has spent much of his working life in the Middle East, has grown tired…

Muslim magic – Islam has always dabbled in the occult

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Islam has always dabbled in the dark arts, says Justin Marozzi