Syria

Syria’s war in miniature: meeting the Christians driven out of Qusayr

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Events in one Syrian town cast light on the nation’s strife

Christopher Sykes’s diary: David Hockney, Bridlington lobster, and the risks of a third martini

6 July 2013 9:00 am

I began my week with a trip to Bridlington, the closest seaside town to my childhood home. ‘Brid’, as it’s…

In defence of having no opinion

29 June 2013 9:00 am

‘Where do you stand on Syria?’ asked my stepson. Tricky one. Clearly, the Assad regime is loathsome and the West…

Lesson of Afghanistan? That you can, after all, bomb your way to the negotiating table

22 June 2013 9:00 am

It’s not just soldiers who risk their lives in Afghanistan. Anyone who enters the country’s judicial service becomes an assassination…

Why can’t we be honest about Syria?

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Wouldn’t it be nice just once in a while to have a war in the -Middle East that wasn’t predicated…

First Syria, then Lebanon

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Syria’s civil war is tearing Lebanon apart

We need to talk about Syria

8 June 2013 9:00 am

There can be little doubt that Britain is edging towards intervening in Syria. President Bashar Assad’s bloody ruthlessness seems to…

Portrait of the week

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Home Patrick Mercer MP resigned the Conservative whip after being filmed in discussion with a fake Fijian firm that paid…

What’s eating Turkey

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Erdogan is good at making enemies – but he has had help from Syria

What, exactly, is a 'red line'?

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Last August President Barack Obama said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would cross a red line. He…

Portrait of the week

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Home Ten men were arrested in connection with the public, daylight murder of Drummer Lee Rigby near his barracks in…

Ancient and Modern: the nature of war

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Syrians continue to slaughter each other, and seem eager to draw others into the conflict. Thucydides, the great Greek historian…

Portrait of the week

18 May 2013 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, flew to Sochi, on the Black Sea, to talk with President Vladimir Putin, principally…

Portrait of the week

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Home The UK Independence Party gave the government and opposition a jolt by doing well in the elections for 34…

Game-changing

11 May 2013 9:00 am

In the days when we had bottles of milk delivered, some tits discovered how to peck through the foil tops…

Portrait of the week

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Home In the run-up to local elections, Kenneth Clarke, the Minister without Portfolio, described the UK Independence Party candidates as…

The Free Syrian Army is being taken over by groups of jihadist thugs

4 May 2013 9:00 am

The Free Syrian Army has fallen prey to gangsters and fanatics

If there was ever a time to intervene in Syria, it has passed

4 May 2013 9:00 am

A western intervention might never have worked. But it certainly won’t now

Why Russia’s diplomats should learn swimming-pool etiquette

4 May 2013 9:00 am

In foreign policy, Russia thrashes about like a badly socialised swimmer

Little Britain

2 March 2013 9:00 am

The foreign news pages read increasingly like some terrible satire on western military decline. Two years ago French and British…