Yemen

Yemen's capital Sana'a after another airstrike, where Aziz H's award-winning new play is set. Photo: Mohammed Huwais / AFP

Why the BBC International Playwriting Competition really matters

26 January 2019 9:00 am

We don’t know whether ‘Aziz H’ listened to radio plays as he grew up in Yemen. In fact we don’t…

Did Jared Kushner punish Qatar because of a building on Fifth Avenue?

12 May 2018 9:00 am

New York Talk about high life this is not. I smelled a rat long ago, but then the scent got…

Mohammad bin Salman is not a revolutionary. He’s the prince of PR

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Mohammad bin Salman is not as revolutionary as he seems

Coffee and khat vie for cultivation in Yemen

Risking all for the perfect mocha coffee

3 February 2018 9:00 am

‘This guy’s crazy,’ says a taxi driver, listening to a BBC interview with a man who has decided to become…

BBC1's The Last Post is not for those who like their TV fearless and innovative

7 October 2017 9:00 am

BBC1’s latest Sunday-night drama The Last Post, about a British military base in Aden in 1965, feels like a programme…

The curse of Saudi money

9 September 2017 9:00 am

After the heat in Greece, the Alps are cool and green and very comfortable. My sensei Richard Amos is over…

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…

War, war and war some more

8 April 2017 9:00 am

American foreign policy is becoming ruthlessly simple

Britain must end its support for the barbaric Saudi bombing of Yemen

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Most nights Saudi bombers fly low over the Yemeni capital of Sanaa dealing out random destruction. High up in the…

Portrait of the week

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, having continued talks through the night in Brussels, announced that he had achieved a ‘special status’ for…

Portrait of the week

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Home In a speech at the Shanghai stock exchange, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced a feasibility study…

Portrait of the week

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Home Tom Hayes, aged 35, a former City trader who rigged the Libor rates daily for nearly four years while…

The enemy's enemy: how Arab states have turned to al-Qa’eda

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Fear has driven the Arab states to support the West’s great enemy

Let’s read the riot act to the kleptocrats who are buying us out

18 July 2015 9:00 am

I have signed an affidavit for a hearing in the High Court stating that Janan Harb was, to my knowledge,…

Portrait of the week

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Home At least 30 British people were among 38 shot dead at a beach resort at Sousse in Tunisia by…

Why Saudi Arabia is kicking back against the USA

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Why America’s once-cautious ally suddenly looks so skittish

Portrait of the week

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Home The prospect of a parliamentary alliance between Labour and the Scottish National Party injected an element of fear into…

Why does Isis slay hostages? To cover up the fact that it’s losing

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Isis slaughters kidnap victims because it guarantees headlines. It's better at slaughtering innocents than it is at winning wars

What the Arab world really wants

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Middle East protest has its roots not in Islam but in frustrated enterprise

Good companions

16 July 2011 12:00 am

‘Choose your companions’, says an early Arab proverb, ‘thereafter your road.’ In the 1970s, Hugh Leach’s companion on his travels to Northern Yemen was Freya Stark, and she has become his companion again, in this affectionate hommage of photographs and short, scholarly texts.

Why the heck not?

12 February 2011 12:00 am

Philip Hensher recounts how a handful of British mercenaries in the 1960s, headed by the Buchanesque Jim Johnson (pictured above), trained a rag-tag force of Yemeni tribesmen to defeat the full might of the Egyptian army in a conflict that Nasser later referred to as ‘my Vietnam’

Can this man defeat al-Qa’eda?

18 December 2010 12:00 am

Amr Khaled’s TV preaching has made him Islam’s answer to Billy Graham – and he’s mounting a direct attack on the terror camps of Yemen