Iran

The West cannot do business with Iran

14 August 2022 4:41 am

Salman Rushdie’s would-be assassin might have been a lone wolf. He might have had no contact with military or intelligence…

The odd couple: Israel and Turkey’s tentative alliance

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Israel and Turkey’s tentative alliance

Starmer is playing into Iran's hands

23 March 2022 9:45 pm

Who was to blame for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe being held captive in Iran? It shouldn’t take a professor of ethics to…

Why is Biden copying Obama's mistakes with Iran?

23 March 2022 6:00 pm

There was a picture taken today that says more than just a thousand words. The photograph was snapped in Sharm…

A history lesson for those calling Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 'ungrateful'

23 March 2022 6:40 am

In the latest installment from the idiot age of Twitter, #ungratefulcow has been trending. The reason? Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had expressed, mildly and politely,…

Hacks in uproar about Nazanin briefing

22 March 2022 9:40 pm

Welcome home Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, released after six years imprisonment. The 43-year-old returned to the UK last week after the government settled a…

How the Foreign Office secured Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release

17 March 2022 5:25 am

There was a rare display of unity in the Commons chamber this afternoon when Liz Truss gave a statement on…

Can Boris get the Saudis to pump more oil?

12 March 2022 2:30 am

The oil price is up by more than 40 per cent since the start of the year. It is being…

Inside Joe Biden’s disastrous negotiations with Iran

1 January 2022 6:00 pm

One of the West’s great foreign policy failures of 2021 was the Iran nuclear negotiations, which remained bitterly unresolved as…

Mossad is prepraring to strike at the heart of Iran’s nuclear programme

5 December 2021 7:00 pm

Iran is about to be hit by a fresh wave of Mossad operations, sources in Jerusalem have told me. This…

Iran is an immediate winner of the Taliban takeover

25 August 2021 5:00 pm

A staple of observing politics is watching rhetoric curdle into reality. Operation Enduring Freedom, thought up and slapped together in…

Iran's 'Ghost Armada' and its secret alliance with China

15 August 2021 3:30 pm

When a British security guard was killed in an Iranian drone attack last month, the response from the government was robust. Boris…

Can Iran's 'butcher' president make peace with the Saudis?

6 August 2021 2:13 pm

It’s official: after eight years of a relatively pragmatic administration, Iran is now under new management. Ebrahim Raisi, a disciple…

Why Iran is stepping up its maritime piracy

5 August 2021 7:31 am

On Tuesday there was an attempted hijacking of a tanker in the Gulf of Oman. According to the UK Maritime…

Why is the EU attending the butcher of Tehran’s inauguration?

5 August 2021 6:18 am

At the beginning of the year Donald Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was forced to hastily cancel a diplomatic…

Iran is running out of water

27 July 2021 8:50 am

It’s far from an exact science, but if you want to get a sense of where the world is heading…

Tehran is repeating the Shah's mistakes

22 July 2021 8:11 am

The Iranian province of Khuzestan is oil-rich but water-poor. At the best of times, the southwestern region is a problem…

The Afghan withdrawal will only embolden the West’s enemies

13 July 2021 8:39 am

‘How many thousands more Americans, daughters and sons, were you willing to risk?’ Biden asked critics of the decision to…

The dark past of Iran's new presidential favourite

19 June 2021 9:22 am

‘Each vote counts…come and vote and choose your president. This is important for the future of your country.’ These were…

Is the worst yet to come in the Middle East?

22 May 2021 9:00 am

If Iran steps in, the worst is still to come

Can Iran help keep King Bibi in power?

14 April 2021 11:58 pm

Benjamin Netanyahu has a problem: he doesn’t have sufficient support to form a coalition. With 20 days left to complete…

Israel's shadow war with Iran explodes into 'nuclear terrorism'

13 April 2021 2:41 am

If time flows at an even pace, then history does not. Joe Biden may still be new in the job,…

The West's shameful Iranian capitulation

12 April 2021 5:42 pm

On a sweltering day in July 2018, German police pulled over a scarlet Ford S-Max hire car that was travelling…

Iranians don’t hate Israel

27 February 2021 7:00 pm

The decades since the Islamic revolution have weighed heavy on the people of Iran. Living in fear, under extreme levels…

Iran’s missile diplomacy

19 February 2021 7:00 pm

It’s a time for delivering messages in the Middle East, where messages rarely come without their near constant attendant: violence.…